If you’re like us, each year you resolve to be eat better, exercise more and stress less. In other words, take better care of you. So why not do the same for your business by injecting a little health and wellness there too? Here are five easy ways to do just that:
1. Invest in ongoing safety programs
According to OSHA, employers can see a return of $6 for every dollar invested into safety and health programs. A focus on safety can reduce workers’ compensation costs, medical expenses and other benefits spending, while increasing productivity, improving morale and reducing turnover.
2. Start a wellness program
An intentional focus on wellness can help employees stay focused, contributing to your bottom line. Encouraging employees to move more can increase productivity and de-stress the work environment. Start a walking club, plan regular stretching sessions or challenge employees to fitness competitions. Provide water and nutritious snacks instead of sweets and junk food.
3. Take inventory on risks
Whether you are in an office or a construction worksite, an assessment of hazards can help you manage risk for your employees. Do things like sidewalk inspections, an equipment check to ensure proper maintenance, or perform an ergonomic assessment to assess your staff’s working positions.
4. Engage with the community
Make a resolution to find a cause that matters to you and your organization and get involved. Maybe you or your employees can serve on a committee, volunteer or make regular donations to an organization in your community. Not only does this provide your employees with goodwill, it associates your business with giving back.
5. Plan ahead
Studies show that reporting an injury promptly can help your employee get back to work safely and quickly while keeping claims costs in check. To prepare for the an injury, designate medical providers ahead of time, ask employees to report an injury within 24 hours and make sure you have the tools to follow up on an accident. Consider printing out an Employee Incident Report and an Management Incident Report to have handy on every job site.
Pinnacol Assurance assumes no responsibility for management or control of customer safety activities. Please ensure your business meets the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances related to workplace safety.