Workplace wellness

Sitting is hurting your bottom line

Sitting is bad for human beings and the statistics are horrifying

How many hours do a day your employees find themselves sitting? Before you consider the answer, you need to take into account the amount of time your team members spend commuting, eating meals, and working in the office at a desk.

Even if an employee is fit and active in their life outside of work, studies have found that their fitness level does not counter how the sedentary nature of a desk job can seriously affect their health.

The study by the American Cancer Society provides strong evidence that prolonged sitting is bad for human beings. The horrifying statistics link long bouts of sitting to increased risk of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, cancer.

Technology has made us sedentary

Technology has made us sedentary, so it’s ironic the likes of Google, Facebook and companies in Silicon Valley are leading the revolution. In a way that is literally saving the lives of their employees, these companies are intent on finding the best solutions for the issue.

According to a study by the American Cancer Society, women who sit over 6 hours a day were 94% more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat less than 3 hours a day. Inactive men were 48% more likely to die than their standing counterparts.*

Workspace furniture choices for improved health and productivity outcomes

By offering employees a sit-to-stand desk, to adjust as they desire, companies in the study had a measurable impact on their employee productivity, sales, creativity, energy levels, mood and ability to concentrate.

Not only that, standing had positive effects on overall health, sense of well-being and quality of life of staff – leading to less sick days and health-care costs.

An adjustable desk can ease employees into standing for longer periods; it can also help to cater for their differing heights and ergonomic requirements.

There is no need for team members to sit at meetings. Choose a leaner for your meeting space instead and give team members the option to sit on stools or stand.

Encourage your team members to adopt healthy work-styles

It is time to stand up for workplace wellness. Here are a few ways to encourage your team members to stand more and sit less:

  • Modify your own behaviours as an example
  • Adjust chair backs to 135° for less back strain when sitting
  • Encourage employees to stand while talking on the phone, take breaks, use the stairs
  • Provide drinking water so employees stay hydrated and also take more bathroom breaks
  • Provide team members with the option to use height-adjustable sit-to-stand desk, such as the Accent Duo Electric-desk
  • Incorporate leaners into your meeting spaces, to better enable standup meetings and scrums

Your workspace furniture can help your team members to adopt healthier work-styles. Change the furniture and you can change the behaviour.

See the Accent Oslo Bar-leaner and other leaner options in the Accent range of workspace furniture.


*2010 American Cancer Society Study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology 1993-2006

Accent Mascot Storage-leaner with open shelving
Accent Mascot Storage-leaner with open shelving
Accent Oslo Bar-leaner (white top)
Accent Oslo Bar-leaner (white top) - ideal for stand-up meetings

Ronnie Holt

Ronnie Holt often jokes that he probably has office furniture in his DNA. His father, Chris, founded Accent Group NZ Ltd and Ronnie started work with the company straight from school, learning the business from the ground up. Now, as the Operations Director, Ronnie manages and develops the capabilities of Accent to deliver on the brand promise. He regularly travels the world to monitor the latest international trends in workspace design and furniture, generating even deeper insights on contemporary work-styles. And Ronnie will happily share those insights with others who care about and want to create positive workspaces.

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