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

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

Reduced access to exercise and physical therapy, combined withpoor ergonomic setups on couches and at kitchen tables, may makematters worse for the 80% of people who experience back pain andmillions of people living with mental health issues like anxietyand depression. That's because paincan worsen mental health symptoms, and vice versa. The two areclosely linked: Chronic pain and depression occur together up to50% of the time.

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