A research team from the Texas A&M University found that employee and company resiliency may be enhanced when employees work remotely. The team analyzed ergonomic data from 264 employees of a large oil and gas company in Houston. During the study, Hurricane Harvey caused flooding that forced the company to close its offices. Researchers found that after a decline in computer use during the hurricane, work behaviors during the seven-month period of working remotely returned to pre-hurricane levels. The study is part of a large effort by the Ergonomics Center that is looking at the health of information workers. "The research says that if you work a certain way at a certain pace over a certain duration, you’re more likely to become injured from that work," Benden said. "But if you… break up the duration or have certain other character traits -- like posture -- then you’re less likely to develop a problem from doing your office work."

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