Emotional health as a part of workplace wellness programs has begun to enter organizations. Active tracking and measuring are also new to employee health. Moodmetric combines all this and brings emotion measurement to the office.
The Moodmetric technology is based on measuring small conductivity changes in skin which tell about emotional reactions. A smartphone app gives you both live data and long term trends. Moodmetric helps to manage stress by identifying high and low activity of mind during the day.
Moodmetric provides a simple and nonintrusive way to measure emotional load at work. It also supports in meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Examples for workplace
Below are examples on how you can support emotional well-being at work with Moodmetric measurement. You can enhance your wellness program by adding this new component to it – work together with your employee health partner to create the best program for you.
Measuring emotional wellbeing
Using the Moodmetric ring for 2-4 weeks gives a good picture of emotional load and how it is distributed over workdays. Stressful meetings, and calm periods of the days are well visible. The daily average figure shows if there is a shift towards higher or lower emotional levels during the measurement period. Analyzing the results together with a coach or a psychologist helps to better understand the current state of mind at work.
Stress management training programme
Are you already aware that you experience a heavy emotional load? You can wear the Moodmetric ring at work for 1-2 weeks and meet with you coach once a week. An individual programme can be drawn based on measurement results. It can combine mindfulness and breathing exercises, small breaks outside – all during the working day. A second sequence of the Moodmetric measurement can be done in one to two months.
Measuring mindfulness or meditation
The Moodmetric app contains an exercise to measure calmness of mind. A clear curve is drawn during meditation showing how well the focus is kept. This is a great tool to take a measured break, even for 10 minutes during the day. Any disturbing thought declines the performance, so the result motivates to really clear the mind. If you are new to meditation or mindfulness, it is good to start with a guided exercise.
– Battery life: ~40 hours
– Charging time: 1,5 hours
– Memory: 270 hours
– Bluetooth range: 5 meters
– Compatibility: iOS – (iPhone 4S or newer, iPads using bluetooth4)
Things seem to be so much brighter without the everyday lurch in the stomach when the alarm clock goes off. Morning coffee without hurry, sun and laziness ahead for the day.. Yet this perfect battery charging is only allowed in limited doses for the most of us.
The work, studies, school – they will begin. La rentrée – the return, has an effect on each one of us. But how big and what kind?
The children get to buy new things for school and meet again with the friends. Most of them really enjoy the start of their duties. The adults mostly seem to stress about it all: the autumn hits with dozens of things and tasks, the work being only part of the palette.
Would you like to measure the effect? To know exactly how much does your stress and anxiety increase when starting the engines again? The summer reading (not meaning the pick of holiday novels) has been low, your mind has been calm.
The emotional level reading is about get higher during the autumn. For many people the change is not significant, but the numbers might increase alarmingly.
The Moodmetric smart ring measures your stress levels from the changes in the skin conductance. Find out more from our blog, and inquire about pre-ordering at [email protected].
Is measuring workplace well-being a plot by the employer? Can the employee benefit of it? What is worth tracking and what do the results tell? If I take 10000 steps per day, sleep 8 hours per night and eat healthy meals at regular intervals, will I sell more cars than my colleague car salesman?
At the end of the day the person with better sales skills might still get bigger bonuses. On the other hand, I might feel better and spend less days off sick. I might even feel energetic despite hectic workdays and take setbacks like loosing a deal lighter.
Should workplace measuring only take place in the workplace?
Activity trackers and other wearables are already part of our lives. They were initially intended for personal use with goals set by the wearer. A sleep monitor can hardly be a tracker used in workplace and collecting thousands of steps in the office is only possible with the running mat under the desk.
These devices can be used to monitor general well-being and they can potentially give valuable information. They can also contribute to better work performance if the person is a motivated wearer. Someone else (the boss) reading the results might still not have the full picture. Only the measured person can put the results into context and know if today is a good day to make great results.
Pulse, heart rate variability, electrodermal activity (EDA) /skin conductance and EEG measurements can be done at the office, while sitting down. Heart rate signal however needs processing before it tells about stress levels. EDA and EEG give instant emotional load results which are not tied to physical reactions. EDA is best measured from palmar skin, EEG requires a headband with at minimum three contact points to forehead.
The workplace well-being measurement might be best done in the workplace and only if the employee thinks it is a good idea. Tracking outside the office could be part of a wellness program with limited length, on a voluntary basis.
Having the employer know when I go to sleep or how many times I was waked up by my kids – maybe not. But being able to show which meetings are the most stressful or how calming it is to take a 5 min walking break outside, why not!