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.

Decreasing employee turnover

An employee turnover rate simply means the ratio of the number of employees to the number of new hires. Although simple in explanation, the adverse results of a high employee turnover rate are actually complex and burdensome for a company’s overall wellness. Damaged employee morale, higher cost of training, stalled productivity, and dented business image are just some among the many problems associated with this issue.

As such, it is important to know the basics in keeping employee turnover rates low. Hiring the right individuals through an appropriate pre-employment screening is considered a key to lessening employee turnover. Placing returning and existing employees on suitable work duties through Fit-for-Duty evaluation, setting the right benefits and compensation for employees, and advocating for their health through wellness programs at work may also all help in keeping employees at the company.

Managers and business owners who have been utilizing the WorkSTEPS program are now seeing a significant decrease in their employee turnover rate. To know more about how we can help your business, call our offices at (512) 617-4100 today.