Workplace wellness programs on the rise

More and more employers are beginning to see the importance of workplace wellness programs in cutting healthcare costs, improving productivity, and decreasing employee absenteeism. In fact, a 2014 study revealed that almost 95% of employers across the U.S. plan to provide a workplace program that would improve workers’ health, while 74% of companies with wellness solutions in place are now offering incentives to participate in workplace wellness programs.

The number of employers implementing wellness plans has also increased due to the federal government’s efforts to impose excise tax on expensive benefits plans through the Affordable Care Act. Many employers see this as a call to promote workers’ wellness while cutting excessive medical costs.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers and employees alike achieve a healthier work environment, which can translate to lower healthcare costs and a safer, more productive workplace. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our workplace wellness services.

Federal study shows many poultry workers are ergonomically injured

The result of a study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that a majority of poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from ergonomic-related illnesses.

According to the study, 6 out of 10, or 57%, of poultry workers are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders due to repetitive tasks at poultry plants. Furthermore, the study revealed that 42% of poultry workers across the country are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a hand and arm disorder commonly reported by workers doing constant and repetitive work duties.

Accurately measuring the capacity of an injured worker looking to get back to work is extremely crucial for both employers and employees. At WorkSTEPS, we help businesses and employees ensure a productive and safe workplace through programs that scientifically measure a worker’s capability to return to work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect someone’s work

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that involves the hands and the arms. It is caused by a strained nerve in the wrist due to several factors, such as underlying medical conditions and anomalous anatomy of the arm. Additionally, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the result of repetitive hand and arm movements, which is common in many workplaces.

Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace can significantly affect one’s performance and output. Here are just some of the symptoms of a carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect work:

  • Weakness – Arms and hands tend to feel weak and drop objects due to a pinched nerve
  • Numbness or tingling – Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome oftentimes feel numbness or a tingling sensation in one or more of their fingers, and can sometimes affect the arms.

Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome may negatively impact a worker and a company over time. At WorkSTEPS, we help employers determine the readiness of their workers for performing specific work duties through scientific and study-proven Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a test today.