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April 18, 2019

Sitting is traditionally part and parcel for most office jobs, and commonly, employees bear the negative effects of taking it easy at work. Sedentary jobs can lead to a host of problems including chronic back and neck pain, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and even death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

However, mounting scientific evidence, backed up by modern trends in workplace products, are introducing innovative ergonomic options to offices that help with employee health. One such beneficial alternative is the standing desk.

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September 29, 2017

Standing desks aren’t a new idea. Commonly, offices in the 19th century featured tall wooden desks that were the norm for many types of workers. Perhaps most famously, Ernest Hemingway and other writing legends used standing desks for years, citing increased focus and productivity. Receiving a boost in energy, reducing the risk of obesity and saving money in health and wellness programs are all benefits of introducing standing desks into your office.

Why is standing important? Keep reading to find out!

We talk all the time about standing at work, but do you know why it’s so important? There are many reasons; employees are more likely to be satisfied and committed to their jobs when they are provided with the ergonomic comforts they need. More than 42 percent of workplace back injuries stem from ergonomic concerns and on average, workers who suffer these issues take at least a week to recuperate.

Stocking the proper items and paying attention to your employees’ needs can help you combat this. Read on to learn why standing on the job is crucial for maintaining a comfortable, healthy and productive work environment.

Are Standing Desks Worth the Investment?

We can see why businesses are hesitant to purchase standing desks for their offices; the costs are more expensive than traditional desks and seating. Standing desks can be a pricey investment, however, the health benefits workers receive from standing will save your company money over time in health and wellness initiatives, in addition to increased work productivity from higher team morale. Read More

July 28, 2017

Have you heard about the latest workplace craze: the trend toward sit-to-stand? Maybe you’re new to the idea, have a co-worker with a standing desk or are getting pressure from the HR department for creative ways to increase workplace wellness. Regardless, sit-to-stand can offer some real benefits in your office; workers in the U.S. are spending longer hours sitting than ever before – to the tune of more than half of their waking hours. That’s no good, and can lead to some serious health ailments. Standing at work is a great way to combat the effects of sitting disease and can make you feel more productive, efficient and energetic in the office.

Why is sit-to-stand so popular?

The Importance of Ergonomics in the Workplace

Why is good ergonomics important, or worth justifying the extra budget line item? It’s because your employees are more likely to be satisfied and committed to their jobs when they are provided with the ergonomic comforts they need. It’s not just about comfort, either; in fact, it’s a health and safety issue. More than 42 percent of workplace back injuries stem from ergonomic concerns and on average, workers who suffer from these issues take at least a week away from work to recuperate. Stocking the proper items and paying attention to your employees’ needs can help you combat this downtime. In fact, you’ll see the following transformations when you pay attention to good ergonomics on the job:

  1. Increased Employee Retention: Workers who feel like their needs aren’t being met aren’t likely to stay at their jobs for long. On the contrary, businesses that pay attention to the diverse health needs of their team members enjoy higher rates of employee satisfaction and retention. Offering an employee engagement survey can help you determine areas of opportunity where you can work harder to meet employees’ ergonomic needs.
  2. Decreased Liability and Safety Issues: Poor ergonomics leads to many potential health hazards in the office including back pain and strain, twisted ankles, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. Working good ergonomic design into your workplace’s floor plan can help decrease the risk of an expensive workplace injury. This can include stocking keyboard trays and monitor mounts, standing desks, anti-fatigue mats and ergonomically-friendly lighting.
  3. Lower Health and Wellness Costs: Health and wellness costs for businesses can be steep. Encouraging good health at work starts with providing a positive environment for your employees to be in; this will help them live healthier in other aspects of their lives, off the clock. Encourage standing at work, staying hydrated and going for frequent walks. You can lead by example and take meetings outside; walking is proven to help bust stress and anxiety, encourage innovative thinking and is part of a healthy lifestyle, especially when avoiding sitting disease.

What is Sitting Disease?

We all sit multiple times a day, so how can sitting in itself be a disease? It turns out sitting isn’t really a problem; it’s sitting for extended periods of time with poor posture while taking few breaks that’s the issue. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys report that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting every day. As Martha Grogan, Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, notes, “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.”

