The Travelers Companies workers compensation insurer announced a new app that’s designed to help injured employees maintain their mental health during recovery.
“Wysa for Return to Work” is an app that’s meant to be used to promote an injured employee’s mental health and facilitate a more holistic recovery, according to Insurance Business America. This app was created in partnership with Wysa, a provider of AI-driven mental health support.
Tool to support total wellbeing
Things like fear, unrealistic expectations, lack of sleep and minimal social support can hinder the recovery process, according to Travelers. The app is meant to serve as a tool to support the total wellbeing of injured employees.
Travelers’ workers’ compensation claim data reveals that “more than 40% of employees who have missed work days due to injury have experienced a psychosocial barrier to their recovery.”
To help overcome that barrier, the app helps users build mental resilience skills. The app “responds to what users communicate through an anonymous, texting-style platform, and offers strategies including cognitive behavioral techniques, guided meditation and breathing exercises.”
Reduced number of missed workdays
Pilot results show workers who have used the app reduced their number of missed workdays by about a third compared to those who didn’t use the app.
An injured employee can get access to the app when they indicate one or more psychosocial barriers to recovery while talking to a Travelers nurse or claims representative.