This App By Gen Z Founders Helps Combat Isolation and Burnout in The Remote Workplace

A new software tool called Kona aims to help remote workers feel more connected and to combat burnout, which has cost US employers $47.6 billion in lost productivity in 2022.

By AHN Editor

April 5, 2023

Sid Pandiya, the 22-year-old co-founder, came up with the app alongside fellow UCLA graduates Yen Tan and Andrew Zhou, with the aim of making Slack more than a chatroom for tasks and deadlines.

The app asks users how they are feeling by offering them the option of selecting a red, yellow or green heart, which they can then expand on to provide more information about their emotions.

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Pandiya and his team want to help remote workers feel more connected to their colleagues as remote work and working in front of a computer all day can feel isolating and tedious, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and burnout.

According to Kona’s study, organizations that have used the program have seen a 5% decrease in staff attrition. Pandiya said managers can use Kona to identify team members who are struggling and offer solutions, for example, by giving them a day off if they are not sleeping well. The app can also provide human resources departments with anonymized, aggregated data.

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Kona is being used by more than 100 firms, including Equinix, MasterClass and Oyster, and aims to provide a more humane way to deal with employee satisfaction than traditional employee surveys.

Kona has a low-key openness that sets it apart from other corporate-run mental health initiatives. Tan said its founders tried to make it as friendly as possible and named it after their friend’s dog.

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