Working From Bed? 4 Ways to Enhance the Experience
“WFH” today? If you’re at the younger end of the labor force, most likely you’re “WFB” a good chunk of that time. No joke: A fast-growing segment of working Americans — against the advice of physicians, ergonomic experts, and couples therapists — are working from bed these days. Half of workers surveyed by Good Technology earlier this year said they check and respond to emails from bed, while one in five British workers spends two to 10 hours a week working from under the covers, according to a 2009 Credant Technologies study. And an OnlineSchools.org infographic found that 83 percent of young people sleep next to their cell phone.
Worrisome trend? More like potential market opportunity. Manufacturers have hopped on the trend to enhance the experience:
• Luxury-bed manufacturer E.S. Kluft & Co. just launched a 7-by-7-foot bed, which is 16 percent bigger than a standard king and a foot wider than a California King. Part of the idea behind this model is to give couples more room to spread out and work, Kluft CEO Earl Kluft told the Wall Street Journal.
• Meanwhile Reverie is doing a makeover of the classic hospital bed and reintroducing a line of adjustable beds built for gadget-hound, WFH-type millennials — including some models with built-in electrical outlets, Bluetooth, and the ability to adjust the bed via smartphone or tablet.
• HiCan has also developed a bed that integrates a personal computer system. It even includes a retractable screen to view movies — or spreadsheets.
• And then there are WFB accessories like this one.
Laura Stack, a Denver-based productivity trainer and speaker, told the Journal she’s seen a doubling of clients in the past decade who work from their bed because they think it will increase productivity. But she says working from bed more often just leads to procrastination during the day. “They think, ‘I’ll just put in a few hours at home in bed tonight anyway, so I have plenty of time to check Facebook and price tickets for my next vacation,’ ” she said. Instead, Stack advises focusing on being productive during the day and putting the bed to work on what it was built for — sleep and sex.
Read More: 3 Tips for Working From Home.