The result of people being absent at work has a 31% impact on work across the country. Manual workers have a high prevalence of back pain, the workstations have been found to cause bad posture and back pain (a figure that went up to 41% in the 25-34 year old age bracket) and 21% their home workstations.
Certain products such as the Standing Desk have become a lot more popular in recent years, allowing you to stand at your workstation, reducing levels of back pain due to prolonged sitting and increased productivity levels. Many adults in the UK now spend more than 8 hours a day sitting, and this typically increases to 10 hours or more the older we get.
The survey revealed that 7 million people were sitting for nine hours or more a day, despite a sedentary lifestyle leading to back pain and other health risks such as diabetes, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression.
A further 21% confessed to sitting between seven and eight hours per day; 32% between five and six hours; 26% between three and four hours and only seven per cent sat under two hours. The average amount of time people sat per day was a lengthy five hours and 34 minutes.
The medical profession is now encouraging people to stand up and move more. This has been backed by guidance published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine[iii], which recommended office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of two hours a day during working hours.
Back pain also has a detrimental effect on emotional well-being with 33% of people admitting to being short tempered and 31% being stressed when they were suffering.
Worryingly, 45% of respondents in the survey said they felt some colleagues don't take their pain seriously, simply because it can't be seen, which could provide another reason for them to call in sick.
Mark Critchley, spokesperson for BackPainHelp said: "Back pain related absenteeism has long been an issue, but how many businesses are actually looking at the causes? Do they realise that in one in three instances, it is the work itself that's actually the root of the problem?
"Over a third of people in our survey want their employer to take measures to improve their back health; it would be an investment that could help cut absenteeism and affect a business's bottom line in the future, which can only be a positive thing.
*64.6 million people in the UK of which 50.6 million are adults so 14% is 7,093,333