Berlin - Dynamic workstations that combine desk work with walking or cycling have been shown to have health-promoting effect without significantly impairing work performance. This was the result of one of the (IFA).
As part of the study, two dynamic workplaces (treadmill and exercise bike) with two intensities each with conventional sitting and one standing workplaces were compared on the basis of five standardized office activities. The result: physical activity, heart rate and energy expenditure at the new dynamic workstations increased significantly. "Depending on the type and intensity of movement, the energy expenditure increases by up to 100 percent", the IFA deputy director referred to the study results.
Although the work result did not deteriorate due to the activating measures, the dynamic workplaces met with only moderate enthusiasm among users. Only three of the twelve test persons would use corresponding workstation in their everyday office life.
The main reasons for the negative attitude were above all the unergonomic design and the potential risk of distraction. "Even if the dynamic workstations still have to be improved, we can already say today: In principle, they can make contribution to promoting the health of employees," stressed Ellegast.