When the clock strikes 9am we can all be guilty of feeling like we’re chained to our desks, watching the hours tick away until 5pm when we are released back into the outside world. Whilst we do have breaks and we are of course allowed to leave our desks, the pressures we put on ourselves when it comes to our work life means that we aren’t always living the healthiest of lifestyles during our 9 to 5.
But, over the past few years more and more businesses have been changing their approach to workplace wellness, and whilst wellbeing options help employees to reduce their stress, they impact business productivity in a positive way too.
In 2014/2015 9.9 million days of work were lost due to stress, depression or anxiety equating to 23 days lost per case. Whilst it would be naïve to think that all of these cases were due to workplace issues, it would be more naïve to think that the office didn’t impact our stress levels and contribute to these lost hours.
Stress isn’t just confined to one industry either, with public service industries fairing the worst; education, health and social care, public administration and defense all affected by stress related cases the most.
Stress Affects both Physical and Mental Wellbeing
Our physical health is intrinsically linked to our mental wellbeing, and one of the first places tension begins to show in our bodies is in our back and necks. You may have a chair which you think supports your back and neck sufficiently at work, but even sitting at your desk for long periods of time can cause problems. It’s recommended you get up around every 30 minutes, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes to avoid damaging your health.
But back and neck problems aren’t just limited to office jobs either. In fact, they are more commonly linked with jobs which involve manual work and heavy lifting, and whilst proper training is often given, it doesn’t stop problems for arising.
Tearing staff away from their tasks can prove tricky, and how do you tread the line between encouraging staff wellbeing and adding to the pressures what is expected at work by introducing a wellness program?
What you include in your wellbeing program depends on what kind of business you run, your industry and most importantly what you want employees and the business to get out of the program. Do you want staff to feel less stressed? Do you want to improve productivity rates? Or perhaps you want to improve the package you offer employees?
Whilst one of the above may be your initial soul focus, wellbeing impacts all of those areas whether you intend it to or not and putting employees first will help your business to succeed and staff to feel more valued. And the stats add up too, with 60% of staff saying they would feel more motivated if their employee supported their mental wellbeing.
Why Choose a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor focuses on the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, which can help to provide back and neck pain relief, by realigning the spinal column and increasing the range of movement a person has.
Our spinal column affects how we move, bend and twist throughout the day, it feels and aids every movement so if this is affected it can greatly affect our ability to complete even the most simple of tasks such as reaching for a pen, typing on a keyboard, or lifting a box.
By improving the joint motion and movement in our back, our posture, function and performance all improve. Ultimately leading us to be less stressed and without discomfort, through joint manipulation which helps to relieve muscle tension.
A Better Business
Happy employees equal a happier, more productive business. It’s simple math. Valuing your employees not only for their work, but their contribution to the business as people too, can help to endear you to them and in turn motivate them to strive for the best.
Your workforce isn’t just how the job gets done, they are the very core of your business and valuing their wellbeing should be a high priority for many. Not only does a relaxed employee feel more valued, but concentration will improve and creativity will be boosted.
Stress is a common work related illnesses and lower back pain is the most common work related back problem so failing to look at how these impact your business, and the steps a chiropractor can take to help alleviate these problems will mean you are failing your business.