Research highlights the cost of sitting uncomfortably
A recent study has calculated that employees who cannot get comfortable at their desks could be costing their employer, on average, £3,279 per person per year in lost revenue through time off sick and reduced productivity, or the equivalent of £52 billion per year to the UK economy.
Seven out of 10 of the 1,000 employees polled reported spending an average of 51 minutes per day rearranging their workspace and fidgeting to get comfortable. A similar proportion complained of having suffered from ailments during the past three years as a direct result of using computers for work. Employees reported suffering from headaches (32%), tense shoulders (29%), neck ache (28%), eye problems (27%) and sore wrists and arms (25%), which all affected their ability to work productively.
Source: Occupational Health June 2012
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