Review: Hotseat

Review: Hotseat

Putting people in the hot seat at work usually means piling on the executive stress. But Hotseat is actually an app for companies that want healthy staff, not a chain of overuse injuries waiting to happen.

Hotseat was created, perhaps unsurprisingly, by the founder of a consultancy specialising in workplace wellness. It's one of a growing number of apps that gamify keeping healthy.

It reminds workers to take breaks, even syncing with their work calendars so they can schedule break rosters.

They can choose cardio fitness activities like stair climbing and walking, strength training and stretches and even dancing - and organise team challenges.

Staff can track their progress with addictive stats showing how well they've done compared to previous days and how many challenges they've won.

Activities can also be shared with one friend or family member free and employers can offer rewards for staff performance.

You have to be a company to get the app, which is free to download and use, and the makers say its best for firms with 500 staff or more. So far it's only been released for Apple devices.