Austintown Rotary welcomed Mark Clendenin, Regional Business Development Manager for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation as the guest speaker at last week's Rotary meeting.
Clendenin is the BWC's business liaison for Northeast Ohio, a territory that represents nearly 78,000 businesses in 16 counties. According to Clendenin, Northeast Ohio is the engine that drives the state of Ohio.
The purpose of Clendenins talk was to continue to increase dialogue between the bureau and the region's businesses, and to further Governor Kasich's directive to make sure the bureau does not put anyone out of business.
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Austintown Rotary President Mark Cole presents Mark Clendenin from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation with a book to be donated in his name to the Austintown Elementary School Library after Clendenin addressed Rotarians last week.
''To the contrary,'' Clendenin said, ''a proactive relationship with BWC not only prepares businesses for injuries and lost time events, but can be a vital part of a companies continuous improvement strategies. You don't know what you don't know. Businesses should use the bureau's services, they're paying for them.''
Bureau support in areas like wellness programs and safety intervention grants can not only improve an organizations ability to keep costs down, but also serve to build employee loyalty and morale, he said.
Clendenin said that once an employee is off work for 45 days, their probability of return is only 40 percent, and after 90 days, the odds decrease even more. To emphasize the dramatic financial impact of workplace injury-related lost time, Clendenin said that if every employee in the state was able to return to work just one day earlier, the state could save nearly $400 Million.
The mission of the Ohio BWC is to protect workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates, he said.
According to Clendenin, achieving this goal, which would reduce costs for all businesses and make Northeast Ohio an attractive place for new businesses, depends on a true working partnership between the bureau and Ohio's businesses.