Sitting and Standing

We spend approximately 55,000 hours of our professional lives in a sitting position. This has several consequences, such as strain, back and neck pain, reduced performance, fatigue, and lack of concentration and motivation. The causes of such problems are frequently a lack of movement and sitting for long periods of time. And this is also often accompanied by inadequate work organisation and ergonomic deficits at the workplace.

Office and screen work performed while sitting cause severe stress to the musculoskeletal system, in particular to the neck, back and shoulders. At 10%, back problems are the number one cause of illness, resulting in the longest-term inability to work with an average duration of 22 days.

Sitting. Standing. Walking. Life is movement.

Physical problems with the musculoskeletal system can often be prevented by encouraging movement in the office. Scientific studies have shown that switching between sitting, standing and moving shorten sitting phases and activate the body and mind. The sit-stand dynamic relieves the back, trains the musculature, improves breathing, benefits the heart, circulation and digestion and leads to a better overall feeling of well-being.

To end the daily marathon of sitting, industrial scientists prescribe the sit-stand dynamic. A worktable that allows employees to work while sitting and standing is ideal. The more often employees change their working posture and their location, the healthier they will be. For example, for an informal conversation, for meetings and presentations in modern zones such as We-Places or lounge zones. Sit a bit, stand up, move around. That’s how the body stays in motion and he thoughts continue to flow.

Back stress

Back stress
Sitting with a hunched back doubles the burden on the vertebral disks compared to standing up. Bearing that in mind, it is even more surprising that much more work is not performed while standing.

Advantages of sit-stand workplaces

  • 90% of users claimed a general increase in performance
  • 63.5% of users of sit-stand workplaces have less back and neck pain
  • Reduced fatigue while working
  • Better ability to focus
  • Movement encourages productivity and creativity
  • Time savings: Telephoning while standing, for example, becomes briefer (friendlier, more to the point)
  • Reduced costs attributed to illness
  • Reduction in recovery times
  • Long-term cost savings

How can a Sit-Stand Dynamic be achieved?

  • Behavioural training and explanation to employees so that every opportunity to change posture is exploited
  • Create technical prerequisites, set up sit-stand workplaces
  • Modify work processes in favour of more movement: i. e., telephone while standing, have discussions while standing, change locations
  • Establish zones and areas for communication
  • The standing workplace should encourage use and be easily usable
  • Standing areas must be established at appropriate locations