British Study Shows Standing Desks Improve Fatigue And Engagement

31 Oct, 2018 F.J. Thomas


Loughborough University, England ( - A new study released by the British Medical Journal indicates that the use of standing desks improves worker performance.

The study was led by Loughborough University and other experts from Leicester, and focused on 146 staff members from the National Health Service, which is the public health services in the United Kingdom. The staff members utilized in the study were desk workers that were primarily sedentary throughout the work day.

Employees in the intervention group were given adjustable desks that allowed them to stand if so desired. There were 77 employees in the intervention group. The control group worked as usual sitting at their desks, and included a total of 69 employees.

At the start of the study, it was determined that the average sitting time was 9.7 hours per day. Sitting times were re-assessed at three months, six months, and then again a year later.  Overall, the study showed that a reduction in sitting times gradually increased over time. At three months, the overall sitting time was reduced by 50.62 minutes per work day. At six months, the reduction increased to 64.4 minutes per day. At one year, the total reduction increased to 82.39 fewer minutes per day that the employees were sedentary.

In addition to the data provided by thigh-worn accelerometers, employees were also given a questionnaire. The results of the survey showed that employees who used the standing desks felt less anxious, in addition to reporting less fatigue and musculoskeletal problems, better cognitive abilities and engagement, and general quality of life. There was however, no indication of changes for absenteeism from sickness.

Ergonomic injuries account for 30-35 percent of workers comp injuries, according to a recent article. According to some retailers’ statistics, standing desks in particular can potentially reduce workers’ comp claims by up to 50 percent.

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      F.J. Thomas has worked in healthcare business for more than fifteen years in Tennessee. Her experience as a contract appeals analyst has given her an intimate grasp of the inner workings of both the provider and insurance world. Knowing first hand that the industry is constantly changing, she strives to find resources and information you can use.

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