The Standing Initiative 2017-10-15T09:15:49+00:00

THE STANDING INITIATIVE:

Building a Community By Showcasing An Active Work Life

Your place to learn from others who have taken a stand against sitting at work!

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Name: Sara Bollman

Job Title: Director of Training

Main Work Duties:

Clinical caseload supervision and management of our training operations.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I have more energy and am able to talk while also engaging in more movement which is a big part of my job working with kids, relating to caregivers virtually, and presenting. It also encouraged a healthy separation between workstation and “play”station that I may not have designed so intentionally otherwise. I also really appreciate that I can alternate between sitting and standing whenever my body is needing a different position. I also like that when standing I am able to enjoy the all of the nature and neighborhood happenings from my window! When sitting, I was positioned below my window which compromised my view and my access to natural light!

How long have you had your current setup? 

Over 3 years

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

The first challenge was a matter of logistics and space. I had to enhance my workstation incrementally (e.g., added the monitor 2 years after getting the standing desk, added lighting since placement of the desk meant compromised lighting, frequently re-arranged to fit the space, etc.) so initially I felt like I couldn’t get my station in the optimal state (and I’d still like to enhance some aspects such as adding a second monitor). While it’s an overall very cost-effective set-up (and worth every penny), I had to consider the nature of my work when setting things up since not only am I at my computer 14+ hours per day, but I also use video conferencing equipment which required considerations for camera angling and lighting adjustments, etc.

Another challenge, quite honestly, was accepting that the standing desk – in my opinion – isn’t that aesthetically pleasing (unless you have the bank account to fund significant office renovations). It makes my home office feel (and look) cramped and cluttered. The health and quality of life benefits are unparalleled so I was able to get over the interior design challenges rather quickly.

A final and significant challenge was designing my workspace in such a way that I could separate “work” from “play” so-to-speak. Since I work exclusively from home, it is important for me to have some degree of separation between work and personal life. In my personal life, I enjoy coffee at my desk each morning with daily reading, journaling, etc. and weekend moments are sometimes spent crafting at my desk space. The standing desk (and all of the employment-related trappings that comprised my station) made it really difficult for me to transition to my other hobbies comfortably. I finally decided to separate my spaces entirely and added a 2nd desk space and a separate crafting space. This has been hugely enriching to my work-life balancing act!

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

Because I work remotely and late into the evening. I was finding that having limited workspace options and positions was taking a toll on my physical and mental health.

Date of Interview: 9/20/17

Name: Chad Kinney

Job Title: Co-Instructor

Main Work Duties:

Teach online, emails, etc…

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I’m not sitting too long

How long have you had your current setup? 

1 1/2 Years

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I needed a wireless mouse/keyboard.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

Nick Green personally brought the risks/benefits to my attention.

Date of Interview: 6/8/17

Name: Tim Courtney

Job Title: COO

Main Work Duties:

Reading, Writing, Talking, Data Analysis, Policy review, Leadership, System analysis

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

Increased frequency and duration of desk related activities.

How long have you had your current setup? 

1+ year

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

None, it was really easy. I noticed nothing negative in the transition. I am fairly active, so that may have helped with the transition.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

Definitely, read a lot about the benefits. I guess it was primarily rule governed behavior initially, like a lot of behavior. I’m glad that I did and plan to do the same at home for my office and DJ station.

Date of Interview: 6/8/17

Name: Byron Wine

Job Title: VP Operations

Main Work Duties:

Management of clinical and administrative services.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I used to pace quite a bit at work which interrupted my productivity. Standing has helped me remain focused throughout the day.

How long have you had your current setup? 

1 year

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

None.

Date of Interview: 7/25/17

Name: Gina Nicolini

Job Title: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Main Work Duties:

My job duties include direct consultation with trainers, and parents in the natural environment, tables, or in home. I also analyze data, write procedures, treatment plans, and notes. At times I need to quickly respond to assist behavior technicians.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

When I transitioned from the physically active role of behavior technician to the more sedentary role behavior analyst several years ago, I experienced weight gain and back problems. Chiropractic advice was that my glutes and core had become week from sitting all day. I was asking my body to go from hours sitting to lifting and running with poor results.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

Physically, I feel that I am much more inclined to be in a standing or active positions both in and out of work then previous work setups. My desk goes low enough that I can stretch, squat, or lunge if I am working on computer work for an extended period of time. The transition to and from desk work is quick and I feel my efficiency is high. I have influenced many friend and colleagues to adapt the standing work lifestyle.

How long have you had your current setup? 

