More than half of workers feel their boss doesn’t care about their
the North West are missing out on millions of pounds each year by
failing to invest in the health and wellbeing of their staff, a new
report published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Sickness Costs shows that organisations and companies that provide
workplace benefits such as physiotherapy services make significant
savings through higher productivity and fewer absences caused by
conditions such as back pain and joint injuries, which are known as
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
A survey for the report suggested employers are unaware of the
potential savings and do not recognise the consequences of failing
to act on MSDs, which affect 550,000 people across the UK, according
to the Health and Safety Executive, making it the most common
work-related health problem.
The CSP is concerned that the attitudes of some employers may stop
staff seeking help for health problems that may be preventable.
The survey found that in the UK:-
► Three in ten managers believe staff who call in sick with an MSD
are well enough to work, but just don’t want to
► More than a third (35%) find such absences irritating because
others have to take on additional workload, while 22% say it’s a
drain on their business they cannot afford
► 50% of workers feel their bosses don’t care about their health
► 28% of workers in the North West fear being sacked or facing
redundancy down the line if they take time off sick
► Nearly two thirds (63%) of small-to-medium enterprises do not
provide occupational health services to staff
The survey follows earlier research carried out by the CSP that
showed 36 per cent of employees work all day without a lunch-break
and 31 per cent experienced physical pain at work at least once a
week, putting their health at risk and causing huge cost to
Phil Gray, Chief Executive of the CSP, said:- “We recognise it
is tempting in difficult economic times for businesses to cut back
on health and wellbeing initiatives such as a physiotherapy service.
But that is a false economy, because ignoring a recurring condition
can potentially lead to lower productivity and high temporary
staffing costs. We are calling on employers to follow the lead of
companies highlighted in the report who invest in the health of
Statistics from the Work Foundation reveal that absences from work
caused by MSDs alone cost society about £7.4 billion a year. And
research by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health show a further
£15 billion is lost through ‘presenteeism’ where staff
are at work but performing below their full potential because they
Sickness Costs shows Anglian Water was able to achieve a return on
investment of £3 for every £1 spent on physiotherapy services. In
addition, claims for back pain reduced by 50 per cent and ill health
retirement by 90%.
Royal Mail achieved similar benefits, with their programme providing
a return of approximately £5 for every £1 invested.
Ann Green, Chair of the CSP, said:- “The findings in our report
should be of real concern to all of us as they suggest a culture in
which staff with genuine illness or injury are encouraged to work,
rather than get appropriate treatment. As shown in the report, early
access to physiotherapy is particularly effective in preventing
musculoskeletal disorders from becoming a serious long-term problem.
Employers need to encourage a more open culture so employees feel
able to report sickness sooner.”
A leaflet, called Fitness Profits, has been produced as part of the
CSP’s Fit for Work campaign and provides advice and information for
business of all sizes on how to keep staff healthy and improve
Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser for the Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said:- “The
report shows the value of investing in employee wellbeing to support
health and reduce absence. Proactive support and early intervention
can make all the difference in identifying and managing problems
such as stress and back pain, which if not addressed, frequently
become recurrent and often long-term problems. Research shows the
longer people are off sick the less chance they have of returning to
work. Early referral to occupational health and the availability of
treatments such as physiotherapy and counselling can make the
difference between someone staying at work and managing their
condition and going off on long-term sick leave and in some
circumstances falling out of employment altogether.”
The CSP’s Fit for Work campaign encourages both employers and
employees to adopt healthier lifestyles through improving poor work
practices, taking regular exercise to reduce stress and improve
fitness and encouraging a work-life balance.
QUEEN TOPS POLL OF THOSE WHO MAKE LIVERPOOL PROUD TO BE BRITISH
both adults and kids alike, The Queen has been named the person who
makes Liverpudlians most proud to be British, a study has revealed.
The research that was carried out by Littlewoods.com to mark its sponsorship of
the Pride of Britain Awards, confirmed Britain is truly a land of
hope and glory, with a love for the Royals that eclipses that of
popular modern day celebrity culture.
Her Majesty beat stars including David Beckham and Robbie Williams
to take pole position and proved quite a hit with Liverpool
youngsters, as under 16s voted her into third place. Securing the
majority of the younger vote however, was the X Factor’s Cheryl Cole
who bagged the top spot followed by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Adults’ Top 5:-
Children's’ Top 5:-
Alexandra Burke & Leona Lewis
However, not all
celebrities fared so well in the poll. Following on from the recent
media scrutiny surrounding David Beckham, less than 0.5% of
Liverpool adults and only 2% of Liverpool kids chose him as the Brit
that makes them most proud.
The poll, undertaken by the Pride of Britain sponsors, also
investigated those quintessential things about daily life in the UK
that make us proud to be British, and our history and heritage (56%)
and sense of humour (38%) came out on top in this element of the
Liverpool’s younger generation is similarly proud of our sense of
humour (35%) and history and heritage (32%), but also see our great
British countryside (35%) as one of the top reasons to the proud to
be British. Interestingly, following a star studded London Fashion
Week last month, our national sense of dress left 8% of adults the
most proud of the nation. However, double as many kids in Liverpool
chose attempts in the fashion stakes as the reason behind their
sense of national pride.
The results of the survey also revealed how many thousands of people
gave up their time to help others, many of them young people
determined to do their bit for those less fortunate.
When it comes to charity work, it seems Liverpool’s younger
generation has more to give than local adults, as only 7% had been
inspired to take part in charity work by their British idol, whereas
almost a quarter of kids surveyed have taken part in good deeds to
be more like theirs.
To recognise the selflessness of these young individuals the Pride
of Britain Awards will, this year, award someone the first ever
Littlewoods.com Young Fundraiser of the Year Award, at a
star-studded ceremony on Monday, 8 November 2010.
The award will recognise the inspiring and selfless acts made by
young people and the positive difference they make to their
community. The Young Fundraiser of the Year category rewards a child
or teenager under the age of 16 who has demonstrated extraordinary
generosity of spirit to raise funds for a special cause.
Gareth Jones, Retail Director of Littlewoods.com, which carried out
the study, said:- "It’s fascinating to see the differences in who
the younger generation choose as the individuals that make them most
proud to be British when compared with adults. Interestingly, double
as many youngsters than adults have been inspired to take part in
charity work after witnessing the good work carried out by their own
British icon. Here at Littlewoods.com we believe it’s great that
kids really want to make a difference themselves and have launched
the Littlewoods.com Young Fundraiser of the Year Award as part of
this year’s Pride of Britain Awards. The award will recognise a
young person who has gone beyond all expectations to selflessly help
others, with the winner revealed at the ceremony."
WITNESS APPEAL AFTER FATAL RTC ON FORMBY BYPASS
Police are investigating following a fatal RTC on the Formby Bypass
on Monday, 11 October 2010. "A report was received at just
after 4.10pm that two vehicles, a blue Ford Fiesta and a blue Honda
Jazz, had been in collision between Orrell Hill Lane and North End
Lane on the northbound carriageway of the Formby Bypass. An 86 year
old man from the Honda died following the incident. The passenger,
his 78 year old wife, was taken to hospital to be checked over as a
precaution and has since been discharged. The driver of the Fiesta,
a 23 year old man from Formby, was taken to hospital by air
ambulance with suspected spinal injuries. A large section of the
Formby Bypass was closed both northbound and southbound and
motorists were advised to avoid the area or follow diversions."
said Merseyside Police. Anyone who witnessed this incident is
asked to contact traffic collision investigators:- 0151 777 5771.