Employee Mood Monitoring Technology: Good for Business or Invasive For Employees?

HR teams from a company in Germany are taking employee well-being to the next level. Advances in human capital metrics that will enable companies to keep track and monitor an individual’s mood and intervene when well-being is at risk which can in turn affect productivity in the workplace.

Researchers have established a piece of wearable technology that collects data on an employee’s cognitive performance and mood, as well as stress, how much physical activity the individual is doing during the working day and can even monitor sleeping patterns.

The device can provide a quicker and more accurate way of assessing the mood of the team as opposed to conducting written surveys. Perhaps employees would not be entirely honest when writing surveys which raises the issue of ethics and privacy.

Dr Jenny Barnett from Cambridge Cognitive explains the benefits of the system for companies: stating that the device can help individuals to comprehend how small changes in daily factors such as stress, sleep and exercise have an effect on mood and in turn concentration, remembering and make sound business decisions. This can have a great impact for all companies wanting to improve productivity and reduce ad-hoc employee absence.