When we think about job fulfillment we often think about the activity we will be engaging our minds in, not our bodies. And though intellectual labor offers clear benefits that physical labor does not, such as the ability to continue to work and earn income regardless of most injuries, there is a reason the drudgery of cubicle life has spawned numerous comedic films.
Recent articles about sitting for prolonged periods support another dismal fact of office life we already know – sitting all day isn’t good for you. Even those who regularly exercise are not exempt from the health risks. Our bodies require regular movement for optimal health outcomes, not just half an hour on the treadmill in the morning. Some companies on the cultural frontier offer employees the option to work at standing or treadmill desks, though they are few. Considering the expense of alternative workstations, those working in brick and mortar institutions will likely have a long time to wait.
In the meantime, if you have a desk job, don’t worry about looking ridiculous standing up for no obvious reason every twenty minutes, or engineering your own standing desk alternative. Oscar Hammerstein believed that standing spurred his creativity and did most of his writing standing at a bookkeeper’s desk.
Fulfillment isn’t confined to your mind alone.