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Back hell, yet again…06 Dec 2007 03:25 pm

backpain.jpgI’m dying over here.

I threw my back out yet again and little is helping. Yes, CareerDiva is beside herself with pain.

I just got back from the doctor’s office so hopefully the muscle relaxers will help. Well, I can’t take them now or you guys would be reading career gibberish.

Yes, I’m working through the agony. I’m a trooper. What can I say.

Actually, I have to work. I don’t have a choice. I don’t get paid unless I keep toiling. And I am speaking at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference next week so I’ve got more to do in less time.

Do you guys work through the pain?

One study talked about in an article on WebMD that was in the Journal of the American Medical Association and was conducted by Walter Steward, PhD, found that absenteeism makes up less that 25% of productivity lost because of pain.

According to Stewart’s 2003 study, over half of the almost 29,000 workers in the random sample said that they had headache, back pain, arthritis or other musculoskeletal pain in the last two weeks.
Traditionally, employers have focused on pain’s most concrete manifestation: sick days. If an employee doesn’t show up to work, it’s easy to notice.

But Stewart says that absenteeism is not the biggest problem for employers. The rest comes from people who show up to work, but who can’t work efficiently because of their pain. Stewart calls it “presenteeism.”

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about presenteeism so I’m not sure this guy Stewart actually coined the pharse.

This is supposedly a worker that goes to work because they have to but they really don’t have their heart or mind into the toil.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m trying to keep my heart and mind turned on, even though I probably could crush a bullet between my teeth.

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