Work environments have changed throughout the years, with open floor plans and adjustable standing desks contributing to improvements in employee wellness.

If you’ve had requests for adjustable standing desks from your employees who want to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day, but would like to maximize the benefits, can help.

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Adjustable Standing Desk

We encourage businesses to choose desk options that can be fully adjusted to suit all of their employee’s requirements. They should feel comfortable adjusting the desk and moving around as needed.

Proper Height for a Standing Desk

To provide the most comfort, set standing desks at or slightly below elbow height. If a person is 6 feet tall, the desk should be about 45 inches high. Always consider body proportions before settling on a height. Place computer screens 20 to 28 inches from the face, with the top of the screen at eye level and tilted between 10 and 20 degrees. This helps prevent the need to constantly tilt the neck up or down.

Tips to Maximize the Benefits

Here are several tips that can help employees maximize the benefits of a standing desks:

  1. Alternate between standing and sitting. Sitting for too many hours can be harmful to the health, but standing for long periods is not good either. Too much standing can cause lower back pain, affect leg muscles and tendons, and may even contribute to varicose veins. Studies suggest that alternating between sitting and standing every 30 to 60 minutes is the best solution.
  1. Anti-fatigue floor mats can help. Standing for long periods, especially on hard floors, can be very uncomfortable. Anti-fatigue floor mats have a cushioning effect that reduces foot fatigue. They also cause muscle contractions in the shins and calves, which can help combat aching legs and lower back pain.
  1. Properly position the keyboard and mouse. It’s important to protect the wrists when working at a standing desk. Keep the keyboard and mouse at the same level, and the wrists straight when typing. Adjustable keyboard stands and gel mousepads offer additional relief.
  1. Take breaks. Whether sitting or standing, it’s important to take regular breaks to move and stretch, and rest the eyes. Every now and then, employees should take a short walk, even if it’s just around the office. Doing a few shoulder, upper arm, and head and neck stretches a few times during the day can also help.

Employees who use standing desks on a regular basis appreciate the ability to feel more active. Many of them find that adjustable desks help relieve neck and back pain, improve posture, and alleviate some of the discomfort that comes from sitting for most of the day.

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