The effects of prolonged sitting have become a hot topic in recent years as more research emerges about the negative impact it can have on the body. Sitting increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and becoming obese, as well as decreasing your blood circulation to your legs. Office workers have been searching for a solution to counteract the effects, like taking breaks throughout the day to stretch, but this still doesn’t counteract the damages of constant sitting.
Height adjustable desks have become a solution to this problem. And many office workers are trading out their traditional corporate desks for an ergonomic workspace. But what many don’t realize is that there are numerous other benefits for investing in standing workstations. Here are a few of the perks of standing desks and how they can help you at the office.
Encourages More Collaboration
Stand up desks give employees a place to come together and discuss important topics, without bothering other coworkers. The traditional cubicle setup at the office provides privacy to get work done but it does little to encourage employee collaboration. When people do try to collaborate at a cubicle, it can be disturbing to surrounding coworkers. Instead you are forced to schedule a time to meet in a conference room.
But sometimes an idea strikes and you want to be able to share it with your teammates immediately. Standing desks allow you to do this without having to wait for a conference room. It makes the brainstorming process more organic and less contrived. Standing meetings also tend to be more efficient and productive. Employees are more likely to stay on topic and more engaged in the conversation when they are standing.
Boosts Creativity and Focus
Your workspace has a lot of influence on the way you approach work. Height adjustable desks give you the option to change up your scenery and work position, unlike traditional desks, which can be very valuable in generating fresh ideas. Your surroundings and environment play a big role in your creativity and it can be difficult to be creative when you work in the same space in the same position day after day.
While most companies don’t allow you to work wherever you want, a stand up desk enables you to change up your environment. When you get bored with sitting, you can easily adjust your desk to a standing position. Even this small change in perspective can help you refocus on the work you need to accomplish as well as spark new ideas.
Better for Your Health
On average, an office worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes every day sitting at his or her desk. A 2011 study found that 49,000 breast cancer cases and 43,000 colon cancer cases annually in the US could be attributed to prolonged sitting. Another study found that sitting for longer periods of time reduces the body’s effectiveness at regulating glucose levels in the blood. Basically, sitting for too long is just very bad for your health. But when you work at a desk job, what can you do?
A sit to stand desk allows you to comfortably work from a standing position without disturbing your creative flow. You don’t have to stop what you are doing in order to get up, move around and stretch. An ergonomic workspace adjusts to the perfect height, and you are able to increase blood circulation and burn calories throughout the day.
Adjusts to Your Specific Needs
Alright, so we’ve established that standing desks are a great investment, but many people decide to craft their own standing desk. So what’s the benefit in getting a TrueNorth adjustable height desk as opposed to having a DIY version. The problem with a makeshift standing desk is that it’s going to be extremely difficult to transition between a standing and a sitting position. And you want to make sure that you utilize both positions because standing 8 hours a day can be almost as bad as sitting for that long.
Even if you are able to adjust your DIY desk, it will be more difficult to get it to the exact height you need. A TrueNorth standing desk, on the other hand, can adjust to the exact position you need within seconds, whether you are sitting or standing. Don’t waste time trying to fashion together a DIY standing desk when you’d be better served invested in a TrueNorth adjustable height desk.