As a society, we have a significant challenge in balancing our health with our work’s demands. Sitting for extended periods can lead to numerous health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, neck and back pain. Although research is still in the early stages, it appears that using a standing desk can have impressive benefits for your health. It may also increase productivity and improve mood and energy levels. If you are interested in a standing workstation, it is essential to split your time between sitting and standing 50/50.
Considering the proper office ergonomics of a standing workstation, such as the correct desk height and where to place your computer?
- Workstations that adjust are the best because they allow you to change positions throughout the day from standing to sitting.
- Position the top edge of the monitor to be at eye level or just below eye level. If you wear bifocals, you might want to position the monitor slightly lower.
- Set up the monitor to be an arm’s length away from where you are standing. If using dual monitors, keep close together at a slight angle if used equally.
- From a side view, your head, shoulders, knee, and ankles should be in a straight line—no bending of the knees or leaning while at the workstation.
- Your arms and elbows should rest against your ribcage with elbows at a 90-degree angle.
- Wrists should be neutral or slightly cocked upwards to manipulate the keyboard and mouse.
- Use a speakerphone or headset as it is also beneficial for your posture and spinal alignment.
The above benefits may not be the only ones you find as you try out this new lifestyle. Improvements in physical, metabolic, and mental health can impact your life in ways you never thought possible. The research is clear. Standing workstations play an important role in workplace design that fosters employee well-being and productivity.