A woman works at a standing desk at CBRE real estate firm in Denver, Colorado on April 27, 2016. (Photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)The pilot project last year installed 34 sit-stand desks for staff in the labour program at Employment and Social Development Canada, just to see if it made the work day easier and boosted productivity.
Some 'fashion sacrifices'The document also said workers, usually females, had to make some "fashion sacrifices" to manage in the new setup. That meant more pants being worn at work, and exchanged high heels for flat shoes.
No government-wide researchThe Canadian Press obtained a copy of the final report on the project under the Access to Information Act. Department have the ability to assign a standing desk to anyone who asks, but newly crafted federal office standards don't explain how departments and agencies are to make that call. The standards, known as Workplace 2.0, focus on the size and requirements of cubicles and desks, said Pierre-Alain Bujold, a spokesman for Public Services and Procurement Canada, which is in charge of purchasing desks. Bujold said the department hasn't done any government-wide research on the use of standing desks. A variety of recent research suggests sitting too much at work could increase the risk of heart disease and obesity. A review of 20 studies on the effects of sit-stand desks, published in March in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, found they "did not have a considerable effect on work performance," or the health of workers.
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