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Post Offer Employment Testing Video Series #4

If most of your musculoskeletal injuries happen within the first 90 days of employment, post-offer employment testing (or POETs) might be a good service to consider implementing.

In our previous video, we delved into the importance of understanding and documenting the physical requirements of a job, which forms the foundation of a robust injury prevention program. A well-designed POET test is derived directly from a validated functional job description.

Now, let's take a closer look at what exactly a POET entails. Essentially, a POET is an evaluation that determines whether a candidate meets the physical demands of a specific job. It is conducted after a job offer is extended but before the candidate is hired, ensuring that they have the necessary physical and functional abilities to perform the tasks required for the job. Typically, the assessment involves an initial movement screening, followed by a series of functional tests or simulated job tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling exercises. The POET is administered in a clinical setting by a licensed healthcare provider, with a strong emphasis on ensuring the safety of each test.

By implementing POETs, employers can make informed hiring decisions by assessing whether job candidates have the necessary physical capabilities for the job. This reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injuries within the organization and provides candidates with a clear understanding of the job's expectations and realities. In some cases, candidates may choose not to proceed based on their understanding of the job's requirements. Ultimately, this leads to a more compatible employment relationship for both employers and prospective employees.

Are you considering POET testing? Let WorkWell be your guide.


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