HR managers have successfully saved their companies millions of pounds by investing in the health and wellbeing of their staff, according to a new report published today by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
According to the report, companies providing workplace benefits such as physiotherapy services make significant savings through higher productivity and fewer absences caused by conditions such as back pain and joint injuries, which are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
The survey found three out of 10 managers believe staff who call in sick with a recurring condition are well enough to work, but just don’t want to.
A third find such absences irritating because others have to take on additional workload, while 22% say it’s a drain on their business they cannot afford.
Half of employees feel their bosses don’t care about their health and a quarter fear being sacked or made redundant down the line if they take time off sick.
Nearly two thirds (63%) of SMEs do not provide occupational health services to staff.
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