How Can Business Owners Boost Productivity in Their Employees With Chronic Back Pain?
Most businesses understand they will have some lost time from their employees due to injuries, health issues or other related matters. Some companies, however, are surprised to learn the majority of lost time comes from when the employees are at work, not when they are off the clock.
Studies show injuries, especially back pain, have resulted in lower productivity while on the job. In the study, more than 75% of the time lost was when employees were at work.
So what can you do as a business to reduce lost time from workers with back pain? Here are a few tips:
Offer Some Sort of Therapy
Having a medical professional come to your office to talk with your employees about lower back pain management could be effective. A professional can give your staff suggestions for easy, short stretches and exercises to do to ease their pain, which they can utilize at regular intervals throughout the work day. You may be surprised at how many people choose to participate. While results won’t be instantaneous, everything will work out in the long run. Your employees will be able to use the exercises they’ve learned to help alleviate their pain, rather than dealing with said pain in the office, which will boost long-term productivity.
Work With Their Needs
If your employees sit at their desk all day and complain of back pain, offer to install a stand-up desk or anything else to help them out. One of the main ways people are productive at work is through employee wellness, and sometimes you won’t know if anything is wrong unless you ask. Most of the time employees will be very reasonable and just need a couple of minor things done to help increase their productivity and work pain-free.
Provide Resources and Information
It may not be in your budget to hire a professional to visit your office on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have someone educate your employees on how they can help themselves. The reality is most people won’t go to the doctor for minor back pain, but eventually that pain could become more serious to the point they have to miss significant time at work.
Let a medical professional give your employees some lower back exercises to do on their own time, or even while they are working. Sometimes just hearing the little steps that can be taken to alleviate the pain will make your workers aware of their pain and how to take action to deal with it.
All of these tips will not only help your employees, but will also help alleviate the pain of lost time in your business. If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can carry out these recommendations, feel free tocontact us today. We offer a variety of services to fit your needs, and most importantly, your budget.