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  • NINE new & cool postures that have taken over workplaces in 2013!

    It seems as if gone are the days when the workplace most of us are accustomed to has been optimized for the desktop computer: Starting with a computer table, a bulky machine on top of it, a chair to straighten the spine, and a human with eyes gazing constantly at the screen. It made sense even though it has not been the most creative of systems, maybe.

    But that orthodox model of office ergonomics could be changing. As smartphones and tablets, computers whose whole point is their mobility become more ubiquitous in our lives, they're becoming more common at the office. And they're changing not just the way we communicate with other people, but the way our bodies communicate with their surroundings.

    "The way we compute is, indeed, changes the way we sit" -- was concluded when a study was conducted of office workers across 11 nations around the globe, just to see how they relate to the various machines that are being used now to get their work done. This new technologies and new breed of devices has developed the all new sociology we were seeing at work which had eventually driven nine new postures that we had never seen before.

    All these postures have been discussed in detail below.

    1. The Draw

    The oft-discussed "lean back" experience of tablet reading, done in a chair. (This posture requires good back support from a chair, especially for the head and neck.)

    2. The Multi-Device

    You're using your laptop. And your phone. At the same time. (This requires good arm rests, provided by either tabletop or chair.)

    3. The Text

    You're sitting at your desk, but you're using your handheld device to read, email, or, yes, text.(Arm rests not required, but ideal.)

    4. The Cocoon

    This is a scrunched-body posture usually reserved for reading (though it can be used for typing, as well). The sitters lean back, pull up their legs, bend their knees, and draw their devices close to their bodies. This is, Steelcase notes, a posture used more often by women than by men.

    5. The Swipe

    The sitter leans over his or her desk, directly over the screen of a touchscreen device. This posture is pretty much exclusive to tablet/smartphone use.

    6. The Smart Lean

    A compromise between the lean-back posture of "The Draw" and a more standard sitting style, this posture allows the sitter to check his or her smartphone in a relaxed posture, while also retaining a bit of privacy when it comes to what's being shown on the screen. It's especially popular during meetings.

    7. The Trance

    You're absorbed in your work, leaning into your table and toward your computer, with arms placed either on a chair's armrests or on your desk. This posture often involves slouching.

    8. The "Take-It-In"

    This might also be called the "all the way back": It involves a nearly full recline in one's chair a posture enabled in part by the popularity of large, high-resolution monitors that allow people to read screens from a distance (and also ideal for smartphone-based reading, email-checking, etc.).

    9. The Strunch

    This is "stretching out" and "hunching" at the same time: When people get tired, they tend to push their computers away from them, compensating for the new screen angle by slouching down toward their desks. They then prop themselves up with their arms on their desk surfaces, sometimes propping their chins up with a free hand.

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