The Benefits of Offering Standing Height & Adjustable Height Desk Options

With headlines declaring “sitting is the new smoking,” standing height desks have come to the forefront of the discussion around wellness in the workplace. Promoting employee wellness doesn’t just benefit employees, it benefits the company as a whole, so companies all over the world are looking for ways to encourage people to get out of their desk chairs.

Encouraging people to sit less sounds like a great idea in theory. And although they’ve gotten a lot of attention in recent years, standing desks have actually been around for centuries and notable people like Thomas Jefferson, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and Benjamin Franklin are all known to have used them. But are standing desks really worth it?

Over a twelve-month period, Steelcase conducted their Stand Up to Work study to examine the impacts of standing desk usage and their findings supported the idea that standing desks can offer a lot of great benefits. 47% of people with height adjustable desks reported a significant reduction in neck, shoulder, and upper back discomfort. Standing height desks can also have a positive impact on productivity. In this study, 65% of height adjustable desks reported that, after a year, they felt more productive, energetic, refreshed, and awake. Other studies have resulted in similar findings.

Many people want to spend less time sitting down at work, but they’re also concerned they wouldn’t be comfortable spending a full workday on their feet. Adjustable height desks, like the Airtouch deskare a excellent solution because they give people full control over how they work. The Airtouch desk makes it possible to go from a seated height to a standing height as needed with the simple touch of a button.

individual workspace with chair at desk and treadmill for walking option

Encouraging people to spend less time sitting is beneficial, but encouraging movement throughout the day can have even greater benefits. Technology allows us to work more efficiently, but it’s also made many jobs more sedentary and now rates of health issues like obesity, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure are on the rise.

Even as offices are increasingly being designed to encourage movement throughout the day, many people still view their desk as their homebase in the workplace. It’s where they spend the majority of their time and where much of their work gets done, so it’s also important to figure out ways to make working more physically involved. Treadmill desks are a great way to achieve this. Walking burns more calories than standing still and helps reduce blood pressure and stress. It can also help give creativity a boost. Steelcase's Sit-to-Walkstation combines a work surface and a treadmill so that people can walk and work at the same time, leaving room for a chair so that people can sit down when needed.

Looking for more ways to create a healthy work environment? Contact our design assistance teamOnce we have more information about your space, we’ll find a solution that can get your employees up and moving.

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