9:42 pm February 5, 2020

Injury Prevention Dials into Employee Experience

Source: Cory Austin

Injury Prevention teamYour injury prevention program gains a big boost when you engage employees. When you take into account what’s important to your employees, that’s when your program will truly flourish. 

Many companies are trying a new approach. Bringing a highly trained physical therapist (PT) in-house will help prevent injury and ultimately reduce costs and safety risks. 

An onsite physical therapist works with employees one-on-one, knows the jobsite and how to coach on preventing injuries. PTs are also trained on treatment, which means you can take care of injuries on the spot.

And here’s how you will improve the employee experience:

  • Feeling good on the job. Everyone wants to feel healthy and happy while working.  An onsite physical therapist provides a convenient “go to” resource for employees and proactively interacts with your team by making rounds on the worksite to offer advice on movement, equipment and exercises to avoid aches and pains.
  • Feeling good at home. Pain on the job goes home, and pain at home comes to work. Whether it’s a boomer experiencing aches of aging or a new parent suffering with an aching arm from rocking a newborn, it’s an opportunity to broaden your program to show you care about their whole life. Have you considered adding non-occupational therapy to your program?  It’s a win that improves overall employee health on both the work and home front.
  • Convenient worksite help. Convenience is a big benefit. Having someone onsite trained to observe a job in action and give advice will build trust with employees. It also gives employees easy access to a trusted resource. An onsite therapist becomes a familiar face, which triggers fast action when pains occur and a go-to person for ongoing guidance.
  • Reducing employee worries. Questions and confusion plague an injured employee. Am I going to be able to work? What happens now? What can I expect? How can I make sense of it all? How do the doctors know what I really do for work? Medical care can be intimidating but can be remedied with the right person. An onsite PT will answer questions in a stressful situation.

To learn more about engaging employees, check out WorkWell’s Employee Experience Workplace Injury Prevention, a white paper loaded with fresh ideas and practical tips.

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