Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Millennial workers aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely not to work in an appropriate setup, with just 13% using an actual desk

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Small business employees could be doing serious long term damage to their health by taking advantage of flexible working, according to a report by Furniture123.co.uk.

The survey of 1,004 UK workers revealed that while 41% choose to work at home at least one day a week – the vast majority don’t operate in an office-like setting.

In fact, just 19% sit in an actual chair like they would during a normal day, suggesting they could be doing untold harm to their posture by not sitting correctly for long periods.

While 34% of those who work from home claim to do their work at a desk within their home, 24% admit to carry out their role while lying on their couch.

Millennial workers aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely not to work in an appropriate setup, with just 13% using an actual desk.

When quizzed about the reasons for working in such a haphazard fashion, 32% of those surveyed said that they didn’t have enough space in their homes for such specialist furniture.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Furniture123.co.uk said:

“The data shows that, unfortunately, many workers are really risking their physical health to get their work done. The odd hour or two slumped in front of a laptop on the sofa might not seem like it will cause a big problem in the long term, but over time this can cause issues with posture and repetitive strain injury.

“It is vital that, if working from home is a regular thing, workers have a proper office chair and either a desk or laptop to work from, to allow them to ensure their screen or laptop is at the correct height, their posture will remain straight and their arms will be at the right angle while typing. All of these are vital to preventing some of the problems associated with computer-based working.”

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