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How Wellness and Fitness Apps Can Improve Engagement

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Engaged employees are enthusiastic about their work and feel positive about the companies they work for. This mindset enables them to be productive and get along with their coworkers.

Unfortunately, many employees don’t feel this way. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace, only 15 percent of employees are engaged in the workplace. Worse, 18 percent of them are actively disengaged. These numbers are a serious concern for today’s companies.

Work-life balance contributes to employees’ engagement levels. Employees who feel like their work responsibilities are unbalanced may start to resent their workplaces. That’s why companies are starting to pay more attention to work-life balance. One of the ways they’re addressing work-life balance is with the use of wellness and fitness apps. 

Stress-Relieving Apps

If employees don’t have strong stress management skills, they could feel unhappy about their work-life balance, even if their work hours are typical. Learning to control stress can help them feel happier about their situations. Employees who control stress well can relax after work instead of worrying about everything they need to do the next day. 

Some stress management apps, like Pacifica, help employees identify activities that make them feel stressed or anxious. Other apps, like Breath2Relax, help employees learn breathing techniques that can help relieve stress. Happify helps employees practise mindfulness and change their mindsets.

Apps for Time Management

Employees are busy, and they have many tasks to keep track of, both at work and at home. It’s hard to squeeze in these tasks. Employees who feel like they don’t have time for fun activities could start feeling less engaged at work. To improve engagement, you can encourage them to use time management apps.

There are plenty of these apps on the market. Employees can use apps to schedule work tasks, like deadlines for various work projects. They can also use apps to schedule activities outside of work, like going to the gym or going grocery shopping. To coordinate events with busy family members, they could use an app like Cozi Family Organizer.

Apps to Block Communication

Thanks to smartphones, it’s easy for employees to stay connected to work 24/7. Employees may feel tempted to check their email inboxes after hours, even if you don’t expect them to. This can make employees feel stressed. Fortunately, there are apps to help employees avoid checking email when they should be spending time with family or relaxing.

AppDetox, available for Android, is an example. This app lets employees block access to certain mobile apps. For example, they could block access to their mail app in the evenings and on the weekends. If employees try to check their email, they’ll get a reminder that they’re not able to access it for now.

Solo Fitness Apps

On busy workdays, employees may not have time to go the gym, even though they want to work out. Solo fitness apps can help them squeeze shorter workouts into their days. These apps provide workouts as short as five or ten minutes. A little bit of exercise is better than nothing, and it helps employees relax and destress.

There are many solo fitness apps on the market. Employees can choose apps with yoga workouts, strength training workouts, running workouts, or other types of exercises. They could even do these short, stress-busting workouts on their breaks at work.

Competitive Fitness Apps

Some employees are competitive, and they may enjoy fitness apps that bring out their competitive side. Hotseat is an example. This app is an elimination fitness game, and employees compete during their breaks. They can challenge each other in theme-based fitness contests. Employees who opt-in to the contests can have fun with their coworkers, engage in some healthy competition, and get some exercise.

Helping employees improve their work-life balance can lead to higher employee engagement. To strengthen your business, encourage your employees to download some wellness and fitness apps.

Tanya Dawber

Tanya Dawber

Tanya Dawber has spent the past 25+ years working in HR related roles. Her love of employee benefits led her to switch to insurance, getting her life license and specializing in employee group benefit plans. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys travelling with her husband, playing golf and fishing.

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