Buying Your Team an APP Isn't a Mental Wellness Program
Do we really need more screen time to improve mental health?
Wellness apps are popping up left and right as a solution to avoiding employee burnout. These can be very powerful, and when used consistently deliver great results. This is a great step for companies to take, but without anything else, it will fall short
The problem with ONLY using this approach: It’s an impersonal solution one of life's most personal problems.
Here's why "Buying an app and wishful thinking" fall short
- It keeps people isolated
- It feels like more work, if you are swamped are you really going to want to spend another half hour in front of a screen
- People doubt that it will help them because they don't know how the app will specifically help them.
- It only solves a small part of a major problem
My Approach is different.
- Block off an hour and have a session on mental wellness:
Show this is serious to the company.
- Have a person who has overcome mental health issues share their story:
This brings a human element, showing people that things can get better if they are struggling and helps other employees without this experience gain perspective on this issue.
- Let your team know there is an app available: Now that they know what they can get from working on themselves, they are more willing to try it and devote the time to get results.
- Keep the conversation going: Have a newsletter, a slack channel or any way to let people connect on this topic and share best practices. Make space for this topic regularly.
This is a human problem that requires a human solution.
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