Let My People Sit Down

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The #1 job held in the United States in cashier. Retail stores and grocery stores employ more people than any other industry. There is no reason why an hourly employee of a retail, grocery, or other store needs to stand for 8 hours a day.

Prolonged standing has been linked to varicose veins, carotid atherosclerosis, joint compression, muscle fatigue, and pain. It is an unnecessary strain on the body, morale, and emotional well-being of employees. According to an article in the Boston Globe, one should not stand in the same position for more than 8 minutes. That's a lot of shifting around if one is required to stand for 8+ hours. In the United Kingdom, it's actually been LAW for 25 years that employees be provided a seat due to the adverse health effects of prolonged standing. (The Workplace (Health and Safety) Regulations of 1992)

There is no reason that a stool could not be provided so that employees could sit while checking out customers. Companies should design workstations that are conducive to good health. Workstations should allow workers to choose between several working positions and to move easily between them. 

I am petitioning 3 major retailers to change their standing policy and create policy that looks out for the physical well-being of their employees.