Promoting workplace wellness

Medical professionals have recommended employers implement a number of measures in the workplace to encourage and facilitate healthier lifestyles for employees. These practices can reduce the amount of medical services needed and reduce workplace-related illnesses or injuries as well.

A few of the recommended promotional measures involve:

  • Exercise – Something as simple as providing secured bike parking for commuters or shower and locker facilities for those who want to exercise at lunchtime can increase the likelihood of exercise.
  • Preventive care – This may include providing vaccinations in the workplace during flu season.
  • Education – Hold seminars designed to raise awareness of healthier practices.

While there are a number of tactics you can use within your company to promote wellness, you may want to consider the outside help of the experts at WorkSTEPS. Our team has helped Austin businesses build health-oriented programs that work for them. To learn more about the services we offer, call us now at (512) 617-4100.

Understanding Pre-Employment Testing

As many employers know, traditional resumes are often unreliable when it comes to identifying skills and experience in applicants. Research suggests that 46% of resumes are composed of lies and 78% have misleading statements, according to Criteria Corp.

To counter dishonest tendencies in applicants, companies are beginning to opt for pre-employment testing in their hiring process. Pre-employment tests are found to be more objective in structure and design, and they help companies identify applicants who will fit into a long-term plan. Not only does pre-employment testing lessens the time spent on reviewing resumes and conducting interviews, it also offers the following benefits to employers:

  • Higher productivity – well-developed and validated tests may predict the employee’s productivity in the future
  • Increased defensibility in the hiring process – Because tests are under federal guidelines, equitable and non-discriminatory hiring procedure is certain
  • Increased employee retention (and reduction in costs regarding turnovers) – The test ensures that employees have the basic aptitude for the job

If your company is in need of a pre-employment testing, or if you wish to learn more about the services we offer, call WorkSTEPS today at 512-617-4100 to speak to a representative.

How is pre-employment testing helpful to your company?

Pre-employment tests, usually provided by workplace wellness programs, are tests done to screen job applicants; they may often include the testing of knowledge, work skills, personality, cognitive abilities, language proficiency, and many other areas.

Pre-employment testing can be incredibly helpful in the sense that it can identify applicants who will be likely to perform well in their jobs. This testing allows employers to save time and decrease turnover rates, as well as to improve overall moral.

Companies should be aware of two major elements to pre-employment testing: validity and reliability. Validity means that the tests should measure criteria that will predict the employee’s performance. In short, a test becomes valid when the employee who performed well on the test goes on to do well on the job. Reliability, on the other hand, is the consistency with which a test measures an item.

If your company is in need of a program for pre-employment testing, or any other workplace wellness service, the professionals at WorkSTEPS can designed the perfect setup for you. Call our office today at (512) 617-4100 to learn more.