Easing stress at work

A stressful workplace is not only hazardous to employees’ health, but can also negatively affect a company’s overall wellness. Stress may translate to worker sickness, undue leave, poor work performance, and may even pose safety threats in the workplace. These and more may increase the risks of higher production costs, poor work quality, and heavy workers’ comp fees.

As such, managers and employers should learn the importance of maintaining a low level of stress in the workplace. They can do this by considering the three C’s:

  • Communicate – In an accommodating way, speak with your employees about their roles, their duties, and their futures with the company
  • Consult – Matters that will directly affect workers should be consulted with the workers
  • Cultivate – A workplace without a friend can be an enemy. Cultivate friendship among employees by providing them fun activities that will enable them to interact, such as a mini-sports fest or a simple company outing

At WorkSTEPS, we are dedicated in ensuring workplace health through our comprehensive workplace wellness solutions tailor-fitted to your company’s needs and goals. To learn more about our services, contact our offices today at 512-617-4100.

Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome at work

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve located at the palm side of the wrist becomes compressed, causing the affected hand and arm to become numb and weak. This condition can sometimes be caused by repetitive motion at work. Typists, checkers, and assembly line workers are all at increased risk of developing this hand and arm condition.

Employees with repetitive work duties should take measures to ensure that their hands and wrists are not being subjected to severe and repetitive stress that might trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. Flexing your hands and wrists more frequently at work may prevent stiffness. Also, consider talking with a supervisor about alternating tasks to minimize repetition. Learning how to improve posture when performing your tasks also decreases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Determining an employee’s capacity to handle repetitive job function is essential to the company’s safety and success. At WorkSTEPS, we provide Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing for new and existing hires and for employees returning at work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.

Fit-to-Work: encouraging safety and productivity

Fitness to work is an assessment offered by an employer who wants to ensure workplace safety and productivity. This evaluation is vital in securing the safety not only of injured or on-leave workers returning on duty, but also of the entire workforce should the working environment significantly change.

During job transfers, an employer may also request for fit to work to confirm that the existing employee will be able to meet the demands of the newly delegated task. A worker diagnosed with a medical condition can also be safely reassigned to other work duty with the help of this assessment.

Finding the right assessment to guarantee that the existing and returning workers are able to safely meet the demands of their duties is vital in ensuring workplace efficiency and safety. At WorkSTEPS, we provide employers with the right functional capacity assessment for existing and returning injured workers in compliance with relevant policies and regulations. Call our offices at 512-617-4100 to learn more about our services.