Nearly a third (29%) of millennials admit that their living room couch is the most common ‘desk’ they’ve used since working from home during the pandemic, according to a UK study carried out by Logitech.
A quarter of people surveyed (25%) have adapted the kitchen counter into a make-shift desk, of which a participant has even gone so far as to say “The breakfast bar is my adapted work-from-home set up, I even use a saucepan as my laptop stand.”
One in six (17%) prefer the comfort of their bed for home working, “I’ve been working from my bed as it’s the only room in the house which will always be quiet,” commented another survey participant. Lower back pain was voted in as the most common WFH strain, with around 1 in 4 respondents experiencing the pain regularly.
On average 60% of UK employees expect their employer to contribute towards a professional working from home set-up. To help prevent pandemic postures and aches, as well increasing productivity and a better work-life balance.
Those from London had spent the most ‘upgrading’ their set-up – averaging at £538 vs the national average of £419. Chairs, desk, headset, headphones and computer mouse, are the most common pieces of equipment bought by employees.
“After a year of predominantly virtual living, not only are we spending more hours than ever on our computers, but the nation has been forced to unexpectedly adapt their homes into working environments leaving many of us huddled on beds, couches and kitchen stools for hours at a time. This research clearly shows we are a nation in decline when it comes to bad postures, productivity and body pain,” said Clara Torvisco Marquez, UK Category and Marketing Manager at Logitech.
The Logitech Ergo Lab uses a study of working environments to design ergonomic computer tools to improve posture, effectiveness, and comfort.
Dr Shireen, GP, said: “Together with Logitech ErgoLab, we are designing product experiences that help people work more comfortably. The ergonomic setup of your workspace, be it a pop up desk or a dedicated home office, is important, especially now that many of us work from home and spend hours glued to our computer screens and chairs.
“Making your workspace configuration better, improves posture, relieves muscle strain, and simply helps you feel better.
“Our mental health and our physical health are closely interlinked. An unsuitable working environment, such as working on the sofa, using inappropriate equipment and increased screen time has resulted in many people suffering with joint pain, stiffness and repetitive strain injury (RSI).
“This, coupled with social isolation and a loss of routine, has in turn affected their ability and motivation to exercise, ultimately affecting their mental wellbeing.”