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A Guide to Active Working in the Modern Office
Homo Sedens in the 21st Century

ISBN 9780367002282
Published October 22, 2019 by CRC Press
146 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is a short guide on sit-stand working in the office. It reviews the research on sitting and standing at work from the 1950s to present and provides guidance for specialists, therapists, practitioners, and managers. The book is illustrated with many photos and figures, provides guidance for active working at the end of every chapter, and is understandable to the layman as well as the specialist. 

With the increased emphasis on healthy lifestyles, coupled with the obesity and overweight epidemic, many are claiming that we should spend more time standing at work. Some have even claimed that sitting is the new smoking. Readers of the book will learn and understand what is behind these claims, what stacks-up, what doesn’t, and be able to make informed decisions about whether to invest in new facilities, and what to invest. This book is of value to human factors specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors and occupational health practitioners, architects, and facilities managers. 


Explains the origins of sedentary office work 

Summarizes the health risks of sitting and standing and how to avoid them

Reviews new research on active working and practical ways of developing active working habits in the office 

Discusses the obesogenic workplace, and how to avoid it 

Includes over 60 key points to help you decide how to be more active at work

Table of Contents

Posture and Movement in Everyday Life. Why do we Sit in the Office? Seating as a Solution. Are we Built to Sit? Sitting as a Problem. Physical Activity in Everyday Life: Demographic Change in the 21st Century. Are we Built to Stand? Problems with Standing at Work and How to Avoid Them. Standing as a Solution: Benefits of Becoming More Active at Work. Bad Habits versus Active Workplaces. Choosing Products for Active Office Work. The Future of Office Work.

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Dr. Robert Bridger is President of the Chartered institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and is an independent writer and consultant.

He has over 35 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in workplace and facilities design, safety and in education in ergonomics and human factors.

He is sole author of the textbook, ‘Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics’ now in its fourth edition. And also published by CRC Press.

For more information about Dr Bridger, visit www.rsbridger.com


"From perfecting the ergonomics of your desk to keeping up your morale, Etan Smallman hears advice on the best ways to adapt.
Expert suggestions-"The three golden rules are: the top of the screen should be at about the level of your eyes, keyboard at elbow height and feet flat on the floor or on a footrest," says Robert Bridger, president of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and author of A Guide To Active Working in the Modern Office. Read more https://inews.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-working-from-home-office-ergonomics-2494289"
Etan Smallman, Journalist 2020

"Office aficionados, human resource experts,facilities and workplace consultants – this guidebook provides valuable evidence-based tips for you to improve employee wellness. You will find it essential when preparing senior management to make important decisions about the future of your office and your remote based workers. Get moving!"

Gavin Bradley, Safety Management magazine, August 2020 issue

"The author is well placed to produce such a guide. Dr. Robert Bridger is both a chartered ergonomist and President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors."

–– Nerys Williams

"Anyone doing disability assessments will find the first chapter very useful in its discussion of posture and walking in everyday life."

–– Nerys Williams

"It encompasses the basics of evolution, history, anthropometry, physiology, biomechanics, sociology, and even the psychology of office works, which constitutes a significant portion of modern works."

–––Jia-Hua Lin, PhD, 26 ergonomics in design | April 2021