When asking furniture buyers about who has access to sit-stand workstations, only 12% of respondents said that everyone has access to one, while over half of respondents said those who request or need one for medical reasons have access (Zerguine et al. 2022).
Why might only 12% of organizations give everyone access to a sit-stand workstation?
Many respondents said that a reason for not investing in sit-stand workstations was the financial implications it would impose. Another reason for not investing was that it was not a priority for the organization (Zerguine et al. 2022).
In another study conducted by Zerguine et al. (2021), the barriers and benefits of sit-stand workstations from the perspective of furniture buyers was examined. Some potential barriers found were:
Some benefits found were:
Chau et al. (2014) examined the worker’s perspectives on sit-stand workstations. Some barriers were:
Some benefits to using sit-stand workstations from a workers’ perspective were:
If you are thinking about using in a sit-stand workstation, CRE-MSD (2020), suggests
Although we want to decrease our sedentary behaviour it is important to note that we should not be strictly standing at the workstation, there needs to be a balance of both sitting and standing. CRE-MSD (2020) states that you should aim for a 1:1 ratio of standing and sitting.
As well, more research needs to be done on sit-stand workstations and the benefits they have.
Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD). (2020). Sit-Stand Workstations: Change it Up! Msdprevention.com. https://www.msdprevention.com/resource-library/view/msd-quick-start-guide--office-sit-stand-workstations.htm
Chau, J.Y., Daley, M., Srinivasan, A., Dunn, S., Bauman, A.E., & Van der Ploeg, H.P. (2014). Desk-based workers’ perspectives on using sit-stand workstations: a qualitative analysis of the [email protected] study. BMC Public Health, 14, 752. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-752
Zerguine H., Johnston, V., Healy, G.N., Abbot, A., & Goode, A.D. (2021). Usage of sit-stand workstations: Benefits and barriers from decision maker’s perspective in Australia. Applied Ergonomics, 94. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103426
Zerguine H., Goode, A.D., Abbot, A., Johnston, V., & Healy, G.N. (2022). Factors impacting workplace investment in sit-stand workstations from the perspective of purchasing decision-makers. Applied Ergonomics, 98. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103558