Alert@Work Human Resource Services is an integrated human resource and occupational health and safety company. We understand the association between sleep, performance and health. We work with organizations throughout Canada and the United States using our expertise to optimize employee performance and minimize absenteeism, risk and health costs. From power generation to gas and oil distribution, manufacturing, transportation and health care, Alert@Work is there – helping to make organizations more successful by incorporating sleep and fatigue management into their training, operations and health and wellness programs.
Alert@Work consultants provide real solutions based on leading-edge research and practical experience in human resources, training, management and OH&S. Through seminars, printed resources, employee assessments and sleep disorder screening, we bring awareness and problem-solving strategies to you and your organization. We will help you and your employees Sleep Better – Feel Better – Work Better.
Alert@Work Human Resource Services is distinguished from other providers of shift work information because we offer
practical solutions – if it doesn’t fit in with shift workers’ schedule or lifestyle or an organization’s operations, it is just a waste of time. Our experience has led us to an understanding of what is practical, but yet reflects the best expertise on the subject.
a wider range of relevant content – shiftworkers have a primary interest in sleep, diet and family strategies. We go beyond the basics and provide information about common sleep disorders and strategies for maintaining alertness and overcoming sleepiness and fatigue while at work or driving.
specialty in circadian rhythm disorders – giving information about shiftwork is only relevant if it is based on knowledge of circadian rhythms and circadian type. We incorporate this information in a simple to understand explanation so that shift workers can work ‘with’ their body and not against it.
assessments – for those shift workers who are having more than the usual challenges with shift work, we have developed assessments to determine the root of their difficulty and can make recommendations for improvement.
Our Clients Include:
- Bruce Power, Ontario, Canada
- PG&E, San Francisco, US
- BP, Colorado, US
- AES, Oklahoma
- Keys Energy, Florida, US
- Potash Corp, Saskatoon, Canada
- New Brunswick Power, Canada
- 435 Wing Squadron, Winnipeg, Canada
- Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations
- Saskatchewan Correctional Centres
- City of Saskatoon
Founder and Principal Consultant
Carolyn Schur is the founder and principal consultant at Alert@Work Human Resource Services. She founded the company after numerous requests to provide information to shift workers following the publication of her book ”Birds of a Different Feather: Early Birds and Night Owls Talk About Their Characteristic Behaviors” in 1994. Ironically, the book has little information about shift work, “because at the time, I assumed someone else was addressing the needs of shift workers. I learned, however, that this information existed mostly in scientific and medical libraries and front-line shift workers had no access to it, this being the pre-internet era.”
The research done for the book about sleep and circadian rhythms gave Carolyn a solid foundation for understanding why shiftwork was a challenge and she immediately began sharing this information with shift workers. Over the years Carolyn has accumulated a vast knowledge about sleep, sleep disorders, shift work and fatigue. and has written several other publications, including ‘Working ‘Round the Clock: a Survival Guide for Shift and Night Workers’ and ‘Alert@Work: Keys to Managing Sleep and Fatigue in the Workplace.’
Carolyn emphasizes, however, that it is not only important to have an extensive knowledge of the subject matter. It is critical to apply it in a realistic and practical manner. To achieve this, she draws on her expertise in management, training and human resources and has developed a number of management tools specific to the shift work workplace.
More recently, Carolyn has also founded Associated Sleep Services, (www.associatedsleepservices.com) a sleep disorder screening centre in Saskatoon, Canada. She sees both shift and non-shift clients who may be having sleep problems.