Sunday, February 28, 2010

SPRING 2010

ergonomics, workplace, injury

Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design can prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • The top of the computer monitor should be at or just below eye level
  • Head and neck should be balanced and in-line with torso
  • Shoulders should be relaxed
  • Elbows should be close to the body and supported
  • Lower back should be supported
  • Wrists and hands should be in-line with forearms
  • There should be adequate room for the keyboard and mouse
  • Feet should be flat on the floor
Source:  www.osha.gov
    ergonomics, MSD, injury 

      
    Communicating the Value 
    of Employee Benefits
      
    One way to attract, retain, and motivate staff is to offer a generous benefits package.  But will your investment in a benefits package be fully appreciated by employees?

    In many cases, employees tend to focus on their share of the cost, and many underestimate what employers pay for other benefits such as paid time off (PTO), tuition reimbursement, pension or 401(k) plans, and statutory benefits like employer-paid Social Security.

    A good benefits education experience uses many different communication tools and helps employees appreciate the value of their total compensation.
     
    employee, communication, benefits

    Employees with a good understanding of their benefits package - even if the package isn’t up to par - are more likely to enjoy their workplace and feel valued.*

    How to effectively communicate benefits to employees: 

    Face-to-Face Presentations
    Group presentations and individual consultations can be one of the most effective ways to communicate.  Open conversation engages employees and allows them to ask questions relevant to their needs. 

    Customized Employee Benefits Website
    Benefits manuals can easily be lost or misplaced.  Offering employee benefit information online allows employees to quickly get answers to their questions.

    Benefits-at-a-Glance Summary Sheets

    Lengthy manuals can be overwhelming to an employee trying to understand offered benefits.  A “frequently-asked questions” sheet with concise answers can save employees unnecessary frustration.

    Employee Newsletters
    An employee newsletter with articles reviewing benefits, addressing questions, or announcing changes will remind employees of what is being provided.

    *Source:  www.humana.com

    insurance, benefits, personal, commercial