For a lot of us, starting a new job can be both exciting and intimidating.  Excitement for the opportunity to have gainful employment, pay our bills, and provide for our family. Intimidating to understand this is the time period for us to learn and demonstrate the necessary skills required to be viewed as productive.

Likewise, the perspective of a Company or Organization needing to find qualified persons who can learn the skills and demonstrate physical abilities required can also be both a rewarding and daunting task. Finding the right people for the job can mean meeting productivity goals to ensure future growth and increasing the availability for more work/jobs. Each new employee is an investment of time and money to educate, train, and support the worker to the level of becoming a productive team member.

The idea of managing work fatigue is not a novel one, on the contrary, this is evident by the use of floor matting within every major industry in North America.  The purpose of this “anti-fatigue” matting cushions the floor and somehow improves the perception of fatigue.  Some employers also will utilize programs to test the physical abilities of job candidates post offer of employment, however, this approach does not address performance of daily work and fatigue.  Keen employers recognize the need to graduate productivity/physical demands within the first few weeks of employment and some term this as a “Work Hardening” program.

Any athlete or person beginning a new fitness regime, can attest that it is the first few weeks can be both physically and psychologically grueling.  Failure to continue to move beyond fatigue, can be gained by external support and setting achievable objectives towards a goal. Understanding that fatigue will be a direct product of the physical activity and planning to employ strategies of how to manage recovery are also key factors with success.

Many of the fatigue management strategies utilized by athletes and those beginning fitness programs can also be applied to employee retention. Although the physicality of work is typically submaximal, it is the repetition and duration of the job itself that can be problematic in retaining workers. This is especially true for new workers learning skills, techniques, and performing physical tasks for the first time.  Understand, it is the fatigue experienced at the end of a work shift, the next morning, and subsequent work week, …if they make it, that may be an untold rationale for employee turnover.

In 2018 On Site Therapy, LLC launched its’ line of Occupational Compression Wear to improve circulation, improve muscle recovery, address worker fatigue, and injury prevention.  Designed by Occupational Therapists, Chuck Letchworth, Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Robert Lisson, expert in the field of Work Analysis and Ergonomics, the products have been validated across several industries.  Demonstrating an average of 90% reduction in reported worker fatigue, pain, and soreness. Our customers are seeing a 50% reduction in musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) claims.