Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common
Pain Conditions in the US Workforce
employee misses several days of work each year because of the common
cold; two or three more for personal or family emergencies; and
a few extra "just because." With the exception of those
seven or eight days, plus scheduled vacation time and holidays,
the average employee spends his or her time engaged in blissful
work productivity, right?
Well, not exactly.
Just because you're at work doesn't necessarily mean you're being
productive. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, U.S. employers lose more than
$60 billion a year because workers aren't as productive as they
could be. The culprit: pain.
tracked nearly 30,000 working adults over a two-week period to determine
lost productive time attributable to common pain conditions, including
arthritis, back pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal discomfort.
In terms of hours per worker per week, workers who experienced lost
productive time from a pain condition lost an average of 4.6 hours.
Some of the statistics relative to specific pain conditions were
even more startling: Workers who suffered headaches averaged 3.5
lost productive hours per week; those who suffered arthritis or
back pain averaged 5.2 lost hours per week. And for employers, this
lost time translated into approximately $61.2 billion annually in
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