June 04, 2019

Standing vs Sitting: Which Desk is Better?

Article by Zircon Interiors

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For many years now, it has been known that a sedentary lifestyle has harmful effects on one’s health. With several studies enumerating the exact illnesses connected to sitting too much, companies were quick to address the issue through innovative design decisions.

Many companies, both big and small, had adopted tools that promoted their employees’ physical health. The standing desk thus became a common feature in offices around the world. However, with new studies revealing that sitting is not all that bad, there is now the question of which desk is better for employee well-being and business operations.

The Popularity of Standing Desks

Standing desks first became popular when studies found that sitting all day resulted in different health problems. Researchers were able to link obesity, increased blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, muscle pain, and cardiovascular disease to the sedentary lifestyle. For people that were required to sit for the majority of their work week, these results presented a serious problem.

As such, business owners adopted the active workstation concept in their office spaces. This concept used standing desks to discourage employees from sitting all day long. Aside from the potential health benefits, this type of workstation presented the opportunity for better efficiency and productivity in the workplace as it encouraged employees to keep on track with their tasks.

The Revival of Sitting Desks

A recent study has found that sitting is not as bad as we were taught to believe. Although the health complications linked to a sedentary lifestyle are still possible, there are other ways to avoid them other than using a standing desk.

Researchers have found that adjusting your habits at work can help you in preventing these illnesses from manifesting later in life. By participating in 60 to 75 minutes of physical activity every day and taking the time to walk around during your breaks, you are working towards lessening the health risks involved with too much sitting. Living a well-balanced lifestyle is key to keeping healthy in today’s hectic world.

The Debate Still Stands

With recent studies contradicting previous ones, the debate on the better desk will continue. So how should business owners move forward in their quest to create better office spaces?

As the leader of your organisation, you are tasked with the responsibility of providing your employees with a conducive work environment that promotes their well-being alongside the optimisation of business performance. To be able to do both, choosing the ideal workstation desk for your office is necessary. Since these are your employees’ personal and professional space, their workstation needs to be comfortable and practical. Consider consulting them on which desk they prefer to use. This way you can create a work environment where employees know that they are valued which can result in better productivity.

About Zircon Interior

We at Zircon Interior believe that smart office design has the ability to improve employee productivity and enhance your company’s overall efficiency. We accommodate your business strategies, operational processes, and core values into the design so that the end result is able to address your specific needs. We will work with you closely in order to find the best solutions for your business.

For more information about our concept-to-construction process and other services, call us on 1300 947 266 or email your enquiries to info@zirconinteriors.com.au.

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