We want to reduce the number of work related pain syndrome sufferers worldwide. This will be achieved, at least in part, through this innovative online diagnostic and ergonomic assessment process.
Firstly, it enables management to quantify and qualify the physical state of their employees.
Secondly, it provides specific observations and conclusions to give positive advice to employers and employees about the prevention and cure of their individual problems.
There are four main priorities:
1. The welfare of your employees.
2. The minimising of your legal position by listening to employees and reacting positively to their concerns.
3. Objective assessment of individual employees symptoms and work practices.
4. To consider the cost of supplying our Workplace Wellness assessments versus the costs of litigation and preventable loss of productivity and greater absenteeism.
CEO's are aware of the Health and Safety assessments that their companies undertake each year. All too often these assessments come to generalised conclusions about trailing wires, heating, lighting and inadequate workstations, but they are not very likely to achieve a specific diagnosis of an individual employees' pain syndrome.
Effectively dealing with ill health and employee absence needs sensitivity to the circumstances of that particular employee. Being aware of legal obligations whilst obtaining as complete an understanding of the physical and mental state in which the person is working obviously has many positive effects. This is most important when employees may already have or may have recently developed a health concern or problem.
Responsibility for managing ill-health issues at work and employee absence due to sickness ultimately rests with the head of your institution. However, Human Resources has direct responsibility and must issue general guidance from time to time to reflect current legal requirements and good employment practice. Our report can form part of your guidance, giving you details about furnishings, workstations, posture, mouse and keyboard etc..
Managing sickness absences often requires a pro-active approach if long-term problems are to be avoided. Therefore it is vital that there is disclosure with the member of staff about whether the cause may be work related and what measures could bring about an solution. You can simply request them to be assessed and you will be able to make an more informed judgement. Early action is key, a stitch in time saves nine.
Members of staff who have been absent with a medical condition for which there is no recognised normal recovery time can present a problem in that you (HR) cannot know how long their problem will last. The whole point of our assessment process is to provide you and the employee with a more precise picture of the problem. Not only does it tell you what the problem is in great detail, it also provides solutions both for the individual and for the general workforce.
Managers can see when an employee is in pain, so can everyone else. What do you do about it? Have a chat with them, see what is wrong?
Employees may complain of symptoms like wrist pain and pins and needles or a familiar symptom like neck ache which has now become so severe that they start making mistakes and slow right down, incapacitated.
You can send them home to recover but their recovery may take a few weeks, you won't know until they get the 'all clear'.
Then they return to work and the same pain starts up again.... what now?
The role you play in the welfare of employee health is absolutely essential for the successful implementation of the policies of your organisation.
All employees from the CEO to the janitor are liable to suffer from work related pain.
'Pinched nerves', tense shoulders and sciatica to name a few. But the key 'killer' of productivity in the tech industry is the many different types of repetitive strain injuries involving the upper limb, tendons and joints.
So, if you are having 'troubles' or even wish to prevent problems from occurring then request a Workplace Wellness assessment from your manager.
Currently, UK businesses are losing 5
days a year per employee due to absenteeism, which is costing the
British economy £20 billion. Absenteeism is estimated to cost the
average UK business £554 per employee.
The scale of the UK’s absenteeism problem is simply staggering. British firms are currently losing nearly a week’s worth of productivity from employees and this is having a detrimental effect on their bottom lines. SMEs are most affected by this problem due to much smaller workforces, they are simply not able to absorb the impact of an absent member of staff.”
Reports predict that this cost will increase to £21 billion in 2020, and £26 billion in 2030. Right now, studies suggest that each employee costs businesses approximately £500 a year in absentee costs. Further costs associated with absenteeism are less tangible.It can be hard to attribute a monetary value to them, but they still hamper your profitability nonetheless.
Your Drilldown page takes all of the data from each employees anonymised submission and turns it into frequency as defined by severity and position of the pain pattern. From this, you the employer, can see the overall picture of sufferers and their pain patterns.
For example, a pain pattern may be in the employee's top right forearm. This may co-exist with tension headaches on the same side. You will be able to see these patterns for yourself.
The Drilldown also takes you to each individual employee's anonymised report. From this level you can see their particular pain pattern plus their history and ergonomic factors.
First of all you can consider it to be an adjunct to your existing health monitoring scheme. This normally includes trainers, gym vouchers, on-site massage and ergonomic assessments often conducted by Physiotherapists.
Second, the reports will enable all of the professionals involved in your health monitoring scheme to see much more clearly each employees problem areas. All they need is the username of the employee to see the reports. No employees names (unless specified to do so by the employee), employees email addresses or other information is kept by our system. Therefore complete employee anonymity can be ensured.
Third, you can make much more informed decisions about ergonomics, sick time, loss of production and stress factors. You will be armed with much more data than would be provided by any existing health-monitoring scheme.
Each employee will benefit greatly by virtue of the process itself. It is very specific. This increases the employee's awareness of the areas involved. It can lead them to realise that their jaw tension and their type of mouse usage are linked, thereby gaining more control over their problem. Most symptom patterns can be treated adequately by massage when they are due to tension patterns and the reports show the practitioner precisely where to focus their therapeutic efforts.Perhaps of the greatest benefit is that the employee can see that the employer cares about them as well as their profit margin. That the commonsense knowledge that a healthy employee is a productive employee is recognised by their employers. This fills employees with pride and positive energy.