Side-Effects Of Work From Home: This Is What You Will Become After 25 Years!
Job discovery platform, DirectApply has released a digital model of how a remote worker will look like 25 years from now on if they don’t change their working habits. They have named her Susan and their prediction definitely doesn’t look good!
SUSAN- A Remote Working Employee!
According to a study by IWG, in the pre-COVID-19 world, 80% of people would turn down a job offer that didn’t offer flexible working when faced with two similar employment offers. Now despite 50% of companies doing daily video calls and online meetings during lockdown, 29% still feel less productive than ever before.
With many forced to work from home, the living room or bedroom has become their office cubicle where the canteen aka kitchen is just 20-30 steps away from the workstation. The hoarded snacks are being devoured constantly and due to restrictions on going outside, they are glued to one place. These unhealthy habits have led to deteriorating physical health.
With companies aiming to shift to work from home models for a long run, this will further deteriorate the physical and mental health of their employees.
DirectApply, with a few clinical psychologists and fitness experts, through its digital model ‘Susan’ has shown many physical implications of what spending hours glued to your laptop can unknowingly do to physical and mental health.
The DirectApply website says, “Coronavirus has undoubtedly revolutionised the way companies work, with many businesses already looking to implement permanent hybrid and flexible working schemes – but just how long will it take before the benefits of remote work no longer outweigh the negatives?”
Here’s what we can expect if we dont change our unhealthy work from home habits…
Computer Vision Syndrome
When you are at office, you constantly and unknowingly take screen breaks by attending meetings, having lunch, having chai-sutta breaks or even just randomly going over to your colleague’s desk to gossip.
At home, you don’t have any of these breaks. Even when eating you watch TV or to call your friend you need a screen.
Being glued to your laptop screen for hours can cause ‘Digital Eye Strain’ or ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’. This strain on eyes leads to dry, inflamed and bloodshot eyes. It can also cause eye irritation, redness and blurred vision. In the long run it can negatively impact your eyesight.
How to Avoid This?
Take 5-10 mins break after working at your screen every hour or so. Read a book, or just take a stroll in your apartment. Also try to reduce screen time post work hours.
At the office or at home, too much time spent with incorrect posture in front of your laptop or at your desk can lead to a hyper-extended neck over time. With no physical exercise this will extend from your neck to your back leading to rounded shoulders and hunchback in the long run.