These were the words spoken about Desmond Doss—a combat medic who later was promoted to U.S. Army Corporal—by one of his commanding officers, Capt. Jack Glover. The very captain who had thought of Doss as a slacker once saw Doss’ true strength at the unforgettable battle of Okinawa (1945) at Hacksaw Ridge, where he saved 75 men with sheer will. With outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of peril, he became a symbol of strength and gallantry, far above the call of duty.
This instance corroborates the fact that being a service member means more than physical abilities; it is also about the toughness of mind. The physical strength of a person will only get them so far if they do not have the mental strength to compliment it. A perfect balance between physical capability and mental strength can significantly solidify and enhance a person’s performance and integrity. With the aim of inculcating this ideal blend of physical and psychological health among defense personnel, RippleWorx made its entry into the defense industry. The company offers robust, customized performance acceleration solutions designed to track and enhance the holistic performance and well-being of defense personnel, teams, and even corporate organizations.
Guiding DoD Personnel to their Peak of Success
“We help individuals to determine the key factors in their daily life that contribute to their cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing,” says Angie Sandritter, the CEO of RippleWorx. She believes that similar to how ripples expanding across the water can incrementally create big waves, implementing small changes in the daily life of an individual can help them leap into making impactful improvements in performance. To spark these changes, RippleWorx encourages users to achieve their primary goals with real-time input, assessment, and monitoring of routine activities. The vital information gathered by the application can be leveraged to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and physical capabilities of the athletes, soldiers, and other relevant individuals.
The company takes an analytical approach in assessing the qualitative and quantitative data for both the physical, emotional, and cognitive performance of an individual, and the overall unit as a whole, to determine the trigger points that empower success. Thus, by utilizing the capabilities of its elite performance tools, RippleWorx enables users to focus on crucial data when needed, eliminating distractions that are counterproductive to the individual or the unit’s success. Angie underscores, “RippleWorx is designed to create measurable impacts – meeting the needs and requirements of our military.”
We help individuals to determine the key factors in their daily life that contribute to their cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing
Setting the Stage for Excellence through Innovation
RippleWorx deploys on desktop and mobile interfaces, based on the client requirements. The platform can monitor the daily routine and training schedule of a service member, and can collect data about their day-to-day activities. “We keep a record of their preparedness for training activities, their schedules, and survey results, while simultaneously integrating with additional datasets in the backend, be it sensor data or existing individual qualitative information,” says Angie. The platform can further integrate with physical and other relevant data of the participant from a multitude of sources to devise optimum training plans, ultimately making an impact. Then, RippleWorx’s team of data science and kinesiology experts use predictive modeling to analyze the integrated data and determine if any individual is susceptible to any health risk or any adverse effects.
Establishing a Firm Foothold in the Corporate Sector
It is not only athletes and service members who suffer from fatigue, burnout, and scarcity of direction. More often than not, employees also seek proper inspiration to empower their performance. It is challenging for organizations to notice these signs among their workforce, and hence, they cannot effectively motivate their employees to discover their optimal mindset. RippleWorx goes beyond the mundane HR topics like benefits and payroll, and identifies the core of employee motivation. “The main ingredient in finding that mindset is in the human factor that we bring out through our solution, giving the user a purpose,” says Angie. Despite being a technology company, RippleWorx prides its ability to look at an organization’s overall wellness by identifying the human factors that ensure the success of its integrations. This holistic approach taken by RippleWorx facilitates seamless interoperability between the users and its solutions. The company then implements change in a step-wise manner, measuring progress each step along the way to get optimum results.
Angie and her team bring a trove of knowledge and expertise from the psychology and human resource spaces, further enhancing the capabilities of RippleWorx in the corporate world. For RippleWorx, the first step in ushering positive change begins with a needs analysis.
“ The company takes an analytical approach in assessing the qualitative and quantitative data for both the physical, emotional, and cognitive performance of an individual, and the overall unit as a whole, to determine the trigger points that empower success”
Following the Trajectory of Innovation and Growth
Always being at the helm of flexibility and innovation, RippleWorx has been versatile and agile even in the face of the current pandemic crisis. “We are not only thinking of service members today, but also focusing on some of the corporate initiatives for tackling the COVID-19 challenges,” explains Angie. Today, the government and corporate sectors are investing in new technologies to allow its employees to work remotely. For RippleWorx, the next step is to shore up its integration capabilities with other innovative technologies. To keep up with this change, RippleWorx is enabling clients to coordinate better with their teams. By setting up flexible scheduling through its Ripple platform, users can optimize organizational workflow and facilitate smooth communication among the employees. It can also send out suitable recommendations to boost the morale of the employees and help them effectively deal with the changes. To this extent, RippleWorx is offering video integration, giving clients an agile way to share relevant video content to further enhance employee engagement and measure the response. The versatility of the Ripple platform is thereby enabling it to meet the overall goals of the organization seamlessly.
The platform also allows RippleWorx to get a pulse check on its client organizations and help them adjust their targets according to the market conditions. As people begin working remotely, organizations are struggling to enhance the productivity of their teams. In this landscape, RippleWorx is looking at the whole spectrum of impact factors and helping clients in setting up flexible workflows that do not conflict with the personal circumstances of the employees and personnel. The company is also collaborating with the U.S. Air Force, utilizing and upgrading its capabilities to serve the Airmen, ultimately enhancing performance and completing more missions. “Capitalizing on our proven expertise, we can help ensure the wellbeing of teams, both in corporate and government settings, which is ultimately made up of individuals,” concludes Angie.