4. Players Moving in the Right Direction
Previously, we wrote about how employers often get wellness programs wrong (it's not just yoga and a wellness room). In the 181,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall filled wall-to-wall with exhibitors from across the country, we met a few players moving the workplace, wellness, and employee experience in the right direction.A few of these tech problem solvers include:
- Nivati offers virtual, third-party coaching so employees can freely discuss sticky situations or other wellness needs with an unbiased professional. Their app is easy for employees to use and includes on-site, live virtual, and on-demand services.
- MeQ is helping companies understand what is impacting performance, and to see mental wellness and resilience scores for their teams and organizations as a whole so they can take meaningful action.
- Espressive created automated self-help across the organization with an easy-to-engage avatar and conversational AI to improve employee experience and alleviate tedious tasks for support staff, all while helping to contain costs.
- BuddhaBooth (pictured above) has crafted tranquil environments for companies that work anywhere with portable meditation booths. (We can personally attest that we found some peace in the middle of a busy conference floor!)
These companies are expanding what is possible in employee experience and making workplaces work better for people in the process.
Related: Employee wellness (and why most employers have the wrong approach)5. Skills Gaps and the Future
Another critical element in our conversations with HR professionals was identifying skills gaps to create employee development opportunities and knowing how each person works best.
Suppose an organization can identify employees' talents and how they work best. From there, leaders can create a plan and community that supports those talents of the individual. And, for employees, when a company invests in them, it ties them to the organization's future.
"Employee development is more important than ever because it allows companies to engage with one another and build skills and knowledge to do their job better."
- Ralph GaillardCEO and Chief Learning Architect,
Adele Learning Lab.