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Do You Need Insoles?

Ah, feet. They’re pretty important to our everyday lives. Besides being the two things that you are constantly walking and standing on, they are also home to all those little piggies your parents used to sing about. So, you need to take care of them! Many industries require a lot of time on your feet. This can cause strains and pains that can cause your brain to drain. Lucky for you, there’s one little trick that could just save your Soul… your inner soul… we’re talking about an INSOLE.

You Might Need An Insole If…

Running

For many people, running is the most common form of foot aches. You are constantly slamming your foot down, and that shock can trickle up your legs leading to shin splints or pressures on your feet. If you find the arches of your feet feeling strained, or your shins are hurting, this may be your feet begging for some fancy new insoles in your shoes.

Standing

Standing all day is one of the leading causes of Plantar Fasciitis. No, this isn’t a spell from Harry Potter, but we’d imagine even the “Boy Who Lived” suffers from foot pain and needs insoles. Plantar Fasciitis is basically a sharp stabbing pain to the soft part of your foot and around your heel. Insoles can help you relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life, sort of like a foot psychiatrist!

Walking Technique

 Everyone is unique, and that’s great! Some people just walk “better” than others. If you find that when you walk your feet tend to roll either outward or inward, you will find that this could lead to instability and severe foot pain. If your foot rolls inward that is called “over-pronation” and the opposite is “supination”. These two terms affect many people and, lucky for you, it’s fairly easy to fix with the appropriate insole!

What Kind of Insole Should I Get?

Now that’s the fun part of getting insoles, everyone is unique and has their own foot shape. There is no one answer to this question because you can get insoles for a plethora of reasons. You can get insoles that are designed to keep your feet comfortable, add relief, increase protection, and there are even different insoles for what type of shoe you are wearing.

Think insoles may be the answer to your foot problems? Seek professional help because getting an insole that does not fit your foot could cause even more trauma. On the bright side, insoles fit in ALL of our amazing slip resistant shoes!  On that note, SR Max&#174 offers two amazing styles of Insoles, let’s talk about them:

PAM

PAM: Personal Anti-fatigue Mat. This unique style of insole is one that we think will help you perform your job to your greatest potential. This dual Layer, 100% memory foam insole offers maximum shock absorption to help relieve pressure on your feet. The memory foam technology incorporated in this insole compresses for safe clearance in steel toe footwear.

THOTIC

Megacomfort is the first word we use to describe this insole. It offers 3 in 1 comfort orthotic technology to help alleviate those strains you feel on your feet during work. If you have particularly poor arch support, this insole will help you out immensely, which comes with two additional orthotic arch supports allowing you to customize the fit directly to you.

You can check out our two insole products here, and enjoy the start of your new (foot pain-free) life!

The Slip Resistant Shoe Recipe

Add some leather, a dash of a cushioned insole, a splash of impact zone padding, and a heaping helping of MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole and we’re on our way to creating our very own slip resistant shoe! So this recipe might not be making it into your kitchen cookbook any time soon, but it’s still important to know what exactly goes into constructing each pair of our safe and comfortable slip resistant shoes. Get the notebooks ready, because we’re about to take you through the slip resistant shoe recipe.

The “upper”

Obviously, there are a few factors that go into making each slip resistant shoe. Material, construction, cushioning and support should all be considered. The “upper” of a shoe is the material that covers the toes, as well as the back, sides, and top of the foot. Uppers can be made of one or more materials, including leather, action leather, suede, and mesh.

Did we lose you already? Allow us to explain. Full grain leather is generally found on dress shoes, and it presents a more “finished” appearance. It’s also easy to clean and very durable. So for those of you who didn’t even know that shoes are supposed to be cleaned, this might be for you.

Action leather is found on athletic or casual shoes (hence the whole “action” part of the name. We know…brilliant). This material is more flexible and more breathable than full grain leather. So if you suffer from sweaty and smelly feet, do yourself (and the world) a favor by trying action leather.  

Mesh/Suede tends to be found as accents on work shoes. Suede offers a pleasing aesthetic quality while mesh affords more breathability for dry feet while on the job.

The insole

An “insole” is the interior part of the shoe that the foot rests on. This piece has usually been enhanced with extra cushioning in the heel or “impact zone”. Various levels of cushioning are used to make your feet feel as if they’re walking on a cloud. Note: never attempt to walk on an actual cloud. It will end poorly.

