You can decrease the impact employee terminations have on your business and remaining employees, as well as the potential resulting legal issues, by taking the time to manage the situation carefully. Having an employee termination strategy is a good starting point. As you develop your strategy, you should remember that most terminations will fall under one of these three categories:
Any Type of Termination
Employer Terminates Due to an Employee's Behavior/Performance
Employer Terminates Based Solely on Economic Reasons
Employee Voluntarily Ends Their Employment
In closing, most all employers will be faced with employee terminations at some point. If you plan ahead and have the proper procedures in place, you can both minimize the effects and protect your business against any legal ramifications.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel can create serious health problems for employees who work all day on a computer. Risk factors include repetition (the daily, lengthy use of a keyboard and mouse or trackpad) and awkward postures (extending arms to type, hunching shoulders, and/or sitting for long periods). A properly designed and arranged computer workstation can go a long way toward preventing MSD.
To help evaluate the safety and comfort of your workstations, OSHA has developed this checklist:
Working Postures. Are your workstations designed or arranged so that they allow the user's:
Seating. Is the chair designed so that the:
Keyboard/Input Device. Is the keyboard/input device designed or arranged so that:
Monitor. Is the monitor designed or arranged so that: