The study ‘It’s Time to Switch’ by Godrej Interio’s Workplace and Ergonomics Research Cell surveyed over 500 individuals to understand the challenges that they faced and the strategies they adopted to deal with issues associated with sitting for long hours at work. It revealed that 64% of employees sit for more than 9 hours a day at work. When the respondents were asked what they could do differently, 73% of employees did not know while only 27% had said that they had tried standing as an alternative posture. The fundamental cause of these problems is the long hours that users spend seated in static postures at their work desks or in meetings. Long-term sitting can cause strain and serious musculoskeletal problems, whereas standing for long periods is equally harmful.
“The pandemic has enabled technology to transform the way we work; however, it is now, largely a sedentary affair.
Switching between standing and sitting postures reduce physical stress from static postures. This helps increase productivity and keeps the body active throughout the day. Hence, based on the insights of this whitepaper, Godrej Interio designed and launched the unique desk “Move Up” incorporating inclusive design for easy adjustability. It recognizes the uniqueness of each person and facilitates fluid transitions between working positions through the use of its very own app. The app indicates the duration of time the user spends sitting or standing and triggers action accordingly while enabling the motion of the desk.
Sameer Joshi, Associate Vice President, Marketing (B2B), Godrej Interio, said, “The pandemic has enabled technology to transform the way we work; however, it is now, largely a sedentary affair. At Godrej Interio we aim at creating products by adopting a human-centred approach and using adaptive space solutions for workspaces. The whitepaper ‘It’s Time to Switch’ reveals the importance of alternating postures, the risks associated with static postures and solutions to mitigate the same.”