National Stress Awareness Month: Championing Employee Mental Wellbeing using Moodbeam

06 April, 2021


Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes of and cures for the modern-day stress epidemic. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74 per cent of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the past year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Lockdown 3.0 has been noticeably more challenging for staff. For many, the colder and darker months have had drastic implications on what people would normally be doing to unwind. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental wellbeing of staff has been something that has remained a priority at Pick Everard. The introduction of health tech brand Moodbeam’s innovative wristband devices has helped managers to remain in touch with their teams on a regular basis to monitor how they have been coping while working from home.

Most importantly, the implementation of the Moodbeam One has provided members of staff with a tool that offers them more of a voice and a way of looking after their own mental wellbeing during lockdown.

Elizabeth Hardwick-Smith, director of HR and training, said: “We recognised that Moodbeam was a really novel opportunity for our people to understand their moods, likes, dislikes and triggers more deeply. The opportunity to be involved with Moodbeam came at just the right time for the business and has enabled us to see more closely those who are in need of more support – whether that be a call from a colleague or a different approach to their work.

“With the Moodbeam One prompting people to reflect on how and why they are feeling a certain way, we feel that the technology allows members of staff to identify strategies to ensure they are more regularly in a more positive frame of mind. As a HR team, the data allows us to reach out and connect with individuals who may be having a difficult week, which, in turn, provides us with a more meaningful insight as to how we can help to accommodate the unique needs of our staff.”

While there is a diversity as to how Moodbeam is supporting self-care, the overarching positive is that conversations surrounding mental health have become more commonplace throughout the business. This is further supported by our team of mental health first aiders, and our internal People Hub, which helps to connect team members with those qualified personnel within the firm.

Elizabeth continued: “Everyone using a Moodbeam One within the business is registering how they are feeling at least twice a day thanks to the prompting feature. We have four HR professionals who have been assigned a specific group to observe and provide support. Alongside this, the data obtained from Moodbeam’s organisational dashboard is helping us to formulate and strengthen the design of our stress support plans.

“In my personal use, Moodbeam has made me think through solutions for my own mood shifts. For example, I am building in more adequate breaks and exercise during a busy working week and becoming more disciplined in earmarking time in my diary when I can focus on addressing key actions and priorities.”

Christina Colmer McHugh, co-founder of Moodbeam, said: “The past year has shown how important it is for employees to have a say in how their working day makes them feel. This helps employers then react and act – in real time – to support people and teams with changes needed, success, learnings and insight to make work a better experience, no matter when, where or how it’s being carried out. The wellbeing and happiness of their staff – especially when working remotely – is crucial, so we’re really pleased to hear that the team are finding their wristbands so useful already.

“We know that the construction sector especially still sees a lot of taboo around the topic of wellbeing and mental health, so we’re thrilled that organisations like Pick Everard are championing change in this area, implementing varied people strategies and trained mental health first aiders to ensure that teams and individuals are given the appropriate support, whatever and whenever the needs are.”

70 members of staff are currently involved in the Moodbeam trials, which began at the beginning of March. The trials have seen staff charting their happiness levels throughout the day to help gain a better understanding of how they are feeling at work. This is part of an industry-wide set of trials being led by national framework provider Pagabo and sees a number of companies across the built environment in incorporating Moodbeam into wellbeing strategies.

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