HLED 411 – CHAPTER SIX. REDUCING MAJOR HEALTH RISKS. Biggest challenge facing employers – reducing major health risks among employees. Success depends on: Prevent injuries Positive worksite culture that values health Maintain an EAP Help employees manage daily stress. introduction.
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Biggest challenge facing employers – reducing major health risks among employees.
Employees are more motivated to lead healthy lifestyles in a worksite that places a high priority on health.
Company policies that do not promote healthy lifestyles should be reconsidered and changed.
Change should be gradual to allow time to adjust to new policies.introduction
Implement health promotion activities and incentives that integrate individual, environmental, cultural, and organizational values.
Post “point of decision” prompts at key locations to encourage PA.
Encourage employees who sit a lot to take a stretch break for better circulation and work efficiency.
Create and maintain bulletin boards on health information and self-development tips in high-density areas.
Offer many accessible water fountains or coolers and distribute info on the benefits of hydration.
Review the company’s sick leave policy to determine whether sick days can be renamed to convey a more positive connotation for employees (personal wellness days).
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Act established in 1970 to require American employers to provide safe workplaces for their employees.
Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) affect approximately 18 million U.S. workers annually.
between reduced injury and specific programs:
More employers are recognizing that employees need more flexible human resource and benefit programs to help them deal with various health-related changes throughout their working years.
Maximizes resources, especially for smaller companies with limited finances
Sharing resources may limit allocations and jeopardize the potential impact of an EAP
Off-site consortium – a group of employers pays a local EAP organization to provide specific services to employees and dependents. Fees are dependent on size of workforce.
Publicize a written statement on the costs and health risks associated with substance abuse.
Establish written procedures to inform employees on what actions management an union representatives will take at each phase of the program.
On the job stress is the most common risk factor in today’s worksites.
Nearly one of three employees feel “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressed at work.