Workers get wearable mood monitors as they return to site

Grant Prior 2 years ago
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Construction workers are to be issued with wearable mood monitors to gauge how they are feeling as sites continue to ramp-up production post-lockdown.

Framework provider Pagabo is introducing the Moodbeam One wristbands which allow workers to record their daily moods at the press of a button.

The bands have already been tested on Morgan Sindall and Willmott Dixon sites prior to the pandemic.

The initiative will now be extended to a wider cross section of the industry including on-site project teams, off-site manufacturing teams, remote working teams and the subcontracted workforce.

Simon Toplass, chief executive at Pagabo, said: “Everyone involved in these trials recognises that to instigate real change in the industry we need to listen to the voice of all people involved in delivering a project. This includes consultants, manufacturers, contractors and sub-contractors.

“The industry is starting to talk about the pressure that is felt by its workforce, and this pioneering initiative starts to provide a way of staying in tune with how staff are feeling.

“The data captured during the trials is completely anonymous and will be used to highlight any challenges and stress points on-site, as well as capturing when things are going well.

“There are so many things that can affect whether workers will have a good or bad day – from weather factors to deadlines, long periods of remote working to unsocial shift patterns – so the Moodbeam One allows a really simple way for people to feedback.

“Now, as sites are reopening and sections of the workforce are returning to work, the Covid-19 pandemic has created added pressures for people, which will impact their wellbeing both in and out of work.

“The wristband’s design allows workers to have a voice through discreet, anonymous feedback – through simply pushing a single button.”

Results will be collected on a dashboard built by Pagabo’s development team which will be available to all contractors it works with.

Sean Bradley, managing director for London and Home Counties at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “By allowing staff to tell us when they feel good, we will be able to see where we are performing well, and where they may not be feeling as good, we can examine root causes and make changes or introduce new initiatives accordingly – and in the long run make a change to the industry as a whole.”

Kay Ortatepe, assistant group SHE inspector, at Willmott Dixon said, said: “As an organisation we are continuously looking for ways to improve wellbeing and ensure our people are happy and healthy.

“We’re really proud to be involved in these trials to drive forward for real change in the industry when it comes to well being for our people and our supply chain partners.”

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