The New Norm in Office Furniture
The workplace environment is continuously shifting to create more flexibility, comfort, and improved health of employees. Sitting at a desk in an office chair all day is no longer the only option for people who spend their workdays in front of a computer screen. As a matter of fact, sitting can reduce productivity and a person’s overall health. Research shows that sitting for lengthy periods of time can have the negative impacts on a person’s health.
+ Sitting down for extended periods of time is associated with increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
+ Sitting causes approximately 92,000 people each year to develop avoidable cancer.
+ People who sit all day are twice as likely to develop a cardiovascular disease than people who stand on the job.
+ Good cholesterol levels drop after two hours of sitting.
+ Sedentary behavior increases risk of several forms of cancer and blood clots, which can increase strokes and heart attacks
Moving throughout the day and changing postures frequently can have a positive impact on health and well-being by reducing some of the risks caused by sitting down for extended periods of time during the day.
The Sitting Solution
The research associated with the health risks of long-term sitting inspired the creation of an alternative desking solution that enables more movement and flexibility in the office. Several types of height-adjustable tables and desks have come along that create a highly adaptable workspace, reducing discomfort by allowing users the freedom to sit or stand throughout the day. These tables can be adjusted manually or electronically, depending on the style and have several benefits, including:
+ Enhancing user comfort by minimizing operator fatigue and discomfort;
+ Increasing productivity while preventing injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders;
+ Creating flexible workspaces by enabling the users to adapt their tables and desks to changing office environments.
There are five general base types for these height-adjustable tables:
4. Pneumatic or Counterbalance
Different base types are capable of holding different weight capacities, so it’s important to gauge how much weight each desk will need to support when considering the base type for your height-adjustable table.
- Electric Standing Height
- Pin-Set Desk Group
- Pin-Set Desk
- Pin-Set Base
- Hand Crank
- Hand Crank Height Adjustable
- Electric Base
- Counterbalance Desk
- Counterbalance Desk Adjustable
- Advanced Range Electric Height Adjustable
With an increased concern for workforce health and pressure to decrease health insurance costs, employers and employees alike are searching for new ways to improve health and productivity. This practical and cost-effective solution manages to decrease numerous risks associated with daily sedentary behavior as well as increase flexibility and functionality of the office space.
For more information about this new office furniture alternative, please contact bauhaus for more information.