A big part of running a successful business is in creating a positive workspaces, where your team feels they have what they need to be productive. To create an influential company culture, you will have to make sure your employees are comfortable enough to do their jobs. Thus, the need for functional furniture.
Many professionals in the medical community are concerned about the link between too much sitting and chronic disease. Depending on the nature of a business, many jobs involve employees being stuck in one position all day long. More and more companies are encouraging their employees to get up and get moving. One way to accomplish this is by adding adjustable workstations next to your standard height desks and office chairs. Shared space allows employees to sit and stand.
The Debate Over Adjustable Desks
The big question is: are adjustable desks worth it? Are business owners helping their employees, or is it an unnecessary expense? Engineering professors around the U.S. gathered data from 53 different studies. Recently reviewed by the University of Pittsburgh April Chambers, the conclusion was that there are health benefits to adjustable desks, although weight loss was not one of them. University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor Robert Radwin who studies workplace ergonomics seems to agree (he was not involved in the University of Pittsburg’s study). “I think they have their place. If people suffer from discomfort from sitting at their desks and they feel standing is beneficial, then such a desk might be helpful. Still, you should be careful not to expect that a sit-stand desk is going to make sedentary work much healthier than if you just got out and exercised,” Radwin said.
So, how do adjustable desks help? Here are three ways they do benefit workers, and a few reasons why it might be worth it to add them to your workspace:
- Lowers Risk of Weight Gain
While it may not trump daily exercise, using an adjustable desk can help you keep from gaining weight. When compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories.
- Reduces Back Pain
Do you know someone who doesn’t have back pain? Back pain is one of the most common complaints of office workers who sit all day. Studies have reported up to a 32 percent improvement in lower back pain after several weeks of using standing desks.
- Boosts Productivity
Some workers feel that standing desks hinder tasks like typing. But studies have shown that standing desks had no impact on the number of words typed per minute or typing errors. In fact, coupled with the fact that they improve mood and energy, they are actually known to boost productivity.
If you need to revamp your office space to make sure your employees have the furniture they need to be comfortable and productive, consider contacting our team at Trader Boys. We have years of experience in creating functional work-spaces with pieces like adjustable office desks. We will help you create a space that promotes productivity and comfort at the same time.