Does Standing at Work Help Performance?
How much time do you spend sitting every day? Between commuting, working, eating, watching tv, etc., the sedentary hours add up. The negative health effects of long hours of sit time are fairly well known and include chronic disease, and psychological concerns. Seeing a potential market, several companies designed standing workstations, even desks with treadmills attached. While these sit-to-stand desks are trending, is there any evidence to support their use?
Turns out, there is a growing body of evidence to give this idea a leg to stand on. Several studies have found improvements in health and psychological measures with long-term sit-to-stand desks and workstations. So what is stopping you from trying one? If you are worried it will negatively affect your performance, a recent study by Finch et al (2017) found no difference in performance of reading comprehension or creativity in subjects while completing tasks at a standing desk versus sitting. This study also found no improvement in performance either between the two conditions in the short term. However, subjects did report feeling more interested and engaged during the reading comprehension in the standing condition.
Finch LE, Tomiyama AJ, Ward A. (2017) Taking a Stand: The Effects of Standing Desks on Task Performance and Engagement. Intl J Environ Res Pub Health 14(8).