That lunch at your desk in now an workplace norm is one thing. But, “treadmill desks”? Can the toilet-in-a-desk-chair (ergonimically correct, one hopes) be far behind?
UPDATE: For CJR reader Kevin who politely requested a media angle to the above:
If you go to the walk-working social networking site cited in this article, you see that the media is keen on the treadmill desk story. The AP was soliciting treadmill desk-ers on the networking site in July; ABC News’s 20/20 was on it in August, the result of which has an unmistakable Daily Show feel: (ABC’s JOHN STOSSEL: “They used to call it ‘secretary spread.’ Those extra pounds that appear on the bottom of workers who sit all day at their desks…”)
From a 2007 ABC News report on the same, this one from Good Morning America: “For Amy Langer, working is now a losing proposition — losing weight, that is…”
NPR explored, “What does the new apparatus say about our multi-tasking society?” in February 2008.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.