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New Study Shows Standing Desks Boost Productivity by 25%
How can standing desks help your business? The practical observation is that it promotes healthier ergonomics by allowing users to have the option to be on their feet rather than the unnatural position of trying to use a computer while sitting — something that is clearly an issue of the modern age, not the whole of human history. These should theoretically impact comfort and energy level, which in turn increase employee satisfaction and focus, thus boosting productivity. In short, standing up for better business.
Is it that simple? A recent study put this to the test. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center put together a study with two different groups at a call center across the course of six months and 167 employees, with 74 of the staff using standing desks. Each employee’s success rate was based on a metric of processed calls. With a six-month duration and a large employee sample size, the study proved insightful, not just for the company but for the entire office furniture industry.
The results? The people that used standing workstations performed better — so much better, in fact, that they outdid their sitting colleagues by 25% (two calls per hour vs. 1.5 calls per hour).
Of course, this is just statistical data based on a metric of phone calls. It’s not like we can get in the head of each worker to figure out why they worked at a better rate. And some people are simply prone to feeling sleepy when sitting (there are usually underlying medical conditions involved). Standing has been proven to make people more alert, most likely because of how it engages your body in a way that sitting doesn’t. Ergonomically, few of us actually manage to consistently retain the proper posture when sitting for hours at a workstation.
It should be noted that standing desks can lead to back problems and other issues, so they’re not necessarily perfect. However, the happy medium might just be a sit-stand desk — desks that have adjustable heights and allow the user to stand when they want and sit when they need a break. By introducing the element of choice, workers can get the best of both worlds. The only trick to that is workers have to not get so focused that they forget to switch!
Interested in bringing standing desks into your office? Omnirax provides custom and semi-custom office furniture, including ergonomic sit-stand desks. Contact Omnirax today for a free consultation on your facility’s furniture needs.Topics: Office