As in most things relative, sitting and standing desks are actually more than simple matters of taste for the user. These days, especially in some progressive-looking companies, standing desks are slowly inching their way into the offices.
Standing desks have been in use mostly by architectural and design companies some few years back and the feedback had been positive. However, office workers who were used to sitting desks all their lives are questioning their entry into their offices where some departments replaced their sitting desks with standing desks with no chairs.
The good old sitting desks are still in charge in most offices to this day. Users (office workers) have been used to the sitting positions all their lives. Of late, they haven’t let up on their arguments regarding the non-practical aspects of standing desks.
Their biggest argument is that sitting lets them rest after some strenuous activities. The argument is that less energy is spent and at the same time the stress on the body is minimized.
The only contrary opinion is that sitting can distort the body while staying hunched the whole day on the sitting desk.
Standing desks – pros
An employee declares he is energized working in a standing desk now. He added he developed an increased focus, and that he can tackle more writing challenges quickly.
Another reported that he developed more energy and that standing on the job kept his blood flowing and his mind alert, having found out that it is hard to get sleepy at the desk when in standing position.
Still another reported that standing the whole day and having a good posture added to his core strength. In addition, he lost the soreness in his back and tailbone compared to his sitting days before.
He also added that sitting can take a few moments to get up and away from the desk compared to his new standing position now where he implied he is always ready for new circumstances.
Standing desks – cons
There are a few contrary opinions on standing desks. One complained about the leg and feet soreness, especially in the first few days. The discomfort did not stay long and he acclimatized to the new desk height and the standing position.
Related to the first complaint, the employee thought standing on one’s feet for ten hours can be an ordeal.
Another thought standing for long hours was not enjoyable and declared standing while working may not be a solution. He added that long periods of standing time harms the back in the lower portion and causes tiredness. There was also the risk of atherosclerosis and there was a real risk of varicose veins.
Some suggested that there should be an ideal situation where workers can sit for 20 minutes, stand for another 20 minutes and have a break after every 2 hours take a 15-minute break.
If the office space is big enough, have both the standing desk and the sitting desk workspace together. This way, a worker can work on the same surface for the sitting desk and the standing desk.
Tune in for the next discussions.