Joe Attard has used a standing desk for about three years now and is a keen advocate for the health benefits of standing tall at work.
As a WorkSafe WA director looking after manufacturing, transport and service industries, he logs a lot of computer time and his back has suffered.
"Initially, I was sitting down at work but I remember I had a really busy period and had to spend about three straight days sitting at my computer and my back became very sore," he said.
"I had a history of back problems and found that standing helped so I thought I'd try working while standing and improvised at first by propping things up on my desk with telephone books."
Mr Attard then decided to get a bit more serious in his investigation and what he ultimately found was a whole lot of research and evidence into the health benefits of standing while working.
"I thought 'Wow, this could work for my back and my health in general'," he recalled, and went on to purchase a new standing desk.
Mr Attard spends about 70 per cent of his working day at his standing desk which has a raised section spanning about a metre for his computer and a larger, lower section for the rest of his office gear.
He does all his computer work while standing, is almost always upright while on the telephone and tends to sit only when writing.
"I read somewhere that you shouldn't maintain a static posture for too long so I tend to move around at the desk, lifting my feet or moving from one foot to another," he explained.
"If I can, I'll walk over to see someone in the office instead of sending an email or calling and I think generally that my health has improved.
"I know that many people who come to work in an office, particularly those coming from a less sedentary job, often put on a bit of weight over the years but I haven't had that problem."
Mr Attard believes that his work desk has actually strengthened his back and apart from the cost of the desk, the only extra expense has been an investment in shoes with good cushioning. Another colleague, who also suffers back problems, also uses a standing desk for about half his working day.
Mr Attard said that while the novelty of his standing desk had long since died off among most colleagues, his interest had been piqued recently by new versions of the standing desk with additions of a treadmill or stationary cycle.He wasn't quite sure exactly what his workmates would make of one of those.
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