Work from home blues: 9 out of 10 are experiencing health problems
Of the 1,000 office workers (who are working from home) surveyed, nearly 90 per cent of them reported experiencing pain or ailments, according to a survey
People those who are working from home are sitting 20 per cent more than they did pre-COVID-19 outbreak, 9 out of 10 are experiencing real health problems and the number of workers sitting for more than 8 hours a day has increased nearly 90 per cent, according to a survey conducted by Herman Miller.
Of the 1,000 office workers (who are working from home) surveyed, nearly 90 per cent of them reported experiencing pain or ailments such as a stiff neck (39.4 per cent), back pain (53.13 per cent), difficulty sleeping (44.28 per cent), sore arms (34.53 per cent), sore legs (33.83 per cent), and headaches or eye strain (27.26 per cent) since the beginning of the pandemic.
Wellness has always been a prominent New Year's focus, featuring a plethora of new gym memberships, diet plans, and better bedtimes. But after a year that altered every facet of normal life, it's no surprise to see massive shifts.
"Diet, exercise, drinking enough water -- all of those are key if you want to impact your health. But you can't stop there. For total wellness, we need to think about how and where we sit just as much. Now after experiencing work away from their ergonomically equipped offices, people are starting to finally believe it," says Debbie Propst, President of Herman Miller Group Retail.
WORK FROM HOME HAS BETTER SETUP
The research found that nearly 8 out of 10 office workers who are now working from home believe having a better home office setup would help them to be more productive while 95 per cent agreed they need improvements (such as an ergonomically designed chair, an extra monitor, or a height adjustable desk) to feel more comfortable and healthy working from home.
(With inputs from IANS)