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Organisations are considering Functional Capacity Evaluations to ensure employees are fit enough to start or ready to return to work after an injury with an eye towards productivity.

SINGAPORE, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- What happens when increasing staff costs meet tighter skilled labor markets? Productivity issues rise to the fore with increasingly more companies, particularly those with physically demanding work, looking to minimize staff downtime and ensure that workflow proceeds as smoothly as possible. One way companies are doing so is by accessing and ensuring that their staff are physically fit enough for the actual physical work to be done.

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The physical fitness level assessment of an employee to do his or her job is known as 'Functional Capacity Evaluation'. As the name suggest, it measures the capacity of an employee to carry certain functions that their job requires.

"In the past, it was generally large foreign MNCs that were asking for FCEs but these days we have done evaluations for local companies. We see increasing demand from local Singapore companies in the future. Inexplicably, rising operating cost and labor tightness will make the cost of conducting FCEs more and more viable", says Sylvia Ho, Principal Physiotherapist at Core Concepts.

Functional Capacity Evaluation measures the person ability to carry out certain functional movements. Measurements include amongst other things, strength levels and stamina of certain basic movements involved in most job functions.

"At Core Concepts, we take it a little further to combine a musculoskeletal screening that also assesses the body's muscle, joint and skeletal structure such as joint flexibility. With our physiotherapy background, we aim to take a more comprehensive approach in detecting potential problems that may occur in the future. Our clients comes from a range of industries including the pharmaceutical industry, the oil and gas industry as well as heavy manufacturing industry.", says Ho.

FCE is only one piece of the productivity puzzle but albeit one of growing importance. Ho says, "Singapore's Ministry of Manpower adopts a national, strategic and long term approach to achieve sustainable, continuous improvement in Workplace Safety and Health performance. We hope to play our role helping industries prevent avoidable workplace health incidences."

About Core Concepts – Musculoskeletal Health Group | Singapore Physiotherapy

Established in 2003, Core Concepts it is the largest private Singapore physiotherapy group with a team of specialist physiotherapists, sports massage therapists and sports trainers. Core Concepts' services include in-clinic rehabilitation, home base therapy, talks, workshops and corporate workplace-health consultancy.

Conditions treated at Core Concepts include Low Back Pains, Neck Pains, Scoliosis, Whiplash Injuries, Sports Injuries and Workplace Injuries.

Core Concepts operates centrally located clinics in Raffles Place, Shenton Way, Orchard Road, Parkway Parade and Novena Square, Core Concepts is one of the largest private musculoskeletal healthcare group in Singapore. For more information, visit www.CoreConcepts.com.sg

Media Contact: Victor Khoo, Core Concepts Pte Ltd, +65 6226 3632, victor.khoo@coreconcepts.com.sg

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