Physical ailments are a £35bn pain in the neck for US

first_img Previous Article Next Article Physical ailments are a £35bn pain in the neck for USOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Sub-standard job performance caused by pain costs US employers more thanUS$60bn (£35bn) a year in lost productivity, according to a study published inthe Journal of the American Medical Association. Headaches were the most frequently cited medical condition causing problemsat work, followed by back pain, foot pain, arthritis and other joint and muscleaches. Menstrual pain and toothaches were excluded from the research. The authors suggested that employers could cut costs by being more in tunewith their workers’ needs, launching office campaigns to promote treatmentoptions, displaying charts explaining how to lift heavy objects, and usingsimple pain prevention techniques (such as positioning computer monitorscorrectly). Researchers telephoned 28,902 workers in blue and white-collar jobs to askthem about any absent days or lost on-the-job productivity during the previoustwo weeks, and about specific types of pain that might have contributed. Nearly53 per cent reported having pain during the previous two weeks, and 13 per centsaid they had a pain-related loss in productivity. The average amount of losttime was 4.6 hours per week. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more