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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.


The physical and mental effects of CPS among workers

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS) is a type of repetitive stress injury typically acquired by workers doing repetitive physical tasks. Grocery checkers, slaughterhouse workers, typists and assembly line workers are all at high risk of developing this painful arm and wrist condition.

CPS compromises a worker’s ability to lift, grasp and carry things around the workplace. This is because this musculoskeletal condition is characterized by pain in the arms, wrists, and hands, making physically demanding tasks more difficult to perform. Activities that require fine motor skills, such as typing and writing, may also be difficult for someone with CPS.

The symptoms caused by CPS may affect an individual’s ability to focus on their tasks. Furthermore, CPS has been associated with depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders due to an individual’s feeling of decreased functionality.

The Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing offered by our team at WorkSTEPS has been proven effective in helping employers determine the right work duties for workers returning from carpal tunnel syndrome. To learn more about how we can help your business and your employees, call us at (512) 617-4100 today


Employer’s role in accommodating 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 Evaluation, Functional 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.


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.


Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome at work

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve located at the palm side of the wrist becomes compressed, causing the affected hand and arm to become numb and weak. This condition can sometimes be caused by repetitive motion at work. Typists, checkers, and assembly line workers are all at increased risk of developing this hand and arm condition.

Employees with repetitive work duties should take measures to ensure that their hands and wrists are not being subjected to severe and repetitive stress that might trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. Flexing your hands and wrists more frequently at work may prevent stiffness. Also, consider talking with a supervisor about alternating tasks to minimize repetition. Learning how to improve posture when performing your tasks also decreases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Determining an employee’s capacity to handle repetitive job function is essential to the company’s safety and success. At WorkSTEPS, we provide Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing for new and existing hires and for employees returning at work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.


Fit-to-Work: encouraging safety and productivity

Fitness to work is an assessment offered by an employer who wants to ensure workplace safety and productivity. This evaluation is vital in securing the safety not only of injured or on-leave workers returning on duty, but also of the entire workforce should the working environment significantly change.

During job transfers, an employer may also request for fit to work to confirm that the existing employee will be able to meet the demands of the newly delegated task. A worker diagnosed with a medical condition can also be safely reassigned to other work duty with the help of this assessment.

Finding the right assessment to guarantee that the existing and returning workers are able to safely meet the demands of their duties is vital in ensuring workplace efficiency and safety. At WorkSTEPS, we provide employers with the right functional capacity assessment for existing and returning injured workers in compliance with relevant policies and regulations. Call our offices at 512-617-4100 to learn more about our services.


Pre-employment medical tests integral to business development

Measuring the medical condition and physical capacity of an individual during the hiring process is a beneficial way to determine how well a potential employee would fit into the workplace environment and whether he or she would be able to adequately perform the type of tasks necessary for the position.

Despite its proven benefits, many employers often see the pre-employment medical testing as nothing more than an issue of compliance, rather than a potential tool to improve workplace productivity and the business as a whole. This passive mentality risks the fulfillment of a medical test’s genuine goal: to be an integral part of the company’s development.

At WorkSTEPS, we see pre-employment medical testing not as a standard requirement to be completed during the hiring process, but rather as a preemptive way to plan for a company’s growth and development. For proactive, business-focused pre-employment medical testing, consult with our team by dialing 512-617-4100 today.

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We are delighted to invite our valued clients and friends to our “Anatomy of Worker Well-Being: Must-Know Occupational Health, Work Injury Prevention, and Safety Best Practices.” Our program will be conducted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Lakeway Resort and Spa. Learn more

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