10 August 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Sitting-standing desks are a cost-effective way for a business to improve the health of workers, according to research.
The study, Economic Evaluation of a Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Reduce Office Workers' Sitting Time: the 'Stand Up Victoria' Trial, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environment and Health, sought to examine the "economic credentials of a workplace-delivered intervention to reduce sitting time among" workers.
It found that initially providing standing desks had a net cost of about $344 per person but that this could be reduced by economies of scale with bulk order and sharing workstations.
The researchers performed a cost-efficacy analysis and long-term cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) and recruited 231 desk-based workers, aged 24-65 years, across 14 worksites of one organisation.
Last month, international research group Cochrane, "found no significant difference between the effects of standing desks and sit-stand desks on reducing sitting at work".
The studies evaluated physical workplace changes (16 studies), workplace policy changes (four studies), information and counselling (11 studies), and multi-component interventions (four studies).