Since March 2020, teleworking has become the norm for many employees. At a time when mental health problems are exploding in the world of work, some platforms offer consultation systems. Here are 5 that aim to improve the well-being of workers, even (and especially) from a distance.
As Covid-19 has led to an increase in mental health problems, businesses and employees alike are trying to strike a balance between the isolation and loneliness brought on by excessive and prolonged telework, and the health risks incurred in the event of return, even punctual, in the workplace.
Employees pay a high price for the health crisis in terms of health. According to a study published by Fellowes, 33% of workers say they feel stressed or anxious, and more than a third alone and isolated *. An alarming finding which is due on the one hand to the unselected nature of remote work and on the other hand to a situation initially perceived as temporary… and of which we no longer see the end. Physical health is not spared, with the discomfort of the “home” workstation – often the sofa or the table in the dining room, devoid of the ergonomics of a real office – the sitting position, sedentary lifestyle and the onset of musculoskeletal problems in the neck, shoulders, back, wrists and legs. More than 4 in 5 active people claim to have had back pain during or after work, according to BVA.
Within organizations, human resources departments and departments must therefore deal with the imperatives of social distancing and the well-being of their teams, essential to maintain the motivation and productivity of the troops. Technological progress and the relaxation of rules relating to teleconsultation seem to be establishing new sustainable uses among employees and employers. This finding is all the more urgent given that, according to Deloitte, 80% of employees declared as of 2019 that they wanted their company to take measures to promote mental well-being. Here are 5 platforms that aim to improve the well-being of workers, even (and especially) from a distance.
Weasyo is an e-physiotherapy website and mobile application. The site provides information on the causes and consequences musculoskeletal pain most frequently felt, as well as a multitude of advice in physiotherapy, sport, fitness, health, well-being and nutrition, provided by professional physiotherapists. The application gives employees access to MSD prevention programs, therapeutic solutions, allows the employer to guarantee the physical and mental health of workers, by ensuring actions to prevent occupational risks, information and training … Which go beyond the legal framework.
Alan is a 100% online business mutual. The French start-up decided in October 2020 to recruit its own doctors to offer a secure medical chat, reachable at any time by its members. The principle: exchange free of charge with a general practitioner and ask their daily health questions via a secure messaging or video teleconsultation, with the mobile application… even on Sundays. The Alan Map service, an interactive map, also makes it possible to find an approved doctor or a laboratory near home. Finally, the app provides smart preventive reminders, such as must-see appointments, such as vaccines. The platform recently announced the launch of Alan Baby, a medical chat with early childhood experts to help young parents.
Created by Solène Brost, SharZen is a platform for direct contact between liberal psychologists and employees in companies. It offers a psychological support service for employees which allows them to choose their psychologist themselves. The platform lists 200 liberal psychologists and the patient can choose the form, face-to-face or remotely, that suits him. The sessions are the responsibility of the employer. In 2021, SharZen will expand its offer and now offers its clients organizational coaching and executive coaching, with a team of HEC-certified coaches and experts in their fields of intervention.
L’application My Sherpa is a psychological support chatbot helping people with symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression or even sleep problems on a daily basis, by offering them tailor-made activity courses. Co-created by Dr Fanny Jacq, mental health director of Qare and psychiatrist, as well as by researchers from the CNRS and the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM) of La Pitié Salpêtrière, the application identifies the profile of the user, his emotional and physical state, directs him towards a course of activities and offers a follow-up of the evolution of his mood and his emotions. Since the end of January, it has also offered a dedicated and completely free course for students, other collateral victims of the health crisis.
Moka care is a complete platform to help companies take charge of the psychological well-being, both professional and personal, of their teams. It offers support from psychologists, certified coaches and selected therapists. Individual sessions or group workshops, enriched with feedback and concrete advice on teleworking, parenthood, or stress management, Moka care also offers digital resources accessible to all, such as videos to learn more about the mental and emotions, articles, podcasts and regular newsletters that provide practical advice.
* Online survey of 1,000 French office workers who have been working from home for at least four months
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