Want a standing desk? Show your boss this study

Work Smarter Not Harder

If you’re having a hard time convincing your boss to get you a standing desk, show them this new study published October 10, 2018. The study shows sit-stand desks not only benefit the workers health, but boost their productivity too.

Here’s what research already told us before this study:

  • High levels of sedentary behaviour (sitting) have been associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality and have been shown to be detrimental for work related outcomes
  • Office workers are one of the most sedentary populations, spending 70-85% of time at work sitting
  • Interventions to reduce sitting in the workplace have received increasing attention in recent years but studies to evaluate these have been deemed low quality

Here’s what this new study adds:

The research was done over the course of a year using 2 groups of workers: one group with a sit-stand desk and the control group with just a regular sitting desk

After 12 months, the improvements in the sit-stand group were the following:

  • 83 minute per workday decrease in sitting after 12 months
  • Significant increase in job performance
  • Significant decrease in occupational fatigue
  • Significant decrease in sickness presenteeism
  • Significant reported improvement in psychological, environmental, and overall quality of life

The research suggests that sit-stand desks, which can be adjusted throughout the day are a better option than either static sitting or standing desks. 

Check out the full study here: https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k3870

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