Is sitting bad for business?

Employers could see significant cost savings by getting employees out of their chairs
By Guy Viner
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/15/2014

Sitting is killing you” has been one of the foremost battle cries of an exploding number of health professionals, journalists, ergonomists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, entrepreneurs and concerned citizens.

Concerns were first raised in a 1953 British study that found bus conductors who spent their days standing had a risk of heart attack one-half that of bus drivers who spent their shifts sitting down.

The results confirmed what common sense could have revealed a lot sooner, had we bothered to compare the lifestyles of our ancestors with our own after the onset of the information age and the advent of the service economy. We went from hunting, gathering, farming and, subsequently, manufacturing occupations — all of which required considerable physical exertion — to predominantly sedentary office jobs.