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Sofa the ‘seat of choice’ for home workers

4 Jun 2020 By Siobhan Palmer

Employees confined to their homes during lockdown are opting for the comfortable option when choosing their workstation, a survey has found

The majority of UK employees working from home since the coronavirus outbreak have done so from their sofas, according to a recent poll.

Of the 2,000 people surveyed by physiotherapy provider Ascenti, 72 per cent reported having worked from their sofas since lockdown measures were enforced. More than half (56 per cent) also said they had worked from their bed, with this figure jumping to 91 per cent among 16 to 24-year-olds. 

Other seating options included kitchen chairs (54 per cent), the floor (39 per cent) and bean bags (25 per cent). However, 53 per cent of respondents cited using an adjustable office chair. More than a third (35 per cent) admitted having worked from the toilet. 

“Where feasible, businesses should explore the possibility of conducting work-from-home video call assessments with employees and offering best practice advice to improve their setups,” the report said, noting that almost half of respondents said they were experiencing more physical pain since working from home. “Working from the sofa or bed can put a real strain on your body and lead to aches, pains and injury further down the road, especially if done regularly.”

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