Promising Practices Promising PracticesPromising Practices
A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.

There's Nothing Lazy About Working from Bed

ARCHIVES
Shutterstock/fotoedu

There is hope yet for haters of the treadmill desk, for people who despise cubicles, or, simply, for folks who don't really enjoy getting out of bed in the morning, much less commuting. Enough people are working from home in their beds (and, no, this is not a sex scandal thing) that Sue Shellenbarger has addressed it in a piece in The Wall Street Journal. "Is clacking away on a laptop while sprawling on bed sheets more comfortable and productive than hunching over a desk?" she asks. Of course it is! (Full disclosure: Writing this while hunched over a coffee table nowhere near a bed.)

A couple things to note. There have been real live studies done on this stuff. The researchers say that since so many of us now in the workplace have been brought up with our mobile devices, we're increasingly prone to using them whichever way is most comfortable—"while propped against pillows, lying down or in a fetal curl." Personally, I like to read Twitter on my iPhone while reclining on my mattress, though often the hand holding the phone will fall asleep, and sometimes I'll drop the phone on my face, which is not entirely pleasant. Despite these difficulties, I am not alone, even if I'm alone in their peculiarities. Lots of people are working from bed.

Shellenbarger writes that "half of 1,000 workers polled this year by Good Technology, a Sunnyvale, Calif., mobile-security software company, said they read or respond to work emails from bed. A study of 329 British workers found nearly 1 in 5 employees spends two to 10 hours a week working from bed, according to the 2009 poll by Credant Technologies, a London-based data-security company." Further, "Market research by Reverie, a Walpole, Mass., maker of adjustable beds, suggests as many as 80 percent of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed, says chief executive Martin Rawls-Meehan."

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Image via Shutterstock by fotoedu.

FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.