The Value of MyAbilities’ Digital Job Profiles for Employers

Written by Jacob Lazarovic, MD, FAAFP, MyAbilities Chief Medical Officer

The Value of MyAbilities’ Digital Job Profiles for Employers

Job profiles, also known as job descriptions or physical demands analyses, are critically important for employers. Unfortunately, many companies do not have accurate and comprehensive job profiles, or none at all. They may be handwritten, paper-based, incomplete, outdated, and certainly not digitally actionable. They may not contain the full range of occupational demands: physical, cognitive, psychosocial, environmental, etc. All of this puts the employer at a major disadvantage, and even at risk.

First let’s discuss the benefits. Having a Digital Job Profile (DJP) of the type that MyAbilities offers, allows the employer to develop and continually update an easily retrievable and shareable job profile. MyAbilities has created a database of over 50,000 job titles, and these can be used as is, or customized to reflect the particular features of an employer’s jobs. These can be used for highly targeted recruitment purposes, defining the search criteria for candidates’ capabilities to meet the demands of a job. If post offer of employment testing is is performed, the DJP provides a job-specific protocol for testing candidates to objectively assess their abilities to perform the job. The DJP highlights body regions that are at risk of injury for each job, allowing employers to implement preventive ergonomic modifications that will reduce injuries and claims. Additionally, the DJP can be used to train new employees to properly and safely perform the job, and to periodically monitor whether the employee is indeed performing the job as it is defined.

In addition to the user-friendly graphic display of DJP data, MyAbilities is also able to incorporate videos of each job’s functions and tasks in order to create a visual record that all users of the platform can access. A video ( taken by smartphone or tablet at the worksite) provides a new dimension to better understand what a job entails, and, supplemented by our AI-enabled kinematic analysis, yields an enhanced DJP that is even superior to ergonomist-generated profiles.

All of the above features support an employer’s optimal human resource management practices in the absence of any occupational injury or illness. If and when injury occurs, the employer can allow its TPA or insurance carrier to immediately access the worker’s DJP from its customized job bank, allowing the organization to quickly initiate appropriate claim and medical interventions that promote timely return-to-work.

Employers also need to be aware of the risks of litigation and penalties that may arise from OSHA or EEOC (U.S.) oversight. A complete job bank with state-of-the-art DJPs ensures compliance with OSHA requirements. It can also prevent litigation related to potential allegations of workers’ being required to perform duties outside the scope of their documented job responsibilities. ADA compliance is increased when it can be documented that an injured worker is able to return to work when objectively capable of performing the essential demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations. Alternatively, DJPs help to identify alternative jobs that the worker may be able to perform after rehabilitation has ended.

In summary, MyAbilities is able to work with employers to quickly and cost-effectively facilitate the development of a proprietary digital job bank that achieves unique and permanent benefits for businesses of all sizes and types of industry.

MyAbilities launches JobXweb.com, the world’s first online Digital Job Analysis search engine, with more than 50,000 job titles

MyAbilities launches JobXweb.com, the world’s first online Digital Job Analysis search engine, with more than 50,000 job titles 

Mississauga, Ont., January 15, 2020 – MyAbilities Technologies, a global innovator in smart health technology and workplace safety, has released the world’s first online Digital Job Analysis database, JobXweb.com. New in January, the free database provides users access to more than 50,000 job titles, each with unique industry Digital Job Profiles including comprehensive analysis of the psychosocial, cognitive and physical demands in addition to a comprehensive job description. 

“Organizations can quickly search through a simple and free database to conduct a thorough review of the demands of thousands of jobs across all industries,” says Dr. Michael Sonne, vice president, innovations and research at MyAbilities Technologies. “We believe JobXweb.com is the first of its kind to offer easy access to a standardized analysis of thousands of jobs, and to present the information in a clear, shareable way.”

Users type in their keyword or job titles and the search engine pulls the job profiles offering the best match with a focus on dynamic visual information, making it easy to understand the job demands regardless of one’s technical knowledge.  

