By Jonathan Davies

Office workers are now spending up to six hours of the working day on mobile devices rather than being 'chained' to desk computers, according to new research.

The study by global office furniture supplier Steelcase, found that women prefer to use smartphones (41%), while their male colleagues prefer to use a laptop (34%).

Men do upload the 'boys with toys' phrase, with 64% of male workers preferring to work on three or more mobile devices, compared to the 47% of women who prefer to work on a maximum of two devices.

Steelcase also found that Millennials prefer to move around in the office much more than older workers. They prefer the postures 'The Cocoon' (7%), 'The Strunch' and 'Trance' (27%).

Female workers are choosing postures where they can withdraw from the environment like 'The Cocoon' and 'The Strunch'. Men prefer open seating postures to lean back like 'The Draw', 'The Smart Lean', to create privacy during meetings and 'The Take It In'.

Steelcase said the results of the posture study and online survey underline that an innovative working environment needs to support the various ways of working of the employees to guarantee their wellbeing and productivity.

James Ludwig, Vice President, Global Design and Product Engineering said: “The evidence from the posture study is compelling and it shows clearly the multiplicity of postures adopted by workers and how comfortable they are in using a widening array of technology.

If you're wondering what those seating positions might look like, here are some descriptions:

The Strunch - As people become fatigued, they gradually push their laptop further from the edge of the worksurface, resting their weight on the surface.

The Draw — Mobile devices allows people to pull back from their desks while they use it.

The Multi-Device - This posture is representative of how people adapt to multitasking on multiple-devices. One hand holding a phone to the ear, the other tasking on a laptop.

The Text - Smartphones are small compared to other forms of technology and, therefore, require unique postures. Workers bring arms in close as keying and gesturing are performed.

The Cocoon - People recline, bring up their feet onto the seat, and draw their smartphone or tablet close, resting on their thighs.

The Swipe - This posture results when the device is used on a worksurface in “surfing mode”, in which people operate the device with one hand, typically with swiping gestures.

The Smart Lean - This posture is the result of mobile devices that create the desire for people to temporarily “pull away” from others without leaving a meeting or collaborative environment.

The Trance - This posture was observed when people were focused on the screen and either mousing or using a touchpad to navigate on the screen for extended periods of time.

The Take It In - In this posture, people recline to view content on the large display and/or sit back to contemplate.

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