Health and Wellbeing at Work
Health and Wellbeing at Work
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the physical environment to the individual. When ergonomic design principles are applied to every aspect of the workspace, employee comfort improves, there is a decrease in the potential for injury, and working efficiency is much higher. When considered in these terms, Health and Wellbeing at work are of the upmost importance.
According to the Society of Chartered physiotherapists (CSP), employers who have taken steps to proactively address health and wellbeing, report reduced sickness absence, fewer compensation claims, and a lesser requirement for temporary staff.
- The median annual absence cost per employee in 2016 was £522 . Costs are considerably higher in the public sector (£835).
- Approximately 80% of adults will experience back pain at some stage of their lives.
- Back pain is the number 2 reason for long term sickness in the UK
- Back pain costs the NHS more than £1 billion a year
- MSDs including back pain costs British businesses up to £624 million per year
Short Term Absence
Sick Building Syndrome
Does your organisation have high rates of both minor and acute illness? It is possible that this can be attributed to a condition known as sick building syndrome, whereby the occupants of a building experience health- or comfort-related effects that appear directly linked to the time spent in the building. We can help investigate, identify and address this problem. Call us today on 0161 785 8585 to make an appointment with one of our experts.
Firstly employees can sometimes feel that there are unrealistic demands being made and that they aren’t able to cope. Control can be a major issue too; if your people feel they have no control of their own workspace in terms of temperature, lighting, noise, proximity to others, and lack of privacy can cause anxiety and stress. Read more on our psychology page.
More generally, employees can experience stress when they don’t fully understand their position within an organisation; what their role is, and what their responsibilities are. Sometimes they are unsure of what the organisation’s purpose is, and what its objectives are, never mind feeling an integral part of its future…
Although we don’t have a magic wand to solve all of these issues, we have the experience and expertise to help you to recognise and address them. We work with you to make your people feel valued and engaged, able to make an effective contribution to your company’s success.
Sedentary postures and general inactivity at the desk is a ticking time bomb for worker’s health. Specific work-related risk factors can include awkward, deviated, or static postures, exerting excessive force, repetitive tasks, contact stress or pressure, vibration, plus environmental factors such as being too hot or cold, and extremes of noise and light. MSD’s are injuries and ailments relating to the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs.
Adopting ergonomic design principles into your workplace project from the start is the most cost-effect method in preventing MSD’s. We have the experience and expertise to assist with this. However, we acknowledge that this isn’t always possible, so we offer high quality advice, consultancy and training services. Also a full-range of curative ergonomic task chairs and workstation equipment to alleviate worker’s existing symptoms, and prevent further problems.
Also back pain is 6th. The risk of back pain can also be reduced by using an ergonomic chair.
Long term Absence
In the table to the left, is a list of the most common causes of long term absences in the workplace in 2016.
At number one it is stress, it is important that you consider your employees health and well being at work, otherwise you may see an increase in absence and a reduction in productivity.
Additionally musculoskeletal injuries are fourth on the list.
Also back pain is fifth on the list of long term sickness. The risk of back pain can be reduced by using an ergonomic chair. If one of your employees experiences back pain and needs an ergonomic chair, please give us a call. We provide DSE assessments and also free trials of ergonomic chairs.