A standing desk, also called a stand-up desk, is basically a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working. Many modern versions are adjustable so that you can change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing. At the very least, using this type of desk can partly negate the harmful effects of sitting too much.
If you’re the type of person who goes around saying your work is killing you, you might be right. After spending decades studying the body in motion, researchers are finally delving into inactivity physiology, which is the study of what happens inside your body when you plop down on your butt.
The research shows a link between sitting and poor health. As a result, sales of standing desks and sit/stand desks have risen as wary Americans fight back against the worst possible death: at work, in front of the computer with no one but the Dilbert day calendar to hear their last words.
Here are our top five reasons to look into getting a standing desk:
5.) Standing Makes You a Better Worker
OK, this is purely anecdotal, but I checked around and I’ve found other people who agree. I do much of my own work while standing up, and I’ve found that while I’m in the standing position I’m more likely to stay focused and get work done.
Don’t believe me? Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Vladimir Nabokov were all said to stand while working. Yes, they’re all dead now, but they did really good work while they were alive.
A common concern is that standing desks will hinder the productivity of employees who carry out daily tasks like typing. Working at a standing desk will take time to get used to, but standing desks do not actually have an impact on typical work tasks. Considering that standing improves mood and energy as well, using a standing desk is more likely to boost productivity rather than hinder it.
Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health monitored 74 call center employees over a six-month period after the company purchased a standing desk for a number of employees. After a month, the employees were 23% more productive than their colleagues at a sitting desk. After five months, the productivity of standing employees rose to 53%.