Wellbeing in manufacturing: a proactive approach

If you run a manufacturing business, you may know how physically demanding working in the industry can be. It may come as no surprise that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the single top cause of work-related ill health in the sector. However, did you know stress is another major issue, accounting for 28% of work-related ill health?

Knowing the issues and what to do about them are two different things. The good news is the power to reduce the impact of these conditions is in your hands. Taking proactive measures to care for staff wellbeing, both physical and emotional, can help cut absences and build a happy, productive team.

Protecting your team

In every manufacturing business, looking after the wellbeing of every staff member helps promote a functional team and high productivity levels. Repeated or extended absences due to health issues may have a negative detriment not only to your business, but to the welfare and morale of your team.

For the 2.7 million manufacturing sector employees who work in the UK, this indicates a total sick pay cost of £600 million for the sector.

Do the maths

With an industry absence rate of 2.3%, there is an average of 5.2 days lost to absence per worker per year. In a small team, those absences are often heavily felt – and the financial impact can be considerable.

But taking action to promote workplace wellbeing is not just about preventing damage. A recent UK economic study of 700 workers revealed that increased emotional wellbeing and happiness at work led to a 12% increase in productivity.

It’s easy to see that, in many cases, emotional wellbeing, physical health and productivity all go hand in hand.

“Employee wellbeing is paramount to productivity. Sickness absence can have an impact on production levels, (as) cover has to be arranged quickly.”

Food manufacturing, small business

Simple steps to wellbeing

Not sure where to start? Want the best for your team? There are simple steps you can take that may help give your team’s wellbeing a boost, combat the likelihood of back problems, MSDs and other common manufacturing health complaints, and ultimately improve productivity.

Bupa cares

You don’t have to deal with the worrying issue of employee wellbeing alone. Bupa’s extensive team of medical professionals are here to help, with services that approach wellbeing from every angle.

Find out more about our health and wellbeing cover for your employees

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we'll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date ( or five years in the case of mental health) before we can refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. For rolling moratorium underwritten policies we will ask for evidence each time you claim for a condition not claimed for before. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

†† Bupa claims analysis for MSK claimants self-referring from October 2012 to September 2016.

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