Pleasure Susan, distinctive traits obesity, baldness, postural problems, red eyes and stress. I forgot, I'm a smart worker of the future. Susan does not exist in the real world, she is a visual representation of a worker who has always carried out her business from home for 25 years. A hyperbolic projection that serves, however, to warn of the risks associated with an increasingly widespread form of work, also following the pandemic.
Susan created it Directly Apply, English platform dedicated to job offers. The results of the study may leave you baffled, but it is good to premise that they start from solid bases: we worked together with a group of clinical psychologists and fitness experts to determine the effects of remote working on physical and mental health, guarantee the creators. The result is what you see in the opening and in the images below:
The following of physical problems caused by such an extended period of smart working is long. Among the various: the low exposure to sunlight causes an insufficient intake of vitamin D which can cause alopecia and skin problems; staring at monitors and typing for many hours causes problems with vision, fingers and wrists; work via smartphone or laptop is then at the origin of what is defined Tech-neck, the smartphone syndrome that causes neck and back pain. And then there is obesity resulting from the absence of physical training.
Another chapter concerns the psychophysical impact of smart working: the absence of human contacts for prolonged periods can determine an increase in the level of the hormone of the strees – cortisol – which increases blood pressure and has harmful effects on physical health. Smart working can also lead to work well beyond canonical working hours, and overwork can cause high levels of adrenaline and cardiovascular disease.
An overall picture that is far from encouraging, but which can be avoided with appropriate precautions. The study highlights some of them:
- Follow a constant routine, adapting it to your lifestyle, to keep the productivity level high: think about how you want to manage your time and what would work best in the wider context of your life
- Cultivate social relationships even in distance work, informal relationships such as those that normally take place in the physical workplace
- Exercise in the fresh air at the end of the working day
- Seeking a balance between professional and private life: it is easy to lose sight of the boundary that separates them when working remotely, but the researchers emphasize that you need periods of inactivity to stay healthy and give your best at work remotely, both in private life. It is also advisable to delimit the physical space dedicated to work within the domestic environment (whenever possible with a separate room, otherwise with furniture, plants and other objects suitable for the purpose). Finally recommended to set a reminder on your smartphone or PC to take regular breaks, get up, move and eat properly
- Make good use of your free time: one of the advantages of working remotely is that you don't have to travel to get to work, it is a saved time that can be used to socialize with friends and family, take a walk or physical activity. Everything contributes to improving the psychophysical balance and, consequently, also the working performance
- Do not neglect collaboration: working remotely does not mean working alone, it is instead an opportunity to improve teamwork and collaboration with colleagues
And then there are our tips: we have been working in smart working for over 10 years and – at least for the moment – we maintain a dignified appearance and physical state, and normal interpersonal relationships (in 15 years we will see).
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