A worrying study from Vodafone shared that employees working from home will go an hour and a half without rising from their chairs.
Due to the transition to remote working, employees are no longer taking on the tasks that were part of their traditional working day, such as a long commute, heading outside with colleagues at lunch and travelling for face-to-face meetings.
Now, employees rarely have a need to leave the comfort of their homes as the majority of a job role can now be done remotely thanks to tech. However, this means that staff are now sitting down for longer periods than ever before.
A study by Vodafone has found that the average Brit is now sitting down for more than 43 hours during a typical week – which equates to 93 days a year.
It revealed that millions around the country are sitting for six hours and 20 minutes every day. But 46% of the 2,000 respondents polled shared that they work in a job where the primary position is sitting down.
On average it seems that employees working from home will go on average an hour and a half without rising from their chairs to stretch their legs, shoulders and backs. More than a tenth will also go twice that long.
A further three hours is spent sitting down in front of the TV after work, which is leaving 22% of employees with aches and strains across their bodies from spending too long sat down and inactive.
Max Taylor, consumer director at Vodafone UK, said: “People have been stuck at home, and home working is set to continue for a lot of us, so it’s vital that we stay fit and flexible.”
Impact of WFH
LloydsPharmacy doctors have also shared predictions of what an employee working from home will look like in five years’ time.
According to the DailyMail, the doctors shared that the average person’s skin will become sallow due to a lack of sunlight exposure, they’ll gain weight from a lack of exercise and develop a hunch from poor posture.
The experts revealed that these could be the lasting impacts of habits established as a result of the pandemic on employees’ long-term health.
With this mind, Vodafone has joined forces with Nuffield Health and Olympian Tom Daley to create ‘VodaYoga’, which can be downloaded for free.
Taylor added: “We’re injecting some flexibility back into the nation – to people’s wallets, bodies and minds.”