How to reduce sick days in the workplace

Small business insight

1 January 2018

Back, neck and muscle pains is one of the biggest causes of sick days in UK workers – some way ahead of ‘common’ ailments like coughs, colds and flu. Smaller businesses feel the impact of lost working days more keenly than most because every employee really counts.

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Protecting your business from aches and strains

The good news is there’s lots you can do to protect your business. Simply giving your employees the right equipment and making sure they take a break are a good start.

You can also encourage your employees not to put off doing something about aches and strains before they get worse. Unlike coughs and colds, aches and pains are invisible and often worsen gradually. They’re harder for you to notice, so it’s easy to be unaware of problems and easy for employees to get worse, struggling on until they end up needing longer time off. 

Getting the right advice

When aches and pains do strike, it’s important to get expert advice and treatment quickly. But for small and medium businesses, the impact of booking and attending GP appointments can be as disruptive as the illness itself.

As an AXA PPP healthcare member, you can access our Working Body service and arrange a phone call with a physiotherapist about all types of conditions that affect bones, joints and muscles, to make sure you're getting the advice and treatment that's right for you. And there's no need to see your GP first.

Phone consultations save the hassle of having to book an appointment. Instead, your employees can get advice for muscle, bone and joint problems, quickly and without even needing to leave the workplace.

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