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Meet your new colleague Emma.

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Fellowes, in collaboration with Behavioural Futurist William Higham and UK ergonomic expert Stephen Bowden, has produced a life-size model of what the typical office worker might look like 20 years from now if organisations do nothing to address the ergonomic shortcomings of today’s working environments.

Emma has a permanently bent back caused by sitting for hours in a bad position; varicose veins from poor blood flow; dry and red eyes from long hours staring at a computer screen; swollen wrists and ankles from repetitive movement; sallow skin from years of artificial light; eczema from stress; and a swollen, hairy nose and hairy ears because of poor air quality.

Fellowes claims that already more than nine out of ten British office workers are suffering from poor health due to their work environment, costing the UK economy £77 billion a year in work-related sick days.

Common problems include strained eyes (cited by 50%), sore backs (49%), headaches (48%), stiff neck (45%) and sore wrists (30%).