The Change to a Workplace that Improves Team Performance

Can This Change to a Workplace Improve Team Performance?

Office spaces are rapidly evolving, we increasingly see hot desking, stand up meetings and opportunity to work remotely from home.

While the main driver for these changes is probably economical, what other effects do changes like these have?

One of the recent fashionable additions to offices is stand up desks.

Allowing people to work at their desk, use their computer and write as normal from a standing position.

A study recently published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science aimed to examine the effect stand up desks were having in the workplace:

Does a non-sedentary workspace promote or inhibit the performance of groups engaged in knowledge work, endeavoring to solve problems with creative solutions?

The team conducted an experiment with 214 people in order to establish the effect of two different experimental conditions:

the sedentary workspace (sitting while completing a group task) or non-sedentary workspace (standing while completing the same group task)

Once the research team had analysed the data they were able to show the effect of standing desks on group performance:

Our findings suggest that, in addition to the physiological benefits of non-sedentary work designs, getting people out of their chairs at work may increase their capacity for collaborative knowledge work.

The researchers concluded with the benefits of standing desks:

Adopting a non-sedentary workspace may have benefits not just for individual physical health but also for group performance on knowledge work tasks