2 years -previously I used boxes and books to create mobile work stations

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

My work station (adjustable standing desk) has a smaller work surface than a typical desk. This requires me to keep an extremely organized and efficient filing system. There is definitely a social piece in some contexts. When participating in training or meetings, I need to position myself in the back of the room to minimize disruption.

Date of Interview: 6/9/17

Name: Lynn Musselman

Job Title: Research Coordinator III

Main Work Duties:

My primary responsibilities include oversight of the medical record review processes and compliance auditing for three Florida contracts related to the quality review of children’s healthcare programs.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I have always wanted to have the option to stand at work but have not always had a work environment that supported that option. When I recently transitioned into a new position, I learned that many staff at my new office use sit-to-stand workstations and that my new desk would accommodate one. I purchased my current unit after it was recommended by a coworker who has the same one.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I feel more productive and focused when standing to do my work. I also feel less guilty during my hour-long commute to and from work knowing that I no longer spend the entire workday sitting as well.

How long have you had your current setup? 

Since February 6, 2017

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I have always preferred to stand rather than sit, so I have found that I rarely ever lower my workstation. Since I know it is not good to stand all day either, I have to remind myself to sit some, too. Shortly after setting up my standing desk, I was awakened from sleep at night on several occasions with cramps in my calf muscles. I have since determined that it may be due to standing for long periods on a very hard surface (little or no padding under the carpet). I intend to purchase a cushioned mat to help alleviate the problem, but in the interim, I began alternately placing my feet up on a short stool under my desk, which seems to have prevented the calf cramps from recurring.

Date of Interview: 4/13/17

Name: Triton Ong

Job Title: Graduate Researcher

Main Work Duties:

Lots of stuff that requires I stay risky still while staring at a computer screen. Most of my work involves reading, writing, emailing, and meetings.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

The biggest draw was comfort while working. Sitting for long periods of time didn’t feel good and made it somewhat rough to start moving in the first place. I began to notice myself delaying tasks because “I’m already situated” and it weirded me out. The transition between standing and walking is so much more subtle that I don’t notice the difference anymore.

It was also an issue of space. Our offices are remarkably small so there was always a need to maximize usable space. Vertical was the way to go.

I’m not sure if my standing setup has been significantly improving my physical health but I now enjoy the standing position and don’t imagine going back to a sitting desk.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

My current setup forces me into better posture but the biggest benefit I get from this setup is better organization. My setup has basically doubled my work area and lets me easily see and access what I need on a daily basis instead of shoving stuff into a drawer.

How long have you had your current setup? 

1 1/2 Years

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I think the biggest challenge was finally deciding to set up a standing desk. I had wanted to do it for a while but there were always other things that needed to be done and it was easy to keep pushing the idea down my to-do list.

Once the motivation was finally there (thanks, Nick!), thinking of and finding the materials to assemble a standing desk was the other big challenge. I needed items of just the right height, width, depth, and durability to stack onto my existing desk. Thankfully, old milk crates and scrap materials from the campus surplus store are plentiful and free.

I was definitely aware I was standing at first but I think it only took one or two days to get used to it. Comfy shoes helped a lot but everyone should be wearing comfy shoes in general.

Date of Interview: 1/12/17

Name: Juliet Starret

Job Title: CEO

Main Work Duties:

I am responsible for the overall success of San Francisco Crossfit and MobilityWOD Inc. I make corporate decisions, manage the resources and operations, and make the day-to-day management decisions surrounding the two companies.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I wanted to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle since most of my work is computer-based. I didn’t want to be a sedentary person!

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I feel better, more awake and alert when I stand. I also feel better prepared for all my athletic endeavors.  I have noticed my mobility and stamina are better as well.

How long have you had your current setup? 

5 Years

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

You must take it slow! I started standing just an hour, then added on more hours until I could comfortably stand and move all day.

Date of Interview: 3/22/17

Name: Julie Slowiak, PhD, BCBA, Pn1

Job Title: Associate Professor of Psychology, Health Behavior & Performance Coach, Management Consultant

Main Work Duties:

As a college professor, I teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses related to the topics of learning and behavior, applied behavior analysis, organizational systems analysis, and training and development (2-3 courses/semester). I also conduct my own research and supervise undergraduate and graduate student research projects. My current research interests are directed toward the area of workplace health and wellness interventions, blending my ABA/OBM training with topics studied in the fields of occupational health psychology and I/O psychology. In general, I am interested in health promotion, healthy behavior change, behavior-based coaching, and contingency management. I plan to use findings of my research in these areas to help inform the development of effective organizational wellness programs that have a positive impact on employees’ personal and professional health and the overall health of organizations. Beyond teaching and research, I also provide service to the University, the local community, and my professional field.

