Australian Study: Standing Desks Actually Useful

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Sit Stand Workstations StudyIt is easy to be apprehensive of the new standing workstations that are currently being employed in offices. At first glance, these stations can appear unconformable and unconventional. However, with well received devices like the WorkFit-S, Single LD with Worksurface+ (we’ve always been of fans of ErgoTron’s products); and recent studies highlighting the benefits of working upright, these initially jarring products are quickly becoming staples of the workplace.

Further reaffirming this notion, a recent study conducted at the University of Queensland found that the introduction of standing workstations (namely the WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstation) in the workplace reduced the amount employees are seated on the job by more than 27 percent. In conjunction with this, a recent study was released last month in the latest issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which reported excessive sitting is linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, heart diseases, diabetes and other adverse health conditions. Thus, devices such as stand-sit workstations that decrease employee sedentary tendencies in the workplace may be extremely beneficial for the overall health of employees.

“The pilot study provides evidence that a sit-stand workstation (approximate $399 USD) can reduce sitting time in office workers,” said Genevieve Healy, Ph.D., The University of Queensland. “Furthermore, epidemiologic evidence suggests that the reductions in sitting at the workplace could potentially have considerable impact on cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes prevention.”

About the Study

From February to June 2011, researchers used activity monitors to measure the sitting and standing time of two groups of Australian office workers. After the controlled measurement, one group (comprised of 18 workers) received Ergotron WorkFit-S Sit-Stand Workstations, which provided employees with the option transitioning between sitting and standing. The other group of employees (14 workers) remained at their non-adjustable desks.

The outcome of this study proved that there are serious health benefits to using sit-stand workstations. However, with these workstations costing approximately $400 a piece it’s difficult to tell if these workstations will become more prevalent in the workplace.

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