Standing Workstations: Why Standing to Work Works

Our No. 1 request for the workplace might surprise you.

Standing workstations.

Every client, in every vertical market, now wants to incorporate standing height tables. In the past, requests for sit-to-stand tables were requested primarily by oil and gas or engineering companies. Every day, we are asked to incorporate a sit-to-stand solution throughout the office.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), healthy working position puts the body in a neutral position to reduce stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system, and reduces risk of developing musculoskeletal disorder. There are four work positions or postures that provide neutral position for the body: upright sitting, declined sitting, reclined sitting, and standing.

Learn more about OSHA approved ergonomic work positions here.

Benefits of a sit-to-stand workstation go beyond promoting a neutral posture for the body. A standing workstation can also boost brain activity and productivity, and increase collaboration. “We found that standing led to up to 10 percent more productivity,” noted a study covered by Business Insider. The same study also found that standing to work can lead to higher energy levels, improved concentration, and fewer headaches.

A standing workstation can also lead to a longer life. Studies have shown that people who sit eight to 12 or more hours are as much as 90 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who live a more active lifestyle. According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth-leading risk factor for death.

A team of researchers from the University of Chester found that standing three or four hours, five days a week over the course of a year is the equivalent of running a marathon. Standing to work can also reduce lower back pain, as sitting causes up to 90 percent more pressure applied to the lower back, according to researchers at Cornell University Department of Ergonomics.

Are you considering standing workstations for your company or organization? Here’s what to look for in a standing height table:

Proper leg placement. Look for a slim detail, C Leg, that allows for movement when at the seated position.

The proper range. Make the most of your investment by looking for a standing workstation with the widest range possible. We always advise our clients, unless there is a doctor’s note, to purchase products with the task in mind, not the immediate individual. As attrition takes place, this allows for

Easy of adjustment. There are many options for standing workstations with many price points. Manual is one of the least expensive options available, but is not easily adjusted. If a user is not changing the height everyday, this option could work. If the user wants the ability to make daily adjustments, an electric option is best, though often the most expensive. Another option is the pnuematic or counterbalance table. These desks are easily adjusted, but work with the weight that is place on the tabletop.

Standing desks can be expensive, but as with any technology, as demand and product availability increase, prices will drop. As more sit-to-stand tables have been made available, we have seen prices become obtainable as more and more table solutions are being made available.