Preventing costly stress claims

Preventing costly stress claims

60% to 80% of primary care doctor visits are related to stress, yet only 3% of patients receive stress management help. Regardless of whether stress originates from a worker’s professional or personal life, it affects their entire body and causes an assortment of problems in the workplace, including increased absenteeism, decreased health and safety, expensive worker’s compensation claims, higher insurance premiums, higher staff turnover and re-employment / training costs, and lower customer satisfaction. The scientifically validated HeartMath® system can substantially improve these measures, while helping ensure your organisational structures comply to occupational health and safety standards.

Emotional Fitness Programs

Work Healthy Australia helps your workers build emotional resilience and increase their productivity by giving them the the tools to manage their emotional wellbeing just as closely as they do their physical health. Using the globally recognised and research-backed HeartMath® program, our certified trainer teaches your workforce techniques to help develop coherence between their “heart brain” and cognitive brain to help develop their resilience in stressful situations. After completing HeartMath®, employees will:

  • Experience improved performance
  • Know how to stay calm and clear during stressful moments
  • Increase their vitality and energy

Heart Coherence

HeartMath® tools and techniques help workers create heart coherence, a calm, lucid, energised state. Different than traditional meditation and other relaxation techniques, HeartMath® system is a skill which helps people stay calm and access their best judgement and critical thinking, leading to positive results including:

  • 40% improvement in long-term memory and 24% improvement in short-term memory
  • Greater ability to focus, self-regulate, learn, process information, and manage pain
  • Increased calmness, wellbeing, emotional stability, and hormonal balance
  • Reduced anxiety, stress, and depression

Heart-Focused Breathing

Heart-focused breathing is one of the scientifically proven HeartMath® techniques that help workers increase their energy, coherence, and resilience. Our certified HeartMath® trainers teach people how to direct their attention to the heart area and breathe a little more deeply than normal. The technique only takes a few minutes a day, but it can add significant benefits to the employee’s life and dramatically reduce stress. Workers who have completed six weeks of HeartMath® training reported:

  • Over 40% less fatigue, body aches, indigestion, muscle tension, and headaches
  • Over 50% less exhaustion, depression, and anxiety
  • Over 60% less annoyance and anger

Heart-Rate Variability (HRV)

Heart-rate variability (HRV) is an important indicator of psychological resilience and ability to handle stress. HRV is highest when we are young, and it steadily declines as we age. Below-normal HRV for your age is a strong, independent predictor of future health problems, including all-cause mortality. HeartMath® is proven to help workers:

  • Improve their HRV
  • Better manage workplace stress
  • Build resilience that enables them to efficiently reset their state of coherence during stressful scenarios

WorkCover Claims Reduction

Mental stress claims are the most expensive form of worker’s compensation claims because they often lead to prolonged periods of absence. The most common claim is for musculoskeletal disorders, but since research has linked stress to many of those disorders, it makes business sense for employers to help their workforce prevent, recognise, and manage stress using a program such as HeartMath®. Employers who have the scientifically validated HeartMath® training report significant reductions in medical claims, leading to:

  • 39% lower claim costs
  • 200% ROI in the first year
  • Up to 400% ROI in the second year

Innovative Healthcare

Work Healthy Australia uses several solution-focused treatment modalities that are less common in Australia yet highly effective, such as bio mesotherapy, Active Release Technique, and Functional Integrated Needling. With access to treatment outcome data from over 100,000 cases tracked since 2000, your organisation can partner with us to gain access to a wealth of data to fuel innovation.

This unique approach to healthcare helps your organisation:

  • Make more informed treatment choices with your employees
  • Understand the variabilities in environment, lifestyle, and genes of each person to develop more effective prevention techniques for your entire workforce
  • Access the latest technology to improve care, such as smartphone-driven and highly portable ultrasound equipment, biofeedback devices, and more

Workplace Health Checks

Our 20-minute workplace health checks are an effective tool to minimise the likelihood of future worker’s compensation claims. The check-ups have been developed to test all major areas that lead to common forms of employee illness, including drug and alcohol usage, body mass index, lung function, glucose, cholesterol, diabetes risk, and obesity. Your organisation also can customise the test to cover other issues specific to your workplace.

