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There are many different things that employees can do to reduce their risk of sickness and injury and work related illnesses as well as boosting their overall health and wellbeing. Along with this it is also important that employers recognise the different types of illnesses at work. At General & Medical we provide corporate health insurance plans which can suit the whole business, from senior management to temporary staff, click here to see what we can offer you.
Stress and mental health
Not all mental health problems are work related but it is important that you know how to deal with them, along with any other pressure you may face. Stress, depression and anxiety are all key factors to the reasons why individuals may fall ill at work and possibly take some time off. Find out what works for you in terms of managing your stress levels and try different coping techniques.
Back, neck and muscle pain are a few of the main symptoms of poor posture or awkward twisting movements which includes bending, stretching or reaching. To prevent back pain, ensure that you sit correctly, especially if you have a desk job and are sitting for long periods of time. Ensure that you are aware of the correct methods when handling objects and follow these to prevent any injuries. Check your seating posture, chair height and check that your desk equipment is in the correct position. Back pain can also be caused by lifting objects incorrectly.
You might already be on your feet all day but if you have a desk job it can sometimes be hard to include activity. Ensuring you incorporate exercise into your working day is important to keep you active. You can do this by simply walking to work, taking a stroll on your lunch break or even using the stairs instead of the lift in your building.
Eating healthy at work can help improve your concentration as unhealthy foods can often leave us feeling sluggish. Bringing your own prepared lunch for work is a great idea as you will know exactly what you are eating. Some employers even offer free fruit to promote healthy eating throughout the workplace, allowing you to choose the correct snacks. Finally, ensure you keep hydrated throughout your day as this will also help curb any temptation you might feel and is essential for you to function properly.
RSI (Repetitive strain injury)
RSI mainly affects the upper body and includes the wrist, hands, elbow, forearm, shoulders and neck. Usually, RSI is caused by repetitive activity or the usage of incorrect techniques when it comes to working with computers, mobile phones or even just sitting incorrectly. To prevent RSI try relaxation techniques, especially if you are stressed, or take necessary short breaks. If you do develop symptoms at work then speak to your employer about the steps that you can take to modify your role in order to help prevent any serious problems.
General & Medical Healthcare is delighted to offer fellow Opportunity Peterborough Bondholder members substantial discounts on a range of Private Health Insurance policies, appropriate for Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies. Did you know that when you take out a private health insurance policy with us we’ll give you access to our health and wellbeing support, which is designed to provide help for personal and professional issues on a wide range of subjects?