Development and construction, some of the key sectors in which Kajima operates, historically experience high levels of stress. Poor mental health in the construction industry alone accounts for over 200 suicides each year, according to online training providers within the construction industry, iHasco.
As a company, Kajima is committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across all of its employees, particularly during this period as people continue to navigate the impacts of COVID. With this in mind, Kajima are excited to announce they are supporting a new partnership between Pagabo, Hull-based procurement specialists, and Moodbeam’s wearable technology, which aims to understand and improve people’s mental health in the workplace.
The Moodbeam device, similar to a Fitbit, can be worn on your wrist or clipped onto your clothing. Wearers are able to download an app on their iphone and the Moodbeam band will ask wearers to respond to the question ‘How is your day?’ Responding ‘feeling good’ or ‘not so good’ provides an instant response which is recorded and can be monitored within the app. The Moodbeam band is designed to vibrate via an alarm setting at different times during the day to prompt wearers to press and answer the question, providing responses in real time, from throughout the working day. Using the mobile app, wearers are able to see and monitor their own responses and as a company, Managers can monitor a dashboard to see how users are feeling enabling possible problems to be addressed early.
As part of the pilot, Kajima will monitor twenty Moodbeam wearers over a two to three month period to understand any trends or insights on the wellbeing of the team. This will enable Kajima to implement help where it is needed, set up training programmes at the right time as well as assisting the Kajima Green and Wellbeing Team to promote various wellbeing initiatives at times when they are needed most.
Kajima’s HR Manager, Joanna Eaton said: “Finding new ways to address and support mental health is in all our interests. This is especially important to Kajima during this time as staff are working remotely. As part of the trial, we will be provided with a case study on the pilot at the end of the programme, so that we can use this internally to develop and refine our own wellbeing programmes and externally to evidence our commitment to supporting mental health and wellbeing across the workforce.
I have been wearing my Moodbeam band for a couple of weeks now and am already seeing some interesting personal stats being reported to me via the mobile app. I’m really interested to see the results from the rest of the trial participants and to start using this feedback to help improve the wellbeing of all of our employees across the company - happy, motivated and productive staff are important to us.”
Discover more about Moonbeam’s wellbeing technology and how it could benefit your organisation online at https://moodbeam.co.uk/business.
To find out more about some of the construction industry specific courses available from iHasco, including mental health awareness, visit https://www.ihasco.co.uk/courses/detail/mental-health-construction-training.