Cushioned insoles have some padding in the heel, and are generally found in low profile Oxford shoes. Full cushion insoles have cushioning in the heel and impact zone areas, and this is typically found in low profile athletic shoes.

Extra cushion insoles are exactly what they sound like: MAXIMUM CUSHIONING ACTIVATED! This is found mainly in athletic shoes. Lastly, impact zone padding is the extra cushioning at the ball of your foot.

 

The midsole

The midsole is the portion of the shoe between the insole and outsole that provides foot support, cushioning and stability. It’s also commonly referred to as the “footbed” (and who doesn’t need another bed in their life?)

Improvements in midsole technology now allow for more cushion, greater arch support and even ergonomic designs to decrease foot, leg and back pain! This is especially important for anyone with flat feet or high arches, as not choosing a shoe with the proper midsole could lead to pain at work. And trust us, that’s the last thing you need.

 

The lining

We’ve gone through the meat of our recipe, but we can’t forget about dessert! While some overlook the lining of a work shoe when considering comfort, the proper shoe lining is absolutely important. A mesh fabric lining will wick away moisture to maintain a cool, dry shoe interior. A proper lining means more comfort and fewer odors (win and double win). The lining is there to help your feet out, so don’t forget about it!

Last but certainly not least… our patented MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole.

That’s right folks, we saved the best for last. Our MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole is the final ingredient in this recipe for success.

The exclusive pattern developed for MaxTrax® is intended to give the outsole the highest amount of surface area possible, while still providing deep grooves arranged to help channel liquids. This specialized groove design allows for an essential self-cleaning feature that keeps the bottom of your shoes cleaner than many other slip resistant work shoes.

Using a flexible, soft rubber compound outsole – The MaxTrax® outsole provides more give upon impact, which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground. In our independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil, oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be an icon of slip resistance. MaxTrax® far surpassed the Coefficient of Friction (i.e. the measure of slip resistance) necessary to make a safe step in each test.

Now that you know what they’re made of, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com

Top 10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Fit

We’ve all made the regrettable decision to purchase shoes that pinch, rub, leave blisters, or are just too darn tight. Not only are these beautiful, ill-fitting monstrosities uncomfortable, they can really do a number on your feet as well.

How can you avoid them though? Follow our helpful tips below as a guide to find the perfect fit for your feet.

  • Measure your feet or try on shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are their largest.

We know gravity and physics aren’t easy concepts for everyone, so we’ll just cut to the chase. Your feet actually get bigger as the days goes on – as you walk and stand through the day, your feet expand under your weight.

 

  • When trying on shoes, make sure there is up to ½” of space left between the end of your big toe (or longest toe) and the end of the shoe.

Remember that tip about trying on your shoes at the end of the day? This is why… well, this is part of the reason why. The other half of the reason is due to the fact that when we walk, our toes create a slight back-and-forth motion. In order to protect your toes while they are in motion and make sure that you have enough room, you are going to want that half-inch space between your longest toe and the shoe, just trust us on this one.

 

  • Ensure that the toe box of the shoe is wide and roomy enough for your toes.

If your toes feel like they are being squeezed by a boa constrictor, then there’s a good chance that your shoes are too tight. On the plus side though, you’re probably not about to become the main course for a reptile today. Make sure that you have plenty of “wiggle room”, and that your feet are able to spread out comfortably. Don’t get shoes that cause you to have your toes overlap. You never know, they might get stuck like that!

 

  • Always shop for shoes depending on how well they fit your feet, not based on the shoe size.

Alright, ladies and gents. It’s time to get real about this issue. We have to stop the stigma that certain shoe sizes mean certain things. Smaller shoe sizes won’t make you any more “dainty”, and larger shoe sizes are not the best way to assert “dominance”. Be yourself, and get a pair of shoes that actually fit you properly. And for those of you out there that like to shop without trying on your clothing and attire, be warned: not all brands are created identically. What one brand deems to be a Women’s 8.5, could be another brand’s size 9.

 

  • Make sure there is enough room for the ball of your foot – it should fit comfortably at the widest part of your shoe.

 

The proper fit happens when the widest point of your foot (the ball) is located exactly in the widest part of the shoe. When that happens, the arch of your foot fits precisely with the arch of the shoe, giving you maximum support. In the SR Max® world, we like to refer to this area as the slip-resistant sweet spot.

