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Sit or Stand? Experimental Research Findings on Sit-Stand Desks

By Madison Hanscom, PhD

An interesting study was published recently in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology exploring the effects of standing desks. Employees who worked in sedentary jobs were randomly assigned to a control group (no change in their usual behavior) or an intervention group (were provided with adjustable sit-stand desks and instructions on how to use them).

Do Sit-Stand Desks Work?

After 6 months of using the sit-stand desk, the intervention group reported significantly fewer musculoskeletal problems in the neck, the back, and the shoulders than the control group. They also reported significantly less psychological tension, less mental tiredness, and more energy/vitality than the control group.

Whether you’re working from home or in an office, it could be beneficial to integrate a standing work session (less than 20-30 minutes per session is recommended by the researchers) into your workday. Start with shorter sessions if you are new to standing and working.

At Propulo Consulting, we care about the health and wellbeing of all workers. We partner with you to improve the world of work using the latest insights from research. Our team has the expertise to help your business build a safer and healthier culture.


Konradt, U., Heblich, F., Krys, S., Garbers, Y., & Otte, K. P. (2019). Beneficial, adverse, and spiraling health-promotion effects: Evidence from a longitudinal randomized controlled trial of working at sit–stand desks. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.


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