Josh is the newest employee to join your team as a general laborer and so far, has been a great new hire. He works efficiently and gets tasks done in a timely manner. One day, Josh comes into work, starts his daily routine and pulls a muscle in his back while moving a load of boxes. He is now unable to work and starts down the path of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Sound familiar?
If you were given the opportunity to evaluate Josh’s physical ability to perform certain tasks before he began working, and could have modified tasks for him, could the claim have been avoided? Possibly.
Hiring employees who are not physically capable to complete tasks for a demanding job costs companies thousands of dollars; potentially more than $50,000 for each bad hire, according to the Harvard Business Review. However, pre-employment screening solutions are available to help mitigate costly risks. One Call’s Post-Offer Employment Testing (POET) is one such solution.
Benefits of Pre-Employment Screening
- Proper screening performed by trained professionals is not only directly tied to injury prevention and injury severity reduction, but it has also been shown to increase length of employment by ensuring work compatibility.
- Companies that use pre-employment screenings are 24% more likely to have a high percentage of employees who exceed performance expectations and 17% more likely to have employees who rate themselves as ‘highly engaged’ than businesses that do not use pre-employment testing1.
One Call’s POET program is a comprehensive pre-employment screening solution that benefits employees, employers and payers.
Here’s how it works:
- A physical assessment of the employee includes testing measurements of lifting abilities, as well as tasks such as ability to kneel, bend, reach and climb. These tests are based on the specific tasks required of the job.
- The overall assessment provides baseline data for a new employee. This data is used to mitigate potential losses. For example, a new employee’s range of motion is limited upon hire and is subsequently injured on the job, the baseline data helps to determine the extent of damage that is attributed to the workplace injury versus what was pre-existing.
- Once testing is complete, One Call sends the employer a report within 8 hours.
- One Call regularly conducts adverse impact analysis to ensure POET assessments are compliant with EEOC, ADA and other regulatory requirements.
One Call’s POET program features:
- Nationwide quality-scored provider network
- Dedicated POET referral team
- 100% clinical review of completed tests
- Innovative data analytics to prevent adverse age impact
- ADA and EEOC compliant procedures
If you missed our live POET demonstration during RIMS 2018 in San Antonio, please visit our website for more information on this program or to contact our team.
1The Aberdeen Group, Study Pre-Hire Assessments: An Asset for HR in the age of the candidate
About Michelle Despres
Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, is the vice president and national product leader at One Call, a leading provider of workers’ compensation care management services. Michelle serves as a clinical liaison among payers, providers and One Call’s internal teams, helping to strategize to continually improve return to work results. She also mentors clinicians to improve their delivery of treatments and services to maximize work-ready outcomes. Michelle’s physical therapy expertise for the injured worker population includes on-site services, functional capacity evaluations (FCEs), work hardening, work conditioning, post offer employment testing, employer based initiatives and ergonomic assessments.
Nationally, Michelle provides customers with a clinical perspective on their physical therapy claims and delivers continuing education credit seminars on many physical therapy, ergonomics and rehabilitation topics. Thought leadership includes presentations at RIMS, NWCDC, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, WCI 360, SEAK, Higher Education Risk Management and many other conferences around the country. Her work has been published in several workers’ compensation publications including Public Risk, National Underwriter Property & Casualty and Workers’ Compensation Magazine along with being featured in WorkCompWire.
This is a sponsored post from WorkCompWire marketing partner One Call.