With the shift in workplace culture to focus on employee health & well-being orientated environment, we are continually seeing new solutions for physical and mental health support.
Sitting at a desk for eight or more hours a day has the potential to cause long-term damage to our health. To counter this, stand-up desks are becoming a popular choice of workstation within the home and work office. They allow the user to work in a more functional and comfortable environment while also providing various health benefits and increasing productivity.
What are the main benefits of a sit-stand desk?
1. Physical health benefits
Sitting down for long periods can have a detrimental impact on our physical and mental well-being. Using a stand-up working desk, you naturally become more active, which is highly beneficial for your physical health and posture and your mental health. Research has shown that the most significant health benefits of using a sit-stand desk include decreasing the chance of heart disease, increasing blood flow, supporting better digestion, and maintaining a healthy weight.
2. Gradual transition
Making the switch to a sit and stand desk is a step towards a healthier work-life. However, jumping straight into an 8-hour day standing may not be kind to your body. There are risks of developing back, leg, and foot pain if you make a dramatic change in your work posture, leading to long-term physical pain. Switching to a sit-stand desk should be a gradual transition. Start with 30-60 minutes a day, then once you are comfortable, start gradually increasing the time. There isn’t a magic number on how many hours you should be standing; you should do what works best for your circumstances and listen to your body.
3. Increases productivity
Sitting at your desk all day can put your mind and body at a slump. Studies have found that working just 4 hours at your standing desk helps improve your efficiency and attention to detail, while ultimately improving your overall productivity.
Incorporating a sit-stand desk into your daily work routine can help reduce stress and anxiety in your daily lifestyle. It promotes health benefits that boost your working potential while supporting a healthy body and mind.
With flexibility in shape and form, there are many options on the market that can provide your team with efficient desks that suit any size, space, or budget. Increasing your employee’s overall health and well-being leads to higher productivity, satisfaction, and workplace performance.
Interested in learning more? Speak to one of our team members, and we can help you make the transition to stand up working desks to better support your team.