To be more Productive - Just Stand Up
Recent research shows that standing desks increase workplace productivity by 46%.
Many people have already heard the argument that standing desks are good for our health and help us to burn more calories and fight obesity. Now, new research from the TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH indicates that they may boost productivity in the workplace as well.
The researchers examined the differences in productivity between two groups of call center employees over a period of six months. One group was assigned standing workstations, with desks that can be lowered or raised and offer employees the choice of sitting or standing during the day. The other group was assigned conventional, seated workstations. The findings show that employees with standing desks were 46% more productive than their colleagues with standard workstations. For the purposes of the study productivity was measured in terms of how many successful calls employees completed per hour at work.
The differences in productivity levels were less significant during the first month of the study but increased dramatically from the second month onwards, as employees got more used to their standing desks. On average they sat for 1.6 hours less per day than their colleagues and 75% experienced less physical discomfort during work hours. Researchers are convinced that there is a direct correlation between this increased sense of physical wellbeing and higher levels of productivity.
The next step for the research team is to extend the study to other working environments and continue using creative and objective measures to prove that standing up has real impact on productivity and efficiency in the workplace.