The Well Workplace

Reducing Workplace Injury Starts Before You Hire: The Case for Pre Employment Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 22, 2021 8:00:00 AM

For the savvy business owner, smart workforce decisions begin long before the day a new employee reports for their first day on the job. But what if you could reduce the chance of injury before a candidate ever punches the clock? Pre employment testing can make the choice easier.

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Get Specific: Why Personalization is Important in Pre Employment Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 18, 2021 8:00:00 AM

In the pursuit of hiring a great workforce, casting the net wide isn’t always the best tactic. The same goes for pre employment testing. Personalized testing tightly matched to specific jobs and tasks matters and can make the difference between a safe and successful hire and an issue waiting to happen.

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Four Signs You Need a Physical Ability Testing Program

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 13, 2021 3:30:00 PM

Solid, experienced, reliable workers that can be counted on for exceptional productivity and safety in the workplace are the backbone of any business – assets to your company that are worth their weight in gold. However, as any employer knows, they aren't easy to find and are sometimes even harder to hang on to. A good physical ability test program can help find these workers.

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How Pre Employment Testing Can Help You Hire the Right Person the First Time

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Hiring the right person the first time is the ideal for every employer, and if you're in human resources, the ball is in your court and it’s “match point” every time you make an offer. Of course, “match point” is an ideal, so getting it right every single time isn't a realistic expectation. However, you can significantly increase the odds of finding the right applicants for physically demanding jobs when you implement pre employment Physical Abilities Testing as an integral part of your hiring process.

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Physical Ability Testing: Worth It or Not in Reducing Workplace Injuries?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 7, 2021 8:00:00 AM

When exploring the possibility of implementing a physical ability test in their hiring process, employers sometimes wonder whether these programs are worth the investment in reducing workplace injuries. The answer to that question is yes; they are definitely worthwhile, provided your company is using a well-designed, evidence-based testing program customized to the actual everyday physical demands placed upon your employees. Research shows that programs like this can significantly reduce worker injuries, enhance safety and reduce the toll injuries take on your workers, their families, your business, and your bottom line.

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Maximizing the Benefits of Your Pre-Hire Fitness for Duty Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 30, 2020 1:28:26 PM

PAT savingsOur clients tell us that one of the most valuable things we do is to help them track the outcomes of their pre-hire testing programs. After all, how do you know if your testing is reducing injuries and work comp costs if you don’t periodically evaluate the before and after picture?

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How Much Is It Costing You Daily to NOT Do Pre-Hire Physical Ability Testing?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 10, 2020 12:57:53 PM

Before starting pre-hire/post-offer Physical Abilities Testing (PAT), several ErgoScience clients expressed concern about starting the program in the middle of their “busy” season.  Or starting testing in a tight labor market.  Others were concerned about the “slow down” it might create in their hiring process.  We frequently hear concerns from organizations that need to hire quickly.

flushing-money  But when they looked at their total annual workers’ compensation expense and broke it down into a daily number, these companies quickly realized that to delay starting pre-hire PAT – for any reason -  just didn’t make sense.   Some were spending $5,000, $7,500, $10,000 per day or more!  

Do you know your daily number?  Have you done the calculations to know your annual cost for strains and sprains and slips trips and falls?  (Yes, include slips, trips and falls if you test with ErgoScience.  We include balance testing in our PAT which dramatically lowers the number of slips, trips and falls and their associated costs for our customer.)  

Calculate a daily work comp expense number.  If you don’t know the costs but know the number of lost-time injuries, just take that number and multiply it by $40k (the average cost of a lost time strain or fall) to determine the direct cost. And then multiply that number times 1.2 to get the indirect costs.  Then add those 2 numbers together.  Yes, the average total cost of a lost time injury is over $80K!

Then break your annual number down into monthly, weekly and daily costs.  Chances are that when you do, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised with a number you’d rather not see.  And a number you don’t have to see - if you start pre-hire PAT.  ErgoScience case studies show that our clients reduce work comp costs among new hires by 50-70% within the first year of testing.  

ErgoScience makes starting the testing painless.

  • Depending on the number of jobs you want to test, ErgoScience can get you set up for testing in 2-4 weeks. 
  • We can do both the job analysis and the testing remotely via a telehealth approach to minimize the exposure of your associates and job applicants, if you prefer. 
  • Your associates’ involvement in the set up of testing, is minimal.  ErgoScience does all the heavy lifting, (pun intended).
  • Our Account Representatives take the burden of scheduling the test off of your talent acquisition team.  All you do is request the test, and we take it from there.

Your Hiring Process Won’t Experience Delays

  • Our average turn-around from time the test is requested to having the report at your fingertips is 3 days, if the applicant is sent to a clinic.  
  • If you’re doing remote testing, you can have the test conducted the same day as your job offer if you want.  It doesn’t get any faster than that.

Your Fail Rate Won’t Stymie Your Operations

  • Our average fail rate ranges from 5-9%, depending on the difficulty of your jobs and the make up of your hiring pool.  So, for every 100 people you hire, you’ll have to interview and make an offer to 5-9 more.  
  • Compare that to hiring those 5-9 people, having them get injured within weeks or months of joining your company, doing all the administrative functions that surround documenting and following up with an injured worker.  And on top of all that, having to hire their replacements anyway.  
  • It just seems like a merry go round that you’d want to get off.
The bottom line?  Chances are you’re spending more money every single day for work comp injuries than you need to be.  How much new goods or services does your company have to sell to get that income back?  For most, it’s millions of dollars of new sales.  You really can’t afford to delay. 
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Years of Experience May Make Truck Drivers Less Physically Qualified To Do The Job

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 26, 2020 7:40:50 AM

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Are Physical Ability Tests Worth the Cost?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Does using a physical ability test really reduce workplace injury—and create return on investment?

Every decision you make for your business affects its bottom line, so the return-on-investment question is vital. 

Employees are a business’s most valuable asset—and often its largest expense. Finding just the right workers with just the right mix of skills and work ethic is a challenge. And in positions with high levels of physical stress and strain, the right level of physical ability is equally important to productivity and the bottom line. 

Mis-hiring—placing a person in a position for which they are physically unsuited—will inevitably result in increased on-the-job injuries.

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Useful Facts on the Cost Effectiveness of Pre Hire Screening

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 21, 2020 9:55:57 AM

Physical Ability Testing

Containing the everyday costs of doing business is central to the profitability of any company, no matter what industry you're in. Well-run organizations project the potential return on investment for each cost reduction strategy that they are considering. For employers with physically demanding jobs, a budget line item that often gets attention is the one associated with workers' compensation expense. A variety of well-known approaches to reducing that expense exist, ranging from safety and training programs to claims management.

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