Yesterday was Labor Day, a day set aside to recognize the impact of workers on America’s social and economic growth. Since the inception of the holiday over 100 years ago, the American workplace has changed dramatically. We know more about keeping workers safe and happy, and we have a much better understanding of the relationship between workplace conditions and employee health. Employers who consistently seek to improve employees’ satisfaction and safety enjoy multiple benefits, including reduced expenses and improved productivity.
Advantages of a Healthy Workplace
Although employee health may require up-front investment from the employer, it’s certainly a worthwhile expenditure. For business owners, keeping employees healthy pays off in multiple ways:
- Employees miss less time due to illness and injury, decreasing time lost due to absences.
- Workers incur injuries that take them out of the work force less frequently, reducing the need to hire and train new employees.
- Employees often feel less tired or fatigued at work, improving their overall productivity.
- Since fewer employees get injured, the company spends less on workers’ compensation and other out-of-pocket expenditures.
- Employees who feel safe on the job generally have higher morale. That intangible factor significantly contributes to increased productivity.
For employers, protecting employees’ health simply makes dollars and cents. Increased productivity translates into higher profits, while reduced expenses improve the company’s bottom line.
Company Care at CFRH
What’s the best way to keep employees healthy? Institute a comprehensive program that addresses safety at every step, from hiring to daily operations and equipment maintenance:
- For jobs that are labor intensive, pre-employment check-ups can alert both the employee and the employer of any health conditions that may put the worker at risk for injury or illness.
- Regular vision and hearing checks ensure that workers’ faculties are properly protected. Trends in hearing or vision loss indicate that changes to the work environment should be made as soon as possible.
- Drug and alcohol screening help maintain high standards for employee behavior and limit the probability that employees will show up to work under the influence.
- Case management for workers’ compensation cases ensures that paperwork is filed correctly, and that employees get the medical care they need for their injuries.
- Implementing ergonomically sound equipment and workstations protects workers from repetitive stress injuries and encourages them to use physically friendly work habits.
The Company Care program at Central Florida Regional Hospital is dedicated to improving workplace safety. We work with businesses in both the private and public sectors, to manage and improve the overall health and safety of their workforce. If you have questions about employee safety, please contact us today. Visit us online or call 407-302-7322 for more information.