How to win your boss over and ask for an electric standing desk

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How to win your boss over and ask for an electric standing desk

You’ve read the articles, done your research and seen the statistics. You already understand that spending all day seated in a chair is damaging to your health.

And you’re convinced that an electric standing desk would be the perfect solution for your workplace.

There’s just one more hurdle to overcome: you need to convince your boss to approve it!

Unsure how you’re going to make your case? We’ve got some strong arguments you can use in your favour!

Play up the health benefits of standing desks

Are you a recent convert to the idea of standing desks in the workplace? If so, we’ll bet you $5 that it was the health benefits that won you over.

With health consciousness at an all-time high, it’s little wonder that electric standing desks are appearing in more and more Australian workplaces.

So why not lead with this?

Tell your boss that electric standing desks can…

Help you keep your waistline under control

When it comes to losing weight, it’s all about calories in versus calories out. We all know this.

What you may not have known is that standing for an hour can burn up anywhere between 100 and 200 calories, depending on a range of factors. By contrast, sitting for an hour only burns 60-130 calories.

Now multiply that by the length of a typical workday, and it’s clear to see that even something as simple as standing more can be quite effective at helping you keep your weight in check!

When trying to persuade your boss, emphasise how their weight could potentially improve by turning your workplace into a standing one.

Reduced risk of long-term health problems

Most managers spend a lot of time seated.

If that time is spent seated, they’ll dramatically increase their risk of heart disease.

If you want to convince your boss to employ electric standing desks in the workplace, be sure to speak to their own anxieties about their health.

Once you convince them of these benefits, it won’t be difficult to persuade them to introduce them to other parts of the office!

Reduce neck and back pain

Does your boss frequently complain of neck and back pain?

If so, be sure to mention how powerful standing desks can be at providing relief!

Sitting for extended periods compresses your back muscles and spinal cord, and can put extra strain on your lower back.

Another consequence is tightness in your hip flexors and restricted blood flow, both of which can lead to lower back pain.

Not to mention, it frequently encourages bad posture as well.

A more ergonomic office chair and desk setup is one way to combat this – another is by spending more time on your feet.

By standing, you’re reducing the amount of time spent seated, giving your back and spine time to recover and bounce back.

Don’t be afraid to speak to their managerial instincts, either – less back and neck pain means fewer distractions, which leads to a more productive team!

Speak to their managerial instincts

Managers have a job to do: namely, to ensure that the team is working well and that projects are being completed on time and on budget.

By their nature, bosses are numbers driven – they’re all about productivity and results.

Luckily for your “sales pitch”, standing desks are proven to positively impact office dynamics and worker performance!

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Explain how standing facilitates improved and cohesive teamwork

As a manager, one of their biggest concerns is finding ways to maximise productivity and ensure that project teams are working together.

If you want to persuade your boss, be sure to mention how standing up is good for teamwork!

According to some research, standing meetings are more productive than meetings spent seated.

Specifically, researchers concluded that standing changes group dynamics, reducing the effects of hierarchy and encouraging a more collaborative atmosphere as a result – just what a manager wants from their teams.

This can make your department run more smoothly, which in turn reflects well on the person in charge!

Tell them how standing desks can contribute to an engaged team

As any boss knows, it’s the people in a department that are its most valuable resource. One of a manager’s key responsibilities is ensuring that their team is switched-on, alert and engaged.

And electric sit-stand desks can help with that.

In the same study that found standing desks improve teamwork, researchers also found that standing desks increase alertness and engagement with work.

Researchers found that standing also increases “mental arousal” – basically, when you stand, your brain has more things to focus on, and subconsciously cranks up the dial.

This is an especially effective argument if your boss supervises an early morning or night shift, or if the type of work you do is on the monotonous side of things!

Finally, don’t be afraid to mention how it can reduce employee turnover!

Their employees will appreciate it

What boss doesn’t want to look after their team?

So you’ve listed out all the health benefits of switching to electric sit-stand desks.

Now, cap it all off by telling them how much you and the team would appreciate proactive measures to look after their health and wellbeing.

Pitch it as an employee welfare and morale issue –  if your manager cares about staff wellbeing at all, they’ll put serious thought into what you say!

Suggest, offer, or request?

The hardest part in making any proposal is deciding how you’re going to approach your boss with your idea. In fact, for some it’s the most anxiety-inducing part of the process – what if your electric standing desk proposal gets shot down?

If you’re struggling, begin by building your approach.

Ultimately, you know your boss better than we do, and you will know what approach will be most effective.

Depending on your boss’ personality, you may want to think about:

  • Timing – bosses are busy people, after all!
  • Make the request – should you approach them using formal avenues, or bring it up in conversation?
  • What approach to use – do you focus on how it will protect staff, or on how it can improve the office?
  • Find strength in numbers – don’t be afraid to enlist others to strengthen your case

Finally, don’t be afraid to compromise! Instead of replacing every desk with an electric standing desk, perhaps suggest a handful of desks that employees can move to when they feel like they need to get up.

Electric standing desks and more

Call Ergomotion today!

