Experience of switching from a traditional sitting workstation to a sit-stand workstation in sedentary office workers

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Abstract

Prolonged sedentary time (ST) is associated with adverse health outcomes, while decreasing ST improves health outcomes. The use of sit-stand desks (SSDs) in workplaces has been proposed as a means of reducing ST. The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge about participants' experience and perceptions of a workplace intervention involving the introduction of SSDs. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 28 study participants who used SSDs for 4 weeks. Data were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Participants reported a high level of satisfaction with the SSDs and 96% chose to use them permanently. Participants experienced greater energy and alertness at work and reported increased face-to-face interaction with coworkers. Lack of work-surface space was the most significant problem with the use of SSDs. There was no perception of decreased productivity or reduced workplace privacy among participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalWork
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 19 2015

Keywords

  • Focus group
  • Sedentary time
  • Work place intervention individual interview

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