Psychological Support

In the modern economy most work is about mental effort

It is mental effort, cognitive performance that will have the greatest impact on the performance and productivity of your staff and your organisation.

Arcadia Alive has provided our unparalleled Psychological Services for over 20 years to bring sizable advantage in improving business and personal performance.

Our bespoke Psychological Services cover every aspect of business need – from identifying and diagnosing neurodiversity, mental healthand psychological issues, through to putting in place collaborative goal-oriented plans to return your employee to health and productivity.


Why employee psychological health makes business sense

If you have employees absent from work, you will know the costs are huge and a drain on your resources. These costs can be attributed to many factors including:

  • Wages paid to absent employees
  • High-cost replacement workers (overtime pay for other employees and/or temporary workers)
  • Administrative costs of managing absenteeism
  • Personal injury claims
  • Malingering / fraudulent claims

Indirect costs include:

  • Poor quality of output resulting from overtime fatigue or under-staffing
  • Reduced productivity
  • Excess manager time – dealing with discipline or finding suitable cover
  • Poor morale among employees who have to “fill in” or do extra work to cover absent co-workers.
  • Safety issues created by inadequately trained employees filling in for others, rushing to catch up after arriving as a replacement, etc

Then there are the expensive intangible costs

  • The reputation of your organisation
  • Errors due to temps or less skilled staff covering key roles or activities
  • Your best and brightest having to step down to cover – and possibly suffering stress themselves as result
Psychological health makes business sense Arcadia Alive

Examples of just some of the psychometric test we use:

California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT)

This is a measure of verbal learning and retention.

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales-III Working Memory Index (WMI)

This is a measure of attention-demanding cognitive tasks. This measure includes mental arithmetic, digit span and the recall of numbers and letters in alphanumerical and ascending orders

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Sales-III Symbol Search subtest

This assessment of processing speed, a measure of how quickly and efficiently one can perform cognitive tasks, is part of the WAIS Processing Speed Index (PSI)

Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST)

This is an assessment of adult dyslexia

Depression, Assessment and Stress Scales (DASS)

This is a measure of related, but separate constructs of Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) Revised Personnel System 3rd Edition

This is one of the most commonly used and most reliable and validated measures of personality and clinical pathology. This version was designed to be used in the selection of individuals to high risk positions and to identify risk factors around safety

DSM-IV Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Checklist(PTSD Checklist)

This is an assessment of PTSD

The Safe Personality Questionnaire (SAFEPQ)

The SAFEPQ is “designed to assess personal characteristics which are considered to be linked to an employee’s commitment to safety and safe behaviour”. The preferred behavioural style, attitudes and personality are central to predicting how safe he/she will be in any future role.

The questionnaire consists of 115 questions organisedaround 13 subscales and the following five scales:

  1. Commitment to follow Rules, Regulations and Procedures
    (Rules Commitment)
    This scale provides an assessment of the likelihood that an individual will follow rules and that their capacity to do so is translated into safe behaviours.
  2. Calm and Effective during Emergency or Unexpected
    Situations (Calmness)
    This measures the likelihood that an individual will have calmness and presence of mind to act safely and ensure that the best outcome is achieved.
  3. Responsible and Conscientious Approach to Work(Responsibility)
    This is a measure of the extent to which an individual will take full responsibility for and understand the implications of their actions. A high level of conscientiousness is fundamental to good performance in a safety critical role.
  4. Cautious and Patient Approach to Work (Steadiness)
    This scale assesses the extent to which staff tend to act in these ways. These have been identified as good indicators of the likelihood of accidents and/or lapses.
  5. Social Desirability Scale
    This provides an indication of how self-critical or self-enhancing the respondent has been in his/her answers to the questions.

The Safe Concentration & Attention Test (SCAAT)

The SCAAT assesses an individual’s capacity to maintain concentration on routine tasks. It is ideally suited to assess for roles where sustained concentration and attention are key job requirements.

  • It looks specifically at an individual’s:
    – Ability to concentrate on a monotonous task;
    – Ability to concentrate on two things at once;
    – Ability to switch focus of attention accuratelyand quickly.
  • There are three tasks:
    – Concentrating on completing one repetitive activity;
    – Concentrating on completing two repetitive activities;
    – Concentrating on completing
  • One constantly changing activity and one repetitive activity
Mental Health
Please complete the contact form for you would like to know more about our range of Psychological Assessments or call us at 08545 2600126