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Veterans Health Administration Selects Essi Systems as Sole Source Provider to Reduce Workplace Stress
Date:5/19/2009

Online tools help VA employees manage stress, increase productivity and improve job satisfaction

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Strategic Health Care Group has chosen Essi Systems(R) as their sole source provider for stress management and behavior change tools for their employee health and wellness pilot program in the Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23). Essi Systems' StressMap(R) Online and 21 Day Club(TM) will be used to assess employee stress and provide interventions for dealing with stress effectively for VISN 23's 11,000 employees.

VISN 23 is one of 21 organizations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration. It provides health care services to veterans in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"The VHA went through a comprehensive process to identify stress assessment and behavior change products that have a profound and sustainable impact on their employees' health and well being," said Esther M. Orioli, Essi Systems' CEO. "They needed stress measurement tools that could easily be integrated into their web-based program, accurately track and measure employees' progress with aggregate and composite reporting systems, and be accessible to employees through their intranet."

"Our employees are our most valuable asset, so it's important that we provide them with tools that enrich their lives in the workplace and at home," said Dr. Ebi Awosika, director of employee health promotion disease prevention (VISN 23 Pilot). "We're creating a program that is measurable and sustainable, and we hope will be used as a model for other organizations as a way to build a resilient, motivated and productive workforce."

"Dr. Awosika was instrumental in getting this project off the ground, as was Dr. Rob Wilson, VHA's national director of occupational health psychology," added Ms. Orioli. "From our first meeting with Dr. Wilson, he recognized the need for Essi's stress tools and the impact they would have on VISN 23 employees. His efforts were critical in getting the pilot program launched."

About StressMap Online

StressMap Online targets areas for improvement and charts new strategies for enhancing employees' personal and professional life. Completed in as little as 15 minutes, it guides employees to cope more effectively with job-related stress, develops healthy behaviors, and increases job satisfaction and productivity. StressMap Online is extensively researched, norm tested and statistically reliable. It is confidential and secure - and a cost-effective way to reach every employee in an organization.

StressMap Online can be used as a standalone assessment tool, integrated into an existing health or stress program, or plugged into a company's intranet at a fraction of the cost of traditional onsite training or health and wellness programs.

About 21 Day Club

21 Day Club is the premier online stress assessment and interactive behavior change program that guides users through a step-by-step process to create new healthy behaviors, achieve professional and personal goals, and be productive with fewer resources. This self-paced program is confidential, interactive, and fosters employee self-responsibility and self-management. 21-Day Rule(R) research shows that new behaviors can be developed in as little as five minutes a day over a 21 day period to create habits that are lasting and automatic.

Selection criteria

Essi Systems was selected for their 25 years of experience with organizations to transform workplace stress into optimal performance, and for creating statistically-reliable and norm-tested online stress mastery and behavior change tools. The VA required self-administered online stress assessments that were easy to use and didn't require too much time away from the job. StressMap Online and 21 Day Club enable the VA to move quickly, meet the needs of its employees immediately, eliminate development and technology start-up costs, and track and measure employee populations.

"The VA recognized that measuring stress is critical for designing effective health improvement interventions," said Ms. Orioli. "Our online stress mastery program gives the VA a baseline on several key indicators and provides a comparative analysis of the interventions' effectiveness and impact."

About Essi Systems

Essi Systems, Inc. is a management consulting company offering stress, resiliency, emotional intelligence and leadership solutions to organizations worldwide. Essi uses behavior change and mapping technologies, brain science research, and 25 years of experience to deliver scientifically tested, results-based, scalable products and services that increase employee productivity, motivation and satisfaction; reduce corporate costs; and help employees and companies achieve exceptional growth and performance. Essi's solutions are used by Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in 30 countries. For information on the company and its services, go to www.essisystems.com.

Essi Systems, the Essi logo, Stress Map, and 21-Day Rule are registered trademarks and 21 Day Club is a trademark of Essi Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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