This narrative was essential in establishing sit-stand workstations as a key solution to the problem, but it is noticeable that the debate has moved on. As it did with ergonomic seating and correlated the more general focus on wellbeing and its focus on doing good for people rather than merely doing no harm.
More recent academic research such as a new study published in the Journal Psychological Science carried out by researchers at Ariel University and Tel Aviv University suggests that standing to work may improve cognitive performance as well as physical wellbeing. The study found that the mild stress associated with the effort of standing up improved the ability of participants to cope with mental tasks.
The results are based on the idea that, because our brains are engaged in the process of controlling and monitoring our posture, the mental processes involved are more complex when we are standing than while sitting, which means that our brains are intuitively more aligned with multi-tasking. The test results suggest a significant correlation between posture and cognitive performance.
Similarly, this piece published recently in the Harvard Medical School blog focuses on the benefits of sit-stand workstations rather than merely the problems they can help to address.
This marks a step-change in the way we talk about ergonomics and wellbeing in the workplace generally and about sit-stand workstations in particular. The breakthrough may have come about because of a headline-grabbing slogan that summed up the issue of sedentary work, but the debate has evolved now into one that focuses primarily on the good they do.