How the basis of your success lies in the foot health of your employees
Feet are the basis for the well-being of every employee.
- By Janelle Kinnaird
- August 01, 2022
All companies know that their employees are the basis of their success. Hardworking, innovative, motivated, organized, happy and healthy employees are essential to a company that thrives, grows and outperforms the competition.
Nurturing these employee qualities and happiness is simple – focus on the health of their feet, the foundation of their body.
The Painful Problem
From sales, shipping, warehousing, light and heavy manufacturing, maintenance and more, many jobs and positions require standing all day, some in a stationary position and others constantly on the move. Various studies show possible adverse effects on the body from five or more uninterrupted hours on your feet.
The resulting persistent lower body muscle fatigue can increase the risk of long-term back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Overuse and bodyweight pressure can lead to repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), which account for 60 percent of work-related injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, arch and heel pain, metatarsalgia, shin splints, and more.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time can lead to poor circulation that causes fatigue and cognitive symptoms, especially when other health conditions such as diabetes and obesity are present. This reduced blood flow increases the likelihood of painful discomfort from a life-threatening blood clot, either deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), as well as memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Employees who experience fatigue and pain are less productive and less aware. Pain causes them to move more slowly, get less done, and can lead to distraction errors and injuries. Employees who are not well are more likely to be irritated and hurt, to be a bad influence on other employees, and to be more likely to cancel work.
As a result, industrial companies are assessing the stresses of their work environment, conducting risk assessments and health screening, and have instituted employee wellness programs in hopes of counteracting the negative effects and boosting morale and productivity.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.