Recent statistics show that in addition to economic sluggishness and fewer jobs for American employees, the Great Recession also has contributed to an increased incidence of employee disability claims. Employers are doing more with less due to the economy, which, in turn, is taking a toll on employees. Larger workloads and longer hours often cause employees stress or even health issues.
In the current economy, every penny counts. Workplace productivity is now more essential than ever, especially because many companies have downsized workforces. As a result, employees are stretched thin and are being asked to do more with less.
A stunning statistic: Today, households headed by adults younger than 35 have 68 percent less wealth than households headed by adults of the same age in 1984.
In the last 10 years, the net worth of an average American employee has dropped significantly; from 2007 to 2010 alone, the median net worth of American families dropped nearly 40 percent.
When your employees go to the vending machine for a snack, do you know if they are making healthy choices? Employees who consistently make poor food choices, which can often lead to minor and, sometimes, severe health issues, could have a direct impact on your bottom line. Stressing healthy nutrition in the workplace might encourage a healthier lifestyle — in and out of the office — and could be your ticket to avoiding a disability claim.
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.