From a starting salary and a company’s mission to colleagues, vacation time, and other perks, there are any number of benefits that attract workers to potential new employers.

But a “movement mindset” — meaning no more sitting all day — could soon be a major goal for employees when it comes to advancing their careers, according to Betsey Banker, a wellness market manager for Ergotron, a technology furniture manufacturer in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The sedentary work environments people have grown accustomed to aren’t doing them any good, said Banker in an article for EBN, the Employee Benefits Network. Not only is sitting at a computer for as long as 12 hours a day stifling the human body — it’s affecting people’s brains.

“It’s time for employers to do something about it,” she said.

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She believes more in-person connections, meetings, or “face time,” is critical,  especially as millennials and Generation Z take over. These young people simply want a more mobile, personable work experience over what so many of us have now — an isolated, locked-down desk from which we shoot someone an email or instant message across the room instead of getting up to talk one-on-one.

Here’s why it’s important, according to Banker:

We’ll be more productive. Standing meetings tend to keep people more focused and on task, and the meetings themselves move more quickly.

“For those who sit at a desk day in and day out — which, according to our research, about 68 percent of workers do — it can be a feat to remain focused and productive. More than half of those employees admit to taking two to five breaks a day, and another 25 percent take more than six breaks per day to relieve the discomfort and restlessness caused by prolonged sitting,” she said.

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Considering it can take up to 20 minutes to re-focus once interrupted, this could significantly improve worker productivity across the board. “Face time” also builds a better workplace culture and social relationships.

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It’s better for our health. Standing up also increases blood flow and heart rate, burns more calories, and improves insulin effectiveness, she added. And those who use sit-stand workstations report better moods and reduced stress.

“It’s a vicious cycle where work is negatively affecting health, and poor health is negatively impacting engagement and productivity,” said Banker. “Not to mention, the benefits span long- and short-term, with impacts on employee absenteeism and presenteeism, as well as health and health care costs.”

Companies that embrace the movement mindset, she believes, may soon find they have a competitive edge to retain and attract top talent and improve their bottom line. Employees, meanwhile, will be thrilled to have the chance to be active and engaged.