Should retail workers, cashiers, etc, be allowed the option to sit down to work?
In Europe, checkout operators, cashiers, assembly line workers, etc, are provided a chair or stool to sit on to do their job. In the United States, it would seem that employees are made to stand for all of their shift, getting only short rest breaks. If European employees can still be productive whilst sitting to work, would it be appropriate to allow American workers the same option?
Last time I looked at the regs, it is part of the UK employment Acts that, providing sitting doesn't interfere with the job, the employer must provide facilities for sitting whilst working. I think that the USA Acts have got it seriously wrong if there is not some form of legislation to accomodate sitting whilst working.
Hi there MickS is correct about the UK. I'm in Scotland and it is compulsory for employers to give an appropriate chair for an employee to use - provided that while working it is safe to do so. I'm astonished that the USA don't give their cashiers a chair to sit on! Although sitting all day is very bad for health so is standing. Standing for long periods increases your chances of developing varicose veins and atherosclerosis. Not to mention the fatigue rate among workers is much higher.
I am pretty sure that if the employee requests it, the employer must provide a seat. This would be in accordance with The American with Disabilities Act.
Yes, I think that here in the U.S., employees should definitely be able to sit down if they need to.....after all, standing all day is hard one one's back and feet.
The policy of making workers stand constantly is insane. I left retail years ago because of this reason. If it works in Europe, it can work here. There would be a lot less turnover of employees if they were given the option to sit/stand. In other words, sit while you check out, then stand a while, then sit. That's much better for you.
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