2:08 pm March 21, 2019

False Assumptions about Post Offer Employment Testing (POET)

Source: Kristen Cederlind

While it is proven that Post Offer Employment Testing (POET) programs help save millions of dollars yearly in Workers’ Compensation claims, it is a false assumption that they are a great injury prevention investment for every company.  But how can you figure out the best approach for your company?

Here are three basic things to review as you consider a good place to start for your company:

  1. Injury claim history – Are injuries happening in the first year post hire? Do you have a high number of musculoskeletal injuries?  POET helps ensure an individual has the ability to meet the physical demands of the job, and can be effective in decreasing injuries for new hires.
  2. Nature of work – Jobs that involve heavier lifting vs. light lifting and/or repetitive motion may be better suited for POET.
  3. Functional job descriptions – A POET should be created from accurate and validated job descriptions which describe the essential functions and critical demands of the job, including frequencies and ranges of the demand. If your functional job descriptions are outdated or nonexistent, here’s a great article: Dangers of Outdated Functional Job Descriptions.

Your company’s investment into injury prevention is critical, but your path may be different from the company down the street.  Check out these 6 Myths of Post Offer Employment Testing to help you get started on the right path if your company is considering a POET program.

WorkWell specializes in POET (and onsite injury prevention programs).  If we can help, give us a shout.


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