By ALICIA McKOY
Annual costs of work-related stress total $300 billion in the United States. However, the nature of managing teams, on top of performing within the organization, is exhausting. Often, companies find that leaders aren’t equipped with the knowledge to support employees’ mental and emotional well-being — which is why they’re turning to businesses like Peak Mind.
Founded by business owner and social scientist Alicia E. Mckoy, Peak Mind is a Black-owned tech startup focused on company-wide solutions to improve employee well-being, company culture and healthcare expenses. After more than 20 years in the interior design business, Mckoy had a realization that changed the trajectory of her career.
“Working as an interior designer brought me so much joy as I would reimagine and later recreate the aesthetic of a space,” Mckoy said. “But around 2019, right before the pandemic, I had a stark realization that no beatification of a space could alter the experience a person has if they’re not in a healthy mental state. Little did I know, that was the birth of Peak Mind.”
Peak Mind provides companies with a unique set of tools to empower workers to thrive while also equipping leadership with an insightful road map to safer workplace environments.
Through the application, employees have on-demand access to well-being coping activities that can quite literally help them find their calm in a moment of chaos. Through easy, science-based techniques, employees or diverse teams can participate in small actions from the convenience of their desk area or when gathered in large-meeting spaces.
Corporate wellness programs and tools lead to more energized and productive employees, and therefore a more productive company culture. Overall, corporate wellness programs result in a productivity increase of 5% or greater.
Peak Mind was recently one of the five, Black-owned businesses featured through the Business Equity for Indy (BEI) August Procurement Roundtable. When Mckoy was approached, she immediately felt this could be a platform to help inform companies across the Indy region, leading in the DE&I space, to ensure they were taking care of their own people.
“Just as a flight attendant would encourage travelers to put on their oxygen mask first, here at Peak Mind, we ensure that people are prioritizing their own self-care,” Mckoy said. “BEI companies are committed to advancing equity, but that work is cumbersome and can be overwhelming. We saw an opportunity to talk not only about Peak Mind’s diverse roots, but to shed light on how this tool provides essential support to those working in the DE&I space day in and day out.”
Through BEI, Black-owned businesses are leveraging opportunities to connect with various supplier diversity professionals looking to diversify their vendors. The procurement roundtable, which takes place quarterly, provides a platform for BEI companies and diverse suppliers to meet, get to know each other and, ideally, foster ongoing, mutually beneficial business relationships.
“Since the August Procurement Roundtable, we’ve engaged in conversations with a few Indy companies interested in exploring Peak Mind,” Mckoy said. “Opportunities like the Procurement Roundtable are a great tool for Black-owned companies to better engage with the corporate community.”
To learn more about Peak Mind, please visit the website. To learn more about BEI or to register for the next Procurement Roundtable, please visit the BEI website.
Alicia McKoy is founder and CEO of Peak Mind.