Tech's relationship to wellness runs hot and cold. One minute our Fitbit is spurring us to sprint up a staircase; the next our iPhone is baiting our anxiety with insecurity-provoking social feeds. While tech products both enable and hinder wellness in our lives, the powerful companies behind them know that when it comes to attracting top-talent employees, supporting wellness is essential. Silicon Valley's unicorns (and centaurs and ponies) outdo one another in quests to offer competitive perks that promise to undo the stress of startup life. Those investments in employee well-being may contribute to Bain & Company's finding that companies including Apple, Netflix, and Google are 40 percent more productive than the average company. But since the splashy early days of Silicon Valley startup perks (the mythic rock walls, laundry services, and foosball tables), the current incentives are looking less like the fantasies of tween gamers and more like the desires of health-minded adults.
So what does wellness look like for the people behind our screens?