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woman in home office in front of laptop writing With the right support, remote employees coping with pain and mental health challenges can stay healthy and focused, and maintain a sense of normalcy. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As HR leaders work to keep remote employees healthy and engaged during the COVID-19 crisis, chronic back pain and mental health are two areas in particular where teams will need support.

Reduced access to exercise and physical therapy, combined with poor ergonomic setups on couches and at kitchen tables, may make matters worse for the 80% of people who experience back pain and millions of people living with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. That’s because pain can worsen mental health symptoms, and vice versa. The two are closely linked: Chronic pain and depression occur together up to 50% of the time.

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