As stress levels related to the ongoing pandemic continue to ramp up, Big 4 firm PwC is looking to use AI and psychological analysis technology to help employees monitor their mental health and overall well-being.
Starting in the UK, the firm is rolling out an AI wristband to staff members that will track the wearer’s pulse, sleep and exercise patterns to determine how well they recover from heightened anxiety levels. This collected data will be supplemented with psychological tests and information about participants’ work loads to determine if patterns exist between certain behaviors and reactions.
PwC introduced the voluntary program to UK employees in mid-May, with more than 2,000 individuals signing on to be test subjects (double the capacity for the test program). As the results of these trials start to come in, the firm believes the technology may also be rolled out to clients at some point.