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Standing Desks: Could They Benefit Your Business as Well as Your Health?

The message is clear: Sitting too much is bad for your health.

With scientific evidence that directly correlates the amount of time we spend sitting down to issues with our health, including Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, it’s time for employers to address the needs of their staff.

We all know we need to ‘move more often’ and ‘take regular exercise,’ but it isn’t always possible when your job means sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day. Many businesses are now investing in standing desks as an option for their employees.

So how can they improve your health and benefit your business?

Apart from the obvious claim that standing up burns more calories than sitting down, studies show that if you stand up after eating it lowers blood sugar levels, which also improves blood circulation. Increased blood circulation equates to improved cognitive function and increased energy and motivation, thus increasing work productivity. Something all business owners would be happy to hear.

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Benefits of Standing Desks

Many users of standing desks also report an improvement in sciatica and body aches and pains. The ability to be able to stand up and stretch out, bend knees and increase movement helps to reduce many ailments which ultimately means fewer sick days taken. Although, it has been reported that for some, joint and lower back pain can worsen, and with a lack of long-term research into this new type of desk working, it’s hard to tell yet what the real pros or cons are on physical well-being.

The other major benefit reported by employees is that standing at their desks as opposed to sitting, means they’re much more likely to move around the office. Increased movement around the office means improved interaction with colleagues, which is great for business and the happiness of its staff. Plus, more interaction can lead to great collaborations which could lead to much bigger and better things.

Investment in an employee’s well-being shows them that their employer cares about them, so taking time to assess the needs of everyone shows dedication and care for the staff and compliance with the current Disability Discrimination ACT. If staff feel cared for, they’re more likely to be loyal and invest more commitment in their work.

There’s a vast range of standing, sit-stand and height adjustable desks across the market to suit any businesses budget, so now’s the time to put assessments in place to see if any would benefit your employee’s well-being and ultimately boost your business.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Sit-Standing Desks: Features and Benefits

1. What is a Sit-Standing Desk?

A Sit-Standing Desk, also known as an adjustable or height-adjustable desk, is a workstation that allows you to switch between sitting and standing positions while working. It provides the flexibility to adjust the desk height to suit your comfort and preference.

2. How does a Sit-Standing Desk work?

A Sit-Standing Desk typically features a mechanism that allows you to raise or lower the desk’s surface to various heights. This adjustment can be manual or powered by electric motors. This way, you can easily alternate between sitting and standing positions throughout your workday.

3. What are the benefits of using a Sit-Standing Desk?

Using a Sit-Standing Desk offers several benefits, including:

  • Reduced Health Risks: Alternating between sitting and standing can help reduce the risks associated with prolonged sitting, such as obesity, cardiovascular issues, and musculoskeletal problems.
  • Improved Posture: Standing encourages better posture, which can alleviate strain on the spine and lower back.
  • Increased Energy and Focus: Standing can help combat fatigue and improve alertness, potentially leading to enhanced productivity.
  • Calorie Burning: Standing burns more calories than sitting, contributing to weight management and overall health.
  • Reduced Neck and Shoulder Tension: Standing can reduce the likelihood of hunching over and straining your neck and shoulders.

4. Are Sit-Standing Desks adjustable in height?

Yes, Sit-Standing Desks are designed to be adjustable in height. This feature allows you to customize the desk’s height to suit your individual comfort level whether you’re sitting or standing.

5. Do Sit-Standing Desks have additional features?

Yes, many Sit-Standing Desks come with extra features, such as built-in cable management, storage options, and even memory settings to save preferred height positions.

6. Are Sit-Standing Desks easy to use?

Yes, Sit-Standing Desks are designed to be user-friendly. Most models offer smooth and effortless height adjustments, often operated by a simple button or lever.

7. Can I switch between sitting and standing frequently?

Absolutely! In fact, frequent transitions between sitting and standing are encouraged. Experts recommend changing your position every 30 minutes for optimal health benefits.

8. Are Sit-Standing Desks suitable for any workspace?

Yes, Sit-Standing Desks come in various sizes and styles, making them suitable for various workspaces, whether at home, in an office, or a shared environment.

9. Can using a Sit-Standing Desk improve my productivity?

Yes, many individuals find that using a Sit-Standing Desk helps maintain focus and energy levels, potentially leading to increased productivity. However, results may vary from person to person.

10. Are there any ergonomic considerations for using a Sit-Standing Desk?

Yes, it’s important to set up your Sit-Standing Desk ergonomically. Ensure your computer screen is at eye level, your elbows are at a 90-degree angle, and your wrists are straight while typing.

11. Can Sit-Standing Desks help alleviate back pain?

Yes, alternating between sitting and standing can help reduce back pain by avoiding prolonged static postures. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

12. Are there any guidelines for transitioning to a Sit-Standing Desk?

Start by gradually increasing your standing time over a few weeks to allow your body to adjust. Use an anti-fatigue mat to reduce discomfort.

13. Can I use a Sit-Standing Desk if I have certain health conditions?

Sit-Standing Desks can be beneficial for various health conditions, but it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare provider before making any major changes to your workspace.

14. Are Sit-Standing Desks environmentally friendly?

Many manufacturers offer eco-friendly options, using sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. Check product specifications for details.

15. How do I maintain my Sit-Standing Desk?

Regularly clean the desk’s surface and mechanisms. Lubricate moving parts as recommended by the manufacturer.

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