Why is it when management says “Safety is our number 1 priority” employees hear “Production is number 1 priority”? The disconnect between management’s words that safety is the top prior in the company and the employees belief that productivity is the top priority is something that I hear and encounter as a consultant at the majority of organizations I’ve worked with. A typical conversation with the plant manager, HR director and even the CEO/owner is that “we value our workers health and safety. We want them to be safe and we’ve told them we value their safety over everything else in the
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Part 2: The Challenges of Sit-to-Stand Workstations (SSW)
Simply changing a workstation from predominately sitting to the ability to alternate between sitting and standing may not eliminate the root cause of staying in a static position for extended periods of time. This is especially true if workers shift from prolonged sitting to prolonged standing. This raises the potential of shifting the same chronic, static experience from one posture (sitting) to another (standing).
Does Discomfort Really Decrease?
Can changing to a quicker cadence be the right solution to resolve timing, error and safety issues in your company? It was the solution for one client of mine. Not only that but it was also a solution to one of my personal fitness issues too! Read on to learn how a cadence change can benefit you.
In part one I discussed the findings of a new study that looked at the effects on performance simply from notifications from your phone—be it a chime or vibrating buzz. The results were similar to that seen in texting and driving—distraction. Although the study participants didn’t physically engage with their phone when they received the notifications, their mind engaged enough to lower their performance. With this in mind, do employers need to consider even greater prohibitions on cell phones at work, especially for positions that require a high level of concentration?
The office setting has seen gradual changes over the past 5-10 years as more focus has been given to comfort, productivity and wellness at work. One of the trends has been the use of a stability ball, aka exercise/fitness ball, as a chair. My recommendation has always been to avoid stability balls in the office—for three reasons:
Improving safety, reducing work comp costs and preventing fraud is one of our featured services. I learned much about work comp from the very beginning of my career since the first job I ever had was as an industrial physical therapist working for an occupational health clinic. I have extensive experience in work comp from many sides: the medical provider side, the physical testing side (Functional Capacity Evaluations), the case management side, the return to work side and the risk management side of work comp. Having been able to observe and experience all aspects of work gives me a u
A couple weeks ago I attended as well as presented at ASSE’s Safety 20125 professional development conference. I always enjoy spending time in the exhibit hall looking for new and innovative products. There were two products that caught my attention this year. The first I will highlight in this blog and the second in another blog.
Do you struggle with employees behaving and performing the way you want them to? If so, do know you are not alone. I’ve had three conversations recently which all essentially centered on employees not doing/behaving the way they were supposed to. Just the other day I was talking to the...Read more
Think about home improvement projects and daily tasks such as cleaning out the gutters, building a deck or texting while driving. What could possibly go wrong? For texting, the answer is obvious (and of course, you would never do it, would you?). For cleaning...Read more
KED’s Organizational Self-Evaluation (“Quiz”)
This quiz is designed to provide an overview of organizational competency in regards to continuous improvement, ergonomics, efficiency, quality, safety and oneness of company vision. Each question is answered either with a "yes" or "no". "No's" indicator areas to improve.