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.

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Richard 02/12/21

Guy was extremely helpful and made sure I got the right desk to suit me, not just recommending the most expensive one. The desk I got was at a solid price, and was exactly what I was after. Highly recommend Ergomotion.

Ash Warshitzky 30/11/21

I purchased an electric sit-stand desk from ErgoMotion over a month ago, and hands down can say this has been the best purchase I've made for my home office and I regret not getting one sooner. Build quality and usability is fantastic, was easy to assemble, all the cable mess is hidden in the tray. Also, important to note that Guy and the team has been fantastic to deal with.

Daniel Boldt 25/11/21

Can’t recommend Ergomotion enough. Guy was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Answered all my questions promptly. I bought the Edesk with the rubberwood top and it’s amazing. Highest quality and a solid build. You can’t beat Linak tech for standing desks. Also delivery was super simple and quick.

sophii 23/11/21

Absolutely love my desk. I had been looking for MONTHS for a standing desk. Indecision was killing me, and my back, as I needed one desperately to change up my day when working from home. I was worried about the size, quality and durability, as well as warranty. All sites I found were either the wrong sizes for me, lack of warranty information, and not enough good (or not enough) reviews to be spending quite a bit of money on. I have trust issues. Thankfully I found Ergomotion - who has so many great reviews for many reasons. The owner, Guy, is very responsive and helpful. Replied to one of my questions instantly regarding colour options for the desk. I was also very happy to know that the desk is picked up/delivered assembled. Guy was very patient with my delay in picking up my desk, and was super helpful to change my order to be delivered, with a quick turn around, to accommodate me. The delivery drivers were great too! It was an easy and great experience and I'm glad I spent the money I did for a great product and supporting a local and small business.

José Mario Blandin de Chalain 19/11/21

I love my standing desk. Guy at Ergomotion was very helpful during my order, desk was ready for pick up in 2 days, fit nicely in my SUV and has been a joy to use since. Thanks Guy.

Cyril Gaillard 17/11/21

Utterly impressed with my Ergomotion desk. The all-metal frame is very sturdy and the solid wood option makes it very luxurious. Guy is very helpful and lovely to deal with.

Max Kuper 11/11/21

I got the height adjustable desk for home from Ergomotion after using it at work, and finding it to be the best of all the similar products over the years The service during ordering and installation as great as the product, very professional and tailored to my specific needs Guy goes an extra mile to address all location specific idiosyncrasies Highly recommended

Reshma Jacob 09/11/21

Amazing service . Guy was very patient and prompt and responded to all my questions ; I had many . He worked with me to ensure I was happy with my custom made desk and to top it up , my desk is amazing ! It's so refreshing to really see the care and love put in providing 1. A quality product 2. A service that stretches above and beyond . Thank you . I look forward to using my desk every day and remember how valued I was made to feel as a customer !

Tiancong Li

One of the best services I’ve ever had! Contacted Guy and he walked me through all the options and features of their desks, and just in a few days he delivered the assembled desk to my house by himself. Very professional and efficient! Thanks heaps Guy! Tim

Winston Lee 01/11/21

Bought a couple of Ergomotion's edesk standing desks (LINAK DF2) and they have been great; Very sturdy and moves up/down quietly. Guy was excellent to deal with as he is extremely knowledgeable about the product, very customer focussed, and provides great after sales support.