As a Workplace Possibilities consultant with The Standard, I’ve seen firsthand how time-consuming it can be for an HR department to handle ergonomic requests. In this video blog post, you’ll learn how I was able to help significantly reduce the burden for an HR team that was working with their facilities department and handling more than 300 ergonomic requests a year.
Jason Dennis worked with The Standard as Workplace Possibilities Consultant from 2010 to 2012. During his time with The Standard, he managed client ergonomics programs to ensure the health, well being and productivity for employees in an effort to prevent disability-related absences.
Jason has spent the last 13 years as a disability management consultant and holds a Master of Science degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Additionally, he is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a senior professional in human resources.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys yoga, Vietnamese cooking, diving in exotic locales or playing tourist with his wife in his home city of Seattle. Jason also is a huge baseball fan and loves to watch the Mariners win at Safeco Field.
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Ben Franklin. Those of us in safety and health and wellness appreciate the wisdom behind this quote.
After a dozen-plus years in managing absence and disability, I suppose it’s only natural that I’ve become very conscious of safety hazards. After all, the best way to manage disability is to prevent it, right? Whether wandering the streets of Seattle with my wife (reminder to self: contact the power company about that broken utility plate on the sidewalk) to walking the halls of my office building (what if someone trips on those boxes?!), safety always seems to be on my mind.
The rising cost of health care is a hot topic for employees and employers these days, especially as it relates to employee absences due to disabilities. With the continued economic downturn, employers are all searching for ways to better use finite resources. Health care costs more than 13 percent of payroll, and employers spend a lot of resources implementing strategies to reduce this number. But did you know the total costs of all major absence categories — including direct and indirect costs — average 35 percent of base payroll?
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m an ergo-nerd. I spend a lot of time thinking about products and devices that help people do everyday tasks more easily at home or at the office. In fact, I even have a short list of favorite tools for an injury or chronic pain.
I volunteer for a nonprofit organization that helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts transition from military service to civilian work. We mentor these brave men and women as they attempt to overcome the barriers in making this difficult transition. Those lucky enough to have avoided physical injury may still have mental injuries from seeing or living through dangerous events. Those mental injuries often translate into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Of course, you don’t have to be a soldier to have experienced a traumatic event. The National Center for PTSD estimates 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. These “hidden wounds” can be terribly debilitating when trying to obtain and maintain gainful employment. Perhaps they don’t have to be.