How to convince your boss to get you a sit-stand desk
After thorough research and contemplation, you’ve finally decided: you want a sit-stand desk at work.
You’ve been reading all about the benefits they can provide.
You know they are used in all types of industries and workplaces across Australia.
And as you read this very blog post, your back aches as you enter your fifth hour straight of sitting at your desk.
You’re toying with the idea of telling your boss that you want a sit-stand desk, but first, you want to make sure your prepared for potential rebuttal.
You’ve got to get the facts right, and make a convincing argument to support your desire for a standing desk.
So how do you convince your boss to finally get that precious desk of your dreams?
We’re laying out five key reasons your boss should embrace sit-stand desks in your workplace.
Why get a sit-stand desk?
To promote wellness and good health
If you’re thinking of one positive way to convince your boss to get you a sit-stand desk, start with the health benefits.
Good employers prioritise the health and wellness of their valued employees. Tell your boss that sitting for more than 8 hours a day is not healthy for anyone.
Prolonged sitting can contribute to obesity and weight gain, as stagnant, prolonged sitting becomes “the new normal”.
When you sit for long periods of time, you’re missing out on burning calories, compared to when you use a sit-stand desk.
Standing burns more calories, thus lowers blood sugar levels that can contribute to diabetes.
In addition to that, regularly switching between sitting and standing can help reduce the risk of high cholesterol levels.
Once your boss understands the health benefits of having a standing desk around, there are a few more points you can make.
Tell them that a healthy employee often correlates to not only an employee that has fewer sick days, but one who also demonstrates improved work performance, and importantly, boasts a more positive morale!
To improve productivity at work
We’re all familiar with the 3 o’clock slump. The majority of the day is over, and we’re subconsciously counting down the hours and minutes until we can call it a day.
Ask anyone who lives in an office, and we bet they’ll tell you how they can often feel tired, unmotivated, and to be frank, a little worn out.
Combine that with hours spent in front of a computer, and it’s easy to see why so many of us feel this way.
Combat the 3 o’clock slump by reinvigorating your workplace with the power of a standing desk!
Consistent switching between sitting and standing during the workday keeps employees more alert, more focused, and more productive.
Sit-stand desks encourage users to subconsciously tap their feet, shift weight from one foot to the other, and move around more than they would while sitting.
Keep them on their toes (both literally and figuratively!) to ensure they stay motivated to complete the task at hand.
To keep your team alert and energetic
A successful workplace is a happy one!
Alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day with a sit-stand desk can boost mood, energy, and alertness. And when energy is high, so too is motivation!
Whether you’re stuck in back to back phone conferences, are working to a tight deadline, or brainstorming with your workmates, make sure you perform these tasks while splitting your time between sitting and standing.
Not only will you feel better physically, but your mind will thank you, too.
To improve posture and alleviate pain
One common way that people discover the benefits of standing desks are when they suffer from back pain, and start searching for a solution.
Our bodies aren’t designed to sit all day, but alas, our desk jobs are forcing Australians all over the country to contort their bodies and suffer from neck, back, leg, and shoulder pain.
Put it this way: it’s a whole lot harder to slouch when you’re standing! When you stand, you basically force your body into better posture. And don’t forget, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) stand all day, either!
The key lies in constantly switching between sitting and standing, throughout your workday.
Start small – sit for the majority of the day, and experiment by standing for 15 minutes every 2 hours.
As your body gets more used to standing, you can inject it more frequently into your workday.
The result? Not only will your brain feel more energised, but so too will your body: alleviate muscle aches and pains when you stand up for your health!
To stand up for your health – and encourage others, too!
Once you start standing, you’ll quickly see the influence you have on others, as news of your sit-stand desk trickles through the office, different departments, word-of-mouth, and via natural human curiosity!
Before you know it, your first move towards encouraging your boss to listen to your argument has pushed others to step forward and demand the same action towards their health!
Get a high quality sit-stand desk in Australia from Ergomotion
We’re sure your boss understands your need to be healthy and happy at work.
Isn’t it time you stood up for your health with an Ergomotion standing desk?
We’re sure your boss can understand your need to be healthy and happy at work.
Let Ergomotion help you feel more energised and productive as you become an advocate for standing desks in your workplace! Explore our custom standing desks here, or get in touch today with any questions. Give us a call on (03) 9579 1454, or fill in this form and we will get back to you!