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In support of Work Wise Week 2007, bespoke furniture designers - Neville Johnson - have released research to support ‘National Work from Home Day’, which falls upon Friday 18th May 2007.

The research shows that an overwhelming 85% of over 35 year old homeowners work or study at home, proving that the home is no longer purely for ‘living’, but is also an environment for working.

Despite the high level of home workers identified within this survey, only one in five had a bespoke or dedicated home office, with almost 40% saying that they currently used their spare room.

Many people set up office where they can, in just about any room in the house, with one in a hundred men even relegated to the shed!

The laptop era means that many of us simply work ‘in situ’ with the laptop. Not surprisingly only 23% of people asked revealed that their ‘offices’ get their creative juices flowing.

However, four out of ten people relish the sense of freedom that working from home brings. With one quarter enjoying the fact that their loved ones are close by, therefore meaning that they are not missing out on quality family time.

With many people choosing to work from home, National Work from Home Day is encouraging more employees and employers to observe, first-hand, the benefits of a dedicated home office.

Neville Johnson, who are well-known for their home study portfolio, are encouraging people to think about their home office design before embarking on this more flexible way of working.

Not only is functionality important, but to Neville Johnson designers, the office’s comfort is paramount.

Says Simon Meyrick, Sales Director: “People should dedicate more time to the layout and design of their office area. PC monitors have to be set at a certain position, as should the seating. Lighting should also be taken into consideration.

“If these ergonomic guidelines are ignored, a person can suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. People working from home who don’t take ergonomics into consideration could literally be causing more than a pain in the neck.”

Work Wise Week takes place from Wednesday 16th May – Tuesday 23rd May and aims to raise the awareness of the emerging social trend of smarter working practices.

These practices include employers providing a range of working patterns and flexibility surrounding office hours and patterns of work. The aim is that this will result in more employees feeling able to take the benefit of these philosophies and techniques.

To arrange a free consultation with a Neville Johnson designer, or to receive a free brochure call 0161 873 8333. A wide selection of bespoke fitted furniture concepts can also be viewed at www.nevillejohnson.co.uk/pr.

-ENDS-

10/05/2007

Press release issued by Trailblazer PR. For further information please call Kelly Archer on 01453 828789 or email: Kelly.archer@trailblazerpr.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Research was conducted by Tickbox.net where 1,000 people who do indeed have a home office in some format, whether dedicated or just a space in the bedroom were surveyed.

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