You’ve done it! Using your powers of persuasion, you’ve convinced your boss that electric standing desks are the right choice for your office.

That’s the hard part over – now all you have to do is choose a supplier.

Ergomotion builds and supplies standing desks in Australia. From our factory in Melbourne, we ship to workplaces all over the country.

Our specialty is custom orders and boutique desks. We understand that ergonomics is highly dependent on the individual, which is why we tailor our desks for our customers.

Unlike the cheap desks from overseas factories or the prebuilt ones at your office supplier, each of our electric standing desks can be custom-made to fit your workplace’s needs.

We also offer a range of ergonomic add-ons to ensure even greater comfort in the office!

Do you:

  • Want monitor arms to reduce neck strain?
  • Need specific dimensions?
  • Want inbuilt cable trays or electrical sockets?
  • Want a specific colour to fit with your office aesthetic or branding?

Just tell us what you need, and we can do it!

Stand up for your health – give us a call today on (03) 9579 1454 or enquire online.

Google Reviews


Google Reviews

Nancy Tseng 22/04/22

I would highly recommend this electric desk to all ages, the the best decision I’ve made for my sons study table. The service was excellent, prompt in responses and on time schedule with the delivery time. The removalists were very careful bringing into our study room on the second level.
Very happy with the purchase!!

Farhin C 12/04/22

Amazing e-desk - sturdy, spacious and great quality wood. It fits well into the home office. Assembling it was mostly straightforward with the video! Thanks Guy

Nick G 11/04/22

I'm only just reading all the Google Reviews now, just before writing this, after having purchased and built a desk; and this is basically going to be saying the same thing as all the others, the owner, Guy, is absolutely great and so are the desks. There's a reason why all the reviews are genuine 5 stars. I had been doing research on numerous sit/stand desks and the manufactures of the frames/motors that go into them. I wanted a good quality and reliable setup so I decided to something that utilised Linak (manufacturer) hardware and so I set out trying to find a sit/stand desk that used them. As I was after something specific, I contacted a number businesses before placing an order so that I understood exactly what it was I was purchasing. Unfortunately most of those other businesses seemed more interested in B2B, and a couple didn't even bother responding. I had even gone so far as to contact a business in Canada, who eagerly could supply everything, but unfortunately not for running on 240v. I almost gave up and was just about to head to Ikea. Then I came across Ergomotion. I shot through an email with some questions about their Edesk, and I got a clear informative response within hours. The owner, Guy, kindly followed up, answered further questions, and was also able to order extra parts from Linak on request. To ensure I had all the information I needed before placing an order, he even went so far as to warn me of a slight upcoming price increase. Guy knows his products, knows it in great detail and has a wealth of helpful knowledge.

Ronnie Bernhart 04/04/22


Alice Burgess 19/03/22

Great customer service and desk is exactly as described. Setting it all up was straight forward too. The electric movement up and down is really smooth and quiet - couldn't be happier!

Kevin Ha 17/03/22

After a very unpleasant and disappointing customer service experience with another desk from one of the more "well-known" commercial standing desk companies, I came across Ergomotion and Guy after extensive research to find a replacement and I am glad turned out this way. Dealing with Guy was an absolute pleasure, he was able to answer all my questions and provide me with a range of customisation options including a solid rubberwood desk top which I decided on after seeing the desk in person. In the end, I ended up with a higher quality desk and look forward to continue using it for years to come. Thanks Guy!

Anthony Lunken 17/03/22

We’ve had an Ergomotion High /Low Desk since 2015, well before standing at a work station was a “Thing” in Australia. It’s been fabulous! It’s reliable, speedy and quiet in its height adjustments. Guy, the business owner, is approachable for after sales service queries. To achieve more posture positions & comfort, we use a 10cm foot stool while standing! Many thanks Guy for the great service… Cheers Avril & Tony (Heidelberg West, formerly Moorabbin)

Andre Fernandez 15/03/22

Before purchasing from Ergomotion, I wondered how a business can actually have a 5.0 star perfect rating on Google. After purchasing an electric standing desk and dealing with Guy, I know how. 1) HIGH QUALITY: The desks from here all use high quality LINAK motors and frames. The desk top that I received was commercial grade laminate from Laminex. 2) GENUINE SERVICE: When I initially wanted a more expensive variant, Guy explained to me the differences and suggested the more affordable variant. 3) CUSTOMISATION: Guy helped me customise the size of the size of my desktop - something no other business offered. 4) CONVENIENCE: For a nominal fee, Guy delivered the desk, FULLY ASSEMBLED. All I did was plug it in. Can't get this level of convenience with any other of the many businesses that offer standing desks. If I buy another standing desk, it will be from Ergomotion.

Tas Maniatis 15/03/22

Amazing customer service and quality product and exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend Ergomotion for their exception product offering and service.

Jake Port 12/03/22

Quality at a reasonable price which is made even better by Guy. You’re made to feel special and nothing is too hard which in this day and age, is honestly hard to come by. Do yourself a favour and support a local family business.