Standing Desks Could Be Key in Boosting Adult Productivity

June 3, 2016

2:34 pm

When it comes to figuring out a surefire way to increase productivity in adults, the results can be tricky to navigate, depending heavily on the research. Whether it includes diving into research backed by science or customer testimony, research can provide a necessary backdrop to giving consumers a good balance in finding what steps are available to them in order to boost their own productivity. But new research is showing that standing desks could play an important role in doing just that (and that they’re not just dumb things).

Research conducted by Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates that standing desks not only provide significant health benefits – they also help increase work productivity. Two groups of call center employees were tested over a six-month period to compare rates of individual productivity. The results showed 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 percent more productive than those with traditional, seated desk configurations”, as a Science Bulletin article writes.

The findings between the two groups showcased a particular pattern between productivity and work habits amongst employees. Gregory Garrett, M.A., a public health doctoral student and a lead author of the study said that “decreases 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”.

While standing desks are known for their health benefits for users (which could include: burning more calories per static action, fighting obesity, and increasing user cognizance during assignments and task managing), this research could significantly impact how consumers and businesses regard the significant of standing desks.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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