Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UpJoy Creates Happier, Healthier, More Productive Workplaces

UpJoy is a corporate wellness tool that supercharges employee productivity with happiness. The Santa Barbara startup is promoting a better way to work by combining positive experiences with structured breaks.

Employees who feel better work better, and those who take timed breaks are more productive. UpJoy exposes users to a wide range of funny, inspirational, and calming content that is customized to their preferences. According to several studies, viewing such content can reverse the physiological and cognitive effects of stress and upset. When we experience positive emotions, we become more creative, socially adept, resilient, and better problem solvers. Additionally, happy employees are physically healthier and get more done on the job.

UpJoy has been proven to significantly uplift users' emotional states. Based on cutting-edge psychological research, it provides employees with precisely timed mood-enhancing breaks to encourage creativity, productivity, and well-being. UpJoy delivers positive content that can have lasting effects such as reduced stress, improved cognitive function, increased collaboration, decreased blood pressure, and enhanced overall happiness. Users can save, share, and like items, and this interaction determines the media presented to them.

UpJoy can be customized to match a company's branding and messaging. Furthermore, HR and wellness managers can select the days of the week employees will be using UpJoy, set the time limit per session and the maximum number of sessions per day, and schedule break reminders for employees. Daily and weekly reports give an overview of the general mood in the workplace, and stats measure the ROI generated by UpJoy.

UpJoy is guided by experts in the field of psychology, including lead advisor Dan Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and lead scientists Jonathan Schooler and Shelly Gable. UpJoy has been featured in Nautilus, Tech Cocktail, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Pacific Coast Business Times, and UCSB's The Daily Nexus.

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