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Prolonged Standing Can Affect Job Performance

By Radhika Sood

While it is a already known fact that excessive sitting is bad for health, it has been found that jobs that require people to stand for long may be equally harmful for health.

Nearly half of all employees worldwide are required to stand for more than 75 percent of their workdays.

Prolonged standing is associated with short-term adverse health issues, including reports of fatigue, leg cramps, and backaches, which can affect job performance and cause significant discomfort.

The new study published in the journal Human Factors suggests that, over time, this type of sustained muscle fatigue can result in serious health consequences — musculoskeletal disorders and back pain.

“The work-related musculoskeletal implications that can be caused by prolonged standing are a burden not only for workers but also for companies and society,” said Maria Gabriela Garcia, doctoral candidate at ETH Zurich.


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