Creating a food-conscious workplace

Workers oftentimes spend eight or more hours in the workplace or associated setting each day. This means an employee’s eating habits at work can greatly affect his/her overall wellness. Workers who eat healthy perform well at work, while those who consume unhealthy foods are at higher risk of obesity, hypertension, and other medical conditions that might affect productivity.

As a manager, it is important to create a workplace where healthy eating is encouraged. Provide workplace catering and onsite vending machines that offer healthy foods and snacks. Placing water stations in accessible areas around the workplace will also ensure that everyone is hydrated while on duty. You can also create a food-conscious workplace by instituting a workplace nutrition plan that would provide support for workers who want to stay healthy by eating right.

We at WorkSTEPS support employers and managers advocating for their workers’ health through workplace wellness. To know how we can help you with your workplace wellness endeavors, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

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.