Workers are taking a stand in today’s offices, as the emer- gence of the standing desk has
changed how many approach daily work.
As research continues to suggest that a
highly sedentary lifestyle is detrimental
to one’s health, many organizations have
turned to standing desks as a simple way
to incorporate wellness into the workplace.
But if you are going to implement standing desks into your facility, make sure they
are used properly to justify their cost and
improve workplace morale and wellness.
Here are some tips to get the most out of
your standing desks.
Where to Incorporate Standing Desks
Standing desks can be expensive, so
make sure that they will be used properly
when you bring them into a workplace.
First, you should gauge the overall interest in these types of desks. While studies typically report a general improvement
in health and productivity with standing
desks, one of the main draws for workers is
that they provide a comfortable alternative
to sitting. Find out which employees stand
to gain from this workstyle.
While they are a popular concept in the
modern office, it is important to be judicious when determining how many or
where you should implement standing
desks. Building occupants might be drawn
How to Make the Best Use of
ENSURE THAT THE STANDING DESKS IN YOUR FACILITY HAVE A
POSITIVE IMPACT FOR OCCUPANTS
help them become more productive while
Research that appeared in Applied
Ergonomics found that in most cases,
implementing sit-stand desks in workstations led to lower levels of body discomfort, and it found that productivity
improved or remained the same in most
instances. Providing the opportunity to
change settings contributes to the sit-stand
desk’s ability to reduce pain and discomfort
and possibly improve productivity.
For some switching to a standing desk,
the transition from sedentary work might
be difficult because of foot, back or any
other type of pain that might arise from
the sudden change in workstyle. Providing
some support for employees’ feet can
help avoid the negative effects too much
standing can have.
One National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health study notes that workers
should refrain from standing more than
two hours straight or more than 30% of
the workday unless using an intervention
like an anti-fatigue mat, stool or supportive footwear.
Ensuring that workers with a standing
desk also have a thick anti-fatigue mat
can help reduce the stresses that standing for long periods of time throughout
the day can have on employees. Pairing
this with the option to change their desks
to the idea of standing at their desk, but
you want to make sure that they will actually use the option if it is afforded to them.
Researchers at the University of British
Columbia identified that office workers at
the university wanted to have access to
sit-stand desks, but if they are in shared
areas, workers tended not to use them to
preserve privacy. Thus, when addressing
where you want to implement standing
desks, be sure to identify more private
offices and workers who have expressed
a clear need for one first. From there,
you can decide where and who needs a
standing desk most.
The Sit-Stand Option
If you are going to implement standing
desks throughout your facility, sit-stand
desks are the best option. For employees
that have only had sitting desks, switching to a stand-only desk will likely be too
much of a physical change for an entire
day of work.
Encourage workers who get sit-stand
desks for the first time to incrementally
transition to standing at work. Alternating
between settings can help occupants adjust for comfort throughout the daily grind
and avoid the sudden shift of eight hours
of sitting to eight hours of standing. You
might also find that giving occupants the
ability to change the setting might also
STANDING DESKS CAN IMPROVE
COMFORT and reduce pain for
employees, but it is important to
properly place computer screens.
Otherwise, the benefits of standing
can be nullified.