Should I Implement Sit-Stand Desking?11-12-2015
Sit-stand desking has become a trend in workplaces over the last few years- and with good reason! Here we outline some benefits of sit-stand desking and advise on who should and shouldn’t be adopting this approach in the workplace.
One of the main advantages of adopting sit-stand desking is that it encourages better posture. This is extremely beneficial for those who struggle with back pain and it also reduces the risk of contracting back and neck pain from sitting for too long or in the wrong position.
A standing position encourages weight management in the workplace as it burns far more calories than sitting. This reduces the risk of employees taking as many sick days and promotes healthy habits. The higher release of energy also works as a stress reliever and prevents employees from getting fidgety and restless. Studies have also shown that using a sit-stand desk can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer. (Source)
Not only does sit-stand desking provide health benefits, users have said they believe it has made them more approachable to other people in the workplace and as a result have had more impromptu meetings with their colleagues / staff.
If you are looking to purchase sit-stand desking for your workplace, there are certain criteria you need to look for. Sit-stand desking is hardly worth the money if it is hard to adjust the height, because employees will soon tire of the novelty of the desk if it is a lot of effort for them to alter the height every few hours. There are several ways of adjusting the height available, including a rotating lever and electronic button operation.
When employees begin using a sit-stand desk, it is important to realise that they may feel very self-conscious at first, so it would be a good idea to provide privacy screens and/or sound barriers to help them feel that they don’t stand out too much.
A sit-stand desk is ideal for staff members that perform tasks such as telemarketing and telesales as they are tied to their phone and computer and probably find it harder to walk around like other members of staff can. Standing all day can also be disadvantageous to your health so those who use a sit-stand desk should ensure they alternate between sitting and standing during the day to relieve pressure on their legs and feet. They are also advised to wear ergonomic footwear as they may get fatigued easily, especially if they are not used to standing for long periods of time.
How do you know whether you need a sit-stand desk? Many people would find a sit-stand desk beneficial as a way to concentrate better, burn more calories and improve their health. At the very least, people should be getting up and going for a walk for at least one minute every 30-45 minutes. A job involving precision work such as piecing together tiny parts to a product would be much easier to perform in a sitting position and in that case, a sit-stand desk could be detrimental to your productivity. Also, a sit-stand desk is not advised for anyone with knee, hip or ankle problems, as they will probably experience discomfort when trying to stand for relatively long periods of time.
Here at Office Profile, we’ve stayed in line with the trend and have supplied sit-stand desks to a number of customers including, most recently, Icelandair.
For more information on our sit-stand desks or to ask any other questions you may have, call us on 020 8770 7077 or send an email to [email protected].