Scienta Health programs improve call centre performance

Rogers senior vice-president Paul Nielsen says Scienta’s health program has had an incredible effect on employee health, job satisfaction and performance. “Our sales performance has gone up incredibly, and while that’s due to a number of factors, this certainly was a major contributor,” he says.

Call centers and the 1 1/2 million Canadians working in them are often the first, sometimes the only, line of communication between a company and its customers. As the public face of a company, utmost effciency is demanded of these centers and their employees. As a result, call center employees are exposed to a great deal of stress at work, not only from irate customers but also from an often hard-nosed management.

Unhappy, unhealthy employees cost companies money in the long run: fast turnovers, sick days & presenteeism, and damage to the company image are just some ways in which stressed & inefficient workers affect the bottom line. In 2011, Rogers Communications, with the help of Scienta Health, surveyed its call center employees; the results were staggering: many employees suffered from headaches, gut issues, obesity and other largely preventable health problems.

imageIncreased recognition of the health issues that can arise from working in a call center has led some companies, including Rogers, to examine ways to improve center working conditions and ultimately, employee health. Rogers, working with Scienta, started by putting in place a health initiative offering healthy advice and online health-monitoring tools to employees in a pilot call center in Kitchener. The reception to the program was amazing, and it was soon offered to larger centers in Ottawa and Brampton. Paul Nielsen, Rogers senior vice president, said “ Our sales performance has gone up incredibly, and while that’s due to a number of factors, this certainly was a major contributor”.

To read the full article in the April 30th edition of Canadian Business, please click here.

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Scienta Health on July 9th 2012 in Scienta in the News

Your Organization’s Health – a Wise Investment

Downtown BusinessIf you genuinely believe your people are your most important asset, you will know you cannot afford for them to be giving less than their best.

Presenteeism in your organization – physically at work but delivering impaired judgment, supervision, quality, productivity or customer service – is a serious hidden drag on your competitiveness.

Progressive leaders know it pays to have healthier employees. Direct benefits include reduced healthcare costs, improved attendance and productivity. Indirect and harder to measure are the effects of poor lifestyle habits — lack of sleep, stress, poor nutrition, inactivity — on critical thinking, decision-making, customer interaction, creativity and more. Improving the health of your people is an investment in the quality of your human capital — your competitive advantage in today’s knowledge-based economy.

Asian manager iStock_000012951392XSmallScienta Health delivers biometrics-driven Corporate Health Services. These are not traditional wellness programs, nor are they an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We design sharply focused, custom programs to assess and address each organization’s unique risk profile. Scienta’s proprietary profiling methodology and data interpretation by our expert health team provides the necessary inputs required to develop cost effective health program solutions for companies.

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Scienta Health on May 20th 2010 in Scienta On Health

Insights From Psychology Advances Employee Development

Alexa Thompson, author of “Using Psychological Insights to Further Employee Development,” adds to Scienta’s posts on the value companies can gain by investing in their employees, their development, their health and their overall well-being. Thompson, who writes for an online resource about psychology and psychology careers, which now include organizational or work psychologists, discusses the benefits of companies treating their “human capital” more like an asset and less like an expense.

imageThe role of the average employee in the workforce has changed dramatically over the past several years. Once viewed simply as resources to be assigned to projects at the discretion of management, companies are increasingly realizing the inherent value in an employee who feels respected and recognized as an individual. Research by experts in workplace psychology has found that investing in “human capital,” the economic value of an employee’s skill set, attitude and overall health can bring ample returns for organizations that encourage their employees to grow professionally while enriching their minds and well-being.

The term “human capital” was coined in the 1960s by economist Theodore Schultz, who believed that organizations could invest in their human capital through education, training and enhanced benefits, leading to an improvement in the quality and level of production. For most non-management level employees, the benefits of having an employer acknowledge and utilize each individual’s specific skill set seems obvious, but for many large, rigidly structured companies, the concept has been difficult to embrace. In today’s knowledge-based economy we are seeing an increasing realization that the only assets many companies possess are those that come and go each day and can easily leave to join a competitor.,

The positive effects of focusing on human capital are difficult to ignore. In an APA survey, it was found that 93% of employees who feel valued at work are motivated to do their best at work, while only 33% claimed they were motivated even if they didn’t feel valued. “Successful organizations have learned that high performance and sustainable results require attention to the relationships among employee, organization, customer and community,” says David Ballard, head of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

Business leaders looking to build success through creating a more psychologically gratifying culture for their employees can start in a few simple ways. Asking employees about their own thoughts regarding what they hope to accomplish and the areas in which they can strengthen their skills can inspire an individual to take a more active role in their own development. Employers should strive to be open about where they feel their own deficiencies might be and in what ways they are working toward improvement.

Companies that invest in their own human capital are simply enhancing the resources they already have. Research shows that employees who are satisfied with their work are far less likely to look for a new job, limiting costly hiring and training processes. Additionally, the quality of the work being done will often be markedly improved as employee mindset improves. Businesses with a strong people-sensitive culture and content employees are viewed as desirable places to work among the most intelligent and creative employees, those who are most likely to create innovations that allow their companies to take the lead, investing in success consistent growth and long-term success.

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Scienta Health on August 15th 2012 in Miscellaneous

Plugging into the Secret Lives of Teens

imageOn April 7, 2011, Scienta Health hosted a breakfast lecture entitled “Plugging into the Secret Lives of Teens”, featuring noted Harvard doctors Blaise Aguirre (guest speaker), Esther Dechant and Michael Hollander (round-table discussion hosts).

The breakfast lecture was held at the Four Season’s Hotel in Toronto. Dr. Aguirre spoke about adolescent borderline disorders and how to recognize and deal with the condition in your teens. Doctors Dechant and Hollander hostedround-table discussions after the lecture for participants wishing to know more about adolescent borderline disorders.

Aguirre_Blaise 2.07Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is the founding medical director of 3East at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits.

Dechant, Esther 3.07Dr. Dechant is Day Hospital Director – Klarman Eating Disorders Center at the McLean Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry with subspecialty certification in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Hollander, M. 9.07Dr. Hollander has treated adolescents and their families for almost 30 years and is an expert in individual and group therapies, especially the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with teenagers.


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Scienta Health on February 23rd 2011 in All About Our Events

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