Keeping Veterans and Active Duty Personnel Healthy and Productive at Work: The Key is an Active Workspace

August 3, 2018

Many veterans and active duty personnel work in an office or educational environment where they’re likely to spend a lot of time at a desk. Productivity is a top priority for these highly-skilled and motivated employees as they’re often trained in multiple disciplines and tasked with a range of responsibilities. With regular fitness assessments and possible service-related injuries to contend with, they’re also focused on health, wellness, and pain relief. That’s why active workspace solutions that encourage movement, collaboration and productivity are a perfect fit for any veteran or active duty personnel who wants to stay healthy and pain-free so they can perform at their best.

Prioritizing Productivity

Military training and experience creates a unique understanding of the importance of teamwork and collaboration. To achieve success, you have to perform at the best of your abilities with a team that communicates effectively. Active workspaces that encourage movement have been shown to boost productivity, collaboration, and work performance.

  • Sit-stand desk users have been shown to increase their productivity by up to 46%.1
  • Non-sedentary work environments enhance employee creativity, productivity and collaboration and improve group performance.2
  • Employees using activity-promoting desks improve their ability to pay attention, accomplish tasks, and even manage stress.3

Managing Pain

In 2017, there were over 20 million veterans in the US and over 1 million active duty personnel. 24% of veterans report service-related disabilitiesthat can complicate their workdays with pain and other difficulties.4Active-duty personnel can face similar challenges, and need to stay in top physical condition. Sitting less and moving more has been shown to alleviate pain–including common back pain issues–and contribute to a happier, more focused workday.

  • Active workspaces increase the probability of a pain-free workday by 80% 5,6
  • Sit-stand desks have been shown to reduce discomfort in the shoulders, hands, wrists, and back.5
  • Using movement-promoting desks can help to prevent certain musculoskeletal disorders.7
I really enjoy using my new standing desk… I started using it for the same reason it was invented–I had hurt my back and could not work while sitting down. But even now that my back no longer hurts, I truly appreciate this healthier way to work… and on top of all that, it was incredibly easy to assemble and looks fantastic in my office. — Justin Constantine, Lieutenant Colonel United States Marine Corps (Retired)

Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle

Pain management isn’t the only reason to sit less and move more. Military service includes intense physical training and regular fitness assessments to maintain conditioning and readiness. It’s also focused on developing excellence in all things. Active workspaces are a great fit for veterans and active duty personnel because they’re designed with health, wellness, and productivity in mind, giving everyone a better way to work.

  • Sitting less and moving more reduces the risk for early mortality, heart disease and diabetes.8
  • with regular daily use, a sit-stand desk can help you burn up to 650 calories per week.9
  • Replacing sitting with standing and moderate movement can considerably increase cumulative daily muscle activity.10
Just having the ability to go from that seated position … to standing where I can just have my arms at my side while I’m talking on the phone just to get the blood flowing. … It forces me to have different positions throughout my day. From the perspective of my shoulder, it just helps me stay more mobile. — Adam Mattis, Army Specialist (Retired)

By adding VARIDESK® full office solutions to any workspace, you can provide employees with a happier, healthier, more productive environment. Active workspaces that include solutions like VARIDESK sit-stand desks and accessories support the goals and lifestyle requirements of our veterans and active duty personnel. As you consider your yearly budget, keep in mind that VARIDESK products are available through GSA advantage and at

One of the best things about working at VARIDESK is hearing how our products make an impact in the lives of federal civilian employees and military service members. Hearing ‘thank you’ from VARIDESK fans who received the ‘Call to Service’ and make daily sacrifices in order to improve our way of living is incredibly rewarding. As a former federal civilian employee and U.S. Marine Veteran, it is an honor to serve those who serve us. — Ryan Heist, Federal Sales Executive


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[1] Call Center Productivity Over 6 Months Following a Standing Desk Intervention; Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health

[2] Get Up, Stand Up: The Effects of a Non-Sedentary Workspace on Information Elaboration and Group Performance; Social Psychological and Personality Science

[3] Do sitting, standing or treadmill desks impact psychobiological indicators of work productivity?; Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health, The University of Queensland, Australia


[5] Combating the effects of sedentary work: postural variability reduces musculoskeletal discomfort; Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting

[6] Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain; American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

[7] Preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Protecting Workers’ Health Series No 5.; World Health Organization

[8] Sitting time and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

[9] Difference in caloric expenditure in sitting versus standing desks; Journal of Physical Activity and Health

[10] Muscle Activity and Inactivity Periods during Normal Daily Life;

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