While the wellbeing sector caters to single, young people, this demographic does not reflect the realities of our workforce. The needs of a Gen Z worker trying remotely working from a crammed central London flatshare is vastly different from that of a new Millennial parent juggling last minute Zoom calls with school runs.
It’s why the recent news of Monzo introducing additional paid leave for employees who’ve experienced pregnancy loss or fertility issues has made such waves. More nuanced support for high needs groups has been a long time coming in the shift to a more inclusive workplace.
While new policy is pivotal to establishing an (emotionally) safer working environment, a more inclusive set of wellbeing tools is needed to ensure no employee is left behind.
Peppy is an employee wellbeing app that connects people going through major life transitions like parenthood, menopause and fertility to health and wellbeing specialists who can answer their emergency questions. Such moments of life can be quite anxiety-inducing. Knowing that help is only a click away can be incredibly reassuring.
Employees are returning to a completely new workplace environment post COVID-19. This can be a somewhat of an adjustment, having an impact on mental health, particularly for employees already prone to social anxiety. Unmind offers self-guided programmes that span the full spectrum of wellbeing from fulfilment and coping to happiness and connection.
Spill is a messaging-based therapy app that allows employers to meet remote employees where they’re at, working on Slack. The majority of Spill’s users have previously never tried any kind of mental health counselling or guidance. For remote workers, it’s a safe space for venting about life stresses and getting the early support, guidance and helpful exercises.
Bubble is a childcare app created by working parents for working parents. Flexible childcare support makes it so that working parents can work without distraction and handle any scheduling curveballs thrown their way. As a caregiver, self care simply isn’t an option if your child or dependent isn’t looked after. And with working parents more likely to opt for hybrid and remote working, many businesses are proactively seeking out childcare support to ensure parents don’t feel a divide.