Are pre-offer agility tests discriminatory?

Many employers in the country are reluctant to set up pre-offer agility tests to see if a candidate is able to meet the physical demands of the job before an official offer of employment due to fears that they might be violating any of the country’s anti-discrimination guidelines.

However, it is important to note that a new hire agility test is not a medical exam, nor is it intended to collect medical history. As such, it is not in any way intended to exclude applicants with physical and/or mental conditions. Pre-offer agility tests are aimed to assess if the candidate can meet the necessary demands of the duty by evaluating his or her capacity to perform certain work-related tasks, such as lifting a specified amount of weight or climbing ladders.  This way, employers can guarantee the safety of their would-be workers while ensuring workplace efficiency.

At WorkSTEPS, we offer accurate pre-offer agility testing in accordance with the existing anti-discriminatory provisions and guidelines. Call us at (512) 617-4100 if you want to learn more about pre-offer agility testing today.

The cost of back pain in the workplace

Back pain has been among the top workplace injuries affecting millions of workers in the country every year. Workers at farms, construction sites, factories, even at offices, are all at risk of back pain. Unfortunately, this could have been prevented if the workplace had set up periodic physical capacity testing among employers to determine their risk of back injury and to identify work duties suitable for them.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated that every year, approximately 186 million work days are lost due to back pain. On the other hand, a separate statistics by the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index revealed that $51.1 billion are being spent annually in direct workers’ compensation in the country due to disabling work-related injuries, such as back pain. This equates to more than $1 billion of workers’ compensation paid by businesses every week, a cost which may tremendously affect their overall health.

At WorkSTEPS, we are equipped with state of the art functional capabilities tests and highly effective workplace wellness solutions to help you achieve greater productivity while reducing injury costs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can offer.

Wellness programs may reduce ergonomics-related injuries

Workers whose tasks require repetitive, prolonged, and forceful motions are at most risk of ergonomics injuries. Work-related injuries due to poor ergonomics include carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back problems, which account for a significant amount of hours lost at work, decreased productivity, and substantial compensation payments.

To prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries and discomforts, employers are urged to have a proactive approach in improving workplace ergonomics. Harmful positions at work can be ardently addressed through providing ergonomically correct workstations. Wellness programs that consist of group training for workplace efficiency and one on one health consultation have also been proven to decrease the number of ergonomics-related injuries.

Having a successful wellness program may translate to higher levels of work satisfaction and worker retention. Our team at WorkSTEPS can help you advocate for your employees and your business through wellness programs specifically designed for your company’s needs. For more information about how we can be of help, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.