 

  • Your heel should not slip up and down inside the shoe as you walk, they should be stable with minimal slippage as you move.

If your heel slips when you walk, this is either a sign of a shoe that is too large or a shoe that is simply not designed to fit the specific needs of your foot.

 

  • Don’t buy shoes that are too small, hoping that they’ll stretch out.

Let’s use some common sense with this one, guys. You can’t shove a larger object into a smaller one and expect it to fit. Now we get it, there are articles out there that tell you that you can make your shoes larger by sticking them in the freezer with water.  But we all know there’s only so much stretching that can occur here. Stick to the basics and just spare yourself the “cold feet” and get a pair of shoes that don’t require much effort to wear!

 

  • Spend time walking in the shoes to make sure the fit is correct and comfortable.

It’s true, some things in life require a test drive before purchase. Shoes should definitely be one of those items. While in the store (or even at home, if you ordered online) take some time to walk around on a carpeted, clean surface to get a feel for how the shoes will fit. Trust us, this will help you if you ever need to return them. 

 

  • Choose a pair of shoes that accommodate your arch type (ex. for flat feet, find a pair of shoes with extra arch support).

Some of us have high arches, some of us have falling arches, and some of us have flat feet. Make sure that you are choosing a pair that fit your arch type. Several brands will even call out this specific feature in order to help you make a more informed decision, while other brands are known to provide a certain level of arch support. When all else fails, don’t be afraid to try on different styles, brands, and sizes to figure out what suits you best.

 

  • Make sure the shoes you get will keep your feet comfortable if you have to stand or walk for long periods of time.

When your job has you on your feet all day, you will need to make sure that your slip resistant work shoes are up for the task. You need shoes that will provide you with enough support and cushioning in all the right places (especially your arches) to prevent you from having general foot pain and even blisters.

 

Easy, right? If you follow the simple tips above, you’ll be sure to find a shoe with the kind of fit you’ve always wanted.
Want to learn more about the comfort technologies that we offer? Check us out at srmax.com today!

The Customer Service Crash Course

 

Whether you’re a 16-year-old starting your first job as a grocery store cashier or a sales team veteran, a customer service refresher is never a bad thing. Working with the public can be challenging at times. Maybe a customer is just having a bad day, or maybe they do have a legitimate frustration with a part of the process that we could learn from if we are open-minded and ready to listen.

So have a seat because class is in session! Let’s go through the steps to becoming a customer service pro.

 

You’ll need some patience

In a perfect world, we’d be able to meet all customer needs at all times. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, so customers are going to have frustrations at times.

When these cases arise, all that you can do is remain calm and work with the customer to fix the issue. And if the customer becomes argumentative, never fight back. If you cannot fix the issue for whatever reason, refer the customer to your superior to work something out.

The customer service industry isn’t for everyone. If you don’t take being yelled at or criticized by strangers very well, then this may not be for you. It takes a lot of self-control, patience, and some thick skin to make it through some days. Just remember to try and use positive language, stay cheerful no matter what, and always attempt to satisfy the customer.

 

A strong work ethic is required

Customer service means long days on your feet or on the phone and a lot of interactions with customers. While you’ll be seeing or talking to dozens of customers throughout the day, their interaction with you is likely their only interaction with the company. Therefore, you need to be constantly on your game and ready to meet a customer’s needs at all times.

You won’t be able to afford any slacking off time. One bad customer experience can lead to a store complaint or a bad review online. So while some days feel longer than others, always remember to keep your work ethic up, stay positive, and be there for every single customer that you come into contact with.

 

You’d better know what you’re selling

It is ALWAYS your responsibility in any type of customer service field to be knowledgeable about the products that you carry. A lot of customers have questions before they make a purchase, so you should spend some time getting comfortable with the products that you sell.

However, if you really don’t know the answer to a customer’s question, it’s okay to say that you don’t know! Most customers will understand, but you should immediately find someone who does know the answer rather than just leaving the customer to fend for themselves.

And “I don’t know” is not a permanent solution. If this is your go-to answer for all questions, customers will begin to notice and get upset, so remember to keep the customer in mind and learn as much as you can about your particular business.

 

In conclusion…

The customer service field is all about catering to customer needs and keeping them happy. It requires patience, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to being knowledgeable about your particular industry. Customer Service jobs can be a lot of fun if you’re a people person, and most customers can be really enjoyable to interact with.

Class dismissed!

