How To Justify A Standing Desk At Your Workplace

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How To Justify A Standing Desk At Your Workplace

Standing desks are more than just a craze, and they’re spilling beyond the deep-pocketed offices of world-known companies like Google and Facebook.

 

People are becoming smarter, more aware, and more preventative when it comes to their health, which in itself is brilliant to see. Where they stumble, though, is the cost justification of a standing desk culture in the workplace.

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Is sitting at work doing your head in?
 

The difference between ‘price’ and ‘cost’

Price aversion is natural – of course we’re all guilty of denying a purchase based on price alone, both personally and professionally.

 

The difference between price and cost becomes apparent: price is what a company would pay for equipment, furniture or software upfront. Cost, however, is the ongoing payment attributed to losses and other operating costs.

 

Can your business justify the costs associated with workplace injuries and days missed, and look beyond upfront price?

 

Common sedentary injuries

A lot of pressure is put on your body when you’re sitting, slumping, and slouching for up to 17 hours in a day. ’17 hours?’ you think. ‘It can’t be that much!’ Calculate it: on average, you spend around seven hours in bed, let’s say an hour or two for the work commute, plus about seven or eight hours sitting at your desk. Combine all that with two or three hours of sitting in front of the TV to relax at night, and we’ve brought your grand total to 17 hours (and possibly more!) of sedentary behaviour.

 

Common workplace injuries, due to a sedentary lifestyle, include:

  • – Tight hip flexors
  • – Stiff spine
  • – Aching hamstrings and calves
  • – Tight shoulders
  • – Sore neck

But why? We could go on (and we have: see this blog and this blog), but to put it simply: reduced muscular demand – in that sedentary position – leads to increased joint loading and stress due to de-conditioning.

Standing desk justifications

OK, so you know the facts, and you’re obviously keen to stand up for your health… but how do you convince the boss?

The cost of workplace injuries

Check out these stats! You might like to allude to your boss that:

  • Lower back pain is the most prevalent workplace injury in Australia
  • It affects employees of all ages in all sectors (so no one is exempt)
  • Back pain costs Australian businesses a whopping $4.8 BILLION every year (argh!)
  • 25 per cent of back pain sufferers (aged between 18 and 55) take 10 or more days off per year. (What’s that costing you in lost productivity?)

Productivity

Standing desks (moreover, the ability to switch from standing to sitting within mere seconds) are attributed as one of the greatest advantages when it comes to improving workplace productivity.

 

In fact, some journalists who tested out standing desks reported that, when standing, they felt a sense of perseverance or urgency, that allowed them to refocus and complete tasks more efficiently.

 

Concentration

Avoid that dreaded 3 o’clock slump (ahhh, only two hours to go!) and remove “food coma” from your vocabulary: shifting between sitting and standing increases blood flow and improves energy and concentration.

 

You even start to segment tasks: “I’ll sit once I’ve finished this blog post” – the reward is sitting, but the condition is that you won’t do so until you finish your current task. You then make a decision to get the job done with fewer distractions!

 

Staff welfare

Beyond the legal obligations to which you have to comply (Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), compensation, annual leave, etc.), a quality company requires quality staff. Retain and recruit the highest quality of staff by offering generous benefits and true compassion.

 

All of these actions create a positive and fruitful work environment, and improve the welfare of not only staff, but of the managerial team, too. You’ll see an improvement in workplace absences, and your team will be not only happier, but healthier, too.

 

So stand up for your health today, and have a chat to your boss about a sit-stand work environment. What have you got to lose? Contact us today if you require any further info.

 

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Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

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Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

Google
Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.
Janette

Nickel 10/05/24

Google
Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

Google
I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

Google
I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Google
Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

Google
Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

Google
Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

Google
Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

Google
I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.
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