Workplace wellness and tobacco-use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that every year, the healthcare cost of tobacco use in the U.S. results in no less than $96 billion in direct medical expenses and approximately $96.8 billion in loss of productivity due to time off work and premature death.

Due to the magnitude of tobacco use in the company’s overall health and productivity, placing a wellness program aimed to encourage tobacco users to quit and to reduce the likelihood of non-tobacco users to be exposed to second-hand smoke would be highly beneficial. To identify the tobacco-use cessation program most appropriate for your workplace, a one-on-one approach in screening employees for tobacco use would be advisable. Employee health surveys may also help determine the type of program to implement, and how it will be implemented.

Through WorkSTEPS’ medical and functional testing, our team offers holistic approach in identifying wellness solutions that would meet your company’s unique needs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 today to learn how we can be of help.

Workplace awareness on diabetes prevention

Diabetes is a life-long condition characterized by an abnormally high glucose level due to the body’s inability to produce or utilize insulin. Individuals with this condition may have to deal with chronic symptoms that may unfortunately affect their daily function, such as weakness due to the body’s inability to convert sugar to energy, and neuropathy. In the U.S., more than 24 million people are living with diabetes, many of whom are adults in the workforce.

Keeping employees healthy by initiating a proactive approach of educating workers about diabetes risks and prevention has been proven highly beneficial for overall business. As a manager, building a culture of active lifestyle, fostering healthy eating habits in the workplace, and facilitating a smoking cessation program may all help equip your workers with the right tools to lower their risk of this chronic condition.

In health, and even in business, prevention is always better than a cure. Our team at WorkSTEPS can help you raise workplace awareness about diabetes. Contact our firm at (512) 617-4100 to discuss a wide range of services that we can offer.

Easing stress at work

A stressful workplace is not only hazardous to employees’ health, but can also negatively affect a company’s overall wellness. Stress may translate to worker sickness, undue leave, poor work performance, and may even pose safety threats in the workplace. These and more may increase the risks of higher production costs, poor work quality, and heavy workers’ comp fees.

As such, managers and employers should learn the importance of maintaining a low level of stress in the workplace. They can do this by considering the three C’s:

  • Communicate – In an accommodating way, speak with your employees about their roles, their duties, and their futures with the company
  • Consult – Matters that will directly affect workers should be consulted with the workers
  • Cultivate – A workplace without a friend can be an enemy. Cultivate friendship among employees by providing them fun activities that will enable them to interact, such as a mini-sports fest or a simple company outing

At WorkSTEPS, we are dedicated in ensuring workplace health through our comprehensive workplace wellness solutions tailor-fitted to your company’s needs and goals. To learn more about our services, contact our offices today at 512-617-4100.