Questions such as – “Can sitting too long negatively affect the productivity, morale and well-being of employees?” and “Can standing up more make a positive impact in the workplace?” – were a key part of their Navy Yard facility experiment.
GlaxoSmithKline is observing the benefits experienced by employees working in their new Navy Yard facility equipped with adjustable height desks. This move is part of a growing trend in the business world where employers look for ways to improve office conditions, and combat sitting disease.
This article by Andrew Seidman on Philly.com takes a look into the ways GSK is trying to renovate their employee experience. It features input by Marc Hamilton, Ph.D, a leading researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the founder of the inactivity physiology field.
You may find these points regarding adjustable height desks of particular interest:
- “Hamilton’s studies have shown that prolonged inactivity can shut down genes that control cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots and inflammation. What makes those findings even more alarming is that regular exercise is not an antidote.”
- “In July, one of Hamilton’s colleagues at Pennington conducted a meta-analysis of underlying studies of nearly 167,000 people, which found that sitting for less than three hours a day could increase life expectancy by two years.”
- “Ron Joines, vice president and medical director in the company’s environmental health and safety group, said he gets to work early to snag one of the standing desks because they fill up faster than any others. A physician, Joines cited studies that showed the perils of sitting and noted people can burn 150 to 200 calories a day by standing at work.”
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