Providing employees with standing desks could boost productivity by up to 46%, compared to traditional, seated desks according to research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.
In addition to helping boost productivity and the company bottom-line, the study found that standing during the day can also improve worker health.
Nearly 75 percent of those working at standing desks experienced less body discomfort after using the standing desks for 6 months.
Dr Mark Benden, one of the study’s co-authors, said:
“We hope this work will show companies that although there might be some costs involved in providing stand-capable workstations, increased employee productivity over time will more than offset these initial expenses”.
The study compared 74 employees with stand-capable workstations that had been on the job for one to three months, with a control group of 93 workers that had been one year or more at the company and used traditional seated desks.
The study followed the two groups for six months. Productivity was measured by how many successful calls workers completed per hour at work.
Workers in the stand-capable desks sat for about 1.6 hours less per day than the seated desk workers.
The study was published in the journal IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors (Garrett et al., 2016).
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