LimeTime Session Recap: Well-being in the Flow of Work
By: Jennie Overton
At LimeTime, our quarterly virtual event series, we announced an exciting new integration with Microsoft Teams, which will allow employees to seamlessly engage with their well-being program through the Teams platform.
In this session, Colette Foreman, VP of Product at Limeade and Nicole Herskowitz, VP of Microsoft Teams & Platform future of work, shared key industry trends shaping product innovation in this space, how Microsoft is transforming the digital employee experience, and how Limeade for Microsoft Teams will drive benefit awareness, employee engagement and improved employee well-being.
Industry Trends impacting employee engagement and well-being
Foreman kicked off the session with three high-level industry trends currently impacting how employees’ access and engage in their well-being program. The trends included an increase in the number of health and well-being solutions organizations offer, the demand for organizations to embrace flexible processes and technology, and a decline in employee engagement. The thoughtful conversation between Foreman and Herskowitz took a deeper look into how Limeade is working to solve these complex problems.
1. Fragmented digital employee experience
The number of health and well-being solutions organizations offer employees continues to rise. The employee experience is still a disjointed process of navigating between many disconnected portals and logins.
70% of workers report having to log in the same data multiple times in the day to get their jobs done.
A recent study be Deloitte reported that most workers toggle between apps 10x an hour, costing organizations up to 32 days per worker per year in workplace productivity.
How Limeade can help
According to Foreman, at Limeade, we’re approaching this challenge in two ways:“First, we’re removing access barriers by uniting the well-being experience into a single, holistic experience. This means unifying devices, health and benefit point solutions, biometric data and industry-leading well-being partner solutions into a single, personalized experience. Second, we’re passionate about solving the challenge by meeting employees where they are in their well-being journey. We believe each person’s journey is unique. Offering the Limeade well-being experience on mobile, desktop, and in the flow of work allows access to well-being resources where and when they’re needed.”
2. Flexible HR processes and technology
The flexibility that remote and hybrid work offered during the pandemic is here to stay. Foreman shared that “in this competitive marketplace, employers are finding that they need to provide flexibility if they want to attract and retain top talent. The shift is causing organizations to rethink traditional processes and design work environments that meet the needs of this diverse workforce.”
How Limeade can help
“Access to well-being shouldn’t be a destination, it should be an experience. Micro-moments of care when needed, personalized, relevant and accessible. Limeade is unlocking new possibilities for employees to connect to their organization, their team and their well-being resources. We believe that infusing well-being into the flow of work through employee collaboration and communication tools improves this access and decreases the friction to engage,” said Foreman.
3. Employee engagement decline continues
Employee engagement continues to decline post-pandemic with fewer than 1 in 4 U.S. employees feeling strongly that their organization cares about them and their well-being. According to Limeade Institute research, when employees feel cared for by their organization, 94% of employees say they are personally engaged in their work and 95% of employees say they feel included in their organization. Science shows a direct correlation between organizations showing care, and employee engagement.
How Limeade can help
“How can organizations ensure their employees feel cared for? At Limeade, we believe it starts with providing employees with a personalized, well-being journey. When more content, activities, recommendations and resources are all personalized. How employees engage with their organization is evolving and we need to continue to innovate to meet their needs,” said Foreman.
The future of work
The session also highlighted how the future of work is shaping up to be more employee-centric, with a greater focus on employee well-being, engagement and productivity. Technology will play a key role in supporting this shift, with companies like Microsoft and Limeade leading the way in innovation. As organizations continue to adapt to the changing needs of the modern workplace, employees need to be met with the tools and resources they need, where they need them.
Limeade for Microsoft Teams Integration
The new integration, called Limeade for Microsoft Teams, is designed to decrease friction for employees to work on their well-being in the moments between their daily work tasks. This means that Limeade can meet employees where they are, not only in their well-being journey, but also in the work tools they use every day.
“We’re so excited about the partnership with Limeade and to show you this exciting integration that we have across our product offerings. Understanding that people have new expectations is critical to making hybrid work, work. And this is why we have this definition of hybrid work as flexibility. Employees expect to have flexibility on when, where and how they work. And it’s incredibly important for organizations to take this into account as they design solutions and tools to support their employees.
Microsoft Teams, many of us know it as a great collaboration and communication tool to enable you to meet, chat, call collaborate synchronously, asynchronously…but one of the most powerful things about Microsoft Teams is that it is a platform to help you automate workflows, to help you bring in your applications, the tools you need to empower your employees, to better support them whether it is employee care and well-being to critical data to get their work done — all of these things can come together in Microsoft Teams.” – Nicole Herskowitz, VP of Microsoft Teams & Platform future of work
The Limeade for Microsoft Teams integration is an enterprise-ready Microsoft Teams App that centers around the Limeade well-being experience. It is designed to positively transform the employee experience by infusing well-being into the flow of work. The app will be available to all Limeade customers with Microsoft Teams in Spring 2023.