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The truth about standing desks. Don’t just stand there!

If excessive sitting is bad and standing while working is good, then surely the right desk will make us all much more productive, right?

If you learned that you could increase your productivity by almost 50% by making one near-effortless change, you’d probably try it. But at what point would you question whether the advice was too good to be true?

A recent study from Texas A&M University found that employees who used sit-stand desks were 46% more productive than those at traditional desks. Major news media ran with the eye-catching stat, and readers gobbled up the information, believing they, too, could be wildly more productive if only they had the right desk. Who wouldn’t want to be more productive by putting in so little extra effort?

Unfortunately, the research was far from a slam dunk, as Dr. Jack P. Callaghan, a professor at the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, explained. “There was no randomization of the workers,” he said, “and there were no historical performance data as baseline.” There is no current consensus on sit-stand desks and productivity. Callaghan and a coauthor analyzed eight studies that looked at whether adjustable height desks affect productivity. Three of the studies showed an increase in productivity, four of them showed no effect at all, and one reported mixed results.

Usually people who use height adjustable desks either sit or stand for long periods of time. Most of them start their day standing and after 15 Minutes sit the rest of the day

According to Josef Glöckl “Usually people who use height adjustable desks either sit or stand for long periods of time. Most of them start their day standing and after 15 Minutes sit the rest of the day”. To ensure movement throughout the day, the active office concept from aeris has one desk for sitting and one desk for standing allowing you to quickly move from one desk to the other throughout the day. “The key is to overcome the laziness of the human body and mind. So the right concept needs to work effortlessly without the person even realizing that they are active”.