As wellbeing tops the workplace agenda, demand for sit-stand desks is quickly picking up. A market research report published by Credence Research forecasts the global standing desk market is set to hit $2.8 billion by 2025, with a double-digit growth rate expected over the same period (2017-2025).
What’s driving this interest in flexible desks? Factors like employee wellness and motivation have a large role to play as well as the enhanced productivity that a healthier, happier workforce can bring.
Companies are realizing the tangible benefits of focusing on health and wellness in the workplace. Office furniture that encourages movement, especially workstations with height adjustability are increasingly popular for both wellness and functional reasons. Technology firms like Twitter have introduced sit-stand desks at their campuses and more workplaces are following suit.
According to our Human Experience report, 66% of respondents spend the majority of time at their desk while in their office. Studies show that a number of health issues can stem from a sedentary work environment. Groups like Center for Disease Control and American Medical Association have stated that standing desks help combat these to some extent.
Standing throughout the day increases blood circulation, boosts fat-burning metabolism and lowers fatigue. Researchers in Australia have found that standing desks may contribute to increased levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) as well.
Besides the obvious health benefits and flexibility of use, an optimal use of floor space builds a strong business case for standing desks in workplaces which are constantly evolving with needs of their workforce and technology.
If you thought integrating ergonomic furniture was all that you needed to do, the bad news is: it’s just half the battle. Standing for long hours has its own share of health hazards. To maximize the benefits of your standing desk, you must know how to use it right.
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