UBC Undergraduate Research

Time to get up : the hidden benefits of standing desks Cournoyer, Annabelle; Tan, Anne; Li, Crystal; Zhang, Jessica; Lai, Zachary


To improve work experience for UBC staff, we are interested in the benefits the usage of sit-standing desks can bring in terms of productivity, comfort and health level. The study uses a survey to measure self-reported comfort, productivity, and health of participants. The result of the survey suggested that people who have used sit-standing desks in the last three months have a higher level of comfort level compared to those who have not, but no difference was found for health and productivity. For participants in the sitting desk group, we would like to address the question of whether they will use sit-standing desks if made available. The results suggest that participants are more willing to use sit-standing desks if they are available in their office instead of shared areas. The study suggests that sit-standing desks benefit the comfort of UBC employees, that the main reason for not using one concerns convenience factors associated with shared access, and that an overwhelming majority of those who do not have access to one would like to. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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