I work with many clients that have implemented Sit-Stand (elevated) desks for their staff, and I always admired the choice of functionality they provide for those working at a desk. The reduction in fatigue, stress, shoulder and neck strain, RSI and back pain with the added benefits of improved energy levels in staff, increased concentration, productivity and creativity also make them very attractive and worthy of consideration.
Being conscious of how much time I spend sitting at my desk. I have several tasks that I do standing, including when on the phone to reduce the amount of time I’m sitting at my desk.
During January 2019, I watched an online training webinar on the NSW Safe work website, even got a beautiful little certificate. After the webinar, I received a notification to say that the webinars met the requirements for the NSW SafeWork Rebate and a link to apply for $500 to go towards a safety solution in my workplace.
After further checking my eligibility and the types of items it could cover, I was excited that I could use it to go towards a sit-stand desk for my office. I had to purchase the sit-stand desk first, and then I had to send a copy of my receipt to my application, I received the rebate in my account in about three weeks.
These (NSW SafeWork Rebates) are still available for different safety solutions in small businesses, and I encourage you to have a look and see if you are eligible and for what types items that could benefit your workplace.
Things to consider when deciding on a sit-stand desk
- Some are electronic, and some are manual, many manuals ones don’t get used as often as it’s not as easy to raise them.
- Monitor and computer cords will need to be longer, power points may need to be relocated, or extension leads or power board may need to be used with them. To ensure you have the cord length for when the desk is raised to a standing position.
- Correct ergonomics for typing and desk work still needs to be adhered to when in the standing position
- Staff need to slowly migrate to standing, i.e. 30 mins of standing followed by 30 mins of sitting. Then grow on these times. For if staff go from sitting all day to standing all day, some may become quickly uncomfortable and fatigued and will not utilise the desk to its potential.
- Be aware that not all sit-stand desks come with a cradle or basket to hold or manage cords; in some cases, these are additional items that are purchased.
- Be aware that if cords are not managed correctly, there is potential for them to get caught or pinched in the desks mechanisms and damage them.
Although known for health benefits and increased productivity in workplaces. Sit-stand desks are not a magic pill that is going to turn your organisation into a steam engine of productivity.