The Primal Office

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I like this New York Times article, “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics.” The world of stand-up furniture is very cutting-edge stuff … or is it?

But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, office workers, like clerks, accountants and managers, mostly stood. Sitting was slacking. And if you stand at work today, you join a distinguished lineage — Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Vladimir Nabokov and, according to a recent profile in The New York Times, Philip Roth.

I can’t think of anything more uncomfortable than sitting all day. At work, I got clearance to have a stand-up setup in my office, but that’s only because I had a hip surgery and therefore a medical reason. But one of our buildings on campus has a beautiful common area at the front of the building with numerous stand-up tables, tables with special “core balancing” chairs, as well as treadmill work stations. I have yet to master the ability to do sprint intervals while doing email.

7:39 pm on December 3, 2012