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Office health 'must be taken seriously'

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates whose desired jobs necessitate that they work at a desk for large parts of the day should be aware of the potential health risks of poor posture, it has been claimed.

According to Karl Monahan, business development manager at the On Site Massage Company, workers are more prone to back pain and Repetitive Strain Injury as a result of their relative immobility in the office.

He added: "With computers getting smaller and people spending more time at their desks they are becoming more susceptible to things like this."

Fortunately for those working in graduate jobs, Mr Monahan suggested that employers are starting to realise that office injuries were a problem and are taking steps to combat them.

Mercer’s Pan-European health benefits report, published in September, indicated that the cost of providing employee healthcare benefits rose an average of five per cent per employee across Europe in 2007.

The study indicated that an average of 5.3 per cent of a company’s total payroll costs was spent on health benefits for staff.

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