The majority of employees in the UAE think businesses should provide more physical and mental health support through technology with apps, wearables and online services, according to research published by Aetna International.
However, there is also clear concern around the use of personal health data by employers on an individual basis, according to the global survey involving over 4,000 employees in the US, UK, UAE and Singapore.
Whether it is via smart watches, fitness trackers or applications, the study found that 75% of UAE employees believe their employer can help them manage physical health better, while 66% say the same of their mental health.
Additionally, 75% believe access to physical health services (provided by their employer) through their phone would help them manage physical health better, while 64% said the same about mental health.
David Healy, CEO – EMEA, Aetna International, said: “Technology has not only revolutionised how we collaborate, communicate and work, but also how organisations help support employee health and well-being.
“Particularly in the current climate, high-tech, high-touch corporate well-being strategies that include apps, devices and virtual access to care services are high on the list of employee demands.
“Businesses have a significant opportunity to embrace technology and innovation and fundamentally change their values, culture and approach to employee health.”