Standing desks are all the rage these days. After a few months of standing desks at my workplace, I sent around an anonymous survey to ask what people really think of the new regime.
We’ve had standing desks in our office now for about 12 months, so I sent round a survey to see whether people like them or not. Our standing desks are adjusted for the height of the individual, and we have ergonomic chairs on longer (adjustable) stems. This is slightly different from other offices where the chairs are the usual height and you can wind your desk up or down. Many of us also have high footstools to help with balance and posture when sitting.
Of the 29 people (out of 33) who responded to the survey, everyone said they like their standing desk, and only two people said that they would revert to a sitting workstation if given the chance. Three respondents stand all the time, 10 mostly stand, and 16 spend longer sitting each day than standing – but generally love the option to be able to do either. We find it great for collaborating, as two or three colleagues can stand around a computer screen and discuss things very easily. Some people don’t particularly like the high chairs, so we might need to do some further fine-tuning of their workstations. Comments included:
Ironically, I sit a lot but it is fabulous to have the option. Love it. Need to get one at home.
Whilst I mostly sit when I am ever at my desk, I really like sitting up high, and also having the option to stand. I also think it is much nicer when working with someone else, you can just stand next to them at the same level.
If you’re thinking of installing a standing desk, and would like to know more of my findings, feel free to get in touch.