So we’ve all read about “Emma”. The creepy, life-sized “Colleague of The Future” is a warning from a team of health experts led by behavioural futurist William Higham about what office life is doing to us.
Office Equipment Company Fellowes commissioned the “The Work Colleague of The Future,” report and had experts analyse survey data submitted by over 3,000 office workers in France, Germany, and the U.K. to determine the health effects that we as humans will see if workplace behaviours continue.
The outcome is Emma. Emma is the extreme representation of the stressed, sedentary office worker of the future.
Some of the predictions of how office workers’ bodies will be affected include:
Other issues predicted to occur are stress-related eczema, excess weight, strained eyes and headaches.
Author of the report, behavioural futurist William Higham said: “The Work Colleague of the Future report shows that employers and workers really need to act now and address the problem of poor workplace health.”
Higham went on to say; “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.”
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