In the U.S. workplace, A Standing Desk Has Become An Important Benefit

By Christopher Snowbeck
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The point of standing desks is to help workers get up and move during the workday and be less sedentary. The hope is that movement can help people avoid chronic diseases associated with excess sitting.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

At a bank headquarters in St. Paul, some workers keep an extra pair of sensible shoes at their workstations, just so they can more comfortably use their new sit-to-stand desks.

In St. Louis Park, an entrepreneur said the extra expense with height-adjustable desks was worth it, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining millennial workers.

One state worker said he’s such a fan of his new desk that he doesn’t even use his government-issued office chair.
“I think it’s a happier perspective when I’m standing,” said Tim Hoeppner, 56, of Apple Valley.

Standing desks have emerged as the fastest growing employee benefit in U.S. workplaces, according to a June report from the Society for Human Resource Management. The group’s annual survey of HR professionals found that 44 percent said their company this year is either providing or subsidizing the use of standing desks, up from 13 percent in 2013.

It’s not known what share of office workers are using sit-to-stand desks. Peter Segar, chief executive of Ergotron, an Eagan-based maker of adjustable furniture, puts the figure at about 2 percent.

Even so, Segar said standing desks constitute the biggest change in office furniture since the dawn of the cubicle in the 1960s.

“Sit-to-stand really does change the way people work,” he said. “They’re more dynamic. They’re up-and-down. I think it’s easier to collaborate with people.”
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otorized desks that rise and fall with the push of a button are priced from $1,000 to $3,000, according to websites from some of the nation’s largest office furniture manufacturers.

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