Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Less Sit Down Time – More Stand Up Time

IMG_2547More and more is being written about the health benefits of standing up, rather than sitting down.

Think about how this relates to your work situation in the CPA profession. You sit at your desk for most of the day. From January through April 15, many people working in CPA firms are working 10 to 12 hour days. That’s a lot of sitting around.

This week, my local newspaper (I do occasionally read the actual paper copy), carried an article from the Kansas City Star that featured the chief operating officer of a law firm who spends his work days on his feet, standing at his desk. Studies are telling us that the more people sit, the greater their health risks.

4monitors Roger KramerI am seeing this trend growing at CPA firms. Back in 2011, I did a post that talked about Roger Kramer of Whitcomb & Hess, who has four monitors and a stand-up workstation. He’s a tax partner and, as you might guess, spends a lot of time in the office.

IMG_2548A couple of weeks ago, I visited Albin, Randall & Bennett and noticed several stand-up workstations and desks.  Staffers have cubes that have desk tops that adjust to accommodate standing-up. Some partners have stand-up desks in their offices.  The chairs are bar stool height for those times when they do want to sit.

At your CPA firm, are you beginning to receive requests for stand-up desks? Have you developed a plan for responding to these requests? Yes, there is a cost involved.

I took these pictures while visiting accounting firms.

  • "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
  • Winston Churchill

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