Put mental and musculoskeletal health at the top of your agenda

Why employers should be prioritising the holistic health of their workforce

How much of a priority does your organisation give to its employees’ health? Have you ever thought about what the impact of poor musculoskeletal (MSK) or mental health might be on your business? These two conditions are actually closely interlinked and, by addressing them holistically, you could reduce the impact on your workforce and create a healthier and more productive team.

One in eight people of working age in the UK will experience poor MSK health, and those with an MSK condition have a higher risk of developing stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, depression is four times as common in people experiencing persistent pain – so the impact of poor MSK health is far more wide-reaching than the physical symptoms.

Employers have a duty to ensure their employees’ health is looked after, but the benefits of providing a well-rounded employee wellness strategy go far beyond meeting the basic requirements.

As a leading provider of health cash plans, Health Shield enables employers to offer employees a variety of benefits and services covering everything from dental and optical care to physiotherapy, access to talking therapies and a mental health app.

Its new eBook, The impact of musculoskeletal and mental health, provides practical advice on what managers can do to put MSK and mental health at the front of their employee wellbeing strategy. Health Shield has also developed an online calculator so you can see how much your business could stand to save by implementing Health Shield’s on-demand physio and mental health app, Thrive.

You can meet the Health Shield team at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition on 7 and 8 November – visit them at stand F60.