Your Company’s Well Being
Corporate Wellness is an important issue, because well employees are happy productive employees who help business succeed and thrive. Nearly 85% of American businesses have some form of wellness program in place, most often composed of guidelines for smoke cessation, weight management, fitness and back care. The corporate wellness model needs to take stress seriously due to the fact that 78% of Americans describe their jobs as stressful.
Atlanta Spine Center puts on “Stress Free Days” to reduce stress at the work place and help corporations understand how stress affects the employees physically. By allowing your corporation to participate in Atlanta Spine Center “Stress Free Days” you could measure the importance of a quarterly or monthly event for stress management, if you wish. This could be a great opportunity to allow everyone to get a massage and talk to a Chiropractor about stress and stress management techniques.
The typical event allows everyone to receive a 10 or 15 min. massage (depends on number of employees and massage therapists needed). Then the employees can fill out a stress survey, this helps the chiropractor determine if our services will address their complaint. If it is determined that we may be able to help, the individual receives a gift certificate good for a free consultation. This is a great opportunity for those employees to investigate these issues with no financial obligation.
Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause of lost workdays and workers compensation costs, OSHA is currently working on ergonomic standards for small business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD’s) account for 34% of all lost workday injuries and illness. Through these events the doctors can see how stress aggravates employees’ musculoskeletal pain and help treat them before the complaints lead to lack of productivity and absenteeism.The doctors could also help prevent further injury through ergonomics coaching. Studies have demonstrated that reducing workplace risks and exposure through ergonomics programs is the most effective way to protect workers from WMSD’s.
While implementing ergonomic practices and methods is important to reduce the risk of injury or illness in modern day work environments, it is also important to provide training to those at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), injury, and illness to ensure that potential risks are minimized to the lowest extent. A simple cost benefit analysis for an office ergonomics “Train-the-Trainer” program from the 44th annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society demonstrated that Dow Chemical was able to reduce cumulative trauma-related OSHA recordable by 82%. That same program showed an 84% reduction in cumulative trauma-related workers compensation costs.
Our certified ergonomic specialists will provide onsite training to effectively educate management on best method practices. This training, in conjunction with proper assessment and ergonomic solutions, stresses the practice of prevention strategies and utilization of ergonomics evaluation tools. Such training will allow you to learn common ergonomic principles and applications, the proper use of equipment and associated tools and controls, how to use safe work practices and become aware of job-related tasks that may cause injury or illness, recognize and address early symptoms of MSDs before serious injuries develop, and understand the reporting processes set forth by OSHA.