“Reviews of Digital Job Profiles have been outstanding since we first launched it,” says Sonne. “Now, with greater detail, more visuals, continued expansion and a new free version, we’re confident it will help organizations optimize their hiring and workforce management and automate their job demands analyses for the benefit of employees and their businesses.” 

JobXweb.com was developed by MyAbilities, a company committed to preventing and resolving workplace injuries. The company was founded by Reed Hanoun, an accomplished entrepreneur who has developed and created innovative technologies primarily in the health care industry. 

“Thanks to the marriage of technology and the specialized knowledge of our staff, we’re now able to truly help companies understand the demands of their jobs,” says Hanoun. “We are confident JobXweb.com will help them spend less time on data collection and, instead, spend more time on ergonomic interventions to reduce injury risk and empower their claims teams to expedite the return to work of injured workers.” 

Together with a team of experts in employee health management technology, Hanoun and Sonne have set out to transform JobXweb.com into the industry search engine for digital job analysis. 

To learn more about MyAbilities, visit myabilities.com

To try JobXweb.com for free, visit JobXweb.com.

About MyAbilities Technologies Inc.

MyAbilities is an employee health management technology company that delivers transformative employment-related injury prevention and return-to-work solutions through a robust, proprietary, cloud-based data analytics SaaS platform, powered by artificial intelligence.

Media contact, resources and information: 

MyAbilities
Portia-Marie Siegel
Torchia Communications 
(416) 341-9929 Ext. 222  
portia@torchiacom.com

MyAbilities signs agreement to become major sponsor of 2019 Schedule 2 Employers’ Group Conference, October 22-23

Hamilton, Ont., October 10, 2019 – MyAbilities, a leader in employee health management technology and human asset management, announces today it has concluded an agreement to become the Gold Sponsor of the 30th annual Schedule 2 Employers’ Group Conference. Taking place October 22 – 23, 2019, in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, the conference explores the latest trends, current issues and new advancements in the fields of employee wellness, workplace health and safety, workers’ compensation and disability management. Dr. Michael Sonne, PhD, vice president of innovation and research at MyAbilities, is confirmed to speak on the topic of ROSA (Rapid Office Strain Assessment), the company’s online workstation evaluation solution that identifies risk and delivers immediate ergonomic solutions to customers around the world. 

(more…)

How to adjust your workspace to reduce the risk of injury

JANUARY 22, 2019 BY CityNews

Small inexpensive adjustments you can make to your workspace to increase blood flow and reduce the risk of injury.

Read the original article:
CityNews
660 CityNews
680 News

Work Habits Impact Bodies

JANUARY 14, 2019 BY BENEFITS AND PENSIONS MONITOR

Many do not realize the impact work habits have on their physical bodies with incorrectly placed or improperly sized equipment causing injuries which can result in time off work, depending on insurance and benefits, and could mean lost wages, says Reed Hanoun, founder and CEO of MyAbilities. It works with employers, service providers, and insurers to keep people safe and healthy in their workplace environment. Its technology uses ergonomic research to conduct self-assessments and provide self-guided training to make sustainable office ergonomic changes. However, injuries can be prevented. Office chairs are adjustable for a reason. The best chairs allow for frequent adjustments, changing posture throughout the day. This promotes healthy blood flow and reduces the effects of muscle fatigue. Those who work primarily on a laptop, tablet, or a cell phone should realize these devices were not developed with a 40-hour work week in mind. Employees should consider getting a full-sized keyboard, a monitor, and mouse to plug in. Finally, employees should rest to destress. When people get stressed, muscles become tense, and back pain and other musculoskeletal discomfort can result. Microbreaks should be taken throughout the day to work on deep breathing and to stretch.

Read the original article

ODG by MCG Announces Release of ODG Job Profiler Powered by MyAbilities

DECEMBER 7, 2018 BY WORKCOMPWIRE

Austin, TX – ODG, an MCG Health company, recently announced a partnership with MyAbilities Technologies to incorporate a unique new product option, the ODG Job Profiler, into its industry-leading medical treatment and return-to-work (RTW) guidelines.

