With research showing 44 percent of work related ill-health coming from musculoskeletal disorders, a UK-wide provider of commercial vehicles has brought in a massage therapist for staff as a way of helping them reduce their stress levels and untie those niggling knots in their backs.
In 2015 over 15 million working days were lost due to back pain, which costs the UK over £14 billion a year. Low Cost Vans, based in South Wales, is making sure that its staff are at a lower risk of being part of the 80 percent of the UK who will suffer from back pain and problems at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that workplace massages are very effective, one study in the US showed an 85% stress reduction and a 48% reduction in back pain among staff.
Low Cost Vans has taken a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of its staff since its inception in 1997 and as a result, boasts an incredibly low turnover of staff and a very loyal workforce.
The company offer staff two duvet mornings a year, which means provided they have no prior commitments that requires them to be in the office, they can call in and take a morning off without notice. It also gives staff who have been with the company 10 years a fully paid five week sabbatical to take whenever they wish.
Rod Lloyd, managing director of Low Cost Vans, said:
“At Low Cost Vans we pride ourselves on how we look after our staff and bringing in the massage therapist is another way we can help them be healthy and happy employees. There are many things that they can do on their own to keep back pain to a minimum, such as walking around the office every so often and sitting properly at their desks, but this is our way of helping them as much as we can.”
Brian John Smith, holistic and sports massage therapist, said:
“It is a pleasure to work with a company that takes a proactive ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach to their employees’ health, which is certainly the case with Rod and the management team at Low Cost Vans.
“Many of the clients I treat at my Neath and Swansea clinics have long-term neck and shoulder issues which can lead to individuals having to take time off work. So Low Cost Vans’ constructive approach to addressing such issues by means of corporate massage sessions not only boosts staff wellbeing and morale, but it also makes sound business sense.”