Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 1.11.13 PMIt’s no longer a fad or trend or characteristic of a specific demographic; these days, everyone is going mobile – for both work and play. Thanks to our smartphones and tablets, the way we communicate with the rest of the world has changed – and so has the way we carry our bodies while we do so.

This article recently published in The Atlantic addresses the ways in which our workplace, in particular, could now be changing to accommodate these new devices: Basically, the “set-it-and-forget-it model of office ergonomics could be changing. As smartphones and tablets – computers whose whole point is their mobility – become more ubiquitous in our lives, they’re becoming more common at the office. And they’re changing not just the way we communicate with other people, but the way our bodies communicate with their surroundings.”

The author goes on to mention how Steelcase recently conducted a survey of office workers around the globe to see how the way they sit at work is changing. What the company found is a collection of nine new workplace postures (each supposedly invented by these new handheld devices) that they had not seen before. They are pictured in the graphic above and listed with detailed descriptions here.

 “The catch with each of these postures, Steelcase says, is that our current chairs, generally speaking, aren’t terribly well-suited to our new ways of sitting. And ‘because these new postures are not adequately supported, workers are uncomfortable, in pain, and doing long-term harm to their bodies,’ the company notes… So ‘while technology boosts productivity, it can cause pain that disrupts our work, our ability to concentrate, and our creativity.'”

imgresOf course, as a manufacturer of office furniture, Steelcase is doing what they can to address this issue. (Enter the Gesture, the company’s latest ergonomic office chair.) However, in the meantime, we at BackJoy® already have a product that has been proven to improve posture in the workplace. Our signature Posture+ is an affordable, portable and effective solution to the ways in which we are harming our bodies for the sake of cutting-edge technology.

You can read more about the Posture+ and other posture-correcting products at BackJoy.com. Give it a try, and let us know what you think in the “comments” section below!

By Liana Orenstein