Unless we make drastic changes to the way we spend our time at work, in 20 years people will end up like "Emma".
Did you know that we spend one-third of our lives at work? That's about 90,000 thousand hours of work on average over a lifetime for a person. Thus, it's not surprising that your job plays an important role in the quality of your life. According to the Huffington Post, the overhead lighting, people hunched over their laptops and the air-conditioning is actually harmful to our bodies. However, in 20 years, this work environment is going to make a huge impact on the way we look. A study, The Work Colleague of the Future, was commissioned by office equipment supplier Fellowes to show how the human body will change in 20 years.
THIS IS GOING TO BE ME! Sky News just @ ME ALREADY! “The life-sized doll named Emma has a permanently hunched back, varicose veins, red eyes and a protruding stomach.” 🙃https://t.co/6F6Yko4bNu— Emma Parker (@EmmaParkerUK) October 25, 2019
Meet ‘Emma’. Even though she looks like a weird wax figure, she’s actually been created to illustrate how the set up of your workstation is causing you permanent damage. Emma is a prototype based on the health implications we may suffer from spending a whole day spent at a desk. Emma portrays the long-term impact on our bodies. The life-sized model has a permanent hunch on her back from sitting at a desk.
"According to William Higham, the author of the Work Colleague Of The Future report, if employers and workers don't act now to address the health risks posed by modern desk jobs, then we will all end up looking like Emma."https://t.co/H7ZlbKHnB3— Charlotte Gill (@CharlotteCGill) October 24, 2019
Not just that, the figure also has varicose veins from poor blood flow, and red eyes from long hours looking at a laptop. According to the researchers, 90% of office workers will suffer from these issues and are sure to have difficulty doing their job if immediate changes to work environments are not made. Emma was based on a study of 3,003 participants from France, Germany, and the UK – 50% of workers interviewed already suffered from sore eyes, 49% from sore backs and 48% from headaches.
I was only saying to my daughter the other day that if she continues to look down at her iPad for long periods she is going to look like Quasimodo. So now I will just show her this photo... the iPad and phone generation definitely need to start taking preventative measures.— Divina 💫 (@Middlepath_8) October 24, 2019
The study also stated that vision problems, weight gain, and persistent headaches and migraines were the top health conditions office workers in the UK were worried about. Emma herself has a paunch from sitting for too long and along with that she's got pale skin from spending too much time indoors under the artificial lighting. Red eyes from staring at the screen for too long without a break was also a consequence along with more nostril and ear hair and irritated skin.
Can see some unhealthy habits it develops, but 'According to the report, which was commissioned by office equipment firm Fellowes' 🤔— Dazzler (@djeffries351) October 24, 2019
Author of the report, William Higham, said: "The report shows that employers and workers really need to act now and address the problem of poor workplace health. Unless we make radical changes to our working lives, such as moving more, addressing our posture at our desks, taking regular walking breaks or considering improving our work station set up, our offices are going to make us very sick.” Well, guess it's time to make great changes to your lifestyle if you don't want to look like Emma.