Shockingly, the Medical College of Wisconsin found, “Those who spend most time in a chair have a 112 percent higher risk of developing diabetes, a 147 percent higher risk of suffering ‘cardiovascular events’ such as strokes and a 49 percent increased risk of death from any cause.”

In addition to cardiovascular concerns, sitting for long hours has also been linked to back pain, spinal curvature, high cholesterol, poor circulation and a loss of productivity. To avoid these negative health consequences, we recommend making the transition to a standing desk.

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Why Use a Standing Desk?

Everyone has their own reasons to choose a standing desk, and you will likely feel more energized and alert in the office once you make the switch. Here are three great benefits of remaining upright at work:

  1. Better Team Cohesion and Focus:The ability to talk and collaborate with other workers while standing makes for a more cohesive environment. In addition, you’ll feel more focused on the task at hand and willing to put in the effort.
  2. Improved Health and Wellness:Workplaces where employees stand tend to spend less money each year on workplace injuries, and health and wellness costs. Your standing workers will enjoy increased metabolism and productivity, lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease.
  3. Reduced Risk of Obesity:Sitting leads to a host of negative health problems like back pain, high blood pressure and muscle strain. You will also burn more calories each day you stand, leading to weight loss and a lower risk of obesity-related illness.

So, how should you choose a standing desk? Here are four features to consider when picking out the model that’s right for you and your employees – and remember, not every sit-to-stand desk is right for each person!

What to Look for in Sit-to-Stand Workstations

Flexibility of Movement: If sitting during the day is bad, then standing all day should be good, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t quite the case. Some experts believe standing at work is only beneficial to a certain extent, and it’s detrimental to stay on your feet uninterrupted for the whole day since it puts extra pressure on your legs, back and joints. To avoid harming your body by standing for too long, choose models that offers flexibility and adjustability. Look for a sit-to-stand desk with a changeable height so workers can choose when they want to take a break.

Sturdiness of Hardware: Standing desks can be pricey, so make sure to choose one that will last for a long time. Many lower-priced standing desks can seem like a good option, but lack the weight and quality you need in a viable workstation. The model you choose should be sturdy enough to work on and offer lots of desk space; you won’t want your employees’ productivity to suffer.

Tech-Friendly, Spacious Design: Is your workspace right for your necessary job activities? Many sit-to-stand desk options are simply a flat surface; this can be great for space efficiency, but not very convenient for keeping desk items, using multiple monitors or storing computer cables. When choosing a standing desk, look for options that have space for wires, computers and keyboard trays.

An Affordable Price: While standing desks certainly offer benefits, no employer wants to break the bank. The best standing desks aren’t necessarily top-of-the-line, brand-name models; we have several mid-ranged and affordably priced options  in our showroom and are happy to create a custom solution that works for you.

Since sit-to-stand options aren’t all created equal, it can be a good idea to stock multiple models in your workplace, so employees with differing preferences can choose what’s right for them. If you’re ready to offer standing desks for your team members, be sure to educate them on a healthy transition.

Standing desks offer many workplace benefits.

3 Tips for Transitioning to a Standing Desk

Transitioning to a standing desk can be a cumbersome process, and it isn’t realistic to assume you will be able to stand all day the first time you try. In the beginning, you’ll likely experience leg cramping and foot pain as you get used to being upright for hours, especially if you had previously sat all day before. Let your employees know about these three tips:

  1. Wear Comfortable Footwear:Comfortable shoes are key to successfully transitioning to a standing desk; unfortunately, high heels may not be practical. Choose a lower heel or a shoe that has adequate support. If you need to, bring a pair of comfortable boots or slippers to change into while you’re at your desk.
  2. Take Frequent Breaks:It’s important you don’t spend the entire day standing, or you may cause damage to your tendons and leg muscles. Remember to sit down for at least a few minutes every couple of hours and stretch your legs and back often.
  3. Practice Patience:Transitioning to a standing desk doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient! It may take a few days or weeks to feel comfortable with a new standing lifestyle, but it is worth the effort!

Standing Desks Improve Workplace Health and Safety

By respecting diverse health preferences and offering essential ergonomic comforts on the job, employers can increase office productivity and retain team members for longer. Instilling good habits in your team like using supportive seating and providing sit-to-stand desks can make your whole office a healthier and happier place to be.

Contact Us Today for a Solution!

