There’s a legitimate and important concern that we take care of our employees properly, no matter the industry they work in. There are often difficulties ensuring employees are getting paid fair and livable wages. There are also difficulties in ensuring those same employees have access to the kinds of benefits they need to live healthy, safe lives. Further, even when accidents happen at work, there can be difficulties in getting benefits guaranteed to every worker by law.
In other words, many employees don’t make enough, don’t get enough benefits, and have trouble getting access to workers’ compensation in the event of a workplace injury.
This is a serious problem across the country, and it can seem simply too big to find a real answer that will help everyone across every industry.
There is something we can do, though, to help boost all those areas, and that’s to empower businesses to make better choices in who they hire. If businesses could be sure to always hire the best person for the job, they would be able to reduce expenses significantly, which might free up the money necessary to increase wages, spread benefits more widely, and ensure a better workers’ compensation process. What does empowering businesses to make better hiring choices really mean, though?
One major difficulty businesses often deal with is the woefulness of their pre-hiring testing. The tests they run don’t adequately show if a person is physically capable of doing very physical jobs. This means many people who aren’t up to the job end up getting the job and then get injured. This reduces productivity and also raises costs for workers’ compensation. It can further make businesses more skeptical about workers’ compensation claims, which leads to delays and difficulties for the injured.
That doesn’t have to be the case though. Businesses like WorkSTEPS have proven that there is a better way to pre-hire test and even to test those who already have a job. More thorough tests can track down physical limitations that even the applicant may not be aware of. These limitations may include everything from difficulty lifting objects in a heavy lifting job to carpal tunnel issues in a job with a lot of typing.
If businesses knew about these issues up front more often, they would be able to make the right hiring choices the first time, increasing their efficiency and reducing the number of claims (and the skepticism about those claims) for workers’ compensation.
There are a lot of elements to improving the working situation for employees across the country. There’s a lot to be said for those who want to demand higher wages and more benefits. To do that, though, we need to provide businesses with the means of keeping their bottom-lines healthy while still providing more for their employees.