Today I attended the Employee Benefits Connect event to find out about the latest trends in employee benefits. Quite a few speakers identified the growth of onsite well-being services like the Vitality Breaks services I provide, as the number one healthcare issue in companies right now and for the next few years.
The key conditions that are driving the growth of well-being services are:
High Blood Pressure
We all know that back pains is common, episodic, often recurrent and generally self limiting. Long term absence form work is greatest amongst the minority of employees whose conditions is chronic (if the pains lasts for more than 12 weeks) or is recurrent (if there are several episodes of pain in one year lasting less than 6 months). Most people who are effected by back pain either remain in work or return to work promptly. About 85% of people with back pain take less than seven days off work.
In a survey reported by the London Work Foundation it identified that 9.6 million workers are regularly affected by back pain. In addition the London Work Foundation has identified that musculoskeletal conditions comprise about 55 %of all work-related illness throughout the UK compared to stress being responsible for 30 per cent of work-related illness, that figure drops to 31% when you focus only non-manual workers. This makes musculoskeletal conditions the top reason for long term absence from work in the UK for non-manual workers.
So why am I quoting all these statistics, because despite speakers talking about trends in healthcare being driven by amongst other things back pain and clear evidence that musculoskeletal conditions are the number one reason for absence there was no mention of solutions. Go figure!!!!