The Well Workplace

Minimize costly work-related injuries and mitigate financial risk with one easy step

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 7, 2016 2:51:43 PM

The bottom line is ultimately one of the most important things a business organization considers with every decision. As such, risky financial moves are often avoided. If your organization requires a labor force capable of physically demanding work, there is an easy way to mitigate financial risk: the implementation of Physical Abilities Testing.

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The Risk of Hiring When You Don’t Know What They’re Hiding

Posted by Lane Savage
Aug 31, 2016 4:14:10 PM

In its annual survey of hiring managers, the 2016 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report shows the single biggest issue facing HR professionals today is finding qualified job candidates. Across industries and around the country, the labor market has tightened dramatically. In fact, HireRight reports that 77 percent of the nearly 3,500 survey respondents indicate they will be growing headcount this year. If you are in the market for new talent – and let’s face it, who is not – chances are you have experienced the same thing. With so many jobs available to be filled, the quality of those still looking is probably declining, too.

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All Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Tests Shouldn’t Be Painted with the Same Brush

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 17, 2016 10:40:06 AM

When 926 qualified women apply for entry-level warehouse laborer jobs and only six are hired, suspicion will develop. In the case of Gordon Food Service, Inc., a federal food service contractor located in Michigan, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) took notice and action.

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Would You Hire this Guy?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 18, 2016 3:46:59 PM

… to drive a flatbed truck?                         

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5 Things to Know About Gender Neutral Physical Ability Tests

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Gender neutral Physical Abilities Tests (PATs) are becoming increasingly popular among employers as a means of ensuring the ability of workers doing their jobs safely. By evaluating the physical capabilities of potential or existing workers to ensure that they are well-matched to the actual physical demands of the job, employers can greatly improve workplace safety, reducing risk to employees and overall injury rates and costs. If you're considering gender neutral Physical Ability Testing for your company, here are 5 things to know that can help ensure that your testing program meets your risk management and workplace safety needs.

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2 Reasons Why One-Stop-Shop Employment Screenings Can Be Dangerous

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One stop shopping has become quite popular in many aspects of life, making many tedious tasks a lot more convenient. However, there are some areas of life where the one stop can cause more problems than it solves. This is certainly the case with pre employment screening, where mistaking efficiency for effectiveness can have serious consequences.

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What You May Not Know About One Stop Shop Pre Employment Screenings

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you looking into pre-employment Physical Abilities Testing options for your company? These programs can be of great benefit to Human Resources, Safety, Risk Management, and operations, providing all parties with more information about an applicant’s work-related physical abilities. The tests are also helpful when employees apply for transfer or promotion. Having objective information on their physical ability to perform the job ensures that you're placing the right people in the right jobs. However, the quality and accuracy of the information you receive is critical to realizing those benefits, and that depends heavily on your test provider.

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Gender Neutral Physical Abilities Tests: Good Idea or Bad?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are gender neutral Physical Abilities Tests (PATs) a good idea or a bad one? The short answer is that they can be very good, provided that they are job-specific. These tests are an excellent means of ensuring that employees are physically capable of performing the essential functions of their jobs safely, reliably, and efficiently, helping reduce risk of on-the-job injuries in your workplace. However, they can become a liability if they are not properly designed and implemented, leaving your company vulnerable to regulatory and legal hassles.

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Aren't You Tired of Hiring the Wrong People?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Chances are, you’re already running job applicants through the standard drug testing, criminal records and background investigations, as these steps protect your business from professional and financial risks. But what about the risk of hiring someone who can't handle the requirements of physically demanding positions?

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Three Strategies for Preventing Injuries in Food Production in 2016

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jan 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Food production employers put a lot of time, energy, and money into workplace injury prevention. However, since the food production industry has higher than average injury rates, employers in this field must pay particular attention to reducing them. The chief reason for this, of course, is to protect valued employees from harm. However, beyond that fundamental goal are other important considerations for any successful business – most notably, a financial interest in reducing substantial costs that come with work-related injuries.

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