It could make you nearly 50 per cent more productive, as well as help you burn off more calories, and improve your overall attention and thinking.
Researchers found that production levels rose dramatically when they compared two groups of employees at a call centre, half of whom stood regularly for six months while the rest carried on sitting at their desks. By the end of the study, the standing employees had been 46 per cent more productive.
Productivity between the two groups was about the same in the first month, and the difference started to appear only from the second month on, said researchers from the Texas A&M Health Science Centre School of Public Health.
The standing employees could also sit when they got tired or uncomfortable, but on average were sitting for around 1.6 hours less a day than their seated colleagues.
Earlier studies found that standing desks also helped burn calories, and made students more attentive and helped their thinking.