Office workers worried about health



New research has revealed that office workers are looking for progressive office equipment to combat increased hours and workplace-related stress as well as ill health.


The report confirms that the latest generation of office staff feel chained to their desks and those rising through the ranks are demanding a more comfortable and efficient environment.


A growing trend is also emerging of a more productive and professional workforce that is ready to challenge the long hours and traditional working methods that have become standard practice in most offices.


The emerging concern about health and productivity was discovered during a series of interviews as part of a campaign to highlight the advantages of backcare.


Researchers for Plantronics found that 85 percent of 20 to 30 year olds are looking to developments in technology and more advanced office equipment to help them cope with the extra demands to produce.


And four out of five office workers believe that the modern workplace requires a greater ability to multi-task compared with five years ago. Of those questioned, 80 percent felt that their health and productivity would be better if they could move around more at work and in a manner more suited to their own work style.


Independent research by performance consulting firm HB Maynard has confirmed that efficient workplace technology, such as headsets, improves productivity as much as 43 percent. In controlled testing over an eight-day period, workers equipped with headsets also reported higher morale, reduced fatigue levels and fewer phone-related physical complaints.


With long-term sickness absence caused by back pain costing UK business £6 billion a year in benefits, treatments and lost production, technology is a simple and cost-effective method of maintaining a content and productive workforce.


Philippe Vanhoutte, managing director of Plantronics EMEA, explained: "The new generation of executives are more likely to integrate new technology into their working life and work more smarter.


"Adoption and interest in new wireless equipment is highest for workers in their twenties. New standards need to evolve to create a healthy working environment and attract and retain the best young talent who are looking at their work-life balance with fresh expectations and ideas."