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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Boehringer Ingelheim

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“We are powered by people, we share a common purpose that drives everything we do, we serve mankind by improving the health of humans and animals, we believe in building a healthier future for millions of patients and bring innovative solutions with future thinking” Boehringer Ingelheim

Winner Name: Bariş Torun & Ufuk Balcı

Winner Title: Barış Torun-National Sales Manager & Ufuk Balcı-Digital Engagement Manager

Winning Organization: Boehringer Ingelheim

Nomination: The Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year.  The pharmaceutical giant’s six Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze Stevie wins are tops in the 2020 competition

Boehringer Ingelheim’s vision can summed up in a few words; Value through Innovation. We’ve adopted this approach to ensure that we can take care of our people, patients and partners, now and in the future. The overarching objective is to build sustainable, all-round growth that benefits everybody. In order to achieve this goal, we continually develop new, effective treatments alongside our established products and encourage our people to move forward. And while we do this, we treat everyone with care and provide a sense of responsibility. Together, we’re dedicated to improving human and animal health.

Brief Biography about the Winner:

International experience on marketing and digital transformation of customer engagement. Launched award-winning websites, mobileapps and omni-channel projects with patient and customer focus in pharmaceutical industry. Explores opportunities for integrating innovation and digital technologies into healthcare marketing &commercial side.

Stevie Award Winning Case Study:

AcTFast Mobile App – Saving Lives of People Having Stroke

Every 30 minutes a stroke patient who could have been saved, dies or is permanently disabled, because he was treated in the wrong hospital. Stroke patients have only 4.5 hours to reach thrombolytic treatment! Basically, an ambulance will dispatch their patients to the nearest health centre, but the necessary stroke treatment can only be administered at specialized stroke centres. This leads to the loss of treatment time, which is already very limited. Furthermore, delays in diagnosing these patients during pre-hospital or in the hospital can lead to risking patients’ life.

The ‘AcTFast’ Application was developed to address this type of issues exactly. With AcTFast, ambulance staff (paramedic) will be able to identify the stroke patient, take the patient to the right treatment centre without any delay and inform the stroke team with pre-notifications. With this tool both the pre-hospital phase and the in-hospital phase time will be minimized. The potential use and benefits of this application to address the need for speed when treating stroke patients was presented to all stakeholders, such as stroke societies and  the Ministry of Health. As a result, the Turkey Ministry of Health decided to install this app in all ambulances in Turkey. AcTFast is currently available on Apple Store.

The use of this app is mandatory for the 8,000+ ambulance staff and 30.000+ Ministry of Health employees, who will be trained on stroke management via this app. With this application, the biggest problem in the treatment of stroke will be solved by ensuring that the patients in the whole country are transported to the right centre within the right time frame, to ensure they benefit from the required treatment. The European Cardiology Society selected AcTFast as one of the 10 most creative projects in the world and upon their invitation, AcTFast has been presented at ESC 2019 congress in Paris this year.

Digital Transformation in Customer Engagement | Boehringer Ingelheim Turkey

  • Boehringer Ingelheim’s ambition is to establish a customer engagement model, which sets the industry benchmark.
  • In Turkey, big international Pharma companies have been doing multi-channel activities with a big volume in the last 4-5 years.  Since technology advancement is no longer marked by linear progression but by an exponential rate of change, it was harder to catch our competitors with unstructured activities and programs, while putting the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Integrated Customer Engagement Roadmap

  • At the beginning of 2019, Boehringer Ingelheim Turkey took a further step towards achieving this goal: Customer Engagement Implementation Roadmap including new channel deployment, content excellence, data analytics and change management. It centres on exceeding the customers’ expectations.

New Digital Platforms [# customer service, product design & development]

  • Boehringerone.com/TR – HCP (Health Care Professional / Medical Doctor) website including key info about our products and HCP education on related fields ( Website is only for HCP’s with restricted login)
  • Automated Email Platform – Head Office e-mail platform
  • Veeva Approved Emails – From sales representative to doctors email channel
  • According to market research results, HCPs trust pharma activities and resources when there is a collaboration with independent HCP associations. With this insight, KOL webinars organized with the biggest HCP associations in related areas. To promote those activities, 3rd party channels have been utilized in addition to owned channels:
  • Live Broadcasting Platform
  • Facebook – Event promotion posts on HCP association Facebook Pages
  • 3rd Party SMS and Email – Event promotion from HCP associations to their HCP database
  • To deliver exceptional Customer Experience with the optimal mix of​ Content, Services and Solutions, all of the channels mentioned above should have created consistent customer experience (omni-channel); rather than independent one-off touchpoints (multi-channel).

Leveraging Data & Insights

  • To leverage Data and Insights to continuously enhance our Customer Engagement Model, targeted e-mails sent to different HCPs according to their previous open / non-open status. It enabled us to give our customers more meaningful messages.
  • In parallel to above point, brand teams put themselves into customers’ shoes, all Approved email subject titles and designs were updated to meet customer expectations and mobile UI / UX trends.
  • To measure the success of the campaigns, first ever Analytics Tracker developed. Which shows our Customer Engagement per channel per brand per customer.

