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Mobile Working Behind Sharp Rise In Repetitive Stress Injury

Health and Safety Bodies will certainly frown at this report; Research compiled by none other than Microsoft shows that cases of Repetitive Stress Injuries have shot up by more than 30 percent in 2007 costing UK businesses north of £300 million in lost working hours.

Mobile working is being blamed as the responsible culprit as employees stepped into remote working mode when commuting or outside the office, more than five hours per week on average and end up with iPhonitis or the Sore Blackberry Thumb Syndrome.

This in turn would be the perfect opportunity for third party resellers (and possibly lawyers) to pitch new products and services aimed at improving office ergonomics; something that has had profound impact on the way office employees work in the last decade.

However, because outside working environments are so complex and diverse, the challenges would be huge.

The research was carried out by StrategyOne for Microsoft and nearly seven out of ten workers suffered from various forms of ache and pain and those who worked in smaller companies tend to be more at risk, possibly because of longer working hours.

In addition, the survey results showed that more than thirty percent of staff probed fail to see a connection between their work and RSI symptoms.

This was not surprising as nearly four out of five HR managers were unaware of risks associated with Repetitive Stress Injuries.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.