COVID-19, 1 year on... What's changed?

1 year on after the 23rd of March 2020, the day the UK officially announced it's full lockdown. It's important we highlight some of the positives due to COVID-19, as well as recognise the negatives.

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When we first heard of COVID-19 back in January and February, we weren’t alone in think that this won’t affect us, and that it would be Asia’s problem. Even the thought of it lasting this long would have been unthinkable.

Entering March of 2020 and tensions were rising across Europe that this virus may be somewhat of a big problem, a worldwide problem. With governments across the west changing their stance, and the World Health Organisation declaring a worldwide pandemic, countries were locked down.

Of course, all of us can debate if our governments, companies, and local authorities did the right thing, but the truth is none of us knew quite how serious this would be. 12 months on and over 126,000 people in the UK have passed away, and over 2.73 million worldwide due to COVID-19.

It is important to recognise the destruction that COVID-19 has caused. The individuals who have lost their lives, families and friends who have lost loved ones, individuals who have seen their companies go bust, and people losing their jobs. We also must not forget the people whose mental health has really suffered due to this, those who may have been living the past 12 months with complete insecurity, and those who were having operations and medical treatment ceased due to the huge demands on hospitals.

There is a lot of negativity that surrounds COVID-19, but we have seen some positives.

Health & wellbeing has always been an outcast topic, one that has never really been considered, and more of a luxury than a necessity. Unfortunately for such drastic changes in a company ethos, you need something disastrous and vast to happen, something that effects the bottom line.

The costs to companies on sickness and sickness related underperformance have always been there, and actually increasing year on year. It seems this year is the year that broke the camel’s back, and companies are really taking the health & wellbeing of their workforce seriously. 
David Fox, Founder & CEO of Moxi

Traditional methods of providing health & wellbeing were quite ‘half-hearted’. Many companies would just bring in an expert or a clinician every so often to provide workshops and seminars. In fact, we did that too! But the reality is, it’s ineffective. It relied on a face-to-face approach and employees being free and interested to attend, with most who attended being those who were already engaged in a positive personal health & wellbeing strategy. Let’s not forget, these approaches just did not provide the relevant information or engagement to medium to large workforces, and many wouldn’t retain all of that information provided.

The result, a pretty poor return on investment.

What was the solution?

  • A digital health & wellbeing application that is accessible 24/7 in an employee’s pocket
  • An application that harnesses smartphone and wearable technology
  • An application that promotes engagement through notifications, gamified features, and more
  • A preventative approach to health & wellbeing
  • Actionable data and insights for employers to track efficacy
  • A bespoke & tailored solution, unique to the company, team, and employee

So, in 2020, we saw a boom in health & wellbeing products, purely driven by founders who were passionate about health & wellbeing, and saw that employers needed to take this seriously.

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So, we released Moxi, a fun and friendly health & wellbeing platform giving employers real-time wellbeing data to tackle the increasing costs of absence and sickness related underperformance by keeping the workforce connected, active, and healthy

We’ve been fortunate to have such a positive effect on not only the companies we work with, but also employees who need a robust health & wellbeing platform in place.

It’s important to also note the other positives that have come secondary to COVID-19, in addition to the influx of health & wellbeing companies flooding the market. We’ve seen companies invest highly in technologies that are allowing their workforce to work from home and we’ve seen public services introduce technologies that have improved the user experience.

Excluding the more ‘corporate’ positives that have come from COVID-19, we’ve seen people really invest in their health. That doesn’t need to be financially, but exercising more regularly, eating slightly better, becoming more aware of the consequences of poor life habits.

This year has been an odd one, it has been far from normal, but we can all hope that there will be a real positive change due to COVID-19.