Research Design Connection: Opportunities to Stand: Implications

In an actual workplace, Garland and colleagues studied the physical and mental consequences of using adjustable workstations. The team report that ‚ÄúAdjustable workstations (AWS) promote health by allowing transitions between sitting and standing‚ĶEmployees were randomly selected from one office floor to receive AWS, two identical floors maintained TD [traditional desks]. Participants [all] received workplace wellness and ergonomic training‚ĶCompared to TD‚Ķparticipants with AWS‚Ķ[self] reported significantly less sedentary behavior‚Ķafter AWS installation‚Ķ47 percent of participants with AWS reported decline in upper back, shoulder, and neck discomfort‚Ķ65 percent [of AWS participants] reported increased productivity‚ĶIndividuals with normal or underweight body mass index (BMI) reported a significantly greater decline in percent of time sitting compared to participants with overweight or obese BMI.‚ÄĚ Elizabeth Garland, Abigail Watts, John Doucette, Mary Foley, Aralia Senerat, and Sadie Sanchez. 2018. ‚ÄúStand Up to Work: Assessing the Health Impact of Adjustable Workstations.‚ÄĚ International Journal of Workplace Health Management, vol. 11, no. …