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Northumbrian and O2 team up to develop app to support workers

Northumbrian Water and O2 are working together to develop an app that will support employees' physical, social and financial wellbeing.

After joining forces at the water company's second Innovation Festival in July, the businesses are working with a number of start-up companies in O2's network to create the app as part of an effort to create a happier, more productive workforce.

At the Festival, which took place in July at Newcastle Racecourse, Northumbrian Water and O2 came together to look at ways to support employees to be happier, healthier and to safer at work, in a design sprint titled "Smiling, Happy, People Power".

The new app combines elements of four prototypes created at the Innovation Festival and will put particular focus upon support for people coping with bereavement or the menopause.

Lynn Perry, Northumbrian Water's head of people transformation, said: "The Innovation Festival was a fantastic experience and a real opportunity to get a range of really diverse people and experience in one place to see how we can make a difference for those people most important to our business – our employees.

"Now is our chance to really take the ideas forward and turn them into something that can really help people, connecting them to others who have had similar experiences, and to information that might likewise help them to deal with difficult situations."

Smiling, Happy People Power was one of 13 sprints at the Innovation Festival 2018.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Innovation
Tags: Innovation , Northumbrian Water , apps


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