We’ve invested in companies that offer a wide array of enablement solutions, and what’s really impressive is that these solutions are delivering immediate and tangible business impacts. BetterUp is the first digital platform to bring personalized leadership development through one-to-one coaching and immersive learning for employees at all levels. Alexi Robichaux, the company’s co-founder and CEO, noted at the showcase that the desire to grow and learn at work is part of a “new social contract” between employer and employee.
Similarly, Vida Health puts better health in the palm of a person’s hand. It combines personalized health coaching and therapy with technology to address chronic and co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions. Vida programs help people lose weight, quit smoking, manage depression and anxiety, and get healthy enough to discontinue type 2 diabetes medications — all things that lead to reduced medical claims, noted panelist Stephanie Tilenius, the company’s co-founder and CEO. She added that customizing help to the individual is “where employee engagement is moving.”
Landit is the market leader in personalized career pathing, focused on increasing the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a turn-key “one size fits one” solution that enables companies to attract, develop, and retain high-potential diverse talent. Each member receives a tailored playbook that provides the tools, resources, know-how, and human connections they need to advance and navigate their career. I have this quote written down in my notes from Lisa Skeete Tatum, Landit’s founder and CEO, from the panel saying: “The future of work is focusing on unlocking the potential of each individual by investing in their personal success. . . Our members are more engaged, and as a result, companies see the increase in retention and mobility.”
And then there’s Guild Education, which helps companies offer education benefits to employees. Guild’s technology platform helps connect large employers and their workforces with top, nonprofit universities that focus on serving the needs of working adults. Guild’s Education Network offers a range of programs from high school completion and vocation programs through bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Additionally, Guild’s team of retention coaches and advisors help each employee navigate the path back to school, with support from day one through graduation. One thing we heard from Zoe Weintraub, Guild’s vice president of partnerships, is that workers want to “increase their economic mobility” with education, and offering it pays off for employers, too. She often cites how they’ve seen employers increase employee retention 2.5 times by offering education benefits.