These health check-ups result in:

  • More targeted health and wellbeing efforts within the workplace
  • More visibility into potential issues
  • Greater ability to direct people to seek further care and intervention if necessary

Health and Wellbeing Resources

Work Healthy Australia’s preventative approach to injury management includes a range of training programs to boost overall employee health and wellbeing. Seminars cover topics like quitting smoking, maintaining cardiovascular health, boosting emotional health, getting better sleep, diabetes prevention, exercise, and weight management.

With the help of these resources, your workforce will:

  • Increase their knowledge and awareness of their personal health
  • Improve their physical and emotional health and wellness
  • Have the information and tools to prevent injuries in the future

HeartMath® System

At least 60% of visits to the GP are related to stress, yet many patients don’t receive adequate stress management help. Using the globally recognised and research-backed HeartMath® program, Work Healthy Australia addresses this need and boosts workforce productivity by giving your employees the tools to manage their emotional wellbeing just as closely as they do their physical health, and improve their resilience in stressful situations.

By using HeartMath® systems, employees will:

  • Experience improved performance
  • Know how to stay calm and clear during stressful moments
  • Increase their vitality and energy

Supervisor Training

Managing tasks and managing people are two very different responsibilities. As workers move up into supervisor roles, it’s crucial to equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to properly manage their team. Frontline managers play a key role in helping prevent workplace injuries and handling them appropriately if they occur.

With our supervisor training, managers learn about a range of issues, including how to:

  • Understand the nature of chronic pain
  • Use appropriate language and respond to people who report pain or discomfort
  • Support injured employees emotionally and physically to keep them safe and get them back to work as soon as possible

Manual Handling Training

As part of the risk assessment process, Work Healthy Australia documents appropriate manual handling procedures, which your team can use to update the standard operating procedures for any role. Then, we can either take new employees through a short, specific manual handling class for their task or train your trainers on how to deliver the information. Task-specific manual handling training is also available as a customised, on-site program.

Both forms of manual handling training help:

  • Encourage people to adopt best practices
  • Increase employee confidence and competence in carrying out their role
  • Prevent workplace injuries

Fit-for-Task Screenings

Fit-for-task screenings help assess whether employees are safe to carry out particular roles. Work Healthy Australia’s analysis incorporates functional and role-specific testing, orthopaedic testing, neurological testing, and lifestyle questions to evaluate the whole person, not just their physical capabilities. These assessments are particularly valuable when an employee has been injured (at work or outside of work) or at periodic times as part of your duty of care and risk management process.

Fit-for-task screenings:

  • Demonstrate a duty of care and validate the accuracy of a General Practitioner’s opinion
  • Gain an independent assessment of potential risks of each job
  • Help you manage an aging workforce

Core Strength and Work Hardening Programs

Our core strength and hardening programs provide workers with task-specific physical strengthening programs to build their resiliency and avoid injuries. These programs can be individualised or done as group activities, and they’re especially helpful for staff who are changing roles, new to a role, or just want to maintain their physical wellbeing and capacity.

Completing these training programs equips your team with the ability to:

  • Increase strength and resilience
  • Maintain physical health and wellness
  • Reduce the likelihood of injuries

Risk Assessments

During a risk assessment, our team of workplace injury experts spend time on site at your facility to observe activities employees complete as they carry out their role. Then, we create a comprehensive report that describes the frequency, duration, and manual requirements of all tasks; details about the potential risk involved in each task; a hazard rating; and an action plan with recommendations for next steps.

With this information in hand, your organisation can:

  • Gain more visibility into the true requirements and risks of each position
  • Reduce emotional and physical strain that leads to injuries
  • Minimise injuries and claims