Change Management [# employee development]

  • Internal trainings were organized to both Field Force, Marketing and Medical teams.
  • Field Force Training on how to coordinate the engagement with the HCPs, while integrating new marketing channels around F2F and website.
  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals Training to marketers and medical colleagues to give basic understanding of content creation dynamicsdigital terminology and creating sustainable experiences to our customers.
  • To create awareness on these projects, internal newsletters were published to all colleagues in Turkey.

Impact on Human Health [# corporate social responsibility]

  • Increasing the quality of interactions with HCPs helps us to deliver right treatment to right patients. In addition to branded activities and content, we created the first ever non-branded HCP email newsletter.
  • Respiratory newsletter included useful content to be more patient focused via educating HCPs on soft skills.
  • For brands without any sales rep support, digital-only promotion plans executed throughout the year.

Impact on Business (Outcomes)

  • More than 25% increase in the digital channel activities.
  • Market leadership in two major therapeutic areas for launch brands.
  • 5,000+ unique HCPs visited our login-required website in 8 months, which makes more than 75% of our total universe. According to IPSOS market research, Boehringerone.com/tr website reached higher coverage than our main competitors did in 8 months of launch.
  • Avg. email open rate has tripled industry benchmarks. (40%+)

We are powered by people, we share a common purpose that drives everything we do, we serve mankind by improving the health of humans and animals, we believe in building a healthier future for millions of patients and bring innovative solutions with future thinking. We believe that, if we have talented and ambitious people who are passionate about innovation and bring move value to the healthcare community, there’s no limit to what we can achieve. .

Boehringer Ingelheim is a global family owned business with more than 50,000 employees in 103 countries, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies, we act in the spirit of a global family that holds together and cares for one another – but also inspires and motivates each other.

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – Diversity, Inclusion and the Holistic Wellbeing approach

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

A working environment characterized by greater Diversity & Inclusion has more chance of being a place where new ideas and perspectives flourish: inclusive businesses benefit from those who feel very included and motivated in the Organisation. Companies with more culturally and ethically diverse Teams are 33% more likely to see better than average profits (McKinsey, 2017).

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 brought to light the need and urgency to put individuals and interactions over profits within the panel session dedicated to Creating a Holistic and Inclusive Wellbeing Strategy. The panel has been moderated by Chris Cummings (CEO Sonas Events) and joined by Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader – EY), Funda Kalemci (Global Leader, Diversity & Inclusion – Nielsen), Mimi Nicklin (Author and Empathetic Leader) and Öykü Kayaalp (Diversity & Youth Programs Professional – Vodafone Turkey).

According to the valued speakers, true Diversity and Inclusion have to create a sense of belonging, breaking the Mental Health Stigma and Empathy. So Emotional wellness turned out to be the core of those two elements: in fact, it generates wellbeing and inclusiveness at all levels.  

The covid-19 pandemic showed employees how frustration and emotional fragility affect performance and inclusion, even within the most well-structured and diverse Team. Filling the gap between self-expectations, dealing with such an unexpected “new normal” and an Organisation’s goal, proved to be a complex challenge that both employees and leaders had to face suddenly. Creating a work-life balance has been crucial to supporting the new “Smart Working Model” imposed by the pandemic.

How to maintain and strengthen a sense of belonging through screens and virtual work-spaces?

Irada Aghamaliyeva and Öykü Kayaalp firmly agreed on “connecting and communicate through a deep understanding of various cultures at the Workplace, whether physical or from home”. It is key to set a balanced environment where employees feel totally appreciated and valued – the reduction of work stress highlighted a decrease of stereotyping and a more open-mindedness towards intercultural awareness. It can be faced and strengthened through coaching sessions and encouraging employees to speak out freely and fearlessly about what makes them feel inadequate. Break the workplace Mental Health Stigma thanks to self-acceptance is the first step to creating a more inclusive culture, relation and support between employees and leaders.

What role plays Empathy in this framework and why it so crucial in an inclusive culture?

Empathy is the pixie dust that bridges the Diversity and Inclusion gap. Practicing and nurturing Empathy within the Organisations is the starting point from which Leaders and employees should consider the value of their interactions. Listening – not just hearing – is crucial: so often in HR and Leadership people listen to respond, but they don’t really stop and focus on what’s the inner need on the other side. To empathize is the choice to understand, it is a skill that we all can own through practicing kindness and active listening. “True Diversity and Inclusion has to begin with Empathy because if we don’t understand each other, how are we going to integrate?” Mimi Nicklin

Also, when employees are largely satisfied of their experience within the Company on an empathetic level, they are more likely to report high intent to stay with the Company and be high performers. “At Nielsen IQ we have a Global Wellness Framework lead by global HR Teams that works on four pillars: physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, financial wellbeing and environmental & social wellbeing”, Funda Kalemci affirmed, highlighting the importance of Mental Health within Global companies.

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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