REMOVING THE OBSTACLES TO SIT-STAND WORKING
INCREASINGLY HARD TO IGNORE
Long regarded as a slightly quirky affectation, there’s mounting medical evidence that a more mobile, less sedentary working day has significant health benefits. As well as helping combat obesity, it can reduce the risk of serious conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart attack and cancer, and even increase life expectancy.
In 2015 the British Journal of Sports Medicine published an expert statement commissioned by Public Health England and entitled The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity Among its recommendations was that seated work should be regularly broken up with standing work and vice versa, with height-adjustable workstations highly recommended.
At the time Dr Ann Hoskins, Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing, Healthy People at Public Health England, said: ‘This research supports the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations to minimise how much we sit still. Being active is good for your physical and mental health. Simple behaviour changes to break up long periods of sitting can make a huge difference.’
BETTER THAN EVER
As the case for sit-stand working gets harder and harder to ignore, the good news is that height-adjustable desks are now more affordable, more versatile and better looking than ever; in fact, they are now comparable in almost all regards to traditional personal workstations.
So if you are considering updating your workplace – whether or not you are transitioning to agile working – there really is no excuse not to include a significant sit-stand component. If the feedback we get from customers is any indication, your employees will certainly thank you for it.
the SiT-STAND market leader
Kinnarps has long been a leading provider of sit-stand desks. A commitment to ergonomic, people-first design is part of our Scandinavian heritage, and we introduced the first electronic height-adjustable desks over 25 years ago. Our desks are quieter, more robust, and more reliable than many on the market, with a wide variety of specification including single desks, paired workstations and bench systems. Our fixed screen system ensures a consistent aesthetic horizon across the office regardless of desk height.