Castlight saves employers from the “graveyard”

First and foremost, HR Tech has been so much fun! There was a line to get into the invite-only Castlight party, and some even tried to sneak in! It was great to see such a turnout, and to partake in an evening of prohibition-era fun with industry leaders.

An evening of drinks, live music, and celebrity sightings at 1923, a Vegas speakeasy

Later that night, Cornerstone threw a great party and I saw the last thing I thought I would — HR leaders and vendors out on the dance floor!

HR leaders partying like it was their job at Cornerstone’s after-hours bash

On day 2, I spent a lot of time at our booth, and that’s when things got a little awkward…I finally took skeleton pics in the “graveyard.” Some people can make this look cool…I’m not one of them.

Getting a little skeletal at our ‘Inside View’ in booth 2120

But in all seriousness, sick talent really doesn’t work. Castlight’s “graveyard” speaks to the frightening costs of employee poor health. Many conversations centered around those hidden costs and what can be done to address them. Dr. Thomas Parry of Integrated Benefits Institute spoke about how the total costs of reduced productivity and lost work time are actually far greater than medical and pharmaceutical spend (lost work time makes up 2/3 of the full cost of poor health). Our products enable employees to manage their care proactively and access the care they need when they need it, resulting in a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce overall.

Later, Dr. Kent Bradley (former Chief Medical Officer of Safeway) spoke of the hidden costs of unmanaged behavioral health. He candidly described his wife’s and brother’s (vastly different) experiences with behavioral health conditions. He emphasized that most of these conditions are treatable, and that Elevate is a solution that helps employees access the care they need when they need it most.

The true impact of behavioral health issues in the workplace

I had the privilege to hear the challenges that employers face on an aggregate level and what they really look for when partnering with a vendor. Employers want an organization that will be with them in the trenches and enable them to tackle some of the most complex and hard-to-quantify issues. This was particularly evident in a panel discussion around benefits in Silicon Valley, featuring our customer Adobe. HR leaders are looking for partner who will help them quantify and act — exactly what our new solution Action does with it’s predictive insights and actionable data that helps employers connect their employees with the right care at the right time.

Our products are really tackling the tough problems, and I hope that makes us all proud.  Until next year, HR Tech!