Scientists Created A Dummy Showing What Office Workers Will Look Like In 20 Years

After two decades of working at an ergonomically-unfriendly desk, you could look like Emma.

Scientists have created Emma, a dummy with a hunched back, swollen limbs, eczema, and varicose veins. Experts say that after 20 years of working at an ergonomically-unfriendly desk, we may look just like her.

The research was commissioned by office equipment firm Fellowes. Behavioural Futurist William Higham and a team of experts from ergonomics, occupational health, and professional well-being examined the effects office workplaces are having on employee health.

The experts conducted more than 3,000 interviews with employees from the UK, France and Germany were regarding health concerns. The report dubbed The Work Colleague Of The Future is recommending workplaces to make urgent changes, to prevent people from turning out like Emma.

The researchers teamed up with model specialists Helix 3D Ltd, and developed Emma, to viscerally illustrate the detrimental impact of office life on people. 

"The Work Colleague of the Future report shows that employers and workers really need to act now and address the problem of poor workplace health.

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 workstation setup, our offices are going to make us very sick. As a result, workers in the future could suffer health problems as bad as those we thought we'd left behind in the Industrial Revolution," Higham said.

Emma pictures the effects of an everyday office lifestyle, with her back bent from sitting of hours ar a desk. She's got varicose veins from poor blood flow, a rotund stomach from being seated all the time and red eyes from staring at a screen all day.

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