The Christian Mutualities (CM) is investing in Track Abilities. The Limburg start-up has developed a platform to avoid absenteeism and offers long-term sick coaching programs to support their return to work.
A Track Abilities coaching process starts after a few weeks absence. The platform uses an accessible and digitized coaching system for this. An employee receives individual guidance from a self-selected course coach.
A Track Abilities coaching process starts after a few weeks absence. The platform uses an accessible and digitized coaching system for this. An employee receives individual guidance from a self-selected track coach Track Abilities was founded last year by Rik Loenders, Niels Goyens and Ruben Degraeve. “CM’s entry is not just a matter of money,” says Ruben Degraeve. “It confirms our approach to reintegration and prevention.” It is noteworthy that CM is investing in such a startup, but this is not the first time. Previously, the health insurance fund also went into BloomUp, a platform that aims to make it easier to find a therapist. According to Steven Hermans, director of business development and social innovation at CM, the investment in Track Abilities is also complementary to the back-to-work coaches that CM has recruited. “Long-term disability is a big problem,” he says. “Almost half a million people are disabled. We do not think there is one right solution, but we believe that various good initiatives can contribute to a return to work. We find both the back-to-work coaches and Track Abilities a valid solution. ” The supervision of Track Abilities starts from four weeks after the loss of an employee, in that sense it is also next to the mandatory reintegration processes that start much later. In addition, there are no formal administrative steps that you have to go through with it. external doctor and prevention, but is a voluntary option for the employees. In this way, the employee retains control over his or her own informal reintegration process. “We believe in early intervention,” says Ruben Degraeve. “It is important to start the dialogue quickly. It gives people perspective. “Track Abilities believes that in today’s tight labor market, this approach can work. In the end, there are no hordes of graduates ready to replace sick people. Research shows that employees who choose such an approach return to work 15 percent faster, and has 12 percent less chance of relapse. The announcement does not mean that only members of CM will have access to the services of Track Abilities. The intention is to approach the entire Flemish market. Degraeve: ” We focus on employers. They can buy packages specifically for employees who are incapacitated, as well as pay for the guarantee that all their employees who drop out in the future can count on individual guidance. “Of the formal reintegration processes.” We put a Great Wall around it, “says Hermans.” These are employers who find it important to offer individual guidance to employees. And it is fundamentally different from formal reintegration processes. As a health insurance fund, we focus on the relationship between the citizen and his benefit. “Investment is also a way to profile oneself more as a health insurance fund. For example, the health insurance fund has for a long time formulated its mission to make health accessible to all.” We are constantly looking for what can contribute to this, “says Hermans. “Our traditional activities as a health insurance fund are not sufficient to accomplish the mission. So we also invest in social entrepreneurship. We actually did this in the past by setting up home care stores, hearing centers or hospitals. Now we are looking for social enterprises to invest in. “The investment is not made with money from the compulsory health insurance, Hermans emphasizes. In the long run, however, there may be income attached to it. Although this is not the case yet.” To invest in such young enterprises. always involves a risk, “he says.” We sincerely believe in this story, and if it goes well, there will come a time when we can get our investment back through an exit. ”