Boost your employees’ well-being at work with virtual reality

Nearly 480,000 cases of work-related psychological stress, 150,000 employees unable to cope with their workload and deliver results… the figures on work-related stress and its consequences are alarming. In France, the cost of stress to companies is estimated at between 2 and 3 billion euros. Results? These effects impact not only on workers’ health, but also on the smooth running of companies. Loss of motivation, healthcare costs, absenteeism, even in the worst cases: cessation of activity, premature death… The social, medical and economic divide caused by stress is phenomenal and unquestionable. What can be done about it? . What if simple actions to improve well-being at work were a promising way forward? Zoom in.

Stress in the workplace: a growing reality

According to the latest Opinion Way barometer for Empreinte Humaine, 44% of French workers are in a state of psychological distress. We also learn that when it comes to stress at work, France (19%) is in third place, behind Germany (20%) and Poland (25%), according to the latest survey. The Workforce View in Europe study published in 2019. And with good reason: the pressures of workloads, high expectations, tight deadlines and a difficult work-life balance have accelerated work-related ill-being. Add to this the macro-economic context and the COVID-19 crisis. The result? Increasing work-related stress and declining well-being.

Stress at work – which leads to a lack of well-being in the workplace and sometimes beyond – can have significant consequences for employees’ mental and physical health. It can contribute to development of anxiety disorders, depression, burn-out and other health problems. Unmanaged stress can also lead to lower productivity, increased absenteeism and presenteeism (when employees are present at work, but not very productive), which can lead to a negative impact on company performance.

Even though the French authorities, trade unions and companies have taken steps to tackle the issue of stress in the workplace, and have integrated it into their corporate culture, we are all aware of the need to take action. the Quality of Life at Work (QWL) approachEmployee well-being should be a central concern for all companies, for those who care about their employees and their business.

Why should fostering well-being in the workplace be a priority of a company’s QWL approach?

Getting to the root of the problem: what if Philonides had suggested a solution? Indeed, according to a study by Opinion Way, for 8 out of 10 employees “having a job is good for mental health, it’s the working conditions that need to be addressed”. Recognizing the detrimental effects of stress on mental health, employee well-being and overall business performance, many organizations are implementing initiatives to promote employee well-being within their working environment. Results? Happy employees, more productivity… In the end, companies that take action to improve the mental health of their employees through their QWL policy win everything:

Employee health and well-being

Boosting well-being in the workplace aims to preserve employees’ mental and physical health. By promoting a less stressful work environment, companies can help prevent burn-out, anxiety and depression.

Productivity and performance

Excessive stress can lead to lower productivity, more frequent errors and reduced quality of work. By reducing stress, companies improve the performance of their teams and the quality of their products or services.

Commitment and retention

A more pleasant working environment strengthens employees’ commitment to their work and the company. It can also increase talent retention, as employees are more likely to stay in an environment where their well-being is taken into account. “If a company doesn’t want to lose its best people to the competition, it will have to pay special attention and consideration to its employees.”. says Stéphane Gueguen, founder of HappinessWork.

Corporate image

Companies that care about their employees’ well-being and implement measures to reduce stress are generally perceived as responsible, caring employers. This can improve the company’s image with customers and business partners.

Cost reduction

The costs associated with sick leave, employee replacement and negative repercussions on the company’s financial performance can be reduced by alleviating stress in the workplace.

Organizational climate

Reducing stress promotes a more positive organizational climate. Employees feel valued, listened to and supported, which strengthens interpersonal relations and team cohesion.

Innovation and creativity

A work environment that is less stressful and more conducive to well-being encourages creativity and innovation by giving employees the space they need to think, come up with new ideas and solve problems creatively.

Companies that do not place sufficient emphasis on Quality of Life at Work (QWL), and in particular stress management in the workplace, can experience a decline in employee well-being.

Improving workers’ well-being through mental coaching and meditation: the BrainRise solution, a must-have for well-being at work

Solutions are emerging to help companies and employees promote employee well-being. These include mental coaching, meditation and relaxation techniques.


Virtual Reality for patient well-being


Disconnection areas for healthcare professionals at Edouard Herriot Hospital


Improving the Quality of Life at Work of health care personnel thanks to a digital stress management therapy that is simple and accessible to all 


Digital therapy to reduce pain and anxiety over invasive procedures


A wellness day for health professionals thanks to the insurance company, the Mutuelle Nationale des Hospitaliers


HypnoVR for medical staff

To this end, HypnoVR offers an immersive solution that uses virtual reality and advanced psychological techniques to deliver a deeply relaxing experience, effectively reducing stress and promoting well-being at work. “Our approach does not aim to revolutionize well-being at work, but rather to improve it in a tangible way. We have developed a system that integrates harmoniously into a Quality of Working Life (QWL) approach, aimed at creating an environment conducive to well-being. This device, which we call BrainRise, has been designed to boost self-confidence, manage stress and relax through short and effective guided relaxation sessions.“says Nicolas Schaettel, President and Founder.

The genesis of the product? During the COVID-19 crisis, when caregivers were exhausted and overworked, an unexpected use emerged for HypnoVR technology. Initially designed for non-drug sedation of patients, HypnoVR has been used by caregivers for relaxation, offering them a means of relieving the stress associated with their intense work.

HypnoVR’s attention was drawn to this usage, and we reacted accordingly. Recognizing the urgent need for emotional and mental support for healthcare professionals, HypnoVR has developed a dedicated solution: BrainRise. It focuses on relaxation, coaching, motivation, rest (napping) and self-confidence. Although not intended as a medical device, BrainRise has proved effective in improving the well-being of caregivers… but not only! As you can see, this solution extends beyond the medical world, as it can also be adapted to companies to help workers develop their well-being.



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23. Quality of life at work in a cytotoxic reconstitution unit: Use of the HYPNOVR device

CH d’Angoulême

Therapeutic field

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anxiety reduction

15. Use of immersive virtual reality in nurses for anxiety management

CH Montauban

Mental coaching and meditation: the BrainRise bet for a successful QWL approach?

BrainRise technology rests on three distinct pillars, carefully designed to maximize benefits:

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More than 400 institutions are already using HypnoVR to improve their patients’ experience of care.