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Monday is only a few hours away and the dreaded work stress is about to start piling for many.

This is a major source of worry for individuals given that the things they’ve tried in the past may not have given the right result.

With a new research conducted at Texas A&M Health Science Centre School of Public Health, U.S.A, a simple solution has been suggested.

Results of the research indicate that standing at work may enhance productivity among workers.

Researchers examined the productivity differences between two groups of call centre employees over the course of six months and found that those with stand-capable workstations – -those in which the worker could raise or lower the desk to stand or sit as they wished throughout the day- were about 46 per cent more productive than those with traditional, seated desk configurations.

Productivity was measured by how many successful calls workers completed per hour at work.

Based on work related to this study in a previous publication, workers in stand-capable desks sat for about 1.6 hours less per day than the seated desk workers.

The study was published in the journal IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.

“We hope this work will show companies that although there might be some costs involved in providing stand-capable workstations, increased employee productivity over time will more than offset these initial expenses,” said Mark Benden.

Benden is associate professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, director of the Texas A&M Ergonomics Center and member of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems, and one of the authors of the study.

“We believe that decrease in body discomfort may account for some of the productivity differences between the two groups.

“However, standing desks may have an impact on cognitive performance, which is the focus of some of our research going forward.

“This research is a breakthrough in measuring productivity impacts of office workers, as this population of call center workers was directly tied to very objective data on their productivity.

“Now that we have this type of finding, we will search for more creative ways to find objective productivity measures for other types of office workers in both traditional seated environments and the newer stand-capable environments,” Benden added.

In as much as a standing desk may attract an additional financial burden in some workplaces, it is advisable that employees introduce the act of standing up to stretch the legs after every one hour of siting at work.

 

Source: Texas A&M University

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Author: Dotun Obatuyi

My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.