Wellness programs and small businesses

Wellness programs have become popular with large companies, but small businesses benefit from the programs as well. Here are a few reasons why:

• Recruitment: small businesses with wellness programs in place have an easier time recruiting employees, as well as retaining them.
• Profits: small businesses take a hit when employees are not well, which is why a wellness program can positively impact their profits.
• Stress: small business employees handle more tasks and are placed under just as much, or even more stress, than employees of large companies. Wellness programs not only address physical health, but mental health as well.
• Morale: wellness programs impact employee relationships, and are proven to reduce the number of sick and personal days taken by employees. They also create a fun and positive working environment that employees enjoy.

Your business can benefit from a wellness program no matter its size. Contact a professional at WorkSTEPS to find about the right kind of wellness program for your business by calling (512) 617-4100.

Fibromyalgia in the workplace

Fibromyalgia is considered the second most common musculoskeletal disorder next to osteoarthritis. This condition is characterized by widespread, sometimes incapacitating pain all over the body. Although individuals with fibromyalgia may still continue to work, modifications may be done to control and manage its symptoms.

Doctors do not yet understand the direct cause of fibromyalgia. However, several risk factors have been determined to increase its risk. Certain genetic mutations, for instance, could make a person more prone to this disease. Post traumatic stress disorder and certain types of infections have also been established as risk factors of this condition.

Scientifically gauging a worker’s capability to work amid existing musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia is essential to maintaining a safe and productive workplace. With Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), employers are able to determine the employee’s readiness to take on responsibilities. Speak with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today to learn more about how FCE can help your business.

Dealing with employees feigning sickness

Disability and sickness are among the many common reasons why employees take a day or two off from work. Because sick leaves may generally affect your bottom line, you want these types of absences to be as reasonable and justifiable as possible. However, some employees aren’t as professional as they should be in reporting their absences, and may even resort to feigning a medical condition just to get their leaves approved.

As an employer/manager, it is your duty to take care of the company’s wellness by guarding against fake medical conditions. You can do this by making it your company’s policy to present evidence of illness every time an employee is off-work due to sickness for a long period of time. You may also demand an explanation whenever the worker fails to adhere with the company’s sick policy.

Scientific medical examinations, such as a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), can also be helpful in objectively assessing the legitimacy of an employee’s injury. At WorkSTEPS, we offer you comprehensive functional tests to ensure productivity while maintaining safety and health in workplace. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about FCEs today.