Benefits of stand up desks
Some people love standing up at work; others hate it; most people are somewhere in between. There have been many studies showing the benefits of stand up desks. It seems worth trying one out for a few weeks. This means not just for a few days because research also shows it’s not a Eureka type moment, but a benefit that is felt over time.*
So, what are the benefits of adding a stand up desk to your office furniture range?
Better health with a stand up desk or workstation
The research into the benefits usually focuses on the risks of sitting down for too long. On average, an office worker sits down for approximately 75% of their work day, driven mostly by the need to use computers or a desk for writing.
Too much sedentary time can lead to health problems including diabetes, heart disease, depression, colon cancer, back and neck pain. Comcare, the Australian Government’s regulator of workplace health and safety, published a poster called The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting. It shows that workers face a 40% increased risk of death in the next three years if they sit for more than 11 hours a day.
Burn more calories at a stand up desk or workstation
Research into full-time office workers shows that those who sit for longer are about three times as likely to have a waist circumference larger than 94cm for men or 80cm for women.**
Standing burns around 30% more calories per hour than sitting down. That’s quite substantial when you think how many hours you spend at work. It means you can benefit from some low-effort calorie burning simply by using stand up office furniture. It’s even more compelling given studies also show that going to the gym for an hour after work does not begin to compensate for 7 or 8 hours sitting on our bottoms during the day.**
A feel-good effect can be created when people take positive action. Once they are aware of the health benefits of reduced sedentary time, this can translate into improved motivation in the workplace.
Even with no obvious back or neck problems, you can expect to reap some benefits of using stand up desks in the office. One study conducted over six months showed nearly 75% of those working at stand capable workstations experienced decreased body discomfort after using these desks for six months.*
The use of the term ‘stand capable workstation’ in this study highlights an important point. Employees need to be given a choice about when to stand up to work. Some jobs are best performed sitting down, and staff will sometimes prefer to sit down regardless of the task at hand.
Most Australian stand up desks can be manual or electric height adjusted, they are not fixed in a standing position. This gives employees complete control over whether they stand up or sit down to work. See for example, Accent Office Furniture’s stand up desk range.
Evidence suggests that introducing stand up desks to your office furniture range can improve productivity. This is because circulation increases and the brain becomes more productive.
Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Charles Dickens all used stand up desks. They clearly realised the productivity benefits of stand up office furniture. More recently, one study found that employees using stand capable workstations were about 46% more productive than another group that only worked sitting down.*
To find out more about the benefits of stand up desks, please call the Accent Furniture on 1800 044 044.