Desks bad!

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 7 March 2008



(2008), "Desks bad!", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 3.



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Desks bad!

Britain’s deskbound workforce is becoming increasingly uncommunicative and unhealthy according to a new study.

Performance consulting firm HB Maynard is suggesting that we need to force workers to get out their chairs and talk to others. This lifts depression and motivates people to higher levels of productivity.

Modern deskbound, immobilised workers are less healthy, more prone to injury and less motivated, according to the study. Exactly half of all office workers feel they are chained to their desks and 80 per cent of those interviewed felt that their health and productivity could improve if they were allowed to be more mobile.

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