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    The aim of this cross-sectional mixed-method study was to understand the current use, and practices to support the implementation, of sit-stand workstations (SSWs) from the perspective of furniture purchasing decision makers in Australian organisations. An online survey, and in-depth interviews with a purposive sub-sample were conducted. A total of 216 eligible participants from 150 organisations across 18 sectors completed the survey with 17 interviews conducted. 40% of organisations provided SSWs on request while 41% reported not using them appropriately. Over half provided no training on the appropriate use of SSWs (n = 109, 51%) nor used any strategies to enhance their use (n = 163, 84%). From the interviews, SSWs were perceived effective in reducing discomforts and increasing employees' satisfaction and productivity. Lack of resources and guidelines to support SSW usage, and lack of wellbeing knowledge, were identified as barriers. Education and ongoing monitoring are important to enhance the appropriate use and uptake of SSWs. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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    Haroun Zerguine, Venerina Johnston, Genevieve N Healy, Alison Abbott, Ana D Goode. Usage of sit-stand workstations: Benefits and barriers from decision makers' perspective in Australia. Applied ergonomics. 2021 Jul;94:103426

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    PMID: 33848811

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