There's been plenty of back and forth on whether or not telecommuting is a good idea, but a new study in the UK seems to support a more flexible, mobile workforce -- saying that employees who remain deskbound all the time have their productivity stifled and are much more prone to injury (found via the Raw Feed). The study wasn't looking at telecommuting specifically, but the idea of sitting at a desk all the time vs. being able to walk around as you worked. Presumably, the same split would occur for telecommuters who station themselves at a desk vs. those who walk around as well. However, no matter what, it does seem to suggest that forcing people to constantly sit at a desk probably isn't the best way to keep them productive. The thing is, most people know this intuitively. It's why there are breaks during the day so that people can move around a bit. The difference here, though, is that the study didn't just have people take breaks, but actually allow them to work while moving about the office. So perhaps we should go beyond the trend of office-spaces with no permanent offices -- and move on to just making the office a big wandering area where people can walk while they work. It could serve to fight the obesity epidemic at the same time.
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