Does Job Satisfaction Prevent Back Injuries?

What's the most important factor in determining which employees file back-injury claims? It isn't work that involves heavy lifting. Nor is it a person's strength or flexibility. Rather, it is job satisfaction. That is the upshot of a new study by Dr. Stanley J. Bigos, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Yet, employment screening tests aimed at predicting a person's risk of back injury focus solely on physical factors, not on state of mind. That's why such tests have been so unsuccessful, says Bigos.

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