Microsoft found repetitive strain injury (RSI) cases have increased by 30% in the last year, costing businesses £300m. The report said this was because more employees work on the move, with mobile devices such as laptops and Blackberries, in cramped conditions.
Over 1,000 IT managers, HR managers and office workers were polled about RSI. Sixty eight per cent were found to be suffering from back ache, shoulder pain or wrist and hand pain because of working in cramped and awkward positions.
The company said, "Whilst advances in technology and increasingly demanding workloads have seen a growing need for staff to operate even when not in the office, the report finds it is a worrying lack of knowledge about the risks that is leading to millions of working hours being lost."