A report dubbed The Work Colleague Of The Future revealed that more than 90% of UK office workers suffering from work-related health issues have more difficulty doing their job.
Based on surveys of more than 3,000 workers in France, Germany and the UK, a team led by behavioral futurist William Higham predicted how offices might change the human body over the next 20 years.
They created a life-size model named "Emma" to illustrate how the set up of a work station can lead to office workers physically and visually changing.
The model developed a permanently bent back caused by sitting for hours in a bad position, varicose veins from poor blood flow, a rotund stomach caused by a sedentary position, dry and red eyes from long hours staring at a computer screen and sallow skin for spending years trapped under the glare of artificial light.
Higham said: "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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