Why Your Workers Need a Standing Desk

Revitalise Your Workplace with Standing Desks

Around 75% of the average Australian’s workday is spent sitting down, usually in lengthy bouts – it’s not unusual for office workers to sit for almost an entire 8-hour shift!

In the last decade, researchers have concluded that, aside from being rather boring, this way of working is a serious health risk. According to a recent paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the risks of prolonged sitting are so bad that workspaces without standing desk options may be deemed unsafe in the near future. Your workers’ health and wellbeing are the most essential reasons your office should include standing desks, but there are many others – ranging from boosting productivity to striking a blow for gender equality.

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Bad Health by Stealth

When someone eats four Big Macs or smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, it’s obviously unhealthy. But sitting down seems so harmless, especially if the sitter exercises daily. But the fact is, a little exercise isn’t enough.

Many scientific studies have shown that the risk of heart disease rises with time spent sitting. People who sit for most of the day are around 54% more likely to die of a heart attack. A study of more than 700,000 people found that prolonged sitting also increases risk for diabetes. Cancer risk also goes up, as well as the potential for back, neck, and leg problems.

Sitting too much can also kill your flexibility. When you’re sitting, the electrical activity in your legs more or less shuts down. Over time, this tightens the hamstrings and hips, limiting your range of motion and flexibility. Not only does this affect lifestyle – compounding health problems by making an active life more difficult – it also increases your chance of injury.

Adjustable platform desks and improved work routines – sitting, standing, and active breaks – will alleviate these problems.

Less Sick Days and Medical Claims

Helping your employees develop healthier working habits will directly aid your business too. You’ll end up with less paid sick days and less chance of a medical claim landing at your feet. Studies have shown that such claims drop when offices adopt ergonomic office solutions.

More Alert and More Productive

Alternating between sitting and standing while at work doesn’t just improve workers’ health, it also boosts productivity. This has been recognised by some fairly successful businesses. Google offers employees the option of standing desks while Facebook has more than 250 employees using standing desks.

Facebook recruiter Greg Hoy told the Wall Street Journal “I don’t get the 3 o’clock slump anymore, I feel active all day long.”

Many venture capital firms have also adopted standing desks as they’ve found they lead to more ideas and more active sharing and collaboration. There’s a reason for all this – when you sit for long periods, your metabolism slows. One of the effects of this is that less fresh blood and oxygen get to your brain. So, that brain-dead feeling you get at three o’clock every day is your brain going partially offline because it isn’t getting enough of what it needs to function at full capacity. Keeping more active at work also helps prevent post-lunch digestion naps by boosting metabolic activity.

Standing up for Women’s Rights

The design of most fixed height furniture to suit the average male is one of the subtle ways women are disadvantaged in the workplace. Women are, on average, 5 inches shorter than men and this leaves many with desks that don’t suit them well. The best solution to this is introducing adjustable standing desks – half your workforce shouldn’t be uncomfortable at their desks!

Attract and Retain the Best Staff!

The best employees are intelligent, resourceful, and forward-thinking. It’s not surprising that many informed employees have started creating their own standing desk ‘hacks’ since reports about the dangers of sitting began to emerge.

We serve companies throughout Australia for standup desks and many more work related products. For more information about standing desks, talk to Elevar today.

Keeping Your Monitor at Arm’s Length

Monitor arms are an ergonomic office solution that allows you to take control of your computer monitor and move it off the desktop to the correct height all times, rather than being tied down by a static monitor stand.

As the health risks of traditional office work become more widely understood, are being used in more and more workspaces. They integrate beautifully with other ergonomic products like standing desks and they also allow workers to free up more desk space.

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Health Benefits of Monitor Arms

The main goal of all ergonomic solutions is to improve the health of our workforce. With employees working longer hours on average, ergonomic office solutions are more important than ever. Improved staff health and comfort also leads to happier employees and that leads to more productivity. The three main health benefits of dynamic monitor holders are:

Freedom of Movement

Monitor arms give the user freedom; freedom to ensure their monitor can be placed and positioned exactly where they require it. Essentially, they can customise their workspace to ensure they are as comfortable as possible.

Reducing Neck, Back, and Eye Strain

The most common complaints from office workers are neck, back and eye pain, all of which are improved by an ergonomic monitor arm. For best results, a computer monitor should be 38-65 cm from the user’s eyes and the top of the screen should be roughly at eye level. An adjustable monitor arm means this ideal setup can be maintained in any position, whether standing or sitting.

Enhancing Other Ergonomic Equipment

There is only so much that a stand-up desk, ergonomic chair, and posture training can achieve if your employees are still stuck straining their neck, back, and eyes trying to work with an outdated, static monitor holder. A good quality monitor arm is icing on the ergonomic cake.

Productivity Benefits of Monitor Arms

As well as improved staff health and all the related benefits it brings, articulated monitor arms also contribute to productivity in more direct ways:

  • Freeing up space – by having your monitor supported on an arm over your desk, you’ll instantly de-clutter.
  • Multitasking – flexible monitor arms make multitasking much easier. With a dynamic monitor holder, employees can do their computer-based work, push the monitor back for the paperwork, then move it to the side for a meeting – it’s easy, efficient, and can all be done from the one workspace.
  • Easier hot desking – for offices with shared spaces for hot-desking or collaborating, articulated monitor arms improve things greatly. When moving to a new desk, staff can get the monitor where they need it almost instantly. Sharing information across a desk is much easier when the monitor can simply be swivelled around.

Upgrade Your Monitor Arms Today

We serve businesses throughout Australia for monitor arms. Elevar has a great range of articulated monitor arms to suit any budget, get in touch today to find out more.