New research from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) shows that one in four people (25 per cent) in the UK regularly work all day without taking a break and are thereby putting their health at risk.
Physiotherapists are concerned that the poor work habits revealed in the research, such as not taking sufficient breaks, working in the same position for extended periods, going to work when ill or stressed and not taking enough exercise, pose serious risks to health which can also cause huge costs for employers.
The UK wide survey for the CSP shows that over a third (36 per cent) of staff regularly work through their lunch break and nearly a quarter (23 per cent) take no lunch break at all. Half of those who work through their breaks (50 per cent) do so because they have too much work to do, while almost a third (31 per cent) say it is because there are too few staff to cover the workload.
“Physiotherapists are concerned that overworking and not taking breaks is actually costing employers and their staff. Employees pay the price with their health and there is a cost to employers in reduced productivity and performance. Work is good for us and can contribute to physical and mental well-being – but not when overworking means people don’t have the time or energy to look after their own health or when staff are at work but are not fit for work.
“With advice and support from physiotherapists and other occupational health experts, employers can create healthier work environments and benefit not only society but also their profit margin.”
Physiotherapists believe that physical problems such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), are often exacerbated by any psychological stress the person is feeling. CSP’s research found that 41 per cent of staff with physical problems caused by work feel these problems are made worse because they are also experiencing work related stress.
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