It’s recognized that the solution to share with those who sit for a long time isn’t to tell them to stand or get more exercise. In fact, standing too long has more health consequences then sitting too long. People working in sales roles are at the greatest risk. There are numerous health risks for both standing and sitting over prolonged periods of time. Therefore, moderation and altering between both throughout the day is best.
The sedentary or hyposenstivite personalities are those who most often do one activity excessively. But they aren’t the only people at risk. Ergonomists, psychologists, scientists, and health professionals encourage everyone to engage daily in a variety of movement, tasks, and spaces. These are identified as a ‘state of work’ and together they broadly empower health and productivity.
How to improve one’s ability to change their state of work
One study proposed the state of personality influences the state of wellbeing. The study measured 5 states of personality: extraversion, agreeableness, consciousness, neuroticism (prone to negative bias), and openness. The results revealed an individual’s personality seeks satisfaction in social connectedness, personal competence, and freedom or autonomy. Their state of well-being is dependent on if those psychological needs are met.
Satisfaction influences minute-to-minute choices including to stand, sit, and the tolerance of doing either for prolonged periods of time. How to appease satisfaction from excessiveness to varying the state of work is not by knowledge alone but by stimulating healthier behaviors.
Collaborative efforts with the Mayo Clinic is resulting in research on how workplace interiors resulting in improving employees psyche for promoting wellbeing. In fact, approaching the design of work products and spaces is identified by Cornell University as erogtecture.
The personality differences between introverts and extroverts are moderately similar. This introvert encourages variety of work and rest spaces. Psychological needs become satisfied with the indirect message of frequent movement and the stimulating rewards of alternative work spaces.
Author of Peak Performance, Steve Magness, explains rest during the work day is micro-level movements. A mid-day walk or stepping away from the desk 5 minutes every hour relieves the brain and body from pushing the edge of exhaustion. Here’s an example of useful knowledge, yet to satisfy a personality to do so there needs to be a satisfying stimulus prompting it.
Broadly empower the state of work by stimulating healthy choices
- Get clear on state of personality. One way may be to observe the study’s 5 measured state of personality.
- Identify how current elements of satisfaction effect overall wellbeing. Prolonged sitting may satisfy avoiding socializing. Excessive standing may satisfy high-energy levels. Learn elements that excite, motivate, deplete energy, and strain focus.
- Collaborate on solutions. Perhaps, engage several people to independently create solutions lists then convene together to share all on the list. Change the stimulus and elements in support of satisfaction in state of work.
- Trial and observe, trial and observe, trial and observe. Go with what sticks!
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