Incorporating Standing Desks Into Your Workplace
People are always looking for the next big thing for their health and well being, hence the wild success of Whole Foods, yoga, and Pilates. Now in the last several years, standing desks have risen in popularity. Standing desks can have an impact on employee health, and by extension, their morale and productivity.
Health Benefits of Standing Desks
Over the last several decades, scientists have studied the benefits of standing and other activities. Physical activity is better for the body, while sitting for several hours per day can be detrimental to employee health.
While standing desks do not require employees to engage in hard physical labor, simply standing rather than sitting in one place all day has many of the same benefits as engaging in more strenuous physical activities.
- Reduced risk of cancer. According to the Smithsonian, excessive sitting has been linked to occurrences of breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and others.
- Longer life span. Harvard Health reports that too much sitting has been linked to an early death. In fact, even lengthy hours spent at a gym can’t make up for too much time spent sitting.
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The CDC reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, while the Smithsonian website reports that sitting is associated with increased risk for heart disease and heart attack.
- Reduced risk of metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Florida have made the connection between excessive sitting and type 2 diabetes.
Beyond these scientific reasons, many people who have sitting desks report having higher energy levels and fewer aches and pains.
Standing Desks Influence Office Culture, Attract Good Employees
Standing desks are making appearances everywhere: in small businesses and large, home offices, and even schools. Offices that make the change to standing desks for employees that request them are showing a willingness to make employees comfortable and a concern for employee health.
A recent article on Forbes shows that companies that prioritize the best interests of their employees enjoy greater profits, higher stock values, greater employee productivity, and stronger employee loyalty. This makes businesses more attractive to the best candidates at hiring time, and increases the likelihood that an individual business will be able to hire the candidate of their choice.
Convertible Desks Offer Employees More Choices
Making the change to a standing desk can be intimidating for employees who have been sitting in a chair all day for the last several years or decades. In addition, not all employees find standing desks to be comfortable for 8 hours per day. Convertible desks offer employees more choices, so employees can switch between sitting whenever necessary.
Beyond these scientific reasons, many people who have sitting desks report having higher energy levels and fewer aches and pains. Standing desks give employees a good reason to stretch, burn calories, and feel better in the workplace.