Need coffee? Medical providers top the list of workers most dependent on caffeine.
I can’t vouch for the methodology of this “research” (paid for by Dunkin’ Donuts) seeking to establish which professions guzzle the most coffee, but it does seem intuitively accurate: medical providers crave the most caffeine, while government workers drag at the bottom of the pack.
Here’s the ranking of workers most dependent on coffee, published on WebMd:
3. Hotel workers
5. Financial/Insurance sales representatives
6. Food preparers
9. Marketing/Public relations professionals
11. Machine operators
12. Government workers
Researchers found workers in the Northeast were the most dependent on coffee, with 48% saying they were less productive without it compared with a low of 34% of workers in the Midwest that said the same.
I once visited the dacha near Moscow where Boris Pasternak penned “Doctor Zhivago,” and what struck me most was that in his little office, he had a chest-high “standing desk,” where he could write standing up. At the time, my thought was “Hemorrhoids?” But these days, new research suggests he may have been on to something of widespread health value.
Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School writes in a recent LiveStrong blog post that she noticed her colleague, Pat Skerrett, the editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, standing a lot in his office. Turned out he started standing to lessen back pain, but recommends it for a broad range of benefits — including possibly a longer life — in a Harvard Business Review post.
What I really love about Pat’s advice is this:
1. It’s based on a new study that just came out which included more than 100,000 men and women. This study found that people who sat for more than six hours a day were more likely to have died (over a 14 year period) than those who sat for less than three hours a day. The authors of this study wrote, “The time spent sitting was independently associated with total mortality, regardless of physical activity level.” The researchers went on to say, “Public health messages should include both being physically active and reducing time spent sitting.”
2. It actually makes you MORE efficient at work, rather than taking time away from your daily tasks. Pat highlights key points that include potential brain health benefits–increased alertness and productivity.
Can one simple thing change your life? Stand up and see…
Opinions vary on the good to be gained from standing up at work: The “Room For Debate” blog at The New York Times published a range of them under the title “Is All That Sitting Really Killing Us?” including the view that standing can pose physical problems as well.