Do you find work a pain in the neck? According to a survey by backpainhelp.com, more than a third (38%) of UK workers have suffered back or neck pain as a result of their work; 31% have had to take time off work because of it.
Manual workers have a high prevalence of back pain, but it also affects desk workers, with 31% blaming their office workstation for their discomfort. One in five (21%) says their set-up at home gives them a bad back.
Mark Critchley, spokesperson for backpainhelp.com, said: “Back pain-related absenteeism has long been an issue, but how many businesses are actually looking at the causes? Do they realise that in one in three instances, work itself is the root of the problem?”
He added: “Over a third of people in our survey want their employer to take measures to improve their back health. It would be an investment that could help cut absenteeism and affect a business’s bottom line in the future, which can only be a positive thing.”