In the wake of de-confinement in many sectors and industries comes a new set of particular challenges. A large number of offices and institutions are now reopening and many people are facing yet another set of rules, restrictions, uncertainties, on top of various “back to work” related stressors. Navigating the numerous organizational and operational changes and strict safety measures triggered by the pandemic can take a toll on employees’ health and well-being.
During the pandemic, the use of new technologies to mimic or even replace the physical experiences has skyrocketed. From virtual meetings, remote office work to online clinics, technology was and still is at the forefront of our new normal. In the education industry, the digital classroom and online learning have rapidly become the norm.
As part of our research and development initiatives, ellicom/LCILX is analyzing how can we strategically make use of new technologies such as Virtual Reality within our learning solutions to create engaging and immersive learning experiences that puts the learner in the center.
In order to measure the effects of VR solutions on humans, we have been working in close collaboration with the medical community to study and research their effectiveness. Therefore, we have put in motion an extensive research study in partnership with Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider and network, and OVA, a leader in the spatial computing, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality fields to study and measure the positive effect of immersive VR experiences on cognitive flexibility, mental capacity, motivation and well-being of health care workers exposed to stress and potential burnout.
During the study, we measured and documented the physical and mental effects of mindful meditation on healthcare professionals’ mental well-being through a virtual reality mindful meditation tool that allows the participants to take short meditation breaks during their workday in a relaxing virtual environment.
Increased stress and anxiety in the workplace are widespread phenomena in many of today’s industries. If symptoms are ignored and untreated, the risk of developing burnout or symptoms of burnout increases. Therefore, more and more companies and organizations have been looking for ways to reduce their employees’ stress levels. Stress reduction has become increasingly and particularly important for the healthcare industry, especially considering that the current pandemic has pushed many healthcare workers to their limits. COVID-19 has put a magnifying glass on an issue that has become more crucial than ever and deserves our and the industry’s full attention: the reduction of stress and anxiety in the workplace to prevent burnout and allow employees to work in a more balanced and healthier way.
Download our research study below to access our findings:
Virtual reality mindful meditation as a tool for stress reduction in the healthcare environment