A Guide to Active Working in the Modern Office: Homo Sedens in the 21st Century, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Guide to Active Working in the Modern Office

Homo Sedens in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By Robert Bridger

CRC Press

160 pages | 99 B/W Illus.

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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 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 invent 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
  • Includes over 60 key points to help you decide how to be more active at work
  • Reviews new research on sit-stand working
  • Summarizes the health risks
  • Discusses the obesogenic workplace, and how to avoid it
  • Provides a checklist for guidance on sit-stand working
  • Offers evidence-based guidance for designing active workspaces and introduces possible futures for office work

Table of Contents

1. History of Office Work 2. Origins of Sedentarism: The Industrialisation of Office Work 3. The Open Plan Debate 4. Computers in The Office 5. What’s Wrong with Sitting 6. Problems with Chairs: Are We Built to Sit 7. Standing at Work: Are We Built to Stand 8. Physical Activity and Health 9. Is it Better to Stand or Sit 10. Guidance for Sit-Stand Workplaces 11. Research – The Benefits Explained 12. Is Sitting the New Smoking 13. The Obesogenic Workplace and How to Avoid it 14. The Future 15. Checklist and Guide for Sit-Stand Workplaces

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Public Health
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety