New research has found that 81% of UK office workers spend between four and nine hours a day sitting at their desks, impacting health and productivity.
A recent study conducted by office products vendor Fellowes found that nearly half (45%) of the 1,250 respondents said they sat at their desks between six and nine hours a day, while 36% said they spend four to six hours seated.
However, 45% said that their employer didn’t offer the necessary tools and equipment to make them feel comfortable at their desks. In addition, the same percentage said their employer didn’t care about their health and wellbeing in the workplace. On top of this, 64% said the office environment has a negative impact on their health.
The survey found that 85% of office workers claimed that better ergonomic equipment at work would improve their wellbeing. Meanwhile, 25% said they ached at the end of the day, while over a quarter (26%) agreed that discomfort also made them less productive.
The same research also found that 26% of respondents didn’t know that it is a legal requirement for businesses to undertake regular workstation risk assessments.
Ergonomics expert Stephen Bowden commented: “These findings are extremely concerning. British businesses have an obligation to look out for their employees’ health and wellbeing, failure to do so can result in injury, illness, as well as poor productivity output.”
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