LYLA Ranks #8 – Fast Company’s ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’ 2022!

We are so excited to announce that we ranked #8 on Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022!

This year’s list honors businesses that are making the biggest impact on their industries and culture as a whole—ultimately thriving in today’s ever-changing world. These companies are creating the future today with some of the most inspiring accomplishments of the 21st century. In addition to the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, 528 organizations are recognized across 52 categories.

LYLA emerged during the coronavirus pandemic to get ahead of employee burnout and help with their mental health in a way that traditional Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) have not been able to.

“When the pandemic hit, it was one of those ‘aha’ moments,” said Marsha McVicker, Founder and CEO of LYLA. “We found the Employee Assistance Programs our clients had in place were not meeting the needs of their employees, and we were in a position to provide them with real solutions.”

LYLA now outperforms traditional EAPs by 300%. By combining artificial intelligence with an empathetic human touch, LYLA offers personalized solutions to today’s most pressing personal needs. From finding the perfect nanny to getting tires repaired during an emergency and stepping in when tragedy hits, LYLA never leaves the side of those it serves.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. The World’s Most Innovative Companies is their signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“The world’s most innovative companies play an essential role in addressing the most pressing issues facing society, whether they’re fighting climate change by spurring decarbonization efforts, ameliorating the strain on supply chains, or helping us reconnect with one another over shared passions,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2022) is available online here, as well as in-app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning March 15. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

Join us in celebrating this huge accomplishment!  We’d like to thank the entire LYLA team, and all of our users, whose hard work and dedication has made this honor possible.

Help Your Team Bring Their Whole Selves to Work

How to do it and why it’s critical.

If you’ve been following our journey, you already know that at LYLA, we’ve always believed in order for our society to thrive, we need to bring our entire selves to work.

As of August 2021, 55% of the American workforce planned to leave their current roles within 12 months—and the need for greater flexibility was the top reason cited.

When we try to keep our lives neatly divided into separate boxes: work, family, spiritual life, wellness . . . that sort of compartmentalization only makes the struggle more arduous and the risk of burnout greater. We need to be able to deal with children, with aging parents, with our own physical and mental health . . . and we need our employers to provide the flexibility for us to move between those various life roles.

We’re not just workers.

We’re people. Fully-dimensional, complicated people.

And we work best when we don’t have to hide it.

LYLA provides a service that enables—and encourages—employees to live their full lives. Our app and 24/7 support center provide employers a way to acknowledge that their teams live rich, dynamic lives and that their employment is only one part of that.

When COVID changed the workplace last year, we realized we could be an integral part of the shift from supporting “workers” to supporting whole, real peopleregardless of where, when, or how those people get their work done.

We’ve been living in a constant state of flux: stay-at-home orders, working from home, new hours, reintroduction to the workplace, hybrid work. Throughout all of this, LYLA has been a constant for the employees we serve. Our commitment to accessibility has made it faster, safer, and easier for our clients’ employees to reach out for the help they need (all while protecting their privacy).

Through our personalized support and proactive programming, we’re reducing the stressors our users juggle. We handle all those little (and big) tasks that can make your employees feel like they’re not keeping their heads above water. By taking care of those projects, LYLA is getting ahead of the burnout and giving employees the breathing room they need to focus on what’s really important.

Everyone needs help sometimes. And the employees we serve know exactly where to turn when they need to find a dog walker for their day of back-to-back Zoom meetings. Or research local contractors when their plumbing goes out. Or ask for support resources for their child who’s struggling with the new school environment.

We support your employees in every facet of their lives—as whole humans, not just as workers. In fact, the average user leans on LYLA 3 times each month—and saves themselves approximately 16 hours in the process.

LYLA helps your employees feel supported, understood, and cared for. And with that support, they’re less likely to burn out. They’re more likely to feel satisfied with their work and their lives in general.

Simply by enrolling with LYLA, you can:

  • prevent burnout,
  • increase satisfaction, and
  • improve employee retention

All for less than what it would take for you to buy each employee one monthly Starbucks.

It’s time to support the fully-dimensional lives your employees live. Get started with LYLA.

Hey there, it’s LYLA!

It all started when one of our customers said in passing, “Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if we could do so-and-so?” And we thought to ourselves, “Wow, that really WOULD be nice.” But instead of just doing that one thing, we decided to see what OTHER things might be nice. So we started on a new journey of self-discovery. We brought in a UX (user experience) designer (Hi, Juliana!) to start interviewing customers from all walks of life to get their suggestions on what would make not just the app, but our entire program better. The feedback you gave us was amazing!

We began the development process but knew that all the awesome changes that were coming needed a fresh new design, especially after the year we’ve all had. That’s when our UI (user interface) designer came in (Hi, Joy!). She created three very distinct vibes and surveyed both current customers and people who’d never even heard of us to see what resonated the most. She took the pieces from each style to create one master design. If you open the LYLA app right now, you’ll be holding it in your hands!

Along the way, our marketing team (Hi, Tom and Pete and Jen!) guided us toward a completely new brand, an acronym for Love Your Life App: LYLA. It’s a new name for a new app and a new beginning. But we kept all the good stuff: the people you’ve come to know and love. Our technology isn’t Artificial Intelligence; it’s powered by real-life humans who solve problems in a variety of ways and will make sure your tasks are completed more meaningfully than any AI ever could.

We’re excited to show you what LYLA can do, and we’re even more excited about the enhancements that will continue to come your way throughout the summer. We had so many great ideas that they couldn’t all be crammed into one update, so you’ll want to be sure to check back often to see what’s new. And if you’re interested in becoming one of our interview or test subjects, please let us know.

Welcome to summer! Welcome to more free time and a shorter to-do list! Welcome to LYLA.