A wristband that tells your boss when you’re unhappy officially exists. It is linked to a mobile phone app and web interface so you can decide when to let your employer know that you’re not feeling your best.
A piece of wearable technology has been invented, called Moonbeam, which monitors your emotional state.
Linked to a mobile phone app and web interface, the concept behind it is that you press the yellow button if you’re feeling happy, and the blue if you’re feeling sad.
Moonbeam is aimed at companies who wish to pay extra attention to the wellbeing of their employees, especially when many are working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although employees can say no to wearing the wristband, it’s handy to let your boss know how you’re feeling on each day of the week.
To see how workers are feeling and coping, managers can access the online dashboard. As bosses are not able to meet physically with their teams, Moonbeam helps to bridge this gap.
Moonbeam co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh told the BBC: “Businesses are trying to get on top of staying connected with staff working from home. Here they can ask 500 members: ‘You ok?’ without picking up the phone.”
McHugh came up with the idea for the product when she noticed that her daughter was struggling at school. Realising there wasn’t a simple way for her to let her know how she was feeling, the idea came to her head.
The wristband was commercially launched in 2016 but now more than ever, it is a great piece of technology to have.
McHugh, whose firm is based in Hull, says that many employees are happy to share how they’re feeling.
She said: “We moved away from anonymous to identifiable data after trials found that people do want to be identified.”
UK charity Brave Mind is one of the organisations that use Moonbeam to keep a track on how employees are feeling.
Trustee Paddy Burtt said: “One member of the team was in an uncomfortable place, struggling with a huge workload, and disillusioned with what was going on.
“It’s not something he would have flagged up, and we wouldn’t have known about it unless we had seen the data.”
Before the pandemic, it is believed that depression and anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion (£730bn) per year in terms of loss of productivity. For a long time, the World Health Organisation has stressed that mental health in the workplace has been an area of concern. Yet COVID-19 has only made the issue worse with people working from home.
Check out the Moonbeam wristband in action below.