Although many careers today allow inactive lifestyles, others still require various levels of physical fitness. The employee sitting in an office environment on a daily basis may not need to lift heavy boxes, but being physically fit can help increase energy, handle more stress and enhance the performance in any job. Researchers have found that employees who find the time to engage in physical activity are less likely to experience a deterioration of their mental health, including symptoms of burnout and depression. Scientists state that employers will benefit from encouraging physical fitness of their employees. Inspiring workers to be physically active lessens high health costs, reduces absenteeism, and increases productivity in the workplace.
Encouraging employees to embrace fitness as a lifestyle choice pays off in numerous ways:
- Fit employees are less likely to get sick
- Fit employees have more energy
- Fit employees have more self confidence
- Fit employees tend to take on more leadership roles
- Fit employees set and achieve goals
- Fit employees tend to have better attitudes
- Fit employees are less stressed
- Encouraging fitness demonstrates a concern for employee’s well-being
Some jobs will weed out unqualified candidates immediately with stringent physical qualification tests and medical exams. Even if the employee qualifies for training it doesn’t necessarily guarantee work in these occupations because by the end of training, candidates must demonstrate strength and skill. Your company may save thousands of dollars by using the Physical Capacity Profile Testing System (PCP) which will help your company hire candidates who are physically fit for the job and implement a system should an injury occur. The PCP is a comprehensive testing procedure developed by an orthopedic physician that documents the test subject’s physical skills and American Medical Association related impairments. It helps occupational and human resource professionals place employees in the appropriate job to minimize the potential of injury while documenting each employee’s physical capacity and impairments.
The Physical Capacity Profile Testing System can be utilized in post-hire testing as well as return-to-duty testing. In post-hire testing the procedure helps the employer determine an employee’s physical capabilities and limitations before they start work. It provides quantitative data that assists in the placement process while meeting all regulatory compliance criteria. Return-to-duty testing allows the employer to be responsible for returning the employee to what their capabilities were upon hire.
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