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.

Study says replacing one sugary drink a day would cut the risk of diabetes

A new study suggests replacing one serving of sugary drink for water, unsweetened tea, or coffee could reduce the risk of diabetes, Medical News Today reported on May 2.

The study, which was published in Diabetologia, analyzed the beverage consumption of 25,639 non-diabetic adults in the United Kingdom aged 40 to 79. They were asked to keep a record of what they ate and drank for seven consecutive days. During a follow-up period over the course of 11 years, 847 of the participants developed type-2 diabetes. The study also found out that swapping one serving of soft drinks for water, unsweetened tea, or coffee could reduce the risk of diabetes by 14%, while replacing one serving of a sugary milk drink could cut diabetes risk by 20% to 25%

Diabetes education in the workplace is important to encourage a healthy workforce. At WorkSTEPS, you can be at the forefront of wellness and safety by utilizing our supplemental wellness programs backed by our pre and post-employment testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about how we can help your business promote safety and wellness.