Dr Mary Wyatt | Implementing job rotation.
In parts one and two of this series we looked at the benefits of job rotation, as well as the potential barriers to success. We've also discussed the all-important employee buy-in. In this section we explore the key elements of introducing and implementing a job rotation system. They are: Identifying the organisation's aims and objectives in introducing job rotation; Deciding what the job rotation will involve. more >>
Tom Barton | Keep your workers happy, healthy and productive! Find out why ergonomics is important and then use our top ten tips to improve workplace wellness.
The role of ergonomics is not just important when it comes to rehabilitating injured workers. Ergonomics – the process of fitting a workstation to the physical requirements of its user – plays a vital role in injury prevention and improved productivity. Why ergonomics? If you haven’t actively addressed ergonomics in your workplace, chances are your business is being adversely affected. more >>
Dr Darren Beales | Physiotherapists and claims manager's beliefs about treatment for injured workers.
About the webinar: Beliefs have a powerful effect in medicine. This talk will describe differences between stakeholder in managing injured workers that can result in confusion for injured workers. It will also describe perceptions and beliefs about the roles of different stakeholders Screening tools that include assessment of aspects of belief are available, but not commonly used in clinical practice. more >>
Hannah Bourne | A look at the workplace factors associated with repeat visits to back pain clinics
Take Home Messages: Back pain sufferers who experience high levels of emotional distress or are smokers are more likely to have repeat visits to a back pain clinic. Ergonomic factors in the workplace (such as heavy lifting, certain postures, forceful movements, and exposure to strong vibrations) are associated with job-related stress. A person that suffers from job-related stress is more likely to experience emotional distress. more >>
WorkCover Victoria Director of Claims Simon Bailey denies there is a “crisis” in the rise of stress-related compensation claims, Smart Company reports. Instead, Bailey says employers are failing in claim prevention and return to work. “If [workers] are not back at work, then they are on compensation longer,” Bailey said. “As employers, prevention is a key and [also] how we get people back to work quickly.” Statistics show, however, that while the number of psychological claims has remained stable, stress-based claims have risen proportionately.
Insurance premiums for the Australian Taxation Office's 20,000 workers are jumping $4 million per year on average, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The ATO's workers compensation premium has risen 66 per cent over the past five years. "In 2013-14, 2930 musculoskeletal injuries were reported, compared to around 3190 in the previous year," a spokesperson said. Internal ATO documents concede that the agency has a "poor track record" in providing suitable alternate duties for workers wanting to return to work.
Workplace psychologists warn that at least one-third of Australian workplace stress claims are due to low morale, but are being misinterpreted as clinical disorders, The Age reports. An Australian Psychological Society conference heard that 30 per cent of compensation claims were morale-related and thus preventable. "'Medicalising' this issue could be counter-productive and make the employee worse," said clinical and organisational psychologist Peter Cotton. "What they need is early access to guidance, better conflict resolution and human resources interventions."
Whether or not a given individual’s brain can deal effectively with stress, and thus their susceptibility to depression, depends on a single protein type in each person’s brain, according to a new study. “While most prior efforts in antidepressant drug discovery have focused on ways to undo the bad effects of stress, our findings provide a pathway to generate novel antidepressants that instead activate mechanisms of natural resilience."
New research shows that when employers offered financial incentives, employees were 33 times more likely to participate in telephone health coaching, and did so sooner, than employees without incentives. Telephone health coaching – one-on-one phone calls with a personal health coach – is one of myriad employee wellness programs that employers and insurers can offer today.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualised as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. MDD remains highly prevalent disease with some 15 to 20 percent of the population experiencing MDD at some point. Recurrence is common, and pharmacological treatments have not changed. Because the causal aspects of the disease are not clearly defined, research to find causes remains paramount to help improve treatments.