Makkonen and colleagues studied how standing desks influenced the at-work experiences of employees at a software company. They determined that, among the employees of the Finnish software company where they collected data, “the usage of standing instead of sitting workstations results in only modest promotions of physical activity, does not have an effect on mental alertness . . . decreases musculoskeletal strain in the neck and shoulders, although increasing it in the legs and feet.” Using standing desks didn’t significantly affect employees’ satisfaction with their workstations.
Markus Makkonen, Minna Silvennoinen, Tuula Nousiainen, Arto Pesola, and Mikko Vesisenaho. 2017. “To Sit or to Stand, That is the Question: Examining the Effects of Work Posture Change on the Well-Being at Work of Software Professionals.” International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, vol. 17, no. 4, no pagination.