The Benefits of Knowing: Employee Physical Examinations

pre-employment physicalsWhen it comes to a business’ employees, it’s incredibly important that not only are they physically healthy and capable but that they are mentally prepared to do the job they are getting hired for. This is why many companies will have pre-employment physicals conducted to assess those that they are interviewing for a specific position.

The examination will almost always focus on your physical well-being, so aspects like your hearing and vision will be checked as well as your respiratory system. In most cases, a general physical exam will be done to chart your height, weight, vision, hearing, and check things like your blood (blood sugar), cholesterol, blood pressure, and pulse rate.

These aspects will vary in importance as they are dependent on what is required of the job. For instance, a general laborer will need strength and an excellent respiratory system. With this said, there are a lot of benefits that these physical examinations offer companies, including:

  • Ensuring that there are no medical conditions of potential employees that would otherwise pose a risk or harm current hired employees.
  • Ensures that the potential hire will be compatible with the job that is being offered. This makes sure that the job will be done correctly and that the person will be able to handle it.
  • It will determine whether further testing is needed in other areas like physical ability tests which look at an employee’s grip and pull strength.
  • The blood test portion will alert the company of any potential employee that may do drugs or consume alcohol. This protects the company from a new hire doing this type of behavior on the job or showing up to the job incapacitated.

Finally, by having potential new hires take the pre-employment physicals, your company is setting the tone that the company does care about the health of its employees. Not only will this help diminish any underlying hazards within the infrastructure of the company, but it will help establish a healthy environment for all that work at the company. Physical examinations help companies assess and find the right hires for the job. There is no point in hiring someone who is not physically fit to do the heavy lifting, nor someone who cannot work well under a stressful environment.