Employer’s role in accomadating injured workers

An employee return to work after an injury boosts morale, prevents recruitment and training expenses, maintains workplace productivity, and avoids wage replacement. In turn, letting an injured worker return to work sooner allows them to earn and be productive during their period of recovery.

A recent study concluded that employees are more likely to return to the job if their employer works with the limitations the injury has caused. Those in charge should attempt to draft an effective transitional program for an injured employee returning to the office. To ensure that the injured worker will remain safe while doing their duties, managers can modify tasks depending on their needs and limitations. If the employee is completely unable to perform their previous duties, the employer may choose to provide them with an entirely new work assignment fit for their restrictions.

WorkSTEPS has carefully designed tests that can help determine the limitations and capabilities of an injured worker. Let our team help you design transitional work duties for returning injured workers through our Fit-for-Duty EvaluationFunctional Capacity Evaluation, or our Sincerity of Effort Test. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more.

Decreasing employee turnover

An employee turnover rate simply means the ratio of the number of employees to the number of new hires. Although simple in explanation, the adverse results of a high employee turnover rate are actually complex and burdensome for a company’s overall wellness. Damaged employee morale, higher cost of training, stalled productivity, and dented business image are just some among the many problems associated with this issue.

As such, it is important to know the basics in keeping employee turnover rates low. Hiring the right individuals through an appropriate pre-employment screening is considered a key to lessening employee turnover. Placing returning and existing employees on suitable work duties through Fit-for-Duty evaluation, setting the right benefits and compensation for employees, and advocating for their health through wellness programs at work may also all help in keeping employees at the company.

Managers and business owners who have been utilizing the WorkSTEPS program are now seeing a significant decrease in their employee turnover rate. To know more about how we can help your business, call our offices at (512) 617-4100 today.

Creating a food-conscious workplace

Workers oftentimes spend eight or more hours in the workplace or associated setting each day. This means an employee’s eating habits at work can greatly affect his/her overall wellness. Workers who eat healthy perform well at work, while those who consume unhealthy foods are at higher risk of obesity, hypertension, and other medical conditions that might affect productivity.

As a manager, it is important to create a workplace where healthy eating is encouraged. Provide workplace catering and onsite vending machines that offer healthy foods and snacks. Placing water stations in accessible areas around the workplace will also ensure that everyone is hydrated while on duty. You can also create a food-conscious workplace by instituting a workplace nutrition plan that would provide support for workers who want to stay healthy by eating right.

We at WorkSTEPS support employers and managers advocating for their workers’ health through workplace wellness. To know how we can help you with your workplace wellness endeavors, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.