Standing desks can be quite expensive ranging from $300.00 to $5,000.00 and are coined with popular marketing strategies as “Healthier Work Alternatives”. As an employer, you want to provide the healthiest working environment but is investing in standing desks the solution?
Research studies suggest that standing desk users tend to stand for only short periods of time throughout the workday. A study published in the Obesity Review journal found that standing desk users stood for an average of just over 2 hours per 8-hour workday.1
Taking into consideration the expense of a standing desk is it worth the investment when most employees only stand at work for 25% of their workday?
Turns out there are some potential reasons why standing at work could be more harmful than sitting and why standing desks could be a waste of money.
Risk of Standing:
Comfort: Some people may find standing for extended periods of time to be uncomfortable, especially if they are not used to it. They may prefer to sit for the majority of their workday to avoid discomfort.
Decreased Productivity: The journal of Ergonomics found that standing for long periods of time can lead to an increase in muscle fatigue and discomfort, which can affect productivity.2
Cardiovascular risks: There is some evidence to suggest that standing for extended periods of time can have negative effects on the body, such as the risk for heart disease doubles as a result of standing as reported by the American Journal of Epidemiology.2 Prolonged standing has also been associated with significantly increased risk for varicose veins for both men and women.3
Increased risk for Low Back Pain: The journal of Workplace Health and Safety found that prolonged standing greater than 2 hours is associated with increased the risk for Low Back Pain.4
Compromised Posture: The body will always seek support when one is working and multi-tasking, one could start leaning and ending up in awkward postures.
Based on the above research one could say that “Standing is The New Smoking” versus “Sitting is the New Smoking”. There are health risks with sitting but those can be reduced with investing in an office chair that supports you in the right places.
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- Neuhaus M, Eakin EG, Straker L, Owen N, Dunstan DW, Reid N, Healy GN. Reducing occupational sedentary time: a systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence on activitypermissive workstations. Obes Rev. 2014 Oct;15(10):822-38. doi: 10.1111/obr.12201. Epub 2014 Jul 11. PMID: 25040784.
- Smith et al. The Relationship Between Occupational Standing and Sitting and Inciden Heart Disease Over a 12-Year Period in Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol.187, No 1, August 2017.
- Tüchsen F, Krause N, Hannerz H, Burr H, Kristensen TS. Standing at work and varicose veins. Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health. 2000 Oct 1:414-20.
- Inoue G, Uchida K, Miyagi M, Saito W, Nakazawa T, Imura T, Shirasawa E, Akazawa T, Orita S, Inage K, Takaso M. Occupational Characteristics of Low Back Pain Among Standing Workers in a Japanese Manufacturing Company. Workplace health & safety. 2020 Jan;68(1):13-23.
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