Musculoskeletal Disorders Cost Private Industry $17 Billion per Year, Are Leading Cause of Disability

Prevention is possible for usculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the most common cause of disability, involuntary retirement and limitations to gainful employment.
In 2020, NSC reported the private sector experienced more than 247,000 MSD injuries resulting in days away from work.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common cause of disability, involuntary retirement and limitations to gainful employment, according to the National Safety Council (NSC) Recognizing the need to address this prevalent workplace safety concern, the NSC released a new white paper: Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review of Current Interventions and Future Research Directions.

Published through its MSD Solutions Lab initiative, the report discusses the various interventions used to prevent and reduce the impact of these injuries on the job.

In 2020, NSC reported the private sector experienced more than 247,000 MSD injuries resulting in days away from work. Aside from the human toll and cost for workers themselves, MSDs in the private sector cost businesses nearly $17 billion a year, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. … Read more...

Research Reveals Employee Engagement is Key to Both EHS and ESG Performance

New research from Intelex finds that organizations continue to struggle with improving employee engagement in health and safety programs.

Workplace culture and employee engagement challenges are all too familiar within occupational health and safety. They are also likely to have a major impact on successful environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) performance, according to recent research conducted in Europe by Intelex Technologies LLC.  

The research report, Engaging Workers, Growing Business and Protecting the Planet, observes that improving EHS and ESG performance drives competitive advantage but that getting employees onboard with EHS initiatives may likewise slow ESG progress. 

The report, commissioned by Intelex, surveyed more than 700 EHS and ESG professionals from 10 European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.  

The first chapter of the report, “Success is about people first and foremost,” focuses on several key research observations, among them: that … Read more...

Leaders2Leaders The Network: Capturing and Actioning End User Feedback is Crucial to Engagement

Leaders2Leaders The Network features a series of interactive, customer-led sessions we hope will encourage best practice sharing, networking and collaboration with our Intelex European customers. The sessions – for users by users – offer insight, pro tips and more to help you get the most from our platform.

A recent Leaders2Leaders The Network session featured Heidelberg Cement’s Paulina Lagodzinska, business analyst for EHS, sharing her insights about capturing end user feedback and why that is so important when it comes to adoption of a software system.

Heidelberg Cement has 58,000 employees in 60 countries, and 14,000 are active Intelex users. And by active, we mean ACTIVE: Since 2015, the company has recorded 63,000 corrective and preventative actions, registered half a million incident reports and half a million safety conversations. “Intelex is a very, very important tool for us,” said Lagodzinska.

Here are the four key lessons she shared during the session: ​

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Addressing the Top Risk of Hybrid and Remote Work: Proximity Bias

How can we create strong culture with a mix of in-person, hybrid and remote workers?

A January 2022 Slack survey of over 10,000 knowledge workers and their leaders shows that the top concern for executives about hybrid and remote work is the risk of “proximity bias.” Namely, 41 percent feel worried about the risk for work culture from the prospect of inequality between office-centric, hybrid and fully remote employees. 

The difference in time spent in the office leads to risks ranging from decreased career mobility for those who spend less facetime with their supervisor to resentment building up against the staff who have the most flexibility in where to work. Leaders who want to seize a competitive advantage in the future of work need to use research-based best practices by creating a culture of “Excellence From Anywhere” to address these risks. This cultural best practice is based on guidance for … Read more...

Welcome Aboard! Why Onboarding Is an Important Part of the Intelex Hiring Process

New hire onboarding is key to making new Intelex employees feel welcome and engaged.

Intelex was awarded a Silver medal in Brandon Hall Group’s 2021 Excellence in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Future of Work Awards for Best New Hire Onboarding Program.

Starting your new dream job can be stressful. New coworkers. New processes. New passwords. Even finding the coffee/tea station and bathrooms feels like a chore when you’re being bombarded with information, names and instructions.

New hire onboarding is key to making new employees feel welcome and engaged. That’s why Intelex views onboarding as a critical starting point for the company culture, engagement and tenure of an employee. Our goal is to make the onboarding process a warm and well-structured welcome experience that takes place starting at 5 days before the new employee’s start date and … Read more...

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week: A Commitment for Life

Each year, during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, thousands of individuals and organizations across North America join together to raise awareness about the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses at work. NAOSH Week runs from Sunday through Saturday the first full week in May. The goal during NAOSH Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Created by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and championed by ASSP and other organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico, this key observance is celebrating its 20th anniversary and encourages grassroots efforts at every organization in all industries to bolster workplace safety. (#NAOSHweek)

The Importance of Work Safety

Eighty-five percent of workers rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity … Read more...

Forget the Quotes: Four Things You Can Do to Boost Employee Engagement

Goals motivate us to save money, walk 10,000 steps a day and close deals. If you can make reaching those goals interesting or fun, even better.

Quotes are easy. Motivating yourself and engaging others is hard. These tips can help boost employee engagement.

We’ve all seen the posters and read the quotes: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney). “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (Charles R. Swindoll) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)

The fact of the matter is that quotes don’t actually work to motivate us. If you are trying to motivate yourself or boost employee engagement, consider some advice from researcher Ayelet Fishbach.

Fishbach, the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, writing in the Read more...

OSHA Safe and Sound Week: Using Data to Make Decisions

It is a pivotal part of the safety process to have everyone involved, and more importantly, have them engage.

As we celebrate OHSA’s Safe and Sound Week focusing on the theme of management leadership, finding and fixing hazards and increasing worker participation and engagement, I recognize that at Intelex, we are closely aligned in this mission with our software platform.

At Intelex, our clients are experiencing great success in protecting their employees by using data to make decisions that help keep the work environment safe. Fundamental concerns like auditing, training management, risk assessment and reporting safety hazards – along with being able to prioritize, track and eliminate such issues – can now be controlled within an electronic centralized safety management system.  

With that said, there’s a side of safety management that OSHA called out in this year’s campaign that has long been elusive for some: worker participation. As a … Read more...

Grow Your People, Grow Your Business

The training environment is changing rapidly, and many of us are facing unprecedented challenges.  

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about the need for us to think differently about how we deliver learning experiences. With the volume of information and the gravity of issues like the current pandemic, the ability to distill down to the right information at the right time and to the right audience is crucial.

This webinar will outline the roadblocks for developing impactful training sessions and tips for updating your learning environment to fit the growing needs of your training audiences. We will also highlight how employees learn and how to tailor and target the right training strategies that can help mitigate risk and streamline the transfer of knowledge throughout your organization. 

Whether you have employees working from home, on the front line, or doing remote fieldwork, being able to train them and increase their knowledge and … Read more...

Driving Employee Engagement by Championing Microlearning Methods and Enhanced Communications Techniques

How bulletins and mircolearning can elevate employee engagement.


With the pace of business increasing at an accelerating rate, people managers often find themselves having to process new information very quickly as well as transfer this new-found knowledge to their direct reports. With each learner having his or her own way of processing information, this can, at times, be quite a feat.

As a result, experts in the training space have championed learning styles that have yielded positive outcomes for a high number of individuals. Of these, one approach that has had a noticeable impact is mircrolearning.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Driving Progress through Bursts of Learning | Microlearning Simplified


Let’s start with the meaning of microlearning. Simply stated, it is “learning in small steps.” While that may not seem innovative at first, once you learn the benefits it provides, you’ll realize how underutilized a concept is has been … Read more...