As a coach and consultant, I provide personal and professional coaching and consulting services with a focus on healthy behavior change and performance management.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I was looking for a way to reduce the amount of time I sat throughout the day; however, I wanted to remain productive. An acquaintance told me about the SurfShelf treadmill attachment, so I ordered it and was immediately hooked. Being able to be active while also completing work tasks is a win-win for my psychological and physical health! As I continued to use my personal walking workstation at home, I jumped at the opportunity to get a standing workstation at work when it came available, and I also began to think about how to incorporate this into my academic research. For nearly the past 3 years, myself and my students have been evaluating strategic methods to increase movement in the workplace that enhance wellbeing without hindering productivity.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I have found that my standing and moving workstations have reduced my chronic lower back pain. In addition, I feel both improve my overall alertness and energy throughout the day. I have a hard time sitting still for any length of time, so these options alleviate the fidgety behavior I used to engage in while trying to stay on task in the past.

How long have you had your current setup? 

I’ve been using my home set-up for 6 years; I acquired a standing workstation at work 2 years ago, and my research lab was recently upgraded with sit-to-stand workstations and a Treadmill Desk this past Fall.

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

When I first starting using the SurfShelf (purchased on Amazon) on my home treadmill, I found that it took some time to figure out the best speed at which to perform various tasks. For example, I found that I can walk at a faster speed while reading and reviewing papers and/or listening to audio. If I need to simultaneously walk and type, I tend to need to reduce the speed a bit. Also, I find I need to adjust the speed dependent on the level of task complexity.

Date of Interview: 3/16/17

Name: Adam Ventura

Job Title: Business Owner

Main Work Duties:

Report & data review. Leadership.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

To improve my health.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

Yes, I am more productive during meetings now because I want to finish them so i can sit down.

How long have you had your current setup? 

1 Year

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

Standing up for too long.

Date of Interview: 1/14/17

Name: Dan Sundberg

Job Title: Regional Manager – Consulting Services

Main Work Duties:

– Delivery of Organizational Behavior Management consulting services to small to mid-sized businesses
– Business development to generate new clients and revenue for consulting services
– Teaching online courses in OBM
– Product development

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

One part was at the continued encouragement of Nick Green 🙂 I also always wanted one, and when I started my job, which sometimes involves 10-12 hours/day of desk work, I knew I needed a better set up.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

I sit for a lot of time during the day, so being able to stand for portions of the day makes my muscles feel less tight. At the end of the day I also feel fitter than if I was sitting all day.

How long have you had your current setup? 

14 Months

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I have 2 standing workstations. One is at a shared co-working space, and it was prebuilt, and had almost no real challenges. The only issue I ever face is that I walk to work, and sometimes when I get there I feel more like sitting down then standing up, and make the choice to sit at a regular desk, rather than the standing desk.

The second space is at my home, and is a jerry-rigged set up involving boxes. This one is more challenging, as the height is not quite right for typing, and I have to set it up and take it down each time, so response effort is somewhat high. This is mostly used for teaching.

Date of Interview: 1/17/17

Name: Matt Brodhead

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Main Work Duties:

Until I became a professor, I never realized that a majority of my job consists of writing! Therefore, I spend most of my time at my computer writing about research, reviewing research, and answering e-mails. I also teach a course or two every semester.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I am very fortunate that my employer covered the cost of my standing desk. I would recommend a standing desk to anyone, and I also recommend they consider a gel pad to stand on. It has made a difference in my life and I hope it does in yours as well.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

My upper neck pain has been a lot easier to manage. I’m a pretty tense person when I work so the change from sitting to standing has been helpful. I feel like I’m not hunched over at my desk 24/7, which is absolutely the last thing I would ever want to be/become. I feel healthier while standing and I enjoy it, too!

How long have you had your current setup? 

Since August 2016

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

It was certainly awkward, at first, learning to type while standing. I also struggled with figuring out how to maintain a comfortable posture while standing. Finally, I realized my desk moved, a tad, when I was typing… Now I try to not be so aggressive with my keyboard strokes when my desk is raised!

Date of Interview: 2/18/17

Name: Dominic Nicolini

Job Title: Financial Advisor

Main Work Duties:

Financial planning for clients, including retirement, investments, taxes, insurance, and estate. Establish relationships, gather information, process and analyze information, recommend strategies, implement strategies, and monitor them on an ongoing basis.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

Major back injury, L4L5 disc bulge hit my sciatica.

How has your standing workstation helped your health or work?

My physical health has been much better in my year with the desk than before. I feel healthier and have lost some weight (probably unrelated).

