Digital engagement platform Levelhead is working to bring balance to the workplace with mindfulness-based education programs and innovative gamification tools. The startup designed a mobile app that features self-directed exercises, such as guided meditation, that are designed to work effortlessly with an employee’s everyday routine, helping businesses improve employee productivity and well-being.
Levelhead allows employers to engage with their employees through the option of sending encouragement and feedback, as well as measuring progress at the individual and organizational levels, all while employees build relationships, learn to make better decisions and increase their overall satisfaction.
Founder and CEO Saundra Schrock took some time to share the purpose behind the company and her thoughts about the future of the workplace.
What inspired you to start your company?
One reason is my strong interest in mindfulness, as well as a personal experience of seeing the true power of having a really strong mindfulness practice. When I taught at Arizona State’s graduate school, I learned that the 30-something group was hungry for this kind of practice, but that attention span was not their greatest suit. I developed a program called Functional Mindfulness, which is bite-sized mindfulness practices specially designed for people in the workplace. Most of them are less than five minutes. It really was my desire to scale that whole concept. It’s kind of a combination of my mindfulness experience, and then being able to combine that with the latest technology to come up with this cool platform.
What are your goals for the next five years?
I think that not only will companies begin to see that this kind of engagement with their employees has tremendous benefits, but they’re going to want to have their own content on a similar platform. Our goal is to expand what we’ve done with Levelhead to provide a very flexible, affordable platform where other organizations can use the same kind of technology base to engage with their employees utilizing their own content. So Levelhead really operates on a platform that we’re developing to be much more scalable and much more user friendly for any business to be able to load their own content and use it. We see this growing to a pretty large scale over the next five years.
Where is the future of work heading?
The data supports that employees are feeling less trust. They’re totally disengaged. They really don’t believe that their company cares about them. This is a theme that’s not getting any better, despite all the activities that organizations have done to overcome those issues. But I can see there’s an emerging group of hope. There are enlightened leaders that know that something has to change, and what they need are new tools and a new way to engage their employees.
What gives your team their drive to succeed?
What drives us is being able to ignite the workplace in a different way. We’re using technology to help people think differently about how they lead. As an early-stage company, we take a great deal of time to work with our clients. We help give them ideas, and not just about how to use our materials and our program. I’m so fortunate to have this team of people who all have the same values, same culture. We’re there to help people. That’s what drives all of us.