Recognize concussion symptoms

Concussions can result from many types of occupational accidents. From an employee falling and hitting his or her head on the ground to not wearing hard hats in a construction zone, a head injury may cause a concussion. According to the Mayo Clinic, a concussion is “a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions.” Although the symptoms may be temporary, if the damage goes untreated, the worker may experience long-term health effects. Continue reading

Think twice about creating a social media ban in the workplace

From construction workers and nurses to employees who work in an office, the majority of the American workforce is now connected to social media and the online world through their smartphones and mobile devices. While many employers have strict policies against personal calls and Internet browsing on the job, allowing workers to go on social sites throughout the day may make them more productive and increase engagement. Three recent surveys all found social media use in the workplace not only benefits employees, but creates a more efficient workforce overall. Continue reading

Prepare for a rough flu season

Thousands of American workers contract influenza every year, resulting in productivity decreases and hundreds of hours of sick day use. The best prevention is to receive the flu shot, but it’s not a 100% guarantee the person won’t get the flu. While many employers encourage workers to get vaccinated every year, a recent study from Walgreens estimated the flu may significantly impact the workforce this year as it did in 2012 if employers don’t take action. Continue reading