SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Business

March 13, 2013

On your feet!

Employees who stand while working say they have more energy

Two months ago, Topsfield resident Dan White bought a $20 work stand for his laptop, propped it on his desk and became part of a growing trend.

Now he stands at work instead of sitting.

White, the director of development at Gordon College in Wenham, is one of about 10 workers there who have adapted their desks so they can work standing up. Some stand at laptops propped on a wooden box; others have desks or lecterns tall enough to do the trick. The college’s director of budget and financial planning has two screens, mounted on what looks like the robotic arm of the space shuttle, clamped firmly to his desk.

None of the modifications required the college to buy expensive, ergonomic desks designed for standing. The modifications were made by the employees themselves.

White bought his work stand online. He uses a stool sometimes but estimates that he stands 80 percent of the time.

Rather than feel fatigued, he said, he feels like he has more energy, and his chronic lower back pain is mostly gone.

Does standing at his desk make him more productive?

“Yes, it does, and I’ll tell you why. It makes me more energetic, it really does,” White said. “Just standing, everything is more flowing.”

While studies may show that inactivity is bad for you, the jury is out as to whether standing on the job is the way to go for office professionals, who normally sit hunched at computers screens all day.

Cyndi McMahon, a spokeswoman for the college, said researchers in the kinesiology department, who study human movement, don’t think there is enough evidence to say standing up at work is better or worse for you.

“When standing, the body tends to be less static due to natural sway,” the department’s faculty wrote in a statement. “This is probably helpful for circulation and burning minimal calories as you engage your musculature. If standing while working, it is important to maintain a good upright posture, not lock the knees, and wear proper footwear.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business

AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best AP Review: Amazon Fire Adds Spark to Smartphones All Aboard! LIRR Strike Averted Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Time Warner Rejects Murdoch's Takeover Bid Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Cupcake Shop Crumbs Shuttering All Its Stores San Francisco Prepares for Soda Battle Dow Breaks Record 17,000 GM Crash Compensation Could Top $1 Billion GM Won't Limit Crash Compensation Funds
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Comments Trcker