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Meet Emma - the future office worker

Meet Emma - Your Work Colleague of the Future

A life-sized doll has been created to show what office workers could look like in 20 years time. 

Her name is Emma, she has a permanently hunched back, red eyes, a protruding stomach and varicose veins, amongst many other health problems. 

Emma, who was created by office equipment firm, Fellowes, provides a stark reminder of the often-overlooked dangers of sitting for too long throughout the day, bad posture and incorrect workstation setups. According to the report, more than 90% of office workers in the UK who suffer from health issues because of their jobs are therefore underperforming at work.

"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."

William Higham
William Higham Unveils Emma the future office worker
Photo by Sky News & Fellowes Brands - William Higham Unveils Emma the future office worker

What can employers do to ensure that their workers don't end up looking like Emma (No offence, Emma)? 

The solutions are actually very straightforward and cost-effective to implement and employers need to understand that by investing in staff wellbeing, they will see returns in staff productivity and performance. 

A few simple solutions include: 

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