Focus & Productivity: The Difference a Standing Desk Makes
by Kenny Rhoads
Do you want to be more productive? Do you ever get the urge to distract yourself while sitting, taking constant mental breaks, essentially checking out from what you are supposed to be working on? New research shows that working at an Adjustable Height Sit to Standing Desk reduces mental fatigue, stimulates the thought process and makes one more focused and productive overall. Upon hearing this news, an executive at New York’s, The Ladders, Jeff Gothelf, decided to put this research to the test. After purchasing a slew of concrete blocks to elevate his home computer became sold on adjustable height workstations’ benefits and requested a tall work desk at his office as well. To his surprise, he learned he already had one equipped with “expandable legs” and he soon towered above his colleagues, although several quickly followed suit.
Individual Focus and Productivity
“They just sort of sprouted like mushrooms,” Gothelf commented, confirming that he has now become a “lot more focused,” further adding “I also do a lot more walking around, because it’s easier when you’re already standing to just walk over and talk to someone.” Gothelf’s recent transition using an adjustable height workstation is founded on scientific studies revealing that the body’s metabolism gets sluggish while sitting for extended periods of time. As a consequence, the more sedentary one becomes, the less focus and clarity one has compromising overall productivity and efficiency.
Beneficial for Companies
Besides the obvious improvement in output when companies add adjustable height workstations to their office environment, people become healthier by boosting their metabolism and maintaining more relaxed muscles. Less tension is held in the neck, shoulders and back while standing and mobility further facilitates this. For employers looking to cut healthcare costs and lost time due to ill or injured workers, adjustable height workstations can go a long way to ameliorating expenses. Health expert Carla Sottovia says that pressure from sitting hunched over a computer screen all day long puts undue pressure on the lower back by a whopping 275%, while standing actually decreases it by 100%. She also adds that taking short breaks by walking around and wearing proper footwear while standing is also important to overall health.