We think 2018 is the year office managers and furniture retailers will start taking the standing desk more seriously. Since the catch-cry ‘sitting is the new smoking’ was first heard from the health industry a couple of years ago, the standing desk has been slowly creeping into work spaces across Australia. While creative industries in hipster warehouses may have been early adopters, our intel informs us that they are beginning to trickle into more conservative companies across Australia’s capital cities.
So why exactly are standing desks about to become essential pieces of furniture, deeply embedded into the way we live and work?
It’s fundamentally all about health and comfort. Research has shown that people who sit for the majority of each day have a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death. Obviously sitting also burns fewer calories, raising the risk of obesity.
Traditionally, office workers have sat for the lion’s share of their 8+ hour day in the office. An adjustable standing desk allows them to exercise and stretch, with the freedom to rest when they need to. As with most behavioural changes, it has taken time for a transition in thinking to take place. Now more and more employees are requesting standing desks.
While it’s not currently a legal requirement for a company to provide one, given the health research behind the long-term impact of sitting all day, it seems likely that there may be future ramifications to not doing so!
Several exhibitors at the 2017 Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF) showcased standing desks, including AIFF Best Small Stand Winner MOVI Workspace , who showed off an adjustable, ergonomically designed desk, crafted from sustainable bamboo. At the touch of a button, the electric motor moves the desk to allow quick changes between sitting and standing.
Exhibitors at AIFF in 2018 will include office furniture suppliers who offer the standing desk alongside more traditional numbers. For example, Ergovida sells a crank-handle desk that offers versatility…plus calorie burn and flexibility!
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