Back ache might not be a real pain

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Back problems cited by staff are commonly regarded by line managers as anexcuse for low morale or boredom.And when employees take days off for headaches or migraines they are assumedto be skiving.The cynicism by Britain’s managers was uncovered in a study released thisweek by the Industrial Society. But managers also think stress isunder-reported, believing it to be the real problem when a stomach upset isgiven as the cause of absence.• The Government has launched a £700,000 initiative to prevent back injuryat work. Back pain is the largest cause of sickness absence, costing UKindustry an estimated £5bn and 11 million working days each year, said publichealth minister Yvette Cooper.www.indsoc.co.ukwww.doh.gov.ukCommon reasons given for absence from workRecorded by staff• Colds/flu• Stomach upsets• Headaches/migraines• Back problems• Stress/emotional problemsManagers’ opinions• Colds/flu• Stress/emotional problems• Monday morning blues• Low morale• Family responsibilities Back ache might not be a real painOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more