How to Manage the Leading Cause of Disability in the Workplace
Almost every job has a physically daunting element on the human body. Sitting at a desk for an entire day may seem easy, but you can experience back pain just as easily as if you have a job where you have to constantly lift, twist and bend. Of course, the sudden injury risk is different, but the risk of experiencing persistent lower back pain is present in either situation.
As an employer, you can take some proactive steps to help your employees manage or prevent back pain. Since back pain is the leading cause of disability in the workplace, employers have a big incentive to help employees since it directly impacts their productivity and bottom line. Here are some things you can do to help manage back pain in the workplace.
Be Interactive With Employees
Most employees won’t talk to their employers about the physical pain they are in. And in fact, employees often think their deteriorating spine health is just part of the job and they will have to deal with it. Employers should consider being interactive with their employees, including discussing their health and wellbeing needs. When you understand their concerns, you’ll be able to get a big picture view of the issues needing to be addressed in your office. This could be something as simple as investing in different chairs in some situations.
Assess The Ergonomics Of The Workspace
Currently there are plenty of ergonomic pieces of furniture or ergonomic equipment to help make work a comfortable place to be for employees. So if some of your employees are complaining about persistent lower back pain, one of the first things to look at is the setup of their workspace. Having space to get up and move during the day is a necessity more than it is a luxury. Even getting up and moving around for a few minutes every hour will reduce the strain on the back, promote better spine health and lead to fewer employees who deal with back pain.
Implement A Corporate Wellness Program
Employers are implementing corporate wellness programs within their organization today more than ever before. You can’t necessarily force your employees to participate in it, but you can educate them on the short-term and long-term benefits of participating. Creating a healthy and active culture starts at the top of the company. Once the culture is established, you’ll see the benefits start to take shape via healthier and happier employees.
DBC Active Spine Care® offers a preventative and rehabilitative program worldwide. This DBC Active Spine Care® program has been shown to reduce surgeries, pharmaceutical costs, hospital claims, further therapeutic visits, increase work productivity and of coarse save companies money. We are pleased to have had a 90% positive outcome out of the more than 150,000 patients we’ve worked with worldwide. If you’re ready to help your employees stay healthy and increase productivity, contact us today to learn more about how our program works.