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Choosing the appropriate pre-employment test for your business

Measuring the ability of a new hire to perform assigned work duties through pre-employment tests is an effective and legitimate way to decrease the company’s turnover rate, improve its productivity, and maximize its savings through a shorter, more precise hiring process.

Although most companies understand the importance of pre-employment tests, many still fail to choose the appropriate pre-employment test for their business. The effectiveness of a test varies depending on the type of tasks assigned, the culture of the workplace, and the goals of the company. Furthermore, employers often fail to evaluate whether their pre-employment test actually provided reliable results.

Because of these issues, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced employment testing provider that will help you determine a comprehensive pre-employment testing scheme that is suitable for your specific business. Since its beginning, WorkSTEPS has been committed to helping employers increase productivity through pre-employment testing. Call our offices at 512-617-4100 to discuss how we can improve your hiring process.

Survey: wellness programs improve company’s culture, image, and health

A survey by the Virgin Pulse entitled, “The Business of Healthy Employees 2014: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities,” revealed the positive effects of wellness programs in the workplace.

Employees surveyed widely viewed wellness programs as a positive contributor to a company’s overall health and image. The result of the survey concluded that 96% of the respondents participate in workplace wellness programs because they want to be healthy, suggesting that improved health may be more of a workplace motivator than monetary incentive.

Data also showed that workplace wellness programs attract and retain employees. Results show 88% of the respondents view companies with wellness programs as exceptional employers. Wellness programs at work may also have a positive effect on the company’s culture.

Improve your company’s overall productivity, image, and morale by enacting a wellness program that meets the needs and goals of your workplace. Consult with our team at WorkSTEPS by dialing 512-617-4100 to learn more about the workplace wellness services that we offer.

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.

Federal study shows many poultry workers are ergonomically injured

The result of a study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that a majority of poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from ergonomic-related illnesses.

According to the study, 6 out of 10, or 57%, of poultry workers are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders due to repetitive tasks at poultry plants. Furthermore, the study revealed that 42% of poultry workers across the country are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a hand and arm disorder commonly reported by workers doing constant and repetitive work duties.

Accurately measuring the capacity of an injured worker looking to get back to work is extremely crucial for both employers and employees. At WorkSTEPS, we help businesses and employees ensure a productive and safe workplace through programs that scientifically measure a worker’s capability to return to work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect someone’s work

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that involves the hands and the arms. It is caused by a strained nerve in the wrist due to several factors, such as underlying medical conditions and anomalous anatomy of the arm. Additionally, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the result of repetitive hand and arm movements, which is common in many workplaces.

Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace can significantly affect one’s performance and output. Here are just some of the symptoms of a carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect work:

Weakness – Arms and hands tend to feel weak and drop objects due to a pinched nerve
Numbness or tingling – Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome oftentimes feel numbness or a tingling sensation in one or more of their fingers, and can sometimes affect the arms.
Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome may negatively impact a worker and a company over time. At WorkSTEPS, we help employers determine the readiness of their workers for performing specific work duties through scientific and study-proven Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a test today.

The role the Sincerity of Effort test has in ensuring a safe and fraud-free workplace

Measuring the capability of an injured worker to return to work is crucial for both the employees and the employers. By scientifically measuring an injured worker’s functional capacity, it ensures that the worker is safe and ready to perform assigned work duties. For the employers, an accurate functional capacity test also lowers the possibility of a feigned disability, which may translate into costly payouts for false workers’ compensation claims or paid time off.

It is therefore important to have a system that measures the real functional capacity of an injured worker. At WorkSTEPS, we offer X-RTS (Cross Reference Testing System) Hand Strength Assessment to objectively evaluate the sincere effort of an injured worker. This highly-accurate system allows the employers to determine feigned weaknesses from maximum, sincere efforts.

At WorkSTEPS, our team helps employers ensure workers’ safety and avoid unnecessary workers’ comp costs by providing them with a system that scientifically evaluates sincerity of effort. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to know more about how our X-RTS Hand Strength Assessment might be able to help you and your business.

Employee testing can affect employee turnover

Oftentimes, high employee turnover indicates poor supervision, incompetent employee coaching, inferior work-life balance, excessive workload, and high workplace stress. Others claim it can also be associated with external variables, such as an employee’s involvement in family conflict.

However, high employee turnover may also be a result of the company’s failure to properly assess new hires, existing workers, and previously injured returning workers. Failure to properly measure employees’ aptitude for performing work duties might result to employing workers unsuitable for the job. This in turn would prompt higher turnover, which negatively affects the company’s productivity and profitability.

At WorkSTEPS, we are committed to providing reliable programs that help to accurately measure your workers’ capabilities for performing workplace tasks and help decrease turnover. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about how our WorkSTEPS programs can be beneficial for your company.

On-site wellness programs boost workplace health and productivity

Data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed half of the employees in the U.S. have high cholesterol, and more than a quarter of them are overweight. Sadly, these health conditions may lead to different health risks, such as cardiovascular disorders, cancers, and other chronic illnesses, that cost millions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses.

These factors and more have encouraged many workplaces in the country to acknowledge the need for onsite wellness programs. These programs are designed to battle rising medical healthcare costs, boost workplace productivity, and reinforce motivation and engagement among employees by carrying out schemes and activities that would ensure workforce wellness and healthy workplace behaviors.

Indeed, workplace wellness contributes significantly toward a more productive and cost-efficient workforce. WorkSTEPS offers onsite wellness programs that include blood pressure management, diabetes education, and self-management of chronic medical conditions that will sure enhance health and productivity at your workplace. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our onsite wellness programs.

Understanding how important Functional Capacity Evaluation is in the workplace

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a battery of standardized and comprehensive medical tests that assesses a worker’s ability to perform work functions after being physically injured in a job. In recent years, however, FCEs have also been used to measure cognitive capacity to assess necessary variables found in workers who have suffered from brain injuries.

FCEs are vital for the safety and well-being of both the employer and the employee. For the employees, it ensures a safe transition from injury and disability to function and employment. Employers, on the other hand, have a greater chance of maximizing their production output. The FCE can also help them create a safer workplace, making them less vulnerable to Workers’ Comp claims and lawsuits over alleged safety breaches.

Our team at WorkSTEPS can help businesses promote workplace safety, boost workplace productivity and reduce workplace accidents by offering functional workplace testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a Functional Capacity Evaluation at your workplace today.

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