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Posted on 18th August 2020

COI were thrilled to be approached by research associate and project manager Dr. Sophie O’Connell to support a research study into the benefits of reducing sitting in the workplace using height-adjustable desking. This exciting project reached its fruition in late 2018, with a research publication in the British Medical Journal, and in 2019 the team launched a new online resource initiative (SMART Work) based on the programme tested in the research study.

Changing the way, we work

Moving more and sitting less can help you both physically and mentally. Do you find you sit for hours at a time at work and want to do something about it, but do not know how? Or are you an employer who wants to encourage their workforce to sit less to improve their health and wellbeing?

The SMART Work programme may be the answer!

Research Study

“95% of office-based employees want to reduce the amount of time they sit at work”

The research study, supported by COI, conducted by academics at the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust tested the effectiveness of the SMART Work (Stand More AT Work) programme, which encouraged people to sit less and move more throughout the day.

The research study showed that the SMART Work programme:

  • Reduced musculoskeletal issues in the back and neck areas
  • Improved job performance
  • Reduced sickness presenteeism
  • Increased work engagement
  • Improved quality of life

The team has now turned SMART Work into a FREE resources kit which is a great resource to use alongside height-adjustable desks, office environment change, or as a stand-alone toolkit to encourage less sitting.

Why not give it a go, it’s free!

You can find out more and sign up to SMART Work at

Our partnership

COI have developed a well-balanced height adjustable desk offering that allows the user to change the position they work frequently from sitting to standing. These styles of desks also boast a string of improved health benefits, therefore improving overall productivity and wellbeing in the workplace.

Height Adjustable (Sit-Stand) Desking and associated products
To aid the project research completed by the SMART Work team, we supplied a range of Sit-Stand desks and associated equipment that included:

Freedom Lite Desk
This affordable range of height-adjustable desking has a twin motor with 500mm of adjustment between 710mm to 1210mm and a simple up and down switch.


  • Electric up/down riser
  • Available in 600 or 800mm deep rectangular desks
  • Corner desks available in a single- or two-piece desktop configuration
  • Cable trays, flexible risers, and CPU holders available
  • Available in a variety of board finishes
  • FIRA certified

Get in touch to find out more about this range

Sigma Monitor Arms

To compliment the desk range supplied, we also provided flat screen monitor arms to facilitate single and double monitors. This range is effortless in design and allows the user the flexibility to rotate and swivel the screen to the correct height, therefore avoiding unnecessary neck and back tension.

Get in touch to find out more about this range

WorkFit Desk Riser

We also now offer WorkFit desktop risers, which can be added to any flat surface and with a quick adjustment, this riser converts the worksurface to a stand height platform. The keyboard drawer moves in tandem with the riser and is positioned 11.4cms below it.


  • Simple to use
  • Economic solution to convert standard tables, desks, and counters into sit/stand workstations.
  • 38cms of height adjustment
  • Can be used with one or two monitors, or a laptop and a monitor
  • Worksurface – 88.9 x 58.6cm
  • Keyboard platform – 62.9 x 23.5cm
  • Available in a black or white finish

Get in touch to find out more about this range


Its been a pleasure to be involved and support a great initiative to encourage and inspire a national change in the way we work, and we look forward to further supporting the scheme in the future.





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