UBC Undergraduate Research

Standing Desk Wellbeing Analysis : Investigating Whether Standing Desks Can Affect Our Overall Well-Being Loa, Aleah; Nesbit, Russell; Pretorius, Ilze; Zhang, Yiwu


Many individuals develop severe mechanical back problems via the development of musculoskeletal problems from sitting at a desk. University of British Columbia (UBC) has approximately 14,000 employees, and an overwhelming majority of these people are staff and faculty members. It is a common assumption that those who experience chronic pain tend to be less productive as its effects can transcend into cognitive interference. As proposed by exercise sport science experts from the University of Queensland, “even when adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods can compromise metabolic health” (Owen, Healy, Matthews & Dunstan, 2010). Considering the above, in conjunction with the UBC SEEDS Program, we explore the outcomes of both perceived productivity and health status amongst staff and faculty members. Currently, there are two locations on the UBC Vancouver campus that provide standing desks for staff and faculty; thus, we investigate our variables of interest via a within-subjects correlational design study in coordination with the UBC Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability and the UBC First Nations House of Learning. 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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