Elevate Your Space

May 21, 2020     |    

Why stand?

The transition to working from home has been a major adjustment for most. Workers have had to create new routines and habits – uncovering new challenges. For those who work in traditional offices, they spend the majority of the day planted at desks with limited movement. Now, without the usual commute and scaled down getting ready routine, we may be moving even less. 

If you’re ready to shake things up and work more movement and healthier habits into your routine, consider this solution – a standing desk.

Did you know on average, people spend about fifteen hours per day sitting down, with eight of those hours at their desks? On a normal day, if you sat at your desk for lunch, that would be nine hours. There isn’t much of a transition period from work to home life anymore, especially since most of the nation’s states are in the midst of “Stay at Home” orders. According to Safco, risks of sitting down all or most of your day causes issues like strained neck, sore back and shoulders, lower back pain, tight hip flexors and poor leg circulation.

“Movement — from a stroll around the office to sit-stand workstations that increase energy — can help improve circulation, mental health and capacity, chronic back problems, cardiovascular performance, and more. A healthier workforce that’s less likely to call in sick can have an effect on the company’s healthcare costs,” says CFO.

Which standing desk is right for you?

The simple act of standing burns more calories than sitting. Active workspaces promote good posture, drive collaboration, enhance culture, and positively impact productivity.

  1. Adjustable standing desks can be electric or manual depending on your budget.
  2. Fixed height desks, such as lecterns, can be static or mobile.
  3. Desk and keyboard risers are devices that you can include in addition to your stationary workspace. An economical riser option (and one you can implement rather quickly) is called an adjustable converter desk. You can use your existing desk or even your countertop and add another platform. It sits on top of your desk and simply converts your workstation into a standing workstation. Some use a small table addition while others stack old college textbooks. Feel free to get creative.
  4. Monitor mounts and arms can level up your station by allowing you to adjust your screens’ placement and height. This alone can make a huge difference in your everyday work environment.

Tips for success

  1. Alternate between sitting and standing because standing too much for-too long could also be harmful. For long periods of time, standing still is said to negatively affect your leg muscles, tendons and other connective tissue, and may even cause varicose veins. Early research, from Healthline, suggests you should only spend one hour standing for every one to two hours sitting.
  2. Change positions often. That means desk height, monitor height, keyboard and mouse height, and adjust accordingly.
  3. Purchase an anti-fatigue mat for more comfort.
  4. Like a challenge? Try our suggestions for active seating.

So, what’re you waiting for? Find the solution right for you today at business.officedepot.com