Have you trained your employees on allowing guide dogs in the workplace? Today’s Advisor explains why it might be a good practice.
The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the annual StressPulse Survey conducted by employee assistance program (EAP) provider ComPsych Corporation, stress and personal relationship issues are the most common reasons for employee absence, accounting for nearly half (47%) of employee absences—handily beating out medical issues. Given that the holidays often force people into close contact with relationships they may find stressful, it makes sense to give workers some additional coping strategies this holiday season.
You may not think of carrying holiday dishes, decorations and gifts as “manual materials handling,” but that’s what it amounts to. The amount of lifting, carrying, hanging, and hauling that your workers do during the holidays may well exceed what they do at other times of the year. All that lifting and carrying puts them at risk of back and shoulder injuries.
Holiday decorations and merchandise seem to go out earlier and earlier—and this year, winter came along with them, arriving with a hard freeze that hit all 50 U.S. states—including Hawaii!—in mid-November, and following that with a snowstorm that dumped 6 feet of snow on Buffalo, New York, overnight. It could be a long, cold winter. If your workers have to dig out, can they do it without hurting themselves?
It was the week before Thanksgiving 2014, and the Hardman family was on their way to a dream family vacation at Disney World in Orlando, when the family’s 16-year-old son, who was driving, briefly nodded off at the wheel. Six of the eight passengers were not wearing seat belts; all six were ejected from the vehicle, and five died, including both parents. When your workers take to the roads this holiday season, will they be safe? Do they know to ensure that drivers are alert, and everybody wears a seat belt?