LifeCare® Partners with PPC Worldwide To Deliver Global Workplace Support Services

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This release shares details about a partnership between LifeCare, Inc. and PPC Worldwide to deliver services that help U.S.-based companies with worldwide locations maximize productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and boost recruitment and retention.

One of the most exciting aspects of our partnership is that it enables LifeCare and PPC Worldwide to leverage our collective best practices, systems and methodologies

LifeCare®, Inc., a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, today announced that it is partnering with PPC Worldwide to deliver global workplace support services to U.S.-based companies with offices around the world. The partnership's services are designed to reduce an organization's top absenteeism and productivity drains -- including child and elder care issues, health and wellness problems, and legal and financial matters -- while helping local and expatriate employees and their families more effectively manage these challenges on a personal level.

The LifeCare/PPC Worldwide partnership is uniquely positioned in the global workplace services market, thanks to LifeCare's 25-year track record of creating innovative workplace support services and PPC Worldwide's brick and mortar presence in critical mass regions around the globe. With 6,500 worldwide providers and regional staff offices in Australia, China, India, Canada, the UK, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa, the partnership delivers services locally rather than through outsourced out-of-region vendors. This gives the partnership an intimate understanding of regional customs, behaviors and cultural needs, resulting in an unparalleled level of quality and service.

Operationally, LifeCare and PPC Worldwide offer clients several key benefits:

  • The greatest number of local, "in-region" specialists answering clients' calls, ensuring that LifeCare/PPC Worldwide specialists understand the needs and challenges of callers far better than competitors.
  • Consolidated reporting that spans an entire organization, no matter how dispersed.
  • Member promotion materials and an interactive website in eight different languages.
  • A single point of contact for clients to maximize convenience and minimize administrative confusion.

"One of the most exciting aspects of our partnership is that it enables LifeCare and PPC Worldwide to leverage our collective best practices, systems and methodologies," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "No other provider can match our combined 55-year history of successfully serving the diverse needs of thousands of companies and literally millions of families and individuals worldwide. And no other provider even comes close to matching the unique advantages we offer."

PPC Worldwide's CEO, Carl Tisone, said, "We're enthusiastic about partnering with an industry leader like LifeCare and extending services to their multinational customers. The need for help in balancing work/life challenges is not limited to U.S. workforces. These are challenging times for employers, and we know how our programs support health, productivity, and business success worldwide."

PPC Worldwide's Managing Director, Ed Radkiewicz, added, "The detailed understanding of the unique needs of multinational organizations is at the core of our services. Adapting our services to the cultural and language differences ensures that they are effective in solving problems and managing future challenges."

Two Best-In-Class Companies Join Forces
The LifeCare/PPC Worldwide partnership was formed specifically to address the human capital challenges of U.S.-based companies with offices around the world -- and to address these challenges through a locally-delivered, globally-consistent approach. By combining their operational advantages and decades of experience, LifeCare and PPC Worldwide can serve clients with an effectiveness that no other provider can replicate. What's more, each of these privately held companies has always maintained a singular business focus: to deliver best-in-class workplace support services.

LifeCare's/PPC Worldwide's workplace support services include:

  • information and resources devoted to the full spectrum of workplace support issues (including child and elder care, family life and parenting, health and wellness, legal and financial matters, and much more);
  • 24/7 access to crisis intervention, resource and referral, and telephonic consultation;
  • in-person counseling with over 6,500 network professionals around the globe;
  • legal and financial consultation through lawyers, accountants, and work/life specialists;
  • and a robust website in eight languages (English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese).

According to the 2007 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey, the nation's largest employers estimate that unscheduled absenteeism costs their businesses more than $760,000 per year in direct payroll costs, and even more when lower productivity, lost revenue and the effects of poor morale are considered. LifeCare's and PPC Worldwide's suite of workplace support services help employers recoup and avoid some of these direct and indirect costs.

About LifeCare®, Inc.:
LifeCare offers cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve our clients' bottom line. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

About PPC Worldwide:
Founded in 1975, PPC Worldwide is the leading global provider of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP), work/life, wellbeing and personal development services. PPC Worldwide provides services to over 2,000 organizations, covering 2 million employees in over 140 countries.

Notes to Editors

Peter G. Burki is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-556-8827

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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