Hunchback, swollen limbs, swollen eyes and bloodshot . are the symptoms that researchers predict office workers in the next 20 years.
"She has humpbacked back, swollen limbs, and bloodshot eyes" - In about 20 years, experts warn that people will have a similar appearance if they do not pay attention to improve working conditions. mine. "Emma" - the sluggish colleague of the future, a human-like figure was created to show us the consequences of sitting all day at the desk.
The idea of creating this mannequin came after a survey of more than 3,000 office workers on health issues. The team called for a change in the way we work from the inside, asking for more breaks so we can leave the desk and get physically active.
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Behavior researcher William Higham and his research team in the field of labor, occupational disease and welfare studies have begun investigating the effects of workplace conditions on workers' health. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 workers in France, Germany, and the UK, the researchers predicted what office workers would look like in 20 years.
Researcher William Higham next to the doll Emma.
From the results, the team collaborated with the model experts of Helix 3D Ltd to create "Emma" - a true human-like reproduction, describing the effects of working conditions on workers. dynamic. Emma is an expression for a person who has to sit for hours at a desk every day, eyes bloodshot and dry because he constantly has to look at a computer screen, gray skin due to excessive exposure to artificial lights.
"This colleague of the future warns workers, especially office workers to act now, pay more attention to health issues. We must be ready to change our office life. , such as being more active, paying attention to sitting postures, regularly taking time off to walk and improving their working conditions, otherwise the consequences as people have seen "- Mr. Higham said. .
The team calls for workers to be more active and improve their work environment.
The study also found that employees spend an average of 6 hours a day sitting on the job. In the UK, researchers have surveyed more than 90% of office workers, the results said they have suffered from health problems such as dry eyes, back pain and headaches. It is known that the sick days of workers cause losses of about 77 billion pounds (about 2.3 million billion VND) per year to the economy.
What's more, the report says that 7 out of 10 workers have to resort to medicines to deal with health problems. Assessment of the working environment is a mandatory requirement throughout Europe to promote the creation of a healthy working environment. However, the research team pointed out that employers often avoid their responsibilities in this field, more than a third of workers said they had not been assessed since the start of their current job. . Of those who asked to improve their work environment, 28% said their request was not addressed and 20% said their boss dismissed the request.
"Over time, sitting all day working in the office will have a great impact on workers both physically and psychologically," - Labor researcher Stephen Bowden said.
Bowden added that the steps for change must be gradual, so they should be ensured daily as part of the job. One way to get workers moving and reducing the time they sit is to consider changing their tools, such as desks. This can help workers minimize the likelihood of long-term health problems.