How Technology Helps Connect Employees to Their Communities

The key tenants of any employee wellness and well-being program fall into three main categories: physical health and wellness, mental health and social needs. Many organizations are now realizing the importance of this last category and how difficult it is to provide employees with what they need in remote environments.

An end-to-end HCM platform that can support wellness and well-being regardless of location is acutely necessary in the post-pandemic world and isolved’s platform, especially now with their Giving & Volunteering solution, is primed to meet that need.

If looked upon purely in terms of technology offerings, there are already stand-alone well-being solutions and well-being modules and add-ons for most of the major HCM suites. What makes isolved’s platform stand out is that attention is given to the social needs of employees that is sometimes apparent in others. 

Giving and Volunteering are so important right now because they combine key well-being elements: social needs, meaningful work and community involvement. When so many employees were effectively trapped at home, they had personal stressors that were sometimes helped by HCM technology but a big piece that was missing was the chance to connect with people outside their workplace and feel useful when it was very easy to feel powerless. 

By allowing employees to help others and communicate and recognize those collective actions, employers also get a chance to give to their own work community and the community at large.

Which business results can your organization tie to well-being efforts? (Top 3)

Business metricPercentage of companies able to connect well-being efforts to this metric
Employee engagement 83%
Retention rate 66%
Burnout rate46%
Source: Organizations are Communities: How Do We Care for and Engage our Employees? 2021

Organizations see real business results from these efforts too, this is not a case of reducing risk but bringing positive results to all parties involved. Of course, charitable work and corporate giving can be accomplished without HCM software but the ability to make it visible to communicate and recognize, then to tie it all together into achievable business goals is what makes the technology side of it so helpful. Any organization seeking to make the connection between the outside community and their internal one should be deeply interested in these new capabilities that are now available. 

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.