Health-and-wellness benefits are all the rage. Some employers offer their employees a discount on gym memberships. Some offer a monthly stipend to be used towards the fees at a health-club. And some have an on-site fitness center.
Employers who are considering building an on-site fitness center for employees commonly want to know how they can protect themselves against a personal-injury lawsuit. For example, an employee drops a dumbbell on his foot and breaks a toe. (Don’t laugh, people, broken toes are brutal!) Continue reading
How important is office space to employees? Very important, apparently, according to this article discussing a “summer office swap” conducted at a Boston-area advertising agency. During the summer months at this forward-thinking firm, nearly every employee switches office space based on a lottery system. Continue reading
Nearly 60% of terminated or laid off employees steal proprietary company data when leaving, says a new study released by the Ponemon Institute, an Arizona-based research company. Most employees take hard copies or paper documents but they also admit to downloading and saving data and sending information as attachments to personal emails. Continue reading
Delaware has the 17th highest rate of adult obesity in the country, with more than one in four adults classified as obese, according to a new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Employers bear many of the indirect costs of this obesity rate, including higher disability costs, more sick days, and increased workers’ compensation claims. The report indicated that Delaware’s obesity rate increased significantly in the past three years—a sign that current health and wellness policies aren’t cutting it. Continue reading
Bullying in the workplace has been on the employment radar for several years, now. But what exactly bullying is, on the other hand, remains elusive and without a universal definition. The American Psychological Association (APA), has provided a way to come close, though.
Each year, the APA sponsors the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award program. The award program recognizes employers who excel in five categories. When a workplace can implement each of the five, it qualifies not just as a “good place to work,” but as a psychologically healthy workplace.
The five types of workplace practices that contribute to a psychologically healthy work environment include: (1) work-life balance; (2) employee involvement; (3) employee growth and development; (4) health and safety; and (5) employee recognition. These factors mirror those most commonly cited as the most important drivers for employee engagement, as well.
Employers interested in reducing health-care costs, improving quality and productivity, and positioning their organizations for recruitment and retention of the best employees can learn more at the APA’s website.
Employers are conscientious about safety and injury-prevention, regardless of the economic climate. But when the economy is difficult, employers should keep an especially cautious eye out for fraudulent workers’ comp claims. There are three methods to prevent abusive workers’ comp claims that every employer can utilize, regardless of size or industry.
To read more about how to best prevent laid off employees from bringing baseless comp claims, have a look at my guest post at the Workers’ Comp Kit Blog.