 

Looking for more helpful tips for your industry? Learn more at www.srmax.com !

 

The Most Commonly Slipped-On Surfaces

It’s true…Americans slip and fall a lot. In fact, over one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury every year. You’d almost wonder how we get so much done when we’re spending that much time letting gravity take us down. We slip both outside and inside on water, ice, grease spots, floor wax, your toddler’s apple sauce, and anything in between.

Well, let’s all fight back with a “not today, gravity” and identify some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces.

Interior Flooring Surfaces

When a floor is waxed or cleaned, a wet floor sign should obviously be put up. However, people don’t always do things that they’re supposed to do. So if you see the hardwood floor shining back up at you thanks to that fresh wax reflecting the ceiling lights, it’s probably in your best interest to proceed with caution.

Mopping can have the same effect, and in facilities like restaurants or grocery stores that are constantly being mopped, you must always be alert for any slick or slippery areas. The services, wholesale, and retail trade industries combined account for over 60% of injuries from same-level slip and fall incidents.

So if you work in one of these industries, stay alert at all times, watch where you’re walking (that means don’t have your head buried down in your phone), and if you do see a slick spot, throw that wet floor sign out there.

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Most outdoor slip and fall injuries are the result of hazardous weather conditions (thanks, Earth). Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, we love to slip on it. The weather is unpredictable and can change at any time, so unless you plan on never venturing outside again, there’s not much that you can do about avoiding it. Just stay alert and walk slowly if the elements do turn nasty.

But even on a sunny day, the outdoors are the host of several hazards that can cause falls. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are just perfect for the unsuspecting person to trip on. There’s no better way to start your day than by tripping on a pothole and watching your coffee go flying through the air. So stay alert, and always watch where you walk.

Entrances and Exits

Oh, you thought that all of Earth’s wonderful weather was just going to stay outside? If only that were the case. When people walk inside on a rainy or snowy day, they track in all of the water from outside and leave it nicely placed in the entryway of the building.

Now hopefully this building has a doormat at all entrances and exits, but if they don’t, these areas transform from doorways to slip-n-slides. And trust us, slipping your way into a grocery store isn’t exactly the most graceful way to do it. So stay alert when entering any building on a rainy day.

Obviously, nothing can protect you from all of these surfaces, but if you find yourself working in slippery conditions more often than not, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com.

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to slips and falls. Liquid spills, oily floors, and even dust can pose a threat to your safety and well-being at work.

Check out our 12 Safety Tips and get inspired to help make your own work environments safer and more productive. Click the link below to download a pdf version for your employees and coworkers:

Click here for a print download.

Looking to learn more about our slip-resistant shoes? Check us out at www.srmax.com

12 Safety Tips For Any Industry

Warehouses, foundries, construction sites and factories can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to accidents and injury: large and moving machinery such as forklifts, carrying heavy loads such as pallets and heavy equipment can be hazardous for you and your workers.

Check out our 12 Tips for Safety and get inspired to help make you safer and more productive at work:

1. Know your safety protocols– Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility. In addition to knowing where your emergency exits are located, it is important to know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept. In an emergency, you don’t want to be faced with the task of locating the first aid kit.

 2. Perfect Posture – If you work at a desk, make sure that your shoulders are in line with your hips to avoid back problems. When picking things up, use correct form so your back doesn’t get hurt, and whatever you do, avoid stooping and twisting. If you have access to ergonomically designed furniture and safety equipment so that everything you need is comfortably within reach.

3. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings – This tip requires that you first know what particular hazards your job or workplace can entail. Once you’ve learned about the risks, you will be able to steer clear of any potentially hazardous areas or situations.

4. Take regular breaks – There are many work-related injuries and illnesses that occur because of fatigue. Taking regular breaks helps you stay fresh and alert on the job. One useful tip for staying alert is to schedule the most difficult tasks when your concentration is at it’s best, like first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon depending on your own workflow.

5. Report Unsafe Conditions to Your Supervisor – It’s your job to make sure that your work environment stays safe for you and your fellow employees. It’s your supervisor’s job to provide you with the resources and materials to make that happen. They need to be informed about any workplace safety hazards or risks. Your supervisor is legally obligated to ensure that employees have a safe working environment. Help keep them informed and keep your work environment safe!

