“Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” James Levine, MD, PhD
The standing desk concept is not a new one. There was in fact a time when standing desks were more than a curiosity and used by many great minds and thinkers, like Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Hemingway, but rarely seen in a regular office setting.
In this day and age however, sitting and working at your desk all day, whether you like it or not, is really bad for your health as well as your productivity. Us human beings were not designed to sit for more than 3 hours a day, therefore standing desks have been touted as the answer to health problems and decrease in productivity caused by sitting all day. Overall, current evidence suggests that standing may be effective in improving overall health while taking into consideration both physiological and mental health components.
Working while standing brings numerous benefits, such as: less back problems, boosted energy and productivity levels, etc. A number of scientific studies have shown, the variation of your position during the day is critical to your health and wellbeing.
Other intriguing and exciting facts is that there is a clear trend showing a dramatic rise in the demand for standing desks. Many people around the world are looking for alternative working ways for better health. In addition another undeniable reason for using these stand up desks is to experiment and try something new in the working environment. Research has also shown that people who use standing desks tend to have a more positive outlook on life.
Several studies are also showing that more than 50% of employees in large companies are currently using standing desks or are planning to do so in the near future. For many of them standing desks are like new toys and they have quickly fallen in love with them while spending up to as much as 75% of their work day standing.
So what does this mean for employers? The benefits discussed above are pretty clear and chances are that most employees would opt to use these incredible electrically adjustable desks, given the opportunity. Redesigning work environments and providing access to standing desks while supporting your employees are bound to be a cinch. Purchasing a limited number of standing desks initially for your workplace and using them as shared workstations could be the perfect solution!
Hurdleys Office Furniture is a New Zealand known authority when it comes to supplying standing desks and offer nationwide delivery. Why not shop online or for those of you living in the Auckland area, please feel free to drop in at our new showroom located at the corner of Clayton & Alma Streets in Newmarket. For more info about our range of office furniture products, please call one of our friendly sales team members at 09 522 2090