Ready to get started? The experienced team at We’ve Got Your Back can help corporate customers with customized ergonomic assessments and training, as well as consultation on workplace set-up, space-planning and flow, making it easy to have a comfortable and productive office without sacrificing workers’ health. If you’d like help transforming your workplace into an ergonomically-friendly environment, contact us today; we are happy to help!

 

June 9, 2017

Standing desks have been a hot topic in workplaces across the county, and we are thrilled! However, with their popularity comes many questions and uncertainties regarding how useful they are and how they help employees. Keep reading to discover the truths behind three of the most common myths surrounding standing desks.

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3 Myths about Standing Desks

Myth 1:  You can’t sit and do your work if you have a standing desk.

This is one of the most common misconceptions about using a standing desk while you work. There are many desks that convert from sitting to standing and back with little to no effort. Do you love the desk you have, but want the benefits of standing while you work? Desk attachments that raise and lower are a fantastic solution utilizing your current setup. We’ve Got Your Back has an abundant selection of desks and workstations that meet the needs of your employees in styles that fit your office’s decor. Read More

March 10, 2017

If you find yourself experiencing light body pain or soreness after a long day of work in the office, chances are your workspace might be in need of an ergonomic makeover. How can you improve the health of your body simply by changing your space? Read on to find out the best way to set up your desk, as well as several ways to keep ergonomically healthy, outside of the office.

Chances are there are ergonomic designs for nearly everything you do at school, home or work.

How to Set Up Your Office Workspace

  • Your Desk:The height of your desk is key to maintaining good posture and avoiding workplace injury, strain and pain. Your desk should be adjusted to eye-level to reduce neck strain, or consider using a standing desk to reduce the chance of decreased blood flow, which can impact circulation and overall health.
  • Your Chair:Once you’ve set up your desk to the appropriate height, the next common issue to address is where you spend a majority of time working at a computer: your office chair. Be sure the chair supports your entire back and neck to help minimize the risk of straining muscles and long-term injuries. It should also have adequate cushioning and lumbar support, and be adjustable.
  • Your Computer Monitor: Be sure to position the computer screen at the same height as your eyes, to avoid causing unnecessary strain to your neck and shoulders. As always, adjustability can really help you out here; click to see our selection of monitor mounts.

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October 28, 2016

Standing desks are a hot trend that’s picking up the pace as more workplaces are adopting a healthier mindset. Sitting for long hours at work has even been compared to smoking – it’s dangerous and leads to severe health issues. Read on for the guide on how to successfully transition your team from sitting to standing desks and visit our Sit to Stand Desks page to select the perfect product for your workplace.

Standing at work can change your whole outlook on work!

Standing on the job can change your whole outlook on work!

Why Use a Standing Desk at Work? 7 Benefits

The workplace is where you spend a bulk of your time throughout the week; it’s important to be comfortable and focus on healthy habits. While everyone has their own reasons to transition to a standing desk, those who do tend to feel more focused, productive, energized and alert in the office after making the switch. By having employees remain upright while working, the office sees the following seven great benefits:

  1. Lower Rates of Obesity and Heart Disease

The average employee sits for at least 6 hours per day, which can lead to many negative, chronic health problems like back pain, higher blood pressure and muscle soreness. Workers also burn more calories when standing, which leads to a lower risk of obesity-related illness.

According to a recent study, “Employees who worked at stand-capable desks sat on average for nearly 1.6 hours less per day than their seated co-workers. Prolonged sitting has been linked with many health risks, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. So it’s not too surprising that standing workers exemplified better health habits, including decreased sedentary time and physical discomfort, as well as higher steps and burned calories.” Read More

June 24, 2016

It’s four o’clock in the afternoon and you’re getting ready to leave for the day. After sitting at your desk in your old office chair for eight hours, your legs are stiff and sore and you may feel like you didn’t get as much accomplished in the day as you wanted. Using a standing desk is a simple solution that can solve both problems, in addition to many others. Read on for four reasons why you should ditch the office chair and switch to a standing desk.

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4 Reasons to Get a Standing Desk

  1. Improve Productivity

There are only so many hours in a day, and you can only get so much done during that time. Standing desks dramatically improve your productivity by allowing you to focus while giving you the freedom to move parts of your body, such as your legs, more than you can at a traditional desk. Recent studies show that using a standing desk can increase your work results up to 50-percent! You can get double the amount of work done in your day when compared to your sitting coworkers without staying at the office for longer; let that sink in for a minute.

