Wellness app backed by industry and university studies
Welbot, the digital interventions app for workplace wellness, is celebrating significant endorsements from both industry and academia following successful development trials with electronics giant Seiko Epson, and an in-depth user study from the University of Strathclyde’s Physical Activity for Health team.
Welbot is designed to improve sedentary employees’ workplace wellbeing, creating an overall uplift in employee engagement. The app targets areas such as posture, flexibility, mood, nutrition and productivity.
Seiko Epson, which has been involved in developing the system in the UK since inception, found that employees using Welbot daily over 12 months recorded an 8% increase in positive mood as well as a 20% decrease in negative mood.
The University of Strathclyde study concluded that users experienced a marked drop in depression, anxiety and stress, as well as a significant reduction in sedentary time at work.
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked with an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular problems as well as mental health issues and some types of cancer.
Welbot CEO, Mykay Kamara, said: “As our working lives become increasingly sedentary, the physical and psychological problems associated with not moving as much throughout the day, in turn, become more prolific. This can often be to the detriment of a business, so we devised Welbot as a tool that would effectively combat this.
“Digital solutions like ours are cost-efficient and as our industry and academic partners have shown, can have a profound effect on employees' mood and overall wellbeing, which is extremely encouraging. We’re looking forward to expanding our footprint in the UK in 2020 using these trials as a platform to grow the business.”
Ethan Kelly-Wilson, Senior HR Manager EMEAR at Epson, added: "We have been involved with Welbot since the very beginning and it has now become a cornerstone of our internal wellbeing initiatives. Our team has worked closely with Welbot helping to shape the product through continued daily use into a platform that is highly tailored, effective and appropriate for enterprise businesses like ours.
“Our employees who use Welbot have reported that it has changed their lives for the better and we have seen a reduction in both private medical claims and musculoskeletal sickness since we started our activities."
Digital-based interventions have the potential to reach large populations at a low cost. They also offer the potential to tailor interventions to the needs of individuals or specific groups of office workers.