Working from smartphones could pose health risks

6/21/2012

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Working at home on a smartphone or other mobile device is proving to be a popular way to get work done - almost too popular, claims a new poll.

Figures from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) show that work doesn't stop after leaving the office, with 64 per cent of office workers continuing their duties using a smartphone or other device.

However, physiotherapists are warning that workaholics could be risking their health because of increase in stress and musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, reports Press Association.

Workers using a smartphone spent, on average, two hours 18 minutes working from home in addition to an average of six hours 22 minutes spent in front of the screen.

As a result, a CEO may need to think about limiting the use of mobile devices to solve work issues outside of the office for health reasons, as constant sickness and absence can be a hindrance on productivity.

Lloyd Jones, CSP policy officer for Scotland, commented on the poll results: "Sickness absence can devastating for the individual, and it can be very expensive for employers and society at large. Encouraging better working habits is in everyone's interest.

"A happy, healthy workforce is a productive one and it is very important that employers ensure they do what they can to look after the wellbeing of their staff," added Jones.
















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