The ODG Job Profiler is a software platform powered by MyAbilities™ which will be made available as an add-on to the ODG by MCG User Interface in January 2019. The ODG Job Profiler adds job demand data across every industry and occupation by providing a comprehensive database of physical, cognitive, and environmental demands specific to over 30,000 jobs spanning nearly every industry. This solution helps insurers, third-party administrators (TPAs), and employers identify and mitigate the risk of injury by creating a customized Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) for each job function, adjusting disability duration guidelines according to job demands.

(more…)

MyAbilities Helping Companies Stay Ahead of the Curve

New Burlington health and safety technology company introduces artificial intelligence in the workplace

Nov 22, 2018, Burlington Post

MyAbilities is a health and safety technology company that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced data analytics. – MyAbilities photo

When it comes to analysis of ergonomic trends and assessing physical demands, MyAbilities is helping companies stay current and competitive.

The new Burlington-based business has developed an integrated ergonomic innovation that positions artificial intelligence as a digital assistant.

“We wanted to create an advanced solution that strives for objectivity and accuracy,” said founder and CEO Reed Hanoun. “Utilizing artificial intelligence to track physical job demands, our technology allows employers to reduce occupational risk and streamline services in real time.”

(more…)

ODG by MCG Announces Release of the ODG Job Profiler Powered by MyAbilities Into Its Industry-Leading Medical Treatment & Return-to-Work Guidelines

AUSTIN, TexasNov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ODG, an MCG Health company(USA) has announced a partnership with MyAbilitiesTechnologies to incorporate a unique new product option, the ODG Job Profiler, into its industry-leading medical treatment and return-to-work (RTW) guidelines.

The ODG Job Profiler is an innovative software platform powered by MyAbilities™ which will be made available as an add-on to the ODG by MCG User Interface. The ODG Job Profiler adds job demand data across every industry and occupation by providing a comprehensive database of physical, cognitive, and environmental demands specific to over 30,000 jobs spanning nearly every industry. This solution helps insurers, third-party administrators (TPAs), and employers identify and mitigate the risk of injury by creating a customized Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) for each job function, adjusting disability duration guidelines according to job demands.

(more…)

Award winning health service provider in Saskatchewan, Bridges Health, partners with MyAbilities, to give employers a robust solution to modernize Injury Prevention and Return to Work for Employers.

TORONTO/ONTARIO (May 24, 2018) – Providing optimal safety and prevention service solutions is a constantly evolving practice. To be able to streamline and optimize the assessment of employees physical demands, employers needed modernized options for the collection, management and updating abilities of workers’ physical demands analysis. The ability to gather and customize job requirements in a digital format was nonexistent – until now.

MyAbilities is excited to partner with Bridges Health, a well recognized leader in western Canada for providing employer health care solutions. “MyAbilities has developed a platform for capturing job requirements and analysis into a digital format that is clearly needed by employers,” said Garry Derenoski, CIP, RRP / President, CEO Bridges Health, “being able to have up to date customized job profiles that relates to injury management claims and return to work solutions has been missing from our industry for a long time. By offering the MyAbilities platform to our clients, we are expanding our commitment to providing our clients with the optimal solutions in managing a healthier and safer workplace.”

(more…)

Leading North American Ergonomics Consultants, Options Incorporated, partners with MyAbilities, to enhance value-added services to clients.

TORONTO/ONTARIO (May 3, 2018) – Ergonomic assessment and management is validated with extensive scientific research to make recommendations faster, easier and more cost-effective. Workplace ergonomics is crucial for companies in preventing injuries and increasing productivity, which means proper and professional assessments are needed to ensure all employees are protected.

MyAbilities is proud to announce our partnership with Options Incorporated as a founding premier partner in providing the MyAbilities software platform to their clients to enhance their services. “The technology MyAbilities has developed will streamline and automate data collection, data entry and job analysis. Their technology facilitates improved accuracy and enhance data accessibility,” said Kirsti MacAulay, Principal Ergonomist of Options Incorporated. “This means that Options Incorporated Ergonomists are able to review, analyze, or assess the data more efficiently and minimize non-value added tasks. This provides our clients with a higher return on investment through Options Incorporated Ergonomists applying our expertise, sharing our insight, and assembling solutions”.

(more…)