The Well Workplace

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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3 Ways Pre-Employment Abilities Testing Helps You Hire the Right Warehouse Associate

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring new employees is always risky, and the stakes are high for any business. The hiring process can be especially challenging for employers in physically demanding industries like warehousing, and the stakes for these employers can be much higher. Getting it right the first time means gaining a new worker who will be an asset to your business, while making a bad hire is a significant liability.

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5 Ways for You to Produce Consistently Consistent PAT Results

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

To be effective and accurate in matching the abilities of current or potential employees to jobs, Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) must produce consistent results. Consistency is essential for making objective and reliable employment decisions, maximizing the benefits of testing, and ensuring a legally defensible PAT program.

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An Exact Match: Keeping PAT in Alignment with True Job Demands

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Employers who have researched the details of implementing a legally defensible Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) program realize that the tests administered to job candidates must closely reflect the job demands of the specific positions for which these individuals have applied. Although using the word "closely" in this context is common, it can mistakenly create the impression that there is more flexibility within EEOC guidelines than actually exists.

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Quality of Hire Tops LinkedIn's 2015 Global Recruiting Trends Report

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

LinkedIn has released its latest Global Recruiting Trends report, which assesses changes in industry trends going back to the year 2011. This report covers a number of factors that are important for employers and H.R. professionals to be aware of in order to improve and maintain efficiency in the hiring process. According to LinkedIn, continuing to sharpen hiring practices will become even more important over the next year and beyond as competition for well-qualified and skilled employees heats up due to expected increases in hiring volume and recruiting budgets.

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Spend Now to Save Later: The Long-Term Financial Value of PAT

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Good employees are the backbone of any company. Keeping workers healthy, happy, and on-the-job are chief concerns for employers. Prioritizing workplace safety offers proven benefits in reducing on-the-job injuries and safeguarding the well-being of workers. Effective safety programs, however, do come at a price. Since keeping your company's bottom line healthy also benefits employees in terms of wages, benefits, and job security, over the short-term these two very real needs may seem like opposing ones. However, over the long term, they are not. Spending on safety now will save you later, as it works to protect both your workers and your bottom line.

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What Determines Return to Work?: MD Assessment vs. PAT

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Traditionally, return to work decisions after an injury or illness have been made by treating physicians. The question is: “What information do physicians typically use to make these decisions?”

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Caught in the Grip of Repetitive Trauma Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Many employers struggle with repetitive trauma injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow – along with their close cousins, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Although the causes of these conditions are often multifactorial, occurring on – as well off – the job, some work-related activities are thought to contribute.

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Should You Look for the Skeletons in Your New Hire's Closet?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring new employees can be risky business, and hiring mistakes are costly. Aside from the cost of replacing a bad hire, which can, by some estimates, rise to as much as five times the person’s salary, a bad hiring decision can leave your company vulnerable to theft or violence, falsification of work histories, experience or credentials, negligent hiring claims, and time wasted on the recruiting, hiring and training process, among other risks. These risks are exactly why pre employment screening has become so prevalent in business today, and background and credit checks are among the more commonly used screening tools.

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Why PAT is the Best Gift to Give Your Returning Employee

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Do you use a candidate Physical Ability Test (PAT) in your workplace? If so, you know the potential of PAT in terms of increased workplace safety and decreased costs. However, if your only use of PAT is in the hiring process, you are not taking advantage of that test’s full potential. Physical Ability Testing can also be an invaluable tool for more effective return-to-work planning, helping you provide your employees with a smoother, safer, and more efficient path back to full productivity.

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