Are Standing Desks Better for Your Health?

Posted on: June 11, 2018

Our understanding of workplace ergonomics has come leaps and bounds in recent decades. Whether you’re the owner or manager of a large corporation or a solo entrepreneur, it has become very clear that employee health and comfort are not only important for moral reasons, but also for practical and productivity-based ones.

So where do standing desks, the most recent darling of ergonomic design (even though they’ve been around for centuries), place in the discussion? Do they hurt or help? At Zoom Inc., we make a point to help our clients understand the answers to questions like these, so follow along while we offer a brief overview of the virtues and failings of standard standing desks.

What Are Standing Desks?

Standing desks are exactly what they sound like: a tall desk that allows users to comfortably perform work while standing. The idea behind them is a simple one; employees spend hours upon hours sitting, which has been linked with weight gain, high blood pressure,  and posture problems among other issues.

And for the most part, yes, standing desks have their place in ergonomic work environments. However, standing in one place all the time as opposed to sitting comes with its own share of problems. Pain in the legs and feet, deep vein thrombosis, and even spine compression all become a concern.

Adjustable Desks Are the Answer

So, sitting for too long is bad. Standing for too long is bad. The fact of the matter is, and what health experts are trying to tell us, is that our bodies are built for variety. Doing too much of either activity is a problem, but when you have the freedom to do either at will, the benefits become clear in no time.

With height-adjustable desks, employees report feeling more alert, active, and engaged in their work. This in turn leads to productivity and happier employees—as well as healthier ones. In addition to standing desks, the use of adjustable seating has also been shown to be a powerful tool. When used in tandem with adjustable desks, the seating allows a fuller range of motion, alleviating pent-up muscles and joints.

Find Ergonomic Furniture Solutions with Zoom Inc.

Interested in outfitting your business with top-quality adjustable desks, seating, and movable furniture options? Zoom Inc. can help! Our specialists can offer a wide range of products and offerings, and with our expertise on your side, you can guarantee the highest degree of productivity gain and employee health protection.

Contact us online now to find out more, or for furniture offerings and services offered nationwide, call 301-299-7155!

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