Physiotherapy and the Workplace
Reference: CSP 2010: How Healthy is the UK workforce? Sickness Costs
Workplace physiotherapy solutions can provide services to a wide selection of industries, including commercial, industrial, retail and call centres environments.
Did you know that Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSD) accounts for nearly a third of the total time taken off sick from work, equating to 31 million work days and a cost of £7.4 billion a year , employers also lose as much as £15 billion a year through presenteeism, when staff are at work but not performing to their full potential because they are unwell.
Average wage £512 per week for a full time employee on a 38hr week, usually take 2 MSD days in a year and the cost to the employer is in the region of £200 per employee, per year.
Growing body of evidence, particularly from larger organisations, that are investing in health and wellbeing of staff has very real business benefits. For example, one employer experienced a return of £34 for every £1 they invested in terms of reduced absence rates and improved retention by providing in house and discounted physiotherapy for all staff
Early access to physiotherapy can be particularly be effective in preventing the condition becoming worse or turning into a serious long term condition. If left untreated, MSDs can become increasingly disabling with people experiencing problems such as walking due to low back pain or being unable to dress without assistance due to a stiff shoulder.
Work place physiotherapy can help to:
• Prevent people going off work
• Get people back to work on full duties
• Facilitate a managed return to work
• Deliver cost effective service to employers
Some low cost ideas include:
• Encouraging staff to get active in their breaks and lunchtimes.
• Displaying free leaflets and posters offering advice on health at work
• Encouraging staff to report physical problems early
• Allowing staff to take time off to visit GP or Physiotherapist
• Encouraging flexible working
• Modifying vending machines and cafeteria menus
• Company-Sponsored events
Sickness Cost http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/sickness-costs
Fitness Profits http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/fitness-profits
Fit for Work http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/fit-work
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