Who’s using standing desks?
The Silicon Valley – the nickname for a region in the San Francisco Bay area of California – has paved the way for other companies to employ standing desks in their day-to-day business actions.
This revolution began when employees at big organisations like Facebook and Google started blogging about their standing desk procedures.
The Silicon Valley is nicknamed so because of the many high-tech, innovative businesses in the region.
Yes, it may have started out as a trend and a bit of a “talking point”, but make no mistake, the benefits associated with standing desks goes beyond a little bit of publicity online and a few stares in the office for the first couple of days.
The following companies are some of the biggest in the world, and they’ve employed standing desks for the well-being and health of their staff.
Facebook reports more than 250 employees are using standing desks after workers raised their concerns about the health risks of sitting, and the desires to try out standing desks. The result is feeling more comfortable and having more energy.
Former Groupon employee Joel Hadley traded in his sitting desk for standing, and sits only when he feels he’s earned it. He doesn’t have the urge to return to his chair, and considers himself more alert during his work day.
Staff interest and desire for standing desks continuously increased as curiosity mounted in AOL’s campus in Dulles, Virginia. It’s reported that around 10 per cent of staff are using standing desks.
The National Institute of Health:
Employers at NIH have offered their employees both standing and treadmill desks to combat health risks associated with prolonged periods of sitting.
Other big businesses that have adopted standing desks into their everyday routines include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Google, Twitter, and even the FBI!
Where can you use a standing desk?
Anywhere you can use a sitting desk! Between seven hours of sleeping, the car commute to and from work, eight hours of sitting at your job (don’t those hours just drag on?), and television and laptop time in the evening, sitting times could total 18 hours per day!
Is this your view for most of the evening?
The key here is to break up this sitting time, and a standing desk is the perfect solution. Regardless of whether you’re in an office or if you work from home, a standing desk is an unobtrusive way to drastically reduce your sitting time and improve your health.
The office and home, however, aren’t the only places standing desks are being integrated …
Mont Albert Primary School, in Melbourne, Victoria, became the world’s first school to trade regular seated desks for standing desks.
In October last year, grade six students became the first in the world to become part of a trial program that aims to identify whether decreased sitting time results in improved health, memory, fitness and learning.
By the way, some of these global companies offered their employees standing desks because of high employee demand – don’t be afraid to speak up to your boss! Inform them of the risks associated with sedentary sitting and the benefits of standing desks.