When I moved to Stockholm, Sweden in November 2010 I encountered my first office with sitting - standing desks. With the flick of a switch the desks moved from sitting to standing allowing employees to easily transition throughout the day.
Did you know that in Denmark it is mandatory for employers to offer employees a sit-stand desk?
Our constant 9-5 sitting is currently being attributed to cardiovascular issues as well as a heightened risk of diabetes. While the ability to stand is credited with improved health, productivity and creativity.
So why has the sit-stand option not reached us? In my opinion it is the cost focus in North America. We still have a tough time reframing the spend as an investment in the health, productivity and creativity of our workforce. We tend to see $$$.
Personally, I find sitting at my desk all day has a negative impact on my mood. So what can you do to get some of the sit-stand benefits without the desk?
- Moving Meetings - I find when I am walking, creativity and problem solving comes easier to me. Try taking a one-on-one meeting on the move, get some fresh air and power through your agenda.
- Drink Water - Keep guzzling all day long and you will have to get up to refill your glass regularly (as well as visit the restroom).
- Look for opportunities to take the stairs.
- Stand Up - Where possible stand up. Consider getting a headset and stand while you have phone conversations or conference calls.
How can you integrate a little more standing and movement into your day without a sit-stand desk? If you do have a sit-stand desk, what do you think of it?
Interested in reading more? Check out these articles:
New York Times, Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics
BBC News, Could Offices Change from Sitting to Standing?