Energizing your employees with health and wellness benefits

Improving your overall bottom line takes more than just state-of-the-art equipment, streamlined workflow, or ideal employees. You need to boost the morale of your entire workplace to make it as safe, productive, and encouraging as possible. One way to do this is to energize your employees with health and wellness benefits.

A recent survey involving 2,000 employees revealed the types of health and wellness benefits that are found to be engaging. Of the 2,000 surveyed, half of employees want onsite fitness centers. On the other hand, 28% want onsite medical services, while 73% want healthy snacks bar or cafeteria in their workplace.

Even if you cannot provide all of these things, encouraging your employees to be healthy in general could mean a lot to them – and to work productivity. At WorkSTEPS, we help you outline wellness solutions that are sensitive to your company’s culture, goals, and financial limitations. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about how we can help you keep your employees and your business healthy.

Dealing with employees feigning sickness

Disability and sickness are among the many common reasons why employees take a day or two off from work. Because sick leaves may generally affect your bottom line, you want these types of absences to be as reasonable and justifiable as possible. However, some employees aren’t as professional as they should be in reporting their absences, and may even resort to feigning a medical condition just to get their leaves approved.

As an employer/manager, it is your duty to take care of the company’s wellness by guarding against fake medical conditions. You can do this by making it your company’s policy to present evidence of illness every time an employee is off-work due to sickness for a long period of time. You may also demand an explanation whenever the worker fails to adhere with the company’s sick policy.

Scientific medical examinations, such as a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), can also be helpful in objectively assessing the legitimacy of an employee’s injury. At WorkSTEPS, we offer you comprehensive functional tests to ensure productivity while maintaining safety and health in workplace. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about FCEs today.

Migraine and carpal tunnel syndrome likely connected

A recent study involving a 2010 survey of 25,880 adults suggested that people suffering from migraines are also more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Medscape reported on May 12.

The research, which is said to be the first of its kind to find a correlation between migraine and CTS, found that individuals with CTS are 2.6 times more likely to suffer from migraines. Similarly, individuals suffering from migraines are 2.7 times at risk of developing CTS. The findings suggest that like CTS, migraines could be a result of nerve decompression around the neck or the head.

CTS is a type of neuropathy not uncommon among employees who perform repetitive tasks, such as those working in slaughter houses and manufacturing lines. CTS is associated with numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation in the hands and arms.

At WorkSTEPS, we provide Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Testing that enables managers to scientifically detect the ability of candidates and existing hires to perform repetitive tasks assigned to them. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about how we can help you build a safe, productive workplace today.