MANCHESTER, NH – The future of work includes a permanent hybrid workforce. We already work from home and many of us will work from varying and changing office locations.
Today, StanData, a Manchester-based software provider startup will announce the launch of its best-in-class hybrid worker wellness and productivity technology. Their legacy world came out of making height adjustable workstations in an industry where 80 – 93 percent of the products were never used as intended and so the benefits were lost. StanData established its niche rising out of a pandemic-forced pivot and they have created software that transforms any height-adjustable workstation into a powerful wellness tool that tracks workstations, not people! As a former road warrior, I get it.
As an unreformed hybrid worker, I conducted this pre-launch interview from my General John Stark Park field office … because I had to. And, no, that is not a background screen behind me. It is a real tree (chosen to block some of the sun and background noise.) Sorry, not sorry.
Wanted: 10 Companies to test proof of concept. Requirements:
- Hybid work force (work from home or work from varying locations)
- Must own or be ready to acquire height-adjustable workstations
- This is a bring-your-own test the proof of concept first, program.
In return – you will create your own proof of concept and look to get:
- 85 percent engagement of workforce instead of the typical 20 percent
- 64 percent increased energy at work
- 3.4 fewer breaks per workday due to discomfort translating into 147 hours increased productivity (that’s 3.5 weeks)
- Find that overall, 58 percent of employees will feel more engaged because your company cares about your employees.
Serious offer. So, do reach out to Mike if you are interested and meet the criteria.
What I love about this startup is the concept of creating a Fitbit type of tool that brings gamification, teamwork and connection to the remote-from-home or emerging hybrid worker. They have rightly focused on three pillars Educate – Remind – Report in a cool new way. Their “gamification protocols” allow teams to interact and see their collective performance.
In our conversation, CEO Mike Kind talks about how his team recognized that “innovation and collaboration has declined in a remote work experience” because there is so much less 1: 1 interaction taking place. Their Ah-Ha moment came when they put people in performance groups and came up with a “wellness while you work” concept. The results were so positive that they turned to an outside company for further validation. The validated results allow them “to guarantee the technology’s performance – not by using case studies or historical data, but rather through Proof of Concept programs involving an organization’s own employees.”
Pretty cool concept. Great timing, too, because as we go back to work, hybrid models are here to stay. This means business leaders need to look at a breakout between collaborative work and focused work.
Some jobs require work in a specific space or collaborative team other work can and will be done from just about anywhere including a neighborhood park.
Information StanData shared with me from Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 56 percent of U.S. workers have jobs that enable them to work at home at least part of the time, and that 25 to 30 percent of the workforce will continue to work from home multiple days a week by the end of this year. “Hybrid work models are here to stay,” said Joseph McCool, author and Founder of The McCool Group. “Companies need to invest in the wellness of their workforce and think about ways to retain and engage their employees in this new paradigm.”
If employee comfort isn’t enough of a reason to investigate a new way to look at workstations, consider that if left unaddressed, couch surfing for work has significant drawbacks. Health issues abound. StanData has looked at the numbers and noted that “musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) during the first three quarters of 2020 have surpassed the annual cost during each of the past three years, according to research by Marsh, a global leader in insurance brokerage and risk management. “In addition, researchers are estimating an increase of up to 16 percent in MSD claims over the next 12 to 18 months. The average cost of an individual ergonomic claim in the U.S. stands at around $17,000, making ergonomic injuries a potentially large expense for employers.”
I like Mike’s passion for connection and the way StanData is going about creating that connection between teams, mobility and health. We have all had enough isolation this past year.