6. Keep Emergency Exits Easily Accessible – Quick, easy access to exits are necessary for any work environment. Keep the pathways to these exits clear and free of debris in order to ensure a quick and hasty escape, should you need one. It’s also recommended to keep clear access to equipment shutoffs in case you need to quickly stop them from functioning.

7. Don’t Try to Impress – We can’t stress this enough, use mechanical aids whenever possible. If you are faced with lifting and moving heavy objects all day long, don’t try and show off in front of your coworkers by lifting heavy materials improperly, or by trying to lift something that you shouldn’t be lifting in the first place. Use the dollies, forklifts and hand trucks that you have available to make your job easier and prevent injuries. Also remember to wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear and proper safety footwear.

 8. Reduce stress in the workplace – Stress can lead to depression and concentration problems. Common causes of workplace stress include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or managers. Take your concerns about workplace stress to your supervisor to see how they might help you address them.

9. Dress for Safety and Success– Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing. As with any job, it is important to dress the part. That means wearing comfortable clothing that is not too baggy. This will help protect you from getting caught anything that might be on the side of your path or line of walking. Proper slip resistant footwear is also important in your line of work.

 10. Use Tools and Machines Properly – Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is the leading cause of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.

11. Stay Sober–  This one seems like a no-brainer, yet around three percent of workplace fatalities occur due to alcohol and drugs. When a worker’s ability to exercise judgment, coordination, motor control, concentration or alertness is compromised, this leads to any number of risks for workplace injury and fatalities.

12. Keep the Lines of Communication Open – It’s important to be aware of the government and company safety regulations that your company and industry need to abide by. However, it is just as important to create and foster clear lines of communication when it comes to the details surrounding the implementation of these rules and regulations within your company. This includes taking the time to properly train new hires, as well as communicate up to date information regarding safety protocols and plans of action.

Hopefully, the 12 Tips for Safety gave you some ideas and inspiration on how to improve your own company’s safety culture. For more tips, tricks, and other questions check us out at www.srmax.com

How to Stay Safe While Working on a Cruise Ship

Article by Emily Bennett

 

As cruise ships continue to become larger and accident reports continue to progress in great numbers, we are left wondering what exactly is being done to better train crew members in the event of an emergency at sea or in port?  Every crew member should have at least some familiarity with how to properly handle any onboard situation, including how to best evacuate passengers in the event of the vessel becoming disabled, what to do in the event of an onboard emergency, and most importantly how to keep themselves safe while on the job, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.

Safety is the top priority for both passengers and crew members while onboard the ship. As passengers are continually coming onboard for an unforgettable time at sea, crew members must enforce safety protocol for everyone on board, in order to make sure that no one’s life is put in immediate danger.

Food for thought: If crew members are not following proper protocol to maintain onboard safety, how can they be trusted with ensuring a passenger’s onboard safety? Here are a few safety tips that crew members should follow to make sure that everyone remains safe and has an exceptional time while onboard.

 

  • Know the Maritime Laws: Since each vessel usually flies a foreign flag, it can be difficult to understand the difference between each country’s laws and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be sure to learn your cruise company’s requirements, including regulatory maritime and cruise ship laws to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times, and most importantly not endangering anyone.

 

  • Participate in Safety Meetings: Upon each new boarding, crew members should participate in a safety meeting, usually carried out right before your ship leaves port. It is in these meetings that you will be informed of your duties in the case of an emergency and will be required to know where you need to congregate in the event of an accident or evacuation.

 

  • Obtain certificates in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid: Once onboard a vessel, crew members are expected to know how to operate lifeboats, where the boats and rafts are located, how to launch them, and know about the different fire-extinguishers onboard and what kind of fire they are used for. Basic First Aid is also required to address any type of non-life threatening injury while onboard.

 

  • Acquire a pair of Slip Resistant Shoes: In order to help keep crew members accident free, slip resistant work shoes are a great asset to each crew member’s uniform. With a slip resistant sole, crew members are kept safe at work and experience a decrease in slip and fall injuries when it comes to working around unseen spills.  

 

 

These are just a few of the many safety recommendations for cruise ship workers when it comes to staying safe at sea and at the port. It is crucial for crew members to understand that our responsibility is ensuring the safety of all who are onboard (including ourselves), as well as our duty to protect passengers as per maritime law.

For more information on work safety tips, visit us on our website at srmax.com.

