The flexibility might suit some, but working from home engenders certain health problems

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Is working from home more relaxing? Possibly, but the physical risks might outweigh the emotional benefits, according to new research from online retailer Furniture123.

According to the survey, while 41% of employees take work home with them at least once per week, the vast majority do not do so from a desk set up.

With only a third (34%) working at a desk at home, and less than a fifth (19%) using an office chair, home workers are putting themselves at risk of problems such as repetitive strain injury and back injuries, due to poor posture.

With musculo-skeletal issues acting as one of the biggest causes of absence in the UK, employers must consider how all their employees work – not just those in the office.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at said: “The data shows that, unfortunately, many workers are really risking their physical health to get their work done. The odd hour or two slumped in front of a laptop on the sofa might not seem like it will cause a big problem in the long term, but over time this can cause issues with posture and repetitive strain injury.

It is vital that, if working from home is a regular thing, workers have a proper office chair and either a desk or laptop to work from, to allow them to ensure their screen or laptop is at the correct height, their posture will remain straight and their arms will be at the right angle while typing. All of these are vital to preventing some of the problems associated with computer-based working.”