Standing desks: the new sitting down?

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Standing desks are a modern way that employers can increase productivity levels and support employee health, not to mention create adaptable working environments to suit a range of employee needs. We all know that business owners kit out their workspace with all the essential pieces of office equipment such as a multifunctional printer, super fast WiFi, and the latest computer technologies in order to make work a more effective and enjoyable experience. So, why not consider standing desks, too?

What are standing desks?

Standing desks are exactly what you think they are – a desk that you stand up and work on, instead of being sat down. The desk is built so that the computer screen can be moved to be eye-level with your body when you’re standing up. The mouse and keyboard are also ergonomically balanced with your body to ensure maximum comfort.

There are a few different models available on the market, from desks that enable the user to stand up for the entirety of their working day, to boxes that are placed on a low-level desk and allow for stand up working to be combined with regular, sitting down work.

Standing desks are fully customizable and usually start around $300. However, Tech Crunch found that the flat-pack Oristand model for $25 works just as well as the flashier, more expensive range.

Why are standing desks important?

We live in an environment that is geared toward sitting down. For example riding transit to work, sitting at a desk, commuting home again, then sitting in front of a computer or television for leisure time. Unfortunately for us, sedentary behaviour has been linked to a whole host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Research has found that the regular office worker sits on average for a staggering 15 hours per day therefore potentially putting their health at risk.

By installing standing desks in an office, employers are actively encouraging employees to move around more and stretch more easily. This in turn can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, alongside reducing the aforementioned health problems.

Having standing desks in your office can also help with employee productivity. A Texan study into standing desk usage at a pharmaceutical company found that employees were 23% more productive when they used standing desks.

Do standing desks help with back pain?

There’s strong argument that using a standing desk in the workplace can help employees that suffer back pain. An American study, Take-A-Stand, monitored employees with sedentary jobs over the course of two months. The study found that reducing the amount of time sat by one hour equated to reducing back and neck pain by 54%. Not only this, their subjects mood also improved.

Not sure your office is ready to make a complete change? Standing desks don’t have to replace each individual work desk, some offices choose to have standing areas with high-rise laptop stands that enable people to stand and work when they choose to.

Office culture is changing to become geared toward ensuring that employees are happier and healthier in their place of work. Ask your office whether standing desks are an idea they would like to see? You may be surprised by the response!