Businesses with staff that suffer with back and neck pain should look to rectify the issue by checking their employees’ posture and the positioning of equipment within their workspace. However, could stress and psychological factors be contributing to or even causing this pain?
A book by physiotherapist, Nick Sinfield, suggests that chronic pain can be caused by emotional tension in the first instance.
If stress is causing the pain, and ultimately costing businesses time and money due to staff illness, what should companies be doing about it? HR Aspects Magazine spoke to Richard Clarke of R&A Office Environments, who works with companies to ensure that staff are comfortable within their working environment and sitting correctly.
Stress: How Can You Help Staff Feel Comfortable
Richard told us about an initiative he has seen within large organisations to help alleviate stress and make staff feel more comfortable within their working environment and with their colleagues. “Businesses employ a team of people to search out free deals for staff, otherwise known as ‘happy teams’, enabling them to provide team building events and added perks for staff,” said Richard.
“Corporate away days and events can demonstrate how different members of staff react in situations outside of the workplace. This also helps a management team to identify and understand how they can work with their staff to resolve interpersonal conflicts,” continued Richard.
Other options for companies to reduce stress in the workplace include the use of music. This could divide a team, as some find it helpful and it motivates them, whilst others find it distracting. “It is hard for business leaders to get the balance right when it comes to music, as you can’t please everyone, and there will be a number of different musical tastes within a workforce,” explained Richard.
Another area that influences staff happiness is corporate branding. Whether it is via the colours, images or logo, these can have a positive impact on the mood of a workforce.
R&A Office Environments Ltd is a supplier of new and recycled office furniture & seating, and specialize in ergonomic assessments in the office workplace. For further information contact Richard Clarke on 07710 061800.