Temple has launched a new employer funded mental wellbeing app that supports workers with their positivity and productivity.
Inspired by the design of social and gaming platforms like Candy Crush, Temple packages a 15-minute HIIT workout for the mind, curating bitesize exercises that help to build healthy habits and stronger minds.
Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, Ben Wintour and former Microsoft executive, Nikolaz Foucaud, Temple has also announced that a new advisor, Cambridge professor and Neuroscientist, Dr Becky Inkster, who focuses on Mental Health and AI, has joined the team.
Users are guided through daily practices to boost positivity. These include: meditation, journaling, daily inspiration, gratitude and compassion exercises, as well as a daily physical exercise led by world class trainers. All practices in the course are supported by research in Positive Psychology.
The courses provide rewards, motivating users to take their minds seriously, challenging them as they go, and helping build a social community of workers with a shared goal to thrive, not just to survive at work.
According to Mental Health provider Ginger, 88% of workers reported experiencing moderate to extreme stress over the past 4 to 6 weeks. Among those reporting stress, 62% noted losing at least 1 hour a day in productivity and 32% lost at least 2 hours a day due to COVID-19–related stress.
Dr. Becky Inkster, Temple Advisor says: “The emergence of Covid-19 has brought about some very real challenges to workers and to their organisations. This pandemic and its devastating effects on mental health make me all the more inspired to join the Temple team and to advise on how we might be able to bring about real positive change. By harnessing the benefits of machine learning, technology and existing research we hope to build an engaging service for users and make them not only more positive, but more productive too.”
Corporate customers pay per active user per month and Temple provides employers with valuable insights to help better understand their employees’ collective mental wellbeing and progression over time as well as detailed ROI stats, whilst fully protecting worker anonymity.
Liz Keenan, HR Director at Heyne Tillett Steel comented, “We had really positive feedback from those who used the Temple app and it’s great to be able to provide an option to employees that looks after their mental health, as well as offering the more common physical health benefits. Having an app which provides a range of exercises including meditation, physical and gratitude sections in one place makes it really unique and completing these tasks daily really adds to an overall sense of wellbeing.”
Temple Co-Founder, Ben Wintour says: “We are delighted to bring Dr Inkster on board as an advisor at Temple. Together we believe that we can offer employees a truly proactive and aspirational service to support their minds.
“We’re not just about throwing out life rings for people in need, but rather teaching people how to become excellent swimmers.”
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