Why you need an Apple Watch at work
If we don’t change our approach to office working environments, people in offices will end up with hunched backs, arthritic conditions and vision problems, a report warns. Is this why you need an Apple Watch at work?
Bad working environments are bad for productivity
New research from workspace solutions provider Fellowes offers several stats that may reflect the problem of poor working conditions:
- Over 90% of office workers suffer health issues as a result of where they work. They all say it makes doing their work harder.
- 50% of office workers suffer from strained eyes.
- 49% have sore backs.
- 48% endure headaches.
This is UK data, but I doubt it is much different anywhere else.
What makes this worse is the attitude some employers have to such complaints. Over 20% of workers who have asked for improvements in their working environments say their employer fails to take the complaint seriously.
The thing is, when you join the dots and recognize the costs of staff recruitment, retention and training and cross that against the costs of absence, illness and staff replacement, any failure to address these problems is almost certainly more costly than dealing with them.
Plus, of course, happy staff stick around longer and are way more productive.
So, can an Apple Watch really help you stay a little healthier at work?
I think it can. Here are a few ways it may do so:
1. Get up, stand up, stand up for your health
I’ve been told that Apple’s offices are populated by people who bounce up from their desks and walk around occasionally.
(I’ll observe that I’ve not read any convincing reports of any productivity benefits to the former. I think people like to work in a defined space, as it nurtures a sense of autonomy, which is critical in modern workplace theory, but I digress.)
Why invest in either when you can just use the handy Stand function in your Apple Watch? This little feature reminds you to stand up every hour, on the hour. When you do, why not move around a…