Occupational Health Sciences prioritized the installation of sit-stand work stations for our employees this past year. And as organizations have learned, we had to plan ahead to budget for this process.
Arranging standing options for desk-bound work was an important priority for our overall health and safety – we have closely followed and in some cases added to the research demonstrating the importance of standing and moving during the work day.
Here’s some of what we learned:
- If funds are limited, prioritize allocation of work stations by total amount of time seated during the day, and personal interest, or develop a rotation plan.
- Install one or more sit-stand devices in communal areas to give staff an opportunity to test out if this is a good option for them, and to assist with selection of different options.
- Emphasize best practices for use – most people are best served by a combination of sitting and standing throughout the day: It is generally best to alternate standing and sitting. So, the stations should be easy to raise or lower.
- Encourage movement throughout the day. Download our tip sheet: Solutions to Get People Moving.
What’s happening in your workplace?
Sedentary, Stationary and Physically Demanding Work – (symposium recorded on 6/14, available to view at no cost)
Total Worker Health and Wellness Topic – OccHealthSci online library