  1. Increase Life Span

We know about the importance of exercising for at least 30 minutes a day and getting up to move as often as possible; however, being glued to a chair behind your desk for 8 hours or more makes getting any activity completed during the workday a challenge. When you are stuck being sedentary for such long periods of time at work, it has a negative effect on your health, which can lead to premature loss of life due to health complications.

Just cutting the amount of time you are sitting behind a desk to do your work by approximately two hours can make a difference and increase your life span, making the standing desk a must-have for your office.

  1. Boost Brain Power

While it shouldn’t replace your exercise routine, standing is a great way to get the blood moving throughout your entire body, including your brain. The increase in blood flow to your brain has a positive effect on your cognitive skills and abilities, helping you to work through difficult problems and improve your decision making.

What does this mean for you? Improved intellectual performance will result in glowing reviews from your employer and can assist you in moving up the corporate ladder. Being able to work through tough decisions and solve difficult problems also lowers workplace stress levels.

  1. Enhance Creativity

We already covered how standing at work improves your brain power, but it also gets your creative juices flowing. How often do you see someone else standing while brainstorming? Or getting out of their chair when there is a difficult problem that needs to be solved?

The ability to get up and move can give you a chance to, literally and figuratively, view a situation from a new perspective. This new view can help you think of creative solutions that are outside the box, and being able to think outside the box leads to innovative ideas in the brainstorming process. Great progress is made when we are able to dream up creative answers to standard problems. Your next big idea could be waiting for you; ditch the chair and convert to a standing desk.

Standing desks are more than the latest office furniture trend. With studies showing the major benefits help you improve productivity, increase your lifespan, boost brain power and enhance creativity, the standing desk is here to stay. What’s holding you back from getting one? Visit our showroom today for more information.

April 15, 2016

Have you considered using a standing desk? There are many benefits to doing so, but making the change can be tough. When you are used to sitting all day, your body may not be comfortable for the first few weeks you try standing.

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Why Use a Standing Desk?

Everyone has their own reasons to choose a standing desk, and you will likely feel more energized and alert in the office once you make the switch. Here are three great benefits of remaining upright at work:

  • Increased Team Cohesion and Focus: The ability to talk and collaborate with other workers while standing makes for a more cohesive environment. In addition, you’ll feel more focused on the task at hand and willing to put in the effort.
  • Increase Your Health and Wellness: Workplaces were employees stand tend to spend less money each year on workplace injuries and health and wellness costs. As a standing worker, you’ll see increased metabolism and productivity, lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Reduced Risk of Obesity: The average employee sits for 6 hours per day, which leads to a host of negative health problems like back pain, high blood pressure and muscle strain. You will also burn more calories each day you stand, leading to weight loss and a lower risk of obesity-related illness.

Transitioning to a standing desk is a process, and it isn’t realistic to assume you will be able to stand all day with ease on the first time you try. In the beginning, you’ll likely experience leg cramping and foot pain as you get used to being upright for hours.

4 Tips for Transitioning to a Standing Desk

  1. Try an Adjustable Version: Adjustable standing desks are great because they can be customized to meet your needs. Look for a model that’s sturdy, has enough work space and allows you to raise and lower it with ease.
  2. Wear Comfortable Shoes: Comfortable shoes are key to successfully transitioning to a standing desk; unfortunately, the highest heels just won’t cut it. Choose a lower heel or a shoe that has adequate support. If you need to, bring a pair of comfortable (and office appropriate) boots or slippers to change into while you’re at your desk.
  3. Take Breaks Often: It’s important you don’t spend the entire day standing, or you may cause damage to your tendons and leg muscles. Remember to sit down for at least a few minutes every couple of hours and stretch your legs and back as necessary.
  4. Patience, Patience, Patience: Transitioning to a standing desk doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient! It may take a few weeks to feel comfortable with a new standing lifestyle, but sticking it out is worth the effort!

Adjustability, wearing comfortable shoes, taking frequent breaks and having patience can all help you switch from sitting to being upright. Have you transitioned to a standing desk? What did you like or dislike about it? Please share in the comments below!

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