Staffing Trends: Work From Your Bed
Working from home used to mean sitting at the desk in your pajamas. But smartphones bring a new definition to the meaning of the word mobility. We take our devices to dinner, even on the plane. They are there when we go sleep, and the device that wakes us up in the mornings.
But that has implications for work, and the workplace, as well. Staffing companies often recruit candidates to work contract positions from home. Especially in the world of mobile devices, it is easier than ever to work from, well, wherever you’d like.
Desks are no longer necessary to support desktops, monitors, and printers. Instead, new generations reared on mobile devices are accustomed to using them while curled up on the couch, or lying in bed. It’s a sign of the extreme degree of mobility our smartphones allow us. And isn’t more comfortable to work propped up against some nice cushy pillows?
According to the Wall Street Journal, a study found that nearly 1 in 5 employees spend two to 10 hours a week working from bed. Some try to stay ahead of email, or accommodate for difference in time zones. Others use the time to catch up and prepare for the day ahead.
There are serious side effects to working from the sack. The light from the computer screen can disrupt the body clock and delay sleep. Sitting upright, without proper support strains the back, neck, and shoulders. Not to mention working in bed next to your sleepy partner can sometimes cause tension.
Regardless of the side effects, retailers are recognizing the trend and making products to accommodate bedtime workers. Two part adjustable beds allow one person to sit upright and work while the other snoozes- complete with outlets to make sure your devices are fully charged. Laptop desks in a variety of colors and styles are now available at nearly every office store. Folding bed trays can hold your laptop up for you. There are even special lap pillows to hold your iPad device upright as you work.
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