Tim Cook: everyone at Apple Park got standing desks because sitting can kill you


Tucked in Tim Cook's long interview with David Rubenstein where we learned that he is not running for president, was the gem of a revelation how Apple is going to fight the "new cancer," as the CEO called it once, i.e. sitting for a prolonged period of time. It turns out that, in the new flying saucer of an Apple campus, all employees got standing desks indeed. 

The effort is not without its merits, as recent studies show that folks who sit on a chair in an office all day have a greater chance of developing various chronic diseases down the road, and, yes, that includes cancer. Mum's the word on the type and brand of standing desks, yet there was a lot of guesswork on Twitter and armchair investigative journalism that showcases Apple's standing desks options. 

In addition, it turns out that Apple went with fairly uncomfortable chairs in order to encourage less sitting. It will surely be fun to watch all employees at the Cupertino campus rise up ten minutes to the hour, nudged by their Apple Watch, and raise smoothly their standing desks to keep doing what they were doing in an upright position. Cue the command line jokes, but do get up and walk around at least once in a while during the office day now, will ya?

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35 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting. I hope that they will have accommodations for those who use wheelchairs.

2. middlehead

Posts: 453; Member since: May 12, 2014

They get a belt put around their waist so they can attach to a sling and be hung up. Or the tiny mention at the bottom of the article that suggests Apple actually put in adjustable desks instead of just "standing desks" means they'll just keep theirs parked low.

16. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not sure how I missed that, thanks!

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

True fact as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of people that die sitting at their desk at work every year.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

At some point you've got to realize your animosity towards the organization is sort of... asinine. There are numerous studies showing that sitting for long periods of time drastically increases your chance of getting heart disease and other awful illnesses that could be fatal. Medical Science exists for a reason... to improve our lifespan.

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

#Sarcasm

35. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well he was probably joking but you tell him guy, gotta defend the faith. If the cult says sitting is evil, then it's evil.

37. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 95; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Alcohol kills more people then sitting on your ass but they still sell it

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

What are you talking about? Humans aren't meant to sit for long hours. It will cause a rounded upper back, and therefore further postural issues as the spine and limbs are one kinetic chain. Furthermore, it is bad for the blood flow and therefore cardiovascular system. So this combined will have a big impact on quality of life. More companies should follow Apple with this.

27. blac.inc

Posts: 59; Member since: May 16, 2018

You asked what is he talking about, then pretty much said the exact same thing he said.

4. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Eh, the world would be a better place without them. A company who refuses to work with our law enforcement and government to catch criminals and immigrants needs to maybe have less people working for it.

8. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

oh yeah, how dare they actually care about consumer privacy....

14. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LOL you actually believe that, huh? Oh sweet summer child... They're for sure selling customer data, everyone knows it. All they're doing is actively working against those trying to help citizens. Unamerican.

33. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol "catch criminals and immigrants", is that the garbage fox news feeds you?

15. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

What is your problem.... either you’re trolling or have a dangerous obssesion with a piece of technology.

5. dazed1

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Food is far more dangerous then any sitting, chugging animal protein and processed foods is what is killing people, sitting has far less impact.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But, removing chair is the most cost efficient..

25. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Chairs are still provided as people also need to sit down for a few minutes to rest their feet. They just made sure the chairs are far from comfortable.

29. dazed1

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No, being educated is most efficient

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While sitting is perhaps less of an impact, it's one factor Apple can influence. Pretty sure their cafeteria (if they have one, don't know) serves healthy food as well. Giving people the choice of healthier living is a good thing. So good for Apple and all the other companies for giving people the choice.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Healthy options are really good for everyone, kudos Apple! Forced participation taints it like spoiled fruit Imo.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you sit less, you program less and generally no matter what your job, you are less productive. Imagine developers continuously walking...it's just stupid. Just go to the gym, problem (correctly) solved.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Imagine developers continuously walking" Did you even read the article? or at least know what "standing desk" mean?

24. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

People that sit at a desk all day need to get up and walk for at least 2-3 minutes every hour. It's good for the body and the gym serves a different but related purpose.

11. th3co45t

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2018

It's not sitting that will kill you, it's the the lack of movement for a prolonged duration.... so technically using a standing desk will kill you too if you're still.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exactly, that's why smartwatches fitness bands still give you "Get Up And Move" reminder regardless you sit down, or standing for a long time..

18. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No, thats not true. When you're standing you're using way more muscles, and are therefore keeping the venous blood flow intact. Besides that, sitting for a long time will cause a lot of postural issues: shortened hip flexors, a thoracic kyphosis, etc, etc. Humans are NOT meant to sit for a long time.

22. dnomadic

Posts: 401; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Alternating is good, doing one or the other is the problem. I believe a recent study said the standing work desk are bad for backs. So maybe you get to live longer with back pain. Not sure it will add to our lives but options are great.

26. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Well, now we know how Dinosauries dies out. They were sitting all the time!

28. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

He should make himself as a good example and exchange his chair:https://www.ugoburo.ca/en/humanscale-buy-freedom-chair-canada.html With a simple one same as all employees.

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