Making the workplace a center for good health

Good health is imperative for an employee to do efficient and productive work. Healthy employees are vital for a successful company.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, chronic diseases like hypertension and depression lead to the decline of the overall health of workers. Such situations may cause problems and lead to lower productivity and may also be the reason for an increase in absent days for employees.

Businesses nowadays have realized the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and promote a health-enthusiastic workplace. Ideally, the workplace should be a place of protection and safety for the employees’ well-being while also giving them a chance to maintain better health throughout their lives.

If your company is interested in creating a wellness program and is looking to become a center of good health, the qualified team at WorkSTEPS provides services that will be helpful to your business and its employees. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 to discuss the appropriate tests for your workplace.

Number of obese employees lower in healthy workplaces

A study conducted by the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota established how a healthy workplace is associated with a fewer number of obese employees, according to a Reuters report.

The research, which involved a survey of 1,538 people with an average age of 25, found that only 17% of young employees are obese in workplaces that promoted healthy lifestyle practices. This is way lower than the 24% in workplaces with only one healthy factor or none at all. Workplaces that recorded a fewer number of obese workers were those that promoted yoga classes during breaks, fostered support for colleagues, and encouraged availability of healthy foods.

A healthy workplace means a healthy business. At WorkSTEPS, we help your business become not just an advocate of productivity, but also of healthy living. To know more about the wellness solutions that can best match your business goals, consult with us by calling (512) 617-4100 today.

Bursitis: What it is and how it can affect workers

Workers doing forceful and repetitive motions are always at risk of developing injuries. These injuries oftentimes result in lost time at work and decreased productivity, which can ultimately affect a business’ bottom line. One of the many musculoskeletal disorders that can occur in certain lines of work is bursitis, or the inflammation of a bursa.

Bursae are sacks filled with fluid located on your joints. As your joints move, these sacks serve as cushions that cover muscle tissues, skin, and tendons. However, poor workplace ergonomics, repetitive tasks, and prolonged sitting or standing may all result in bursitis. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by tenderness, swelling, redness, and stiffness of the affected body part.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers scientifically and objectively evaluate the readiness of employees returning to work after suffering injuries such as bursitis through assessments and examinations that are in full compliance with the law. Call us at (512) 617-4100 today to ensure that your workplace is as safe and productive as it should be.