Stand Up for Health: Employees Lower Back pain racks up a large expense on your business.

Stand Up for Health: Employees Lower Back pain racks up a large expense on your business.

Lower back pain has a huge impact on office productivity, worker morale, and healthcare expenses. Did you know that employers pay an average of $34,600 per 100 workers a year for back pain? This covers all medical and injury claims and secondary impacts on the organization’s total efficiency.

Taking action to improve your workforce’s wellbeing and alleviate back pain may be enormously helpful to your company. Healthy employees are active, both mentally and physically, and are considerably less expensive in terms of health insurance costs.

How Back Pain affects the Productivity cost of the company?

We understand the cost back pain has on the company’s healthcare, but do we even understand what is driving this immense cost?

Absenteeism – Lower Back Pain necessitates a day off from work, which has an effect on the company’s efficiency. Staff with back pain miss four days more on average than workers without back pain. This equates to an average loss of $13,100 in reduced productivity per 100 jobs.
Presenteeism – Employees who attend work while sick also cost the business. Physical pain often causes distraction and discomfort, causing employees to lose focus. Further, frequent breaks by staff members dealing with a health issue also cost heavily to the company.

The Medical Costs of Back Pain

Healthcare costs are rising all because of the sedentary cubicle lifestyle. It’s time companies addressed the elephant in the room and improved their culture. Lower back pain is often accompanied by fatigue, depression, and overall troubled mental health. To understand the lower back cost to the company, consider for every 100 employees, employers face $7,100 in short-term disability, $4,200 in long-term disability, and about $1,900 in worker compensation. (Source shared at the end!)

Addressing the Root Cause: What is Lower Back Pain?

Low back pain is the pressure, muscle strain, or weakness below the lower edge of the chest and above the buttocks. We all experience it, but what triggers back pain in the first place?

Back pain may be exacerbated by several reasons- pressure, illness, congenital defects, or severe medical problems like disc rupture. This may lead to persistent (pain that lasts three months or longer) or acute (pain that lasts less than three months) disorders. Here are some other reasons that can cause lower back pain:

• Prolonged sitting is one of the most frequent causes of Lower Back Pain (at desk, driving, etc.)
• Carrying large loads-related injuries
• Serious injury due to falling.
• Depression and stress

While businesses can’t do much for an unforeseen accident out of office, they can sure take measures to combat the sedentary lifestyle at the workplace!

Combat Lower Back Pain at Work with NeckDoctor for LAPTOPS-L, the best Standing Desk!

NeckDoctor for LAPTOPS-L is an ergonomic height adjustable desk that creates a dynamic work environment. It allows you to sit or stand while working, so you never suffer the ill fate of absolute sitting. The ergonomic design of the standing desk allows you to tilt your tabletop by paddle lever. This makes it a versatile product, works well for people with different heights.

The standing desk by NeckDoctor has a safety edge stopper, preventing slipping accidents while you sway away with the workstation. Yes! NeckDoctor for Laptops-L is your mobile workstation, single-leg fitted with four lockable heavy-duty casters; you can take your workstation around with you. The activated pneumatic height adjustable desk can be effortlessly adjusted to an ergonomic position that best suits your body!

The NeckDoctor sit-stand desk is equipped with an environmentally safe, heavy-duty, and moisture-resistant particleboard built of Melamine and Steel; the board is TSCA Title VI compatible, indicating its high level of resistance.

A word of caution here; let the staff know that it is important to gradually adopt the lifestyle change. Progressively incorporating the standing desk would suit the best. Experts recommend starting with 20 minutes and gradually increasing their standing time! Since standing comes effortlessly to most people, the act of doing so may seem to be almost effortless. It would become a pattern before they know it!

If you’ve spent a decade sitting, drastically shifting the routine to standing can cause muscle strain. So, advise your staff to be gentle and not go overboard! Remember: Consistency is essential in every fruitful effort.

Reference:

Bryla, Jacy. Low Back Pain Takes Toll on Worker Health & Productivity. Integrated Benefits Institute. October 23, 2013- http://www.ibiweb.org/community-events/low-back-pain-takes-toll-on-worker-health-productivity-integrated-benefits/

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