Most of us have a sedentary job that forces us to sit most of the day. A study from Australia’s VicHealth suggests that employers should proactively encourage workers to stand more at work.
“This isn’t just about standing up,” warned David Dunstan, an associate professor at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute. “It’s about being encouraging to move around more frequently, and not having everyone just sit around all day. We need to have more activity in the workplace.”
Read on for five ways managers can help employees stand more at work.
1. Enable face-to-face chats rather than instant messages or email. The simple act of getting up and walking over to a colleague’s desk to chat is not only more efficient than digital forms of communication, but it gives employees a brief bit of downtime, which could spark creativity.