Shoe Requirements for Hospitality Workers


Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

 

When you think about hotel staff, who do you think of first? The front-of-house staff that greets you and helps you with check-in? The housekeeping staff that makes sure your room is in pristine condition when you arrive? Or maybe the kitchen crew, buzzing around prepping for the next rush and preparing high-quality meals. What do all of these people have in common? That’s right. They should all be wearing slip resistant footwear.  

Still not convinced? Read on to see why it’s crucial for all hospitality workers to wear slip resistant shoes on the job.

Housekeeping Staff

On average, each member of a housekeeping staff is asked to turn over, or clean up about sixteen rooms a day! With so many rooms to take care of, it’s no surprise that maids and housekeeping staff get more than their fair share of steps in every day. It also comes as no surprise that this type of work can lead to strains in your lower back, legs, and arms. Did you know that one slip and fall accident can lead to sprained ankles and other (possibly more severe) injuries? For this reason, slip resistant footwear with plenty of support is a must. We recommend shoes with a padded insoles as well to help with the constant pressure you’re putting on your feet by using them all day. It’s important that you only bust your tail figuratively, not literally.

Front-of-house staff

The front-of-house staff typically spend most of their shifts on their feet, standing in one place. With that being said, front-of-house staff members are still at risk for slips and falls while maneuvering around the facility. Look for a slip resistant dress shoe with plenty of support in order to keep you comfortable during those long hours. Greeting guests with a genuine smile might be difficult if your feet are throbbing, so make sure you are in a pair of shoes that won’t just get the job done, but will allow you to do your job in comfort as well.

Kitchen Staff

Like any other dining facility, the kitchen can be a dangerous place. There’s no question that when you’re working in a kitchen, there’s bound to be unseen spills, and other unforeseen hazards such as slippery floors, sharp utensils, and hot surfaces just like any other kitchen. In addition to all of the potential hazards, there’s also the potential chance that you’ll be doing your duties while dealing with achy feet. We can’t stress the importance of comfortable slip resistant shoes enough.

 

Ready to discover our truly comfortable work shoes? Visit us online at www.srmax.com to learn more.

 

which shoe program is right for my company

Which Shoe Program is Right for My Company?

Enforcing a slip-resistant shoe program isn’t always at the top of a store manager or company owner’s priority list. As the supervisor, you might be putting a shoe program off because you think it would present you and your company with unexpected challenges such as embarking on the quest to find the perfect slip-resistant shoe for everyone, or simply because you just don’t know where to begin planning for a shoe program and which one would best suit your company.

While the thought of adding a shoe program to your company may seem intimidating, we promise it’s not as bad as it seems. Shoe programs are implemented and set in place to make sure that all employees are protected on the job when it comes to slip-resistant footwear.

Let us take the guesswork out of this for you. Here are three outlines of our most common types of slip-resistant shoe programs.

Basic Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This is our simplest shoe program. Employees are responsible for the purchasing and wearing of their own slip-resistant shoes to work to make sure that they are protected when it comes to slip and falls.

As a result, they end up purchasing shoes from retailers with name brands that, unfortunately, have some of the lowest slip resistance results on the market today. While technically they’re still in compliance with the footwear program, these shoes do little toward resisting slip and fall accidents in the workplace.

This type of program, for evident reasons, has the lowest rate of success.

Payroll Deduction Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This type of program is most common for companies with slip-resistant shoe programs. In this program, the company is able to authorize and recommend vendors from which employees are able to purchase their shoes.

Workers are able to order their shoes through a manager or via a custom website. When their shoes arrive, the cost is deducted from the employee’s check over several pay periods. There are many modifications that can be made to this type of program which can lead to a higher rate of success for the companies that use them. Your personal account representative will be able to help you come up with the right modifications for you.

Subsidy Slip Resistant Shoe Program

In this type of program, the company decides on a dollar amount to give each employee an allowance towards their slip-resistant shoes. Subsidy amounts all depend upon the company and what they are trying to accomplish with their slip-resistant shoe program. As a result, this is by far the most successful of all types of slip-resistant shoe programs that we offer. It is also known to be the most suitable for companies that are looking to reduce on-the-job slip and fall accidents as well as workers’ comp claims.

All costs set aside, there are many other benefits to starting up a corporate shoe program. Your employees will not only feel good in their choice of slip-resistant work shoes but will also look good. They’ll feel valued as an individual and sense that their company is serious when it comes to their own personal safety on the job.

Ready to get started? Check us out on our website at www.srmax.com to set up your shoe program today!