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Desk setup: To stand or not to stand?


Standing desks have become trendy in the workplace, but studies have cast doubt on their benefits to employee health and safety.

Most employers are not properly incorporating standing desks into the workspace, meaning these newer tools are not as effective in reducing workers comp claims as some may think, according to experts in the field of ergonomics.

When asked about standing desks — or the sit-stand workstations that permit a worker to alternate between the two positions — ergonomist Scott Smith tells the story of a towering former college football player-turned-lawyer who was using one in his office, a workplace Mr. Smith had been called to inspect in his work as director of ergonomics with Aon Risk Consulting.

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