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Tidy Desks Means Healthy Bodies

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LEICESTERSHIRE, England, Mar 29, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- British researchers have determined that cluttered desks contribute to worker sickness, the BBC reported Monday.

Analysts with Open Ergonomics, a British firm hired by Japan's NEC-Mitsubishi, surveyed 2,000 workers to come up with ideas for "Deskology," a guide to help people improve their work area.

It advices workers to pay more attention to the way they sit and set up their desk.

"Deskologist" Nigel Robertson, a consultant at Open Ergonomics, urged workers to treat cluttered desks as a serious problem.

"What most individuals fail to realize is that desk symptoms typically escalate very quickly, from persistent discomfort to chronic pain which can end a person's career and reduce their quality of life in a wide range of ways.

"The two essentials for less stressful, more productive desk management are: don't endure -- act today; and do it yourself -- don't wait for someone else to fix it for you."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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