Stand­ing at work could boost staff per­for­mance

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

RE­SEARCH by Le­ices­ter medics has found stand­ing at desks could boost work­ers’ per­for­mance.

Work­ers who use sit-stand desks re­ported im­prove­ment in work en­gage­ment, job per­for­mance and oc­cu­pa­tional fa­tigue, ac­cord­ing to the re­search pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal (BMJ).

They also re­ported im­prove­ments in mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems and were less seden­tary after us­ing the work­sta­tions.

The re­search team, led by ex­perts from Le­ices­ter, as­sessed 146 NHS staff who pre­vi­ously spent the ma­jor­ity of their day seated.

A to­tal of 69 con­tin­ued with their stan­dard work rou­tine while 77 were put in an in­ter­ven­tion group and were given sit-stand of­fice desks.

The in­ter­ven­tion group also went to an ed­u­ca­tion sem­i­nar on the con­se­quences of a seden­tary lifestyle and set goals for stand­ing time.

Work­ing time spent sit­ting was mea­sured at the start of the study and three, six and 12 months later.

After a year, those who were as­signed to the in­ter­ven­tion group, sit­ting time was re­duced by more than an hour a day.

At the start of the study, over­all sit­ting time was 9.7 hours per day.

Sit­ting time was lower by 50.62 min­utes per day at three months, 64.4 min­utes per day at six months, and 82.39 min­utes per day at 12 months in the in­ter­ven­tion group com­pared with the con­trol group.

The re­duc­tion in sit­ting was largely re­placed by time spent stand­ing rather than mov­ing, as par­tic­i­pants’ steps re­mained un­changed.

A ques­tion­naire filled out by par­tic­i­pants also re­vealed im­prove­ments in job per­for­mance, work en­gage­ment, oc­cu­pa­tional fa­tigue, daily anx­i­ety and qual­ity of life, but no no­table changes were found for job sat­is­fac­tion, cog­ni­tive func­tion or sick­ness ab­sence.

A high pro­por­tion of par­tic­i­pants in both groups re­ported ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems in the pre­vi­ous 12 months, but, by the end of the study, the odds of re­port­ing prob­lems were less in the in­ter­ven­tion group.

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