Benefits Of Sit To Stand Desks
Benefits of Sit-Stand Desks
The key components in a traditional office or office cubicle are a heavy desk; a rolling and tilting office chair; and perhaps a filing cabinet or two. Innovative employers are turning tradition on its head by embracing novel, exciting, ergonomically friendly furnishings. One of the most popular is the sit-stand desk.
Instead of being stationary and requiring users to be seated in order to reach the work surface, sit-stand desks are flexible and can be raised so users can access the work surface while they’re standing up (then lowered back down when they want to sit.) The concept isn’t rocket science, but it has resulted in a myriad benefits for its users.
Pro: Standing Desks Benefit Employee Health in Multiple Ways. Numerous studies conclude that sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to one’s health (aka “sitting is the new smoking!”) Standing desks allow workers to quickly and easily limit the amount of time they sit per day. This can improve heart health, reduce back problems and pain, boost circulation, and increase metabolism, which leads to weight loss.
Pro: Standing Desks Improve Productivity. The monotony of sitting at a desk for hours at a time promotes daydreaming, drowsiness, and burnout. A standing desk encourages employees to, quite literally, stay on their toes by changing their outlook and perspective when they need a burst of inspiration.
Con: Standing Desks Are Best Suited for Monitor Screens. Because standing desks tend to be larger, users working on laptops often have to lean in to see the screen, which encourages poor posture. Employers working with a tight budget may scoff at the idea of supplying stand-alone monitors to employees.
Con: Standing Desks Tolerate a Lower Load. Because sit-stand desks are inherently lighter-weight, they tolerate a lower weight load. (The Woobie Works desk capacity, for example, is 35 pounds.) They’re not ideal for storing printers and stacks of heavy books.
Con: Standing Desks Aren’t High-heel Friendly. Many standing-desk users report that these flexible desks do limit their workplace shoe wardrobes. (Although a quick fix is simply to slip uncomfortable shoes off during standing stints.)
The traditional office workplace has come a long way and the sit-stand desk is an office furnishing breakthrough that helped kicked off the trend. Sit-stand desks aren’t perfect, but for employers who value their employees’ health and wish to encourage maximum productivity, they’re a great investment.