In the past, Gannon has spoken about the long-term problems that people can be at risk to from bad posture at work. However there are also problems which can arise down the line as a result of prolonged sitting. Studies have even suggested an “association of sedentary time with diabetes” and “cardiovascular disease”.
A standing desk is an ergonomically-designed desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working, which is shown to be more beneficial to people’s general health and productivity. There are various styles and brands in this area. Before we get to that, however, let’s talk about the benefits of standing desks.
1. Reduction in back pain
Back pain is one of the most common injuries and complaints in the workplace. This is usually brought on from people sitting at their desk with bad posture, often hunched over to work at their screen. Standing at your desk and being able to have the keyboard and computer screen at eye level will make it harder for you to hunch over and risk back pain.
2. Feel more alert
When people stand, they tend to feel less sedentary and more alert. This generally leaves us in a better and more active mood. It’s hard to have a continuous positive mood, high concentration and energy, if the body isn’t keeping at least somewhat active. A British study found that “Standing desks have the ability to reduce tiredness among workers and boost productivity”.
3. Generally healthier
There are great health benefits to standing desks, even when just used for interval periods of the day. To quote medical experts, “If you work at a desk, try a standing desk”. You can counteract a lot of the above-mentioned medical problems for your staff by incorporating standing desks into their work life. What’s better is that you can use standing desks to springboard awareness of general employee health. Everyone agrees that being active throughout the day is the healthiest way to be. Standing desks could help encourage your staff to be more physically active outside of their job, instilling a positive attitude towards general health and fitness.
4. It doesn’t have to be one or the other
As much as we love to encourage an active lifestyle, permanent standing workspaces simply aren’t realistic for everyone. Some people will of course find it hard to stand all day without resting, so why not have the best of both worlds with an adjustable height desk, such as the ALUFORCE PRO 250 M? This means people can freely stand for some of their day and sit for periods when they want to. With these kinds of adjustable desks, you can allow staff the freedom to create their own healthy workplace balance.
Standing desks are a great tool for every office to create a healthy workplace balance by protecting people from long term health problems and encouraging their own healthy lifestyle. At the end of the day, the happier and healthier your staff are, the more productive they will be. Consider investing in standing desks today.
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