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The silicone wristband could be mistaken for tracking your heart rate, particularly when you are doing exercises. The wearable technology, called a Moodbeam is not here to monitor one’s physical health. Besides, it would allow the employer to track the emotional state. The gadget basically links to a mobile phone application and web interface. It basically comprises of 2 buttons, one blue and one yellow. The primary idea is to press the the yellow button when you are feeling happy and in case you are sad, you would need to press the blue button.
The silicone wristband is aimed at the companies who would wish to monitor the satisfaction of the staff and check for their well being, who are working from the home. The basic idea is to ensure that the employees are encouraged to wear the wristband. Therefore, they would need to press the relevant button to check if they are staying fit throughout the working week. Managers would now be eligible to view an online dashboard to check how the workers are feeling and thus, coping with the scenario. Moodbeam is here to bridge the gap between the employees and the employers.
Moodbeam: A significant partner to maintain corporate relationships
Moodbeam co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh, “Businesses are trying to get on top of staying connected with staff working from home. Here they can ask 500 members: ‘You ok?’ without picking up the phone.” She actually came up with the idea for the product after she had discovered that her daughter has been struggling at the school. Now, she wanted a way for her kid to let her know about she was feeling. Well, the wristband was commercially launched in the year 2016. With so many kids, particularly the teenagers, are more likely to balk at the idea of pressing a button on the wristband wherein they can let their parents know about how they have been doing, and how probable are the employees willing to do the same for the boss.
Ms Colmer McHugh, based in Hull, says that a lot of people are indeed happy to do so. “We moved away from anonymous to identifiable data after trials found that people do want to be identified.” The trustee Paddy Burtt, “One member of the team was in an uncomfortable place, struggling with a huge workload, and disillusioned with what was going on.” He further added, “It’s not something he would have flagged up, and we wouldn’t have known about it unless we had seen the data.”
Since depression and anxiety have estimated to cost the global economy up to 1 trillion dollars (£730bn) per year in the lost productivity before the Covid 19 pandemic. As per the World Health Organization, mental health in the workplace has been a concern off late. Whatsoever, Covid 19 lockdowns and WFH appear to worsen the issue. The UK mental health charity Mind had said that 60 percent of the adults have thought that their mental health had become worse at the time of their first lockdown. A survey by the Human Resources softwaee firm Employment Hero had suggested that a quarter of people were employed by the small and medium sized UK firms would look for more mental health support at the time of the pandemic situation.