The lost time of employees

If you’re a business owner, then one of the most difficult challenges to address can be lost time. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016. The ONS has provided the top three reasons given for not being able to work:

  • 24.8% coughs and colds.
  • 22.4% back pain, neck and upper limb problems.
  • 11.5% mental health problems.


How do you decrease lost time?

The summer cold

We know that in winter it’s easy to shut the windows and crank up the heating in the office; however, summer presents the perfect opportunity to let some air into the office. Air-conditioning is great but not when it comes to fresh air; on a cold day, ditch the air-con and open the windows.

Put up a reminder to wash hands in the toilet – you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this. We know that you shouldn’t remind them but remember, it’s in your interest to stop the transfer of bugs.

Provide anti-bac wipes for desk equipment and encourage a clean desk policy; not only do clean desks look good, but they’re also easier to clear properly. Remind that desks, phones, keyboards and the mouse all need a weekly wipe over.

A pain in the back

The research on back pain from sitting in the same and incorrect position is vast. Invest in some good office chairs and encourage the correct height, position and not sit for hours on end without movement.

Many workplaces are becoming modern, offering different relaxation areas to improve productivity too. You don’t need to have Google’s rock-climbing wall, just somewhere people can perhaps use as a thinking space, a different and inspiring place to brainstorm.

Looking after minds

Looking after your team’s mental health in the workplace is extremely important. It may not seem like an employer’s responsibility but keeping communication channels open, providing support when you can see that they need it and knowing support numbers can help massively.

Raising some money for a local mental health charity can often let your employees know that there is no taboo. It can also help to increase the flexibility for someone who is struggling to meet the demands of being a carer and working to pay their mortgage – often new carers or those with family members who are ill can feel under tremendous pressure.

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