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Centene Opens New Service Center in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 17, 2016 - Centene Corporation's new Ferguson Service Center, a $25 million investment, is employing more than 250 people. Centene, a Fortune 500 healthcare company, initially announced plans to build the 45,000-square-foot claims processing center in Ferguson in early September of 2014.
More than 200 guests attended the celebration, which included remarks from Michael F. Neidorff, chairman, president and CEO of Centene, as well as U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, Governor Jay Nixon and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis President and CEO Michael McMillan. Guided tours of the facility were provided, as well as food from local Ferguson restaurants and entertainment from the Riverview Gardens Student Jazz Ensemble.
"Centene's commitment to build in Ferguson has been both compassionate and visionary," Gov. Nixon said. "I want to thank the leadership of Centene for not only transforming the health of our communities through the work that will be done here, but also for making this incredible investment in jobs to create economic opportunities for Missourians from Ferguson and throughout the region."
To facilitate the company's expansion, the Governor's administration partnered with St. Louis Community College to provide targeted job training resources through the Missouri Works Training program. In order to receive the incentives from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the company must meet specific job creation and investment criteria.
"The business sector must be a role model in creating stronger and healthier communities across the nation. One company at a time, one community at a time," said Mr. Neidorff. "As we open our new facility, we celebrate another step toward the revitalization of Ferguson. Centene is proud to be a part of this exciting opportunity and is committed to being a catalyst for that success."
The 45,000-square-foot facility, located at 2900 Pershall Road, includes a state-of-the-art bistro, fitness center, and on-site early childhood development center, as well as a community center available to the Ferguson community.
Exhausted At Work ... The New Workplace Epidemic?
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 13, 2016 - It's time for a wake-up call: Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of U.S. workers say they work while tired, with nearly one-third (31 percent) saying they do so very often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps.
The costs of working tired - both for professionals and the businesses they work for - are high: Respondents cite lack of focus or being easily distracted (52 percent), procrastinating more (47 percent), being grumpy (38 percent) and making more mistakes (29 percent) among the consequences.
View an infographic of the survey findings.
Work may not be the only issue keeping people up at night, but it's critical for managers to take action. "There is no upside to having an exhausted team at work," said Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. "Talk to your employees individually to come up with solutions."
Driscoll noted that these discussions can yield a number of ideas to help remedy the situation. "Offering a more flexible schedule may alleviate long and costly commutes. Bringing temporary staff on board may cut down on working after-hours. Reorganizing current priorities may lead to more manageable workloads."
Driscoll added, "Failing to take action can lead to big problems such as burnout, turnover and a negative corporate culture, along with lost sales and productivity."
Additional points from the Accountemps survey:
Younger workers might be burning the midnight oil. Eighty-six percent of professionals between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to being sleepy at work often, compared to 71 percent of workers ages 35 to 54 and only 50 percent of respondents ages 55 and older. Slightly more men (77 percent) than women (71 percent) said they often work while tired.
Fifty-five percent of workers said they would use a nap room if their employer offered one. Two percent said their employer already provides a nap room and they take advantage of it.
Thirty-three percent of workers who said they would not take advantage of a nap room cited the following reasons: It might make them sleepier (46 percent), they don't want to be perceived as a slacker (35 percent), and they worry about not getting their work done (34 percent).
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Thomson Reuters to Expand Workforce in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 3, 2016 - Thomson Reuters, a major multinational business information and media firm, will expand its presence in St. Louis by adding 20 high-paying jobs to its Creve Coeur campus, which is currently home to a staff of approximately 600. Gov. Nixon met with Thomson Reuters executives in London during a 2013 trade mission to Europe and again in New York last year.
"Missouri continues to be a top destination for global companies that depend on a highly-educated workforce to help their organizations succeed and grow," Gov. Nixon said. "This is great news for the St. Louis region and for Missouri, and a testament to our strong partnership with this global company."
Thomson Reuters formed in 2008 after one of the world's largest information companies, the Thompson Corporation, acquired London-based Reuters Group PLC, a multinational media and financial information corporation with a history that dates back to the 1850's. Today, the company combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, risk, legal, tax, accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.
The company plans to relocate 17 jobs from Buenos Aires as well as create three new Technical Support Engineer positions, which will help sustain expanding operations across the Thomson Reuters St. Louis hub. Expected to be filled within the next few months, the new St. Louis positions will include a manager, team leads, and several network engineers whose purpose is to support Thomson Reuters WAN networks: MPLS backbone, Internet access, last mile distribution to customers and diverse Core and Edge networks.
"As a Regional Hub, the move makes sense because it co-locates a critical piece of the network support operations here in St Louis, and will be located alongside other operational and service support teams that manage the company's strategic desktop and Real-Time infrastructure (EIKON and Elektron)," said Paul Bland, Global Head of Business Operations, Thomson Reuters.
"Thomson Reuters' decision to expand their Creve Coeur operations highlights St. Louis' reputation as a growing center for tech jobs and innovation," said Joe Reagan, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. "The company is confident that our region's tech workforce will perform to levels consistent with Thomson Reuters' highly respected global brand."
"These are new jobs relocating to our county from South America," said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. "I was happy to be part of the team that convinced Thomson Reuters to expand in St. Louis County. Company leaders told us that our global connectivity, especially our efforts to attract more foreign-born residents through the Mosaic Project, played a big role in their decision."
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