How Much Is an Ergonomic Adjustable Standing Desk Worth?
by Kenny Rhoads
How much does feeling sluggish and unable to focus cost you? How about the price of a sedentary lifestyle’s effect on your blood pressure and cardiovascular health? OK, something easier – what is the cost of a hospital visit for heart surgery? Talking about physical health can get pretty grim, but the message is clear. From a financial standpoint, being healthy is a cost-saving strategy. And, an ergonomic adjustable standing desk can help. When you convert your office with the right ergonomic adjustable standing desks, you reap the financial benefits not just of being healthier, but of other changes that are more difficult to quantify.
The advantages of more energy and better mental focus are less obvious, so they are worth discussing first. Many people, nearly all of them, say that when they switch to an ergonomic adjustable standing desk and spend roughly half their time each day standing, they experience an increase in energy and clarity. They are able to focus on tasks for longer without getting distracted, experience higher productivity, and generally don’t get as mentally fatigued once they grow accustomed to standing at an ergonomic adjustable standing desk for some portion of time.
Imagine that the average person wastes 10 out of every 60 minutes they are actively working due to online distractions, using the restroom, and chatting with office mates. If they work for seven hours a day, that’s over an hour of wasted time and productivity out of seven hours, or over 15% of the entire workday. This is a relatively reasonable estimate for most people, and we don’t really even think that wasting 15% of your time at work is a problem. But imagine moving to a standing desk could cut that in half. You still need time to go to the restroom and be a human being, but while standing you’re more productive so overall you only waste 30 minutes in your seven hours of work.
If your time is worth $25, cash, in your pocket – another reasonable, mid-point estimate – that means you are producing $13 extra in value every day. Put that in your pocket, perhaps because you actually work for yourself, and you’re making an extra $3,250 every year, just by standing for four hours a day instead of sitting.
You can come to your own estimates about how much a stronger heart, a faster metabolism, five pounds of fat a year, and a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer are worth. These are all commonly accepted benefits of standing more at work. But the point about the value of an ergonomic adjustable standing desk is the same. It is a valuable tool with a concrete financial benefit.