Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Is a standing desk right for you?

Standing desks are currently ‘in’. Amid claims of increasing focus, reducing health concerns and stimulating productivity, many offices, including Google and Facebook, are providing their employees with standing desks, both as a response to employee concerns and in an effort to better their businesses. However, is a standing desk right for you? 

Typically, standing desks are taken advantage of by employees who frequently move about the office.Here are a few things to think about before making the switch… 

1. Does the standing desk fit your work needs?

Typically, standing desks are taken advantage of by employees who frequently move about the office. Being at a standing desk allows them to keep their energy levels high and improve their focus for the short tasks they do at their desks. 

However, for creatives, being able to relax and let the mind wander for inspiration may be better for workflow. Additionally, if you’re the type of person who eats their lunch while working (to maximize efficiency) you may not warm to the idea of having to stand while eating. 

2. Can you manage standing for long periods?

While standing desks are known to keep energy levels constant throughout the day - avoiding the droopy eyes that come with the 3 o’clock slump - there are also potential downsides. 

Standing makes your heart pump harder and the chance to develop varicose veins is significantly increased. And, much like sitting, standing in one place for an extended amount of time is not good for your muscles. Fatigue mats, which you can stand on for extra support over long periods, can help make a standing desk more comfortable. 

3. How long are your workdays?

Without the ability to recline and relax, long workdays can feel torturous if you’re forced to be on your feet for more than 10 hours. Much like the traditional seated desk, it is important to move around every couple of hours after standing for two to three hours - you should take a walk around the office to improve circulation or give your feet a rest and relax in a chair for fifteen to twenty minutes. 


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