All the experts agree that only sitting or only standing while you work is purely disadvantageous. However, they are enthusiastic about a combination of both. But a condition is that the furniture must be suitable for both sitting and standing while working and that employees be trained in the appropriate way to stand while working.
Here are some reasons why it is good for you to alternate between sitting/standing while you work:
- Improves concentration
Appropriate variation between sitting and standing while you work ensures better blood circulation throughout your whole body, including your brain, which gets more oxygen. Your brain thus has the opportunity to function optimally, this translates into an improved level of concentration, amongst others.
- Increases creativity
By alternating between a sitting and a standing position (preferably even taking a walk), the brain is able to generate 2.5 times new ideas. If you want to have a creative brainstorming session, ensure sufficient variation between sitting and standing, or better still: take a short walk.
- Standing gives you more energy
you are less likely to be overwhelmed by a feeling of sleepiness. This effect is more noticeable during the afternoon and has a negative effect on your performance at work. In addition, people speak differently when they stand. For example, in a standing position, call centre staff can move their whole body and thus manage their emotions and difficult telephone conversations more easily.