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Standing Desks Can Make Writers Healthier and More Productive
Not that long ago, standing desks were a novelty in the workplace. Today, many companies and government agencies offer them as standard options to their employees. And for good reason. These desks-without-chairs can not only improve your health, but increase your productivity, as the article, “How to Benefit From A Standing Desk” on Inc.com explains:
Ever feel completely drained after a flight, long car ride, or just a day of sitting at a desk? Even though you were just sitting for a long time, you felt exhausted. There are so many negative side effects to simply sitting for extended periods of time. Yet, Americans sit for, on average, 8 hours a day, with most of these hours being at work. Sitting for such a long time can negatively affect your health, side effects include:
- Poor blood circulation
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Anxiety and depression
Sitting for long periods of time can cause more harm than good, especially for office workers. In an attempt to avoid these side effects, standing desks have become more and more popular.
Productivity Steadily Increases
An article by the Washington Post cited a recent study conducted by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health that tested the benefits of standing desks. The study, which monitored 167 employees in a Texan call center over a six-month period, found that employees using stand-capable desks were more productive than their colleagues in standard, seated desks. And, the productivity of the standing-desk workers continued to steadily increase, compared to their seated colleagues. In the first month, the stand-capable group had 23 percent more successful calls than their seated colleagues, and by the sixth month, they had 53 percent more successful calls.
In addition to increasing productivity, standing desks have been sought out for numerous benefits which include:
- May lower risk of weight gain and obesity
- May lower blood sugar levels
- May lower risk of heart disease
- Reduce back and neck pain
- Improve mood and energy levels
With all the benefits that come with a standing desk, it is no wonder they have become so popular in the workplace.
- “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
- “Jingle Bells” was the first song to be broadcast from space.
- Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
- The term Xmas dates back to the 16th century. In the Greek alphabet, the letter X (“chi”) is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ or Christos, hence: Xmas.
- The image of Santa Claus flying his sleigh began in 1819 and was created by Washington Irving, the same author who dreamt up the Headless Horseman.
- The Montgomery Ward department store created Rudolph the Reindeer as a marketing gimmick to encourage children to buy their Christmas coloring books.
- In the Netherlands, Santa does not arrive from the North Pole to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he arrives from: the South Pole, Norway, Poland, Spain?
(Fun Facts Answer: Scroll to the bottom.)
Word of the Month
deign | dane | verb
• condescend; do something that you consider beneath your dignity
“Keith deigned to play Santa Claus at the company party, but only after the CEO promised him a big bonus.”
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SATisfy Your Curiosity
SAT Exam practice question: Fill in the blank with the phrase that completes the meaning of the sentence.
Because he felt intimidated in his new position, he was ____ divulging his frank opinions of company proposals.
- scurrilous about
- candid in
- chary of
- fervid about
- precipitate in
(SAT Answer: Scroll to the bottom.)
The phrase Black Friday was first used to refer to the big shopping day following Thanksgiving in 1960. Police in big cities, in particular Philadelphia, used the phrase to refer to the traffic conditions on that day. Traffic in Philadelphia was particularly bad on the day after Thanksgiving because the Army-Navy football game was, until 2009, held in the city on that weekend. Here’s a quote from Public Relations News on December 18, 1961: “For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. In Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday.” The day after Thanksgiving is not the only Black Friday in history. Other dates that have been so christened, include December 6, 1745, the day when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s arrival in Britain was announced in London. However, the use of the word black + day-of-the-week to designate a date on which something bad happened is much older, dating to at least 1576 when Black Saturday was used to denote December 10, 1547. On that day, the Scottish army was defeated by the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh during the conflict known as the Rough Wooing. Perhaps the most famous of the black days is Black Thursday, October 24, 1929, the day the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began.
Answer: Someone who is “intimidated” by his position would be “chary of” expressing his honest opinion of company proposals.
Fun Facts Answer
Answer: Spain. And in the Netherlands, Santa’s little helpers can steal kids who misbehave and bring them back to Spain which is, according to the Dutch, a severe punishment.