Coronavirus resource spotlight: Workpartners Brain Manager

Employees suffering from stress and anxiety during the ongoing pandemic can benefit from a new, complimentary digital service that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy.

What it is: Workpartners Brain Manager

Brain Manager is a self-service, digital tool that delivers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and training through a custom, personalized experience. This approach helps Workpartners’ clients/employees appropriately engage in their benefit programs, while at the same time reducing overall benefit-related costs, according to David Weir, president of Workpartners, A provider of wellness and population-health solutions and part of UPMC Insurance Services, Workpartners is offering companies complimentary access to Brain Manager through Sept. 30.

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Workpartners deployed Brain Manager’s initial release to the more than 90,000 employees of UPMC, a world-renowned healthcare organization on the frontline combating the COVID-19 pandemic. “With UPMC as one of our largest clients, we innovate, test and improve upon our health-management strategies to help our clients achieve a healthier population,” Weir says, noting that Brain Manager has been very well received within its internal population.

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By using Brain Manager, users can increase their understanding of their own distress tolerance, sources of anxiety and stress cues. It also teaches them to incorporate proven CBT learnings and “in-the-moment” relief techniques–such as deep breathing and pleasant imagery–into their daily habits. The goal? To increase relaxation, grounding and mindfulness.

“While only a small percentage of people will feel the physical effects of COVID-19, we are all experiencing dramatic social, economic and cultural changes,” Weir says. “As a result, more individuals are feeling stressed, isolated and lonely.” He adds that Brain Manager helps users manage these feelings in a healthy way, particularly as the definition of “normal” evolves. “Our hope is that Brain Manager will help employees take a proactive approach to their wellbeing, addressing issues before they become costly and overwhelming,” he says.

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Tom Starner
Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at [email protected].