Post Offer Employment Testing (POET)
The goal of any employer hiring new employees is to place the right employee in the right positions. As part of a comprehensive hiring strategy, a well designed ADA & EEOC compliant Post Offer Employment Testing program can help you assess safe and proper placement of employees and help prevent hiring those who are not physically capable of performing the job. The screening performed at Downtown Physical Therapy provides companies with a fair assessment of the applicant’s abilities with regard to the job requirements based upon an onsite worksite assessment. By properly implementing this program, you can benefit in a variety of ways including:
- Reducing injury rates and incidence of on-the-job injuries
- Producing greater productivity for the workforce
- Increasing employee retention
- Reducing associated turnover costs such as hiring, training, etc.
- Using this objective data for hiring increases defensibly with future injuries and claims
- Allowing the comparison of an employee’s current status in the event that they are injured with his/her initial status at the time of hire
- Determining the correct placement of employees
- Addressing reasonable accommodation of qualified applicants
- Limiting liability for on the job injuries and illnesses
- Assisting in establishing employees’ baseline health status and enhances workplace safety
- Eliminating applicants who lie during medical testing regarding current or past medical history
- Failing applicants who do not meet strength and/or cardiovascular requirements for the job in question when testing essential job functions
Job Demand Analysis
Job Demand Analysis is a means of describing and recording various job components and specifying the skills and other requirements necessary to perform the job. One of the primary purposes of conducting a Job Demand Analysis is to prepare job descriptions. These in-depth evaluations can be ordered by physicians, employers, an insurance carrier, or an attorney’s office. The goal of the Job Demand Analysis is to evaluate all material and non-material handling aspects of a position that will be performed for an individual employer. This is carried out by taking digital pictures, video, measuring and weighing objects along with other tasks that allow for clear and concise understanding of what is involved to perform the job. A detailed report follows so that the requesting source completely understands what will be expected of the employee in these position(s). A Job Demand Analysis typically lasts anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours for each position to be analyzed. It is an essential component in addressing Return to Work issues as well as part of the process when implementing a Post Offer Employment Testing program.
This evaluation of an individual’s job site and/or workstation identifies critical physical demands required of the worker to perform their daily job tasks and to make sure that the workstation properly fits the worker so that these tasks may be done safely with less physical stress. The evaluation follows with a comprehensive report with any recommendations that would benefit the employee. We also will educate the employee on postural corrections and any stretches/exercises that may be appropriate.
The goal of an ergonomic assessment is to reduce symptoms, lost time from work and further medical intervention. It is recommended when:
- A worker begins to show symptoms of any repetitive strain injury.
- An injured employee is returning to work.
- A worker is continuing to work, receive therapy, and not showing continued improvements.
There are numerous benefits to an ergonomic assessment:
- Reduces repetitive stress.
- Improves posture and body mechanics.
- Facilitates the healing process of an injured worker.
- Reduces the risk of injury or re-injury.