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Changing the workplace

Date: 15 Apr 2014

Could offices change from sitting to standing?

 

Man stands at workstation
 

A number of studies have suggested that constantly sitting at work is bad for you. So could workplaces be rejigged around standing up?

Medical research has been building up for a while now, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health - potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes.

We can't simply fix it by heading for the gym.

This has big implications not just for homes - usually blamed for "couch potato" lifestyles - but for sedentary workplaces too, especially the modern office.

But when it comes to the average office, reducing sitting is a huge challenge. It means rethinking architecture, spending a lot of money, changing the office routine. Adjustable sit-stand desks can cost many hundreds of pounds.

 

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You are what you eat

Employees who have a healthy approach to nutrition are more satisified in their job and are less likely to suffer from stress. (Occupational Health, Dec 2013 - Full article available).

Small Changes.....encourage employees to eat lunch away from their desks.

Casestudy

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the work of the Health Promotion Service and the framework in place for the Workplace Health Award, which has significantly changed the focus and the culture of our Company, especially in relation to attitudes toward health and wellbeing and the concept of a healthy workplace being embedded as the norm”

HR Manager for Proper Cornish and Furniss and Head of Health & Wellbeing Initiative

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