Varying the Office Work Posture between Standing, Half-Standing and Sitting Results in Less Discomfort

  • Peter Vink
  • Ineke Konijn
  • Ben Jongejan
  • Monique Berger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5624)


In this study 10 subjects worked two weeks in their rather new normal work station and two weeks in another work station. These VDU workers were trained and received a table making standing work possible. They also received a chair making half sitting possible. The effects on experienced variation in posture and discomfort were studied. It appeared that most of the time people work in the normal sitting situation (69% in the new and 90% in the old work station). Sometimes the half sitting and standing posture was used in the new situation. This new situation had a significant lower discomfort in the back, neck and shoulder region compared with the old situation.


variation in posture VDU work sitting discomfort standing work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Vink
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ineke Konijn
    • 3
  • Ben Jongejan
    • 4
  • Monique Berger
    • 4
  1. 1.TNO Work and EmploymentAS Hoofddorpthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of Technologythe Netherlands
  3. 3.Ergoshopthe Netherlands
  4. 4.Human Kinetic TechnologyThe Hague Universitythe Netherlands

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