A new study and report released by Fellowes predicts a gruesome future for office workers should ergonomics attitudes remain unchanged in the workplace.
What’s the most likely thing to scare the average office worker?
Perhaps it’s the fear of making a mistake whilst at work or speaking in front of a large group of people?
Well Fellowes believe there is an even more frightening prospect to consider – the gruesome future that could soon affect office workers around the world should we not take our approach on ergonomics more seriously.
Emma – The Office Worker of the Future
By now, you may have already seen the media attention that leading office products manufacturer Fellowes have gained by introducing us to Emma.
Through both a new report and accompanying video, Fellowes show Emma as being the office worker of the future if office workers continue to work with poor posture and with inadequately set up working spaces.
Highlighted by Fellowes are some of the shocking body features that Emma presents which include:
• A permanently bent back caused by sitting for several hours in a poor position
• Varicose veins as a result of poor blood flow from sitting for extended periods of time
• A rotund stomach caused by sedentary working habits
• Reddened and dry eyes created from long hours staring at a computer screen
• Swollen wrists and ankles from repetitive movement
• Sallow skin after being exposed to extensive artificial light
• Spates of Eczema as a result of built up stress
• Red forearms and upper legs due to regular contact with laptop heat
• Hairs on ears and nose along with swollen sinuses as a result of exposure to poor air quality
The Scary Truths
Not only have Fellowes created Emma to illustrate the potential gruesome future for office workers, but by working with a Behavioral Futurist and a panel of experts, have also uncovered some truly scary truths about our current working habits.
Studying the current and long-term health of office workers in the UK, Fellowes discovered amongst other statistics that:
• We spend an average of 6 hours a day sat at our desks.
• Office workers are already beginning to suffer from strained eyes (50%), sore backs (49%) and headaches (48%) as a result of their current workplace.
• 7 in 10 workers have resorted to taking medication to try and manage these issues.
• 9 in 10 British office workers are suffering from poor health due to their work environment and have commented it is making their job more difficult.
• More than 25% of employees have asked for their current workstations to be improved but are still waiting for a solution.
The Gruesome Future for Office Workers That Don’t Act Now
The author of The Work Colleague of the Future report, behavioral expert William Higham, highlights that it’s a joint responsibility between employers and their workers in order to act before it’s too late to address poor workplace health habits directly.
“Unless we make radical changes to our working lives, such as moving more, addressing our posture at our desks, taking regular walking breaks or consider improving our work station set up, our offices are going to make us very sick.
As a result, workers in the future could suffer health problems as bad as those we thought we’d left behind in the industrial revolution.”