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.