Nowadays, companies are increasingly prioritising employees’ needs and well-being while making business and real estate decisions. With respect to the global trend of “flexible” workplace and working practices becoming the mainstream solutions to improve productivity, boost profitability and enhance motivation through better work-life balance. The market demand for flexible workplace furniture is gathering momentum. Today, firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter are embracing the shift towards standing desks and flexible space.
Standing desks are nothing new and have been around for centuries. Yet with changing technology and work paradigm, office workstation ergonomics is evolving continually and the trend of adopting ergonomic furniture has been rediscovered.
More recently, the impact of standing desks on health has been quantified, with fewer medical issues, less back problems, increased energy, higher calorie burn and lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer being some of the various benefits that have been documented scientifically by stand-up adopters. Some research studies, whose metrics are a sophisticated blend of science and social movements, even indicate that office workers can be 10 per cent more productive when offered the option to stand.
Working while standing is fast-becoming a work trend. With several studies to confirm the health and psychological benefits of standing desks, a number of companies appreciate the growing needs from the workforce and have invested in flexible workplace furniture and adjustable workstation equipment. Not only does it enhance ergonomics, but it also improves work productivity.
Everything needs to be a balance.