Exploring sit-stand desks


Creating a healthy workplace is a key topic in employee wellbeing. It is a critical way to enhance productivity levels and sustain attraction and retention rates. The average office worker sits between 6-9 hours daily, so below we explore the benefits of using sit-stand desks.

Muscle usage

Humans are not designed to sit for long periods of time. It has been suggested some office workers are now sitting for more time than pensioners. Whilst you are standing, some of the body’s largest muscles are activated, which increases the blood flow around the body and to the brain. This in turn improves the way we work, and it has been scientifically proven to improve productivity and increase creativity.

Back pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints for workers who sit at a desk all day. By switching between sitting and standing throughout the day it can reduce the strain put on your back, shoulders, arms and neck when sitting.

Better health

An NHS study found that by providing sit-stand desks, the users sat for one hour less every day, after 12 months of use. By stranding rather than sitting, it has a positive affect on blood sugar levels, weight and can reduce cholesterol levels.

Improve your mood and productivity

The Stand More At Work (SMArT Work) campaign encouraged more standing at work over a 12 month period. The results found that by providing employees with a height adjustable workstation, instructions and coaching on this, the users spent less time sitting but also had improved mood, higher energy, increased productivity, less daily anxiety and overall improved quality of life.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance are an example of the sit stand desk in practice in the image above. They installed a few within their hot desk zone to provide access to new ways of working.

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