Corporate Health: The Facts, The Fiction

Focus on the facts to lay the foundation for a successful Health and Wellbeing at Work Programme


“Musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck pain and upper limb problems) was the second most common cause of sickness absence in 2016 at 30.8 million days per year, 22.4% of the total”  Office of National Statistics

This statistic is concerning, but can be seen as the tip of the iceberg in terms of capital impact. As well as the days lost through sickness, employees who are in pain, or are worrying about being in pain, are unhappy at work. They are less productive and more likely to leave.

“We all know that people are happier and more productive if they feel healthy.” Ashley Williams, deputy chief learning officer, McKinsey & Company, Mckinsey Quarterly October 2017

The business environment in the UK faces some of the biggest changes in decades,  but within your company there are some things you can be sure of: some of your employees will get back, neck or joint pain, the majority of your employees will have a concern about these sorts of pain or injury, and there is something you can do about it. The same can be said of stress in the workplace.

There are many approaches in the expanding wellbeing at work market, and it is widely acknowledged that to date return on investment has been difficult to track. Our approach starts from the concrete statistical fact that musculoskeletal pain is the second most common cause of days off work, and that therefore less musculoskeletal pain equals less absence. Our baseline measure is in the first instance reduced employee absence from musculoskeletal pain and mental health concerns.