Sophie Wyne’s first job out of college was a disaster as far as workplace culture goes.
In fact, about 30% of the company quit at the same time to protest mismanagement.
As she moved on to work in the cybersecurity industry, Wyne’s worked with CIOs and IT Managers at Forbes 1000 companies to identify and mitigate risk.
One day, thinking back to her first job, she wondered: why wasn’t there a tool like this for Human Resources?
This laid the foundation of what Ariglad is today.
The startup is named after the Danish word “arbejdsglade,” which means “happy at work.”
Happy at work is something we all aspire to be, though few often are.
In response to this gap, Wyne and fellow cofounder Ali Avci want to leverage technology to improve HR.
“Ariglad identifies when employees are feeling burned out, anxious, or simply dissatisfied,” the startup says. “We use people data to enhance foresight instead of relying on hindsight.”
Artificial intelligence is key for HR to address problems before they get out of hand, according to the Vancouver company. Up to 80% of internal team time is spent on repetitive employee communication and complex processes, such as staffing requests or bonuses. Ariglad aims to reduce that by 50%.
“Intelligent HR is the new HR, and the right kind of HR,” the founders affirm. “Recruiting analytics is some of the most important data that can be gathered and utilized to make smarter decisions that save company time and resources.”
HR insights, like absenteeism, are easily measured—but there are more important “people analytics” that are not simply a matter of course. The employee experience is valuable and HR makes use of such analytics to make informed decisions on hiring and how to manage and improve employee performance—in the name of “creating an enriching environment that breeds positivity and organization success.”
“HR is still centralized around people, but in a way that’s more intelligent and serves a higher purpose,” Ariglad says. “Maximizing business outcomes is the ultimate goal of HR insights.”
People analytics have never been more conveniently gathered and your team more empowered, according to Ariglad, whose platform already boasts 1,000 integrations with business software including Slack and Gmail.
Launched in 2020, the startup this week landed a $1.3 million seed round, reported BetaKit. The company informed BK it will use the funding to refine its product, improve market reach, and expand its team.
This year, Ariglad is participating in Y Combinator, which led the firm’s recent capital raise.
The B2B SaaS platform for internal teams believes it is participating in a “revolution against wasted time” through AI.
Vancouver neighbour IcePanel, a collaborative diagramming tool that helps software engineering and product teams align on technical decisions, also joined YC this year.
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