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Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

(OP)
Sitting for most of the day is apparently really not good for you. When we design assembly cells at my new place standing and moving is now to a requirement, regardless of necessity (this caused some grumbling from the floor). Now there's kind of a "suggestion" that you can have a "standing desk" if you want one (I don't). I'm wondering how long until standing while working is a requirement for office personnel too. A company would probably reap health benefit rewards from implementing such a policy. Has anyone's company took the plunge yet?

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

With us, it's only allowed with Doctor's note....for now. I haven't seen an ergonomics program here yet.

My last company started an ergonomics program, and after that, about half the engineers requested a standing desk, and I only saw about 10% of any one of those actually use it.

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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I'm typing this while standing, at my elevating desk. I like it, when I feel the need to stand, I can stand. When I want to sit, I can sit. I'm probably 60% standing and 40% sitting.

One thing I recommend is one of the "standing mats" that you sometimes see in front of kitchen sinks (only much bigger). Standing on a concrete floor all day is tiring without one.

More to the OP's question, everyone one in my office has a stand/sit desk, but I'd say most just sit at them.

Are the desks being implemented standing only? Or do they move up and down?

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

one guy here swapped his chair for a "posture ball"

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I've seen them advertised but admittedly never saw one in reality. Several colleagues however have had the height of their cube desk adjusted upward to stand and either only sat for breaks or used a tall chair/stool upon occasion.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

We have large workstations. My PC is on a low desk, to the left of me is a low desk, and behind me is a standing desk. I like to review drawings while standing but I'm not sure if I could use my PC standing all the time. Some in the office have all their desks high.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I never used one and I can only think of a single guy in our office who had one. I always thought it looked a bit uncomfortable, besides, if you were in his office there really wasn't any place to sit down as he only had a sort stool that he could lean back on. Now there were several people who, while they had normal desks, did use a sort of 'chair' where they knelled on it:



Again, I don't really have a 'body type' that would make this sort of chair all that practical.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I knew a guy who worked from home that had his computer monitor mounted on the ceiling and a setup so that he could lay in bed all day while he worked. He wasn't injured or anything but I guess it worked for him. I would joke that one day I would read his obituary and it would read that he was killed by his computer monitor falling from the ceiling. He wasn't worried at all about it falling.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

(OP)
"I knew a guy who worked from home that had his computer monitor mounted on the ceiling and a setup so that he could lay in bed all day while he worked. He wasn't injured or anything but I guess it worked for him. I would joke that one day I would read his obituary and it would read that he was killed by his computer monitor falling from the ceiling. He wasn't worried at all about it falling."

Was he an engineer? If he was and he dies that way, he sort of deserves it!

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

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one guy here swapped his chair for a "posture ball"

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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Standing still all day isn't particularly good for you either. Ideally what you need to be doing is to change positions frequently, either by having a desk that can be raised and lowered, quietly and easily, or by using a walking desk, which I have at home. As IRstuff says, there are some tasks that you need to sit down for, but for reading emails and phone conferences a walking desk is fine. If I need to stop and think I switch the damn thing off, and if I'm building a model or working something out I sit at a normal desk.

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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Seems like to only opportunity for one to sit would be the occasional trip to the restroom

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Like in high school, when the teacher does something, like wearing a beret, it suddenly becomes absolutely uncool for the students to wear berets, the same thing just happened in our office.
The boss set up his desk in stand-up fashion a few months ago, so now there's no way you'll convince me to go stand-up. I'd just look like a brown-noser!

STF

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

One of our managers has used a standing desk for a few years now. He suffers from problems with his back, and the fact that he's stayed with the standing desk rather than reverting to a conventional type indicates that, in his specific case, the standing desk has proved beneficial. I myself picked up a serious spinal injury a few years ago and in my case regular exercise and keeping weight off works better than standing in managing my injury.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I rather like using a four-poster drafting table as a desk, and a tall wooden stool to sit when needed.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I have a "posture ball" chair. Every once in a while my back gives me grief and using the ball chair helps it sort itself out faster.

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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I saw this in an oil refinery in Sweden. The guy's desk could move up and down so he could change positions -- sit, stand -- not sure about lying down :). I'd love it, I sit like a bag of potatoes all day.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

My company moved offices at the beginning of the year. They let us request standing desks. Now a number of us have Varidesks. I love it. I didn't get a whole lot of input on what I got but the 36" desk they ordered just barely fits two 24" monitors. It has a two-tier design. I have my keyboard and mouse on the lower front tier and my monitors on the upper back tier. The lower tier is just big enough for me to move the keyboard to the upper tier and markup on 11x17 sheets or draft on letter sheets. I also have just enough room to put documents on the upper tier and type below. Since it is a Varidesk I can move it up and down. The only snag I have run into is moving it will sometimes giggle my monitor cables and I have one monitor cut out. Overall a first world problem. I would estimate that I stand 75% of my day and sit the other 25.

Robert Hale, PE

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

When I was working, I had this fabulous device that I would hold by a handle and I would exersize many times a day by following it, sometimes briskly and other times not so briskly, to many places: conference rooms, colleagues’ cubicals, shop floor meetings, BS sessions and back to my desk. Oh, by the way, it also held java.

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I got a Varidesk (like Robert's) for my office (which happens to be at home).
I normally sit all morning, and then stand for a while to start the afternoon. It keeps me awake!
If I find myself fidgeting I'll so back to sitting.
The change of position is what is good for you.
The only thing that I don't like is that the lower tray for the keyboard makes the KB a bit too high for me when sitting.
I might just remove it. There is room in front of the monitors to place the KB there when standing.

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RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

We're moving into a new space soon - cubes to tables - the table tops can be raised and lowered to accommodate standing or sitting.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Couple people at my office have a sit/standing desk and they also report that the standing seems to keep them more alert through the day. One of them is an engineer and he says that drawing work is easier for him standing up - the adjustable table height lets him get a good angle to make the bending and stretching on the larger prints easier.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

That's why at one time, many drawing boards were vertical. When I started my first professional job, back in Michigan in 1966, they had just converted all of their vertical drawing boards into horizontal drafting tables. They left one large vertical drawing board in place mostly for creating large templates for the optical tracer used on the heavy-plate, flame-cutting machine. It was about 10 feet long and it was ideal when needing to strike large arcs on Mylar using a length of light chain and a Rapidograph pen.

I only had to use it a couple of times, but I think I would not have liked to work like that all day, every day. Of course, in 1977 we got our first CAD/CAM system and we had a large format pen plotter so from then on virtually all of the burner-templates were 'plotted', ink-on-Mylar.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

There must be some range between Standing Desks and Run For Your Lives Desks. Perhaps a Saunter At A Constant Pace Desk? In these days of easy access to automation and wireless components one might make a desk that wanders about at random, requiring the users to be really engaged with their work. Stop paying attention and maybe it takes a while to track the desk down. Certainly with some hacking it could lead to a desk that uses facial recognition to actively avoid the user. Happy April Fools Day.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

I was in one place that did have a standing desk that was attached to a treadmill. The original inhabitant got it for themselves so they could run during lunch break and mosie during the rest of the day. The guy left for another site but I am told it was a sight to behold and a wonder he never hurt himself. An inspiring example, just not sure corporate liability teams are that risk tolerant.

RE: Anyone's office moving to "Standing desks"?

Some years ago, the company I was working for drew up plans for a new router room, for CNC routers/mills. As part of this there was an office cubicle with two desks and computers for the programmers to use when setting up jobs on the machines. The general manager took one look at this and said" I am not going to have those lazy sods sitting around and drinking coffee all day , put in stand up terminals for them , so that was what we got.
B.E.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

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