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.

Back injury a primary workplace safety concern

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers back injuries the number one workplace safety issue in the country. According to the OSHA, hundreds of thousands of workers are affected by back injuries every year, which translates to hours or days lost from work. Furthermore, a quarter of all workers’ compensation due to non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses are associated with back injuries, creating financial loss for the employers.

The U.S. Department of Labor strongly suggests conducting strength testing for existing employees, which would allow the employers to properly assign their workers to the work duties appropriate for them. Studies have proven that periodically testing an employee’s physical capacity reduces work-related injuries by one-third.

At WorkSTEPS, we provide a regular post-employment physical agility test that would ensure work duties aptly match workers’ capacities. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 for a safe, back injury-free workplace today.

Workplace wellness programs on the rise

More and more employers are beginning to see the importance of workplace wellness programs in cutting healthcare costs, improving productivity, and decreasing employee absenteeism. In fact, a 2014 study revealed that almost 95% of employers across the U.S. plan to provide a workplace program that would improve workers’ health, while 74% of companies with wellness solutions in place are now offering incentives to participate in workplace wellness programs.

The number of employers implementing wellness plans has also increased due to the federal government’s efforts to impose excise tax on expensive benefits plans through the Affordable Care Act. Many employers see this as a call to promote workers’ wellness while cutting excessive medical costs.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers and employees alike achieve a healthier work environment, which can translate to lower healthcare costs and a safer, more productive workplace. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our workplace wellness services.