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Workplace wellness & postural assessment in the workplace


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In any workplace large or small employees are the most valuable asset and without them it would be extremely difficult to run a business. Taking care of your staff is important and with all the hustle and bustle that comes with business we can often forget about our employees’ health and wellbeing.

Managing and encouraging your staff’s health can be very beneficial for your business, as Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed correctly the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55% and creativity and innovation increases from 20% to 72%.

According to Comcare health and wellbeing programs save employers money, and there is a large amount of evidence indicating that successful health and wellbeing programs provide an excellent return on investment

  • Decrease sick leave absenteeism by 25.3%
  • Decrease workers compensation costs by 40.7%
  • Decrease disability management costs by 24.2%; and
  • Save $5.81 for every $1 invested in employee health and wellbeing.

The research shows us that an organisation that does not manage employees’ health and wellbeing is four times more likely to lose staff in the next twelve months, research has also identified an association between health and wellbeing and employee turnover. Employee turnover is very costly and The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) recently estimated that the cost of turnover in Australia is in the order of $20 billion. AHRI also found that staff turnover rates in Australia are on the rise with the cost of replacing an employee costing 75% of the employee’s annual salary, and can be as much as 150% in some cases.

One of the first items on the agenda for your organisations health and wellbeing program should be back pain, as back pain is proven to be most common form of ill health in the workplace. Back pain affects up to 80% of Australians and 10% having a significant disability as a result. Employees who are sitting at a desk most of the day are prone to non-accidental back injury. Australia’s working style has now changed and it is more technology based and many people end up working in front of a computers for as long as 15 hours a day. As you can imagine extended periods of sitting and slouching is not good for back health and can cause muscle fatigue since the back and abdominal muscles have to work extremely hard to maintain the body in a single position for lengthy periods of time.

How to improve back pain

Tackling back pain needs constant management, here are a few points to improving and managing back pain.

  • Maintain good posture
  • Remedial massage
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve flexibility – to much tension and tightness can cause back pain
  • Stretching – Get out of your seat and move
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • When lifting use your knees and quad muscles in your legs, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Make sure your office set up is ergonomically friendly

It is so important to look after your employees and by establishing a regular office massage and health and well-being program businesses will reap the financial benefits of a healthier, happier and more productive workforce that will result in a more profitable business.

Brenda Hill
Workplace Wellbeing Advocate