Stand up to work
Seated workers are being encouraged to stand up more to improve their health but many quickly find that standing for long periods of time is uncomfortable unless they use specialist products, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.
Several recently launched campaigns, from action group Get Britain Standing and the British Heart Foundation, are actively encouraging UK workers to spend more time on their feet. The organisations surveyed 2,000 office workers and revealed that 45% of women and 37% of men spend less than 30 minutes a day standing at work. In total, 80% of workers fear they spend too much time at their desk.
Slingsby supplies more than 35,000 low priced workplace products across all industries including a wide range of products to ensure workers remain comfortable and injury free at work.
Lee Wright, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Slingsby, says: “This problem isn’t just confined to office workers. Employees across all industries spend too much time sitting down and increase their chances of a wide range of serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes and back problems. It definitely makes sense for people to move around as much as possible during the working day and growing numbers of office staff and seated workers are now adopting standing work positions.
“Recommendations suggest that workers should aim to stand for at least two hours each day which they can increase once they’re used to it. Some countries are already embracing this and in Scandinavia it’s estimated that 80% of office workers now have adjustable desks which means they can choose whether to sit or stand and change positions throughout the day.”
Lee continues: “Standing up is a natural human posture but anyone stood in the same position for a long time will soon find it uncomfortable due to the strain it can have on the feet, legs, lower back, neck and shoulders. Ideally, workers should be able to adopt a variety of positions during the day that includes a combination of sitting and standing.
“It’s also important that workers standing up think about their surroundings and conditions. Standing on a soft floor surface is far more preferable than a very hard floor, such as a concrete or metal surface, and changing footwear or using anti-fatigue matting and specialist stools can often make life much more comfortable for workers that are standing up for long periods.”