How long have you had your current setup? 

12 months

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I meet with clients, so positioning the (larger) desk with 2 computer screens was challenging. I also became fatigued.

Date of Interview: 2/8/17

Name: Jesse Dallery

Job Title: Professor

Main Work Duties:

Answering emails. Writing articles, grants, and teaching classes.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

To help alleviate stiffness in my back, improve posture, and possibly be healthier.

How has your standing workstation help your health or work?

I feel that my back is less stiff. Hard to know if this is due to standing per se or to the other activities it promotes (e.g., it is easier to walk around from a standing position than from a seated position).

How long have you had your current setup?

1 Year

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

I sit and stand. Mostly I stand though. It was a bit of a challenge early on to stand for long periods of time. But then I started to mix it up – sit, stretch, walk.

Date of Interview: 1/11/17

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Names: Eric Cunningham and Daniel Alves

Job Title:

E: DevOps/IT

D: Senior Interactive Designer

Main Work Duties:

E: Server maintenance, hardware and software, automation

D: I lead user experience diesng and interactive design for my team

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

E: I switched to a standing desk because of back pain and bad posture

D: To be more alert and improve my posture. I also wanted to incorporate more movement into my day. Standing allows me to stretch and move around more.

How has your standing workstation help your health or work?

E: The standing desk has elminated my back pain entirely, helped imporove posture, and made me feel better about working an office job.

D: I dont’ get sleepy during the day. That helps me be more alert for work

How long have you had your current setup?

Both about 3 years

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

E: The foam floor mat is critical, and even so, feet will occasionally get sore near the end of the day. Also, occassionally just get tired of standing, and will spend last hour or two sitting. Keeping knees bents and shifting weight around regularly helps comfort level a bit.

D: The first week was strenuous, but it was not nearly as hard as I expected. The biggest challenge now is sitting. I now find sitting for long periods of time as being painful.

Date of Interview: 1/3/17

Name: Denise Long

Job Title: Grants Specialists

Main Work Duties:

Coordinator of IRB (Institutional Review Board) administrative activities. Serve as liaison between researchers and administration regarding human subjects research.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

(N/A)

How has your standing workstation help your health or work?

I stand more while performing my duties and this has helped alleviate the back pain that I experienced in the past. Oddly, it helps me to remain more alert and less sleepy. I’m not sure how, but it does!

How long have you had your current setup?

Almost a Year

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

No challenges. I enjoy having the option of sitting or standing.

Date of Interview: 1/12/17

Name: Janelle Allison

Job Title: Senior Behavior Analyst

Main Work Duties:

I develop and revise course related content for behavior analytic exam prep courses and CEUs. I work on a computer all day.

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I adopted a standing workstation to alleviate pain and discomfort caused from sitting for long periods of time.

How has your standing workstation help your health or work?

Sitting for long periods of time was uncomfortable. I experienced pain in my lower back, and neck. Long durations of sitting also aggravated an old ankle injury. All these issues have been resolved now that I spend most of my day standing at my desk.

How long have you had your current setup? 

About 6 weeks

Can you share any challenges you had when transitioning to your standing workstation?

The main challenge was finding a practical and convenient set-up. Prior to purchasing the stand-up/sit-down adjustable desk, I moved my laptop back and forth between a bookshelf and a standard desk. Since my second monitor was not as portable as my laptop, I ended up sitting at the standard desk more often than I desired. Transitioning back and forth also resulted in slight disruptions in productivity. Purchasing an adjustable stand-up/sit-down desk resulted in a more convenient and comfortable set-up.

Date of Interview: 1/17/17

Name: Nick Green

Job Title: Full-time PhD Student at the University of Florida, Founder of BehaviorFit

Main Work Duties: Reading textbooks and research articles, Writing research papers, Creating content for BehaviorFit, Attending class

Why did buy or create your own standing workstation?

I needed a topic for my master’s thesis and slowly learned about too much sitting (sedentary behavior). I read a lot of research and began living and breathing everything that I was learning. And if I am asking others to sit less, I need to practice what I preach! But really, after reading article after artcile about all the risks of too much sitting and benefits of moving, I was very motivated!

How has your standing workstation help your health or work?

I noticed right away that I was able to type better and stay more alert. Getting into the ressearch, I soon learned how to stand better and improve my postures

How long have you had your current setup?

A little over 3 years

Can you share any challenges with your standing workstation?

It was really challenging to figure out how high certain things should be like the desk and monitor. And found myself always thinking “I am standing while working,” but soon standing became second nature and I no longer am so conscious about it

Date of (Self) Interview: 1/1/17

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