The community project designed for Singapore may be a role-model for similar-minded developers worldwide to focus on pandemic-linked mental-health issues.

Beyond the sudden logistical and technical problems caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that the mental trauma and emotional impact of being locked down or constrained in our lifestyles may need addressing.

Already, there have been increases in pandemic-linked suicide cases and depression globally, and mental health may need as much attention as physical health, especially in vulnerable groups and unprecedented groups of people reeling from real or anticipated economic and financial strain.

Therefore, in an effort to help Singapore companies and employees cope with the emotional impact of Covid19, a Singapore startup, Workjoys, has developed what it claims is the world’s first free virtual team building software.

According to its founder Joshua Koh, more than 100 Singapore companies and organizations, and more than 5,000 employees are using the platform: “I founded Workjoys as a community project to help employees and managers build better bonds while coping with the pandemic. Workjoys offer companies simple social games for their employees and teams to play with. They can share trivia and stories about themselves, play positive polling questions, discover more about each other and have a good laugh through the chat functions. What’s more, its free!”

One unnamed travel agency human resources manager as said: “My team is enjoying the games and trivia on WorkJoys so much. It has helped us stay connected and brought humorous interactions aside from work matters and we are even getting to know each better.”