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More people standing while working for health reasons

SINGAPORE - Welcome to my office: Please sit, while I stand.
Asia One - February 22, 2013
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More people standing while working for health reasons

While some companies offer ergonomic designer Herman Miller chairs as an employee perk, a growing breed of workers are opting for no seats at all - for health reasons.

Some five months ago, Mr Dany Leong made the switch from sitting at work to standing.

A creative producer at Singapore-based production house Intuitive Films, he now stands when using the computer in his Kallang Pudding Road office, two to three hours at a stretch. Instead of standing stock still, he assumes different positions: standing on one foot, with legs wide apart and even doing a little dance occasionally.

Now literally thinking on his feet, Mr Leong, 40, says: "I have long noticed that when I stand, my creative juices flow better."

He does this with the help of an elevation desk, a height-adjustable model which allows the user to either sit or stand in comfort. The desk's height can be modified, between 65cm and 130cm, at the push of a button. Mr Leong, who is 1.75m tall, can keep the work surface at a comfortable height while standing.

His Danish-brand Duba B8 desk cost him $2,500 from Danish Designs, a company that distributes Scandinavian furniture here. It has been bringing in such desks since 2007.

Danish Designs' owner and director Rhiannon Hills, 45, says there has been an increase in sales of elevation desks in the last two years - without giving sales figures.

Another company, CrossCom, which sells ergonomic and height-adjustable workstations here, started selling office models half a year ago. Business has been brisk, says Ms Ning Yap, 40, director of CrossCom Ergonomic Lifestyle.

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