How to Properly Use Height Adjustable Desks

How to Properly Use Height Adjustable Desks

by Vladyslav Zakharevych

It’s
no secret that prolonged sitting can have a detrimental effect on your health,
and it’s an issue currently being tackled by many companies now focusing on the
health and well-being of their employees.
One of the more radical new implementations towards this approach are
height-adjustable desks, which allow employees to do their work upright, and on
their feet, as opposed to sitting down.
The advantages are health-related, and encompass everything from weight
loss and a decrease in musculoskeletal pain, to lower cholesterol and better
productivity.  However, many employees
find the initial shock too much to endure for the long haul, which is why many
revert back to sitting within a short space of time.  The following are a few examples of
challenges employees face when trying to get used to height-adjustable desks.

#1) Lack of Moderation

To
encourage employees to adopt height-adjustable desks in the workplace, the
biggest factor is moderation.  Just as sitting
all day can be detrimental to your health, so too can standing for prolonged
periods.  In fact, studies have shown
that jobs involving prolonged standing can actually increase the risk of heart
disease, compared with sitting.  The old
adage “too much of a good thing” comes to mind, and for good reason.  Rather than standing or sitting for the
entire day, the focus should be on changing positions multiple times during the
shift, which strikes the right health-related balance between the two.

#2) Fear of Change

Let’s
face it – most people have a hard time dealing with change in even the most
subtle forms.  As pattern-seeking
mammals, we tend to gravitate towards the familiar and comfortable, and any
deviation from this routine can throw a proverbial monkey wrench into our
system.  Imagine having to suddenly adapt
to the concept of standing vs. sitting during your workday!  It’s enough to make even the most ardent
proponent of change do a double-take.
When it comes to something as ergonomically focused as standing-based
work, employees shouldn’t quit right away, even if they experience a bit of
muscle fatigue and soreness when the shift is over.  In the same way it takes time to get used to
a new computer mouse, it can also take a few days or even a few weeks to fully
adjust to working at a height-adjustable desk.
One shouldn’t feel pressured to spend hours and hours in a standing
position.  For the first few days, try
standing for a half-hour at most, before sitting back down.  Then, increase the duration when you feel
ready to do so.  The idea should be to
implement a proper trial run of the height-adjustable desk, before jumping to
conclusions and giving up prematurely.

#3) Reduced Comfort

If
you’ve ever been to a music concert, you know it’s going to involve standing in
line, and enduring a standing position for the opening bands, and the eventual
main act, before making it back to your vehicle.  In total, you could find yourself standing
anywhere from 3-5 hours.  That’s a lot of
standing, and it’s going to do a serious number on your muscles and
joints.  When working at a
height-adjustable desk, you shouldn’t be expected to stand for that long, but
it pays to be comfortable.  Many
employees complain of initial and enduring discomfort during these periods, so
it’s important to invest in a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes,  laying down an anti-fatigue mat, or adding a
riser to prop up one foot at a time and shift your weight to alleviate stress
on each leg.  These options can be
combined with good old fashioned commitment, which will reduce strain over
time, build your stamina, and allow you to achieve that healthy balance between
standing and sitting.

#4) Distraction

Height-adjustable
desks come in many forms, from hand-crank models to pneumatic setups.  It’s important to choose the right kind of
desk for your workplace in order to limit distractions for both the person
using the desk, and other employees within the workspace.  Pneumatic and electric height-adjustable
desks tend to be the quietest and quickest, allowing the user to go from
sitting to standing in a fraction of the time required for a hand-crank model,
with far less noise distraction for others.
It also reduces the chance of the user’s concentration being negatively
affected, allowing them to get back to their task and maintain their
productivity.  As the focus on
health-related employee benefits increases, so too will innovation in future
height-adjustable desk models.

Humans
are driven largely by a desire for comfort and pleasure, but it shouldn’t come
at the expense of our health.  The new
trend towards employee health and well being is a wonderful one, but it
requires the right balance to implement effectively.  fluidconcepts offers a vast assortment of height-adjustable desks that are perfect for your
workplace.  When combined with the above
talking points, you can achieve a successful roll-out for your team.