Working From Bed on the Rise
Is your bed your new desk?
Apparently, research shows there has been an increase in not just working-from-home, but working-from-bed.
According to The Wall Street Journal, one study, conducted by software company Good Technology earlier this year, discovered that of the 1,000 workers polled, 500 said they checked their work e-mails from their bed.
"While most of our customers believe their employees do work more hours as a result of this accessibility, they also appreciate and welcome the enhanced work-life balance that comes when employees have more freedom and choice to get work done whenever and wherever they need to," John Herrema, Good Technology’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, said in a statement.
Laura Stack, a productivity manager based in Denver, told The Journal that her client base of bed-bound workers has grown twice as large in the past decade. "They think, 'I'll just put in a few hours at home in bed tonight anyway, so I have plenty of time to check Facebook and price tickets for my next vacation," Stack told The Journal.
In fact, the furniture industry has even responded to the increased interest with work-friendly furniture. A study by Massachusetts-based bed maker Reverie found that 80% of young workers in New York City do their work from bed, according to The Journal. While Reverie normally specializes in adjustable hospital beds, it is now trying to market them as ergonomic workspaces, complete with a power outlet in the frame.
And Earl Kluft, the chief executive of California-based furniture maker E.S. Kluft & Co., told The Journal that his company is releasing a special bed that is 16% larger than king sized models, just so people could "spread out papers" and work in bed more comfortably.
Bed jockeys should be careful though. National Sleep Foundation Chairman Russell Rosenberg told the newspaper that the light from screens can lower melatonin levels, resulting in sleeping difficulties and insomnia.