Stand Up for Yourself

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Are Standing Desks Beneficial to Your Health?

It seems that the jury is still out on this one.

Preliminary research suggested that the use of standing desks reduced the risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and lowered long-term mortality risk. Experts recommended alternating between standing and sitting, citing that standing for long periods of time can lead to back, knee or foot problems.

Suddenly, “sitting was the new smoking” and many companies began the transition from traditional desks to standing desks or sit-stand desks.

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A recent meta-analysis* of the 20 best-designed studies showed that there was little evidence to support the claims that standing desks have the health benefits cited by earlier studies; however, if you currently use a standing/sit-stand desk, fear not, as you might still be reaping benefits including increased cognitive performance and higher productivity levels – up to 45% higher in some cases. (Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, 2016).

And then there is this…We’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Link to the Productivity Study: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/km4nB428SqEGEqw7Bwjz/full

*NPR.org

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The “Cult of Busy” – Adapting to the 24/7 Workplace

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Functioning in a Work-First Culture

Erin Reid coined the term “cult of busy” to describe the way our workforce has become: jobs come first in the hierarchy and constant availability is the expectation. With the increased ability to always have your work at your fingertips (e.g. email linked to your phone), the assumption of 24/7 accessibility has only intensified – and continues to do so.

Working all the time should lead to more productivity, right? Wrong-o. Harvard Business Review and The New York Times have shared studies and stories of the problems that arise from constant work – employees crying and passing out from exhaustion, high turnover rates, and lack of diversity among your workforce being among them.

So how are we coping with this ever-growing demand for the 24/7 workplace? Quite disfunctionally, as discussed by Huff Post writer Emily Peck. She talks about three ways we are “adapting” to the work-all-the-time demand.

1. Accepting
Just give in and work all the time. Give up the deep relationships, community engagement, and physical well-being for the job. Just keep plugging away until you reach the burnout stage.

2. Passing
The “fake it” strategy for coping. Technology makes it easy to be working wherever you are…and equally as easy to fake that you are working wherever you are. Talk about a large window for rampant disengagement.

3. Revealing
Some people actually ask for flex time and limits. However, this is often met with penalties and/or disappointment for not always putting work first. “Are you going to be a professional or are you going to be just an average person in your field?”

So now that we are aware that this is the culture we are currently working in, what do we do about it? Emily mentions that the only solution is through collective action – banding together to try and make collective movements toward recognizing the “always on” moments, finding bosses and co-workers that don’t work weekends, and stopping the scheduling of meetings at 5 p.m.

Read more about the effects of the 24/7 workplace: 3 Dysfunctional Ways We’ve Adapted To The Hell Of The 24/7 Workplace

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