Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

12. Stand at Your Computer

Alan Hedge, Design and Environmental Analysis, found in a study that four out of five workers prefer to stand at their computers for part of the day. Workstations in the study were equipped with electrically adjustable tables. People with the computer stations stood about 20 percent of the day. They suffered from significantly less musculoskeletal upper-body discomfort and less afternoon discomfort and had significantly more productivity. Hedge conducted the study of 33 intensive computer users at a high-technology facility on the West Coast and an insurance company in the Midwest. An electrical height-adjustable work surface (EHAW) can be beneficial to people with back injuries or anyone who wishes to work in a variety of physical positions.

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