Wellness programs may reduce ergonomics-related injuries

Workers whose tasks require repetitive, prolonged, and forceful motions are at most risk of ergonomics injuries. Work-related injuries due to poor ergonomics include carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back problems, which account for a significant amount of hours lost at work, decreased productivity, and substantial compensation payments.

To prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries and discomforts, employers are urged to have a proactive approach in improving workplace ergonomics. Harmful positions at work can be ardently addressed through providing ergonomically correct workstations. Wellness programs that consist of group training for workplace efficiency and one on one health consultation have also been proven to decrease the number of ergonomics-related injuries.

Having a successful wellness program may translate to higher levels of work satisfaction and worker retention. Our team at WorkSTEPS can help you advocate for your employees and your business through wellness programs specifically designed for your company’s needs. For more information about how we can be of help, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

Should employers worry about hypertension in the workplace?

Hypertension, or the increased pressure in the walls of the blood vessels, is among the most common health concerns in the country today. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults in the U.S., or 67 million Americans, suffer from high blood pressure.

There are many different factors that may contribute towards the development of this condition: stress at work, tobacco use, an underlying medical condition, and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, hypertension may cause prolonged employee absence, and compromised concentration and work performance due to its accompanying symptoms.

Because an employees’ health directly affects the company’s well-being, it is very important for employers to have a proactive approach in keeping their workers’ blood pressure regulated. Setting up wellness programs for blood pressure management, as well as introducing workplace programs for stress reduction and smoking cessation, may all contribute towards a healthier and more productive workforce.

If you want to learn more about our onsite wellness programs, consult with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today.

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.