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 accomadating 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 EvaluationFunctional Capacity Evaluation, or our Sincerity of Effort Test. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more.