Technology can play an important role in the prevention of work-related health problems, such as musculoskeletal disorders, says Graham Sharp.

The title of this comment, ‘You can’t be safe if you’re not healthy’, is a statement from Professor Dame Carol Black, the government advisor on health and work that should be displayed prominently at every business.

The link between both the health and safety of employees cannot be overstated, as investing in staff wellbeing has shown to improve productivity by up to 25 per cent. This doesn’t include added value to a business from higher performance, reduced sickness absence or better staff retention. We must acknowledge, however, that longer hours don’t always translate into increased achievement. Quite simply, an employee operating at 100 per cent efficiency for five hours is better than them completing an eight-hour shift at just 50 per cent. Individual happiness, physical wellbeing and positive mental health are all major contributory factors in the overall health and profitability of a business, be it a one-man band or a workforce of thousands.

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