5 Steps to Convince Your Boss to Buy a Treadmill Desk

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5 Steps to Convince Your Boss to Buy a Treadmill Desk


Happy Friday! This week’s guest post was written by our friends over at Turnkey Office Space, the first stop for anyone in the hunt for new office space (the name may have tipped you off). Read on for their humorous take on the top tips for selling your boss on treadmill desks.

Unless you’re working at Google, you may not have access to a treadmill desk. Perhaps, like so many employees in an office environment, the only time you really get to stretch your legs is when you walk to and from the coffee maker. Your health and productivity could improve drastically if your boss just bought a treadmill desk. But how can you convince him properly? A proposal that goes south could ruin your chances of ever getting one.

Luckily, we have a five-step system that’s guaranteed to convince your boss it’s time for a treadmill desk in the office.

Step 1:

Office Related Back Pain

Make small talk near your boss about how your back has been sore and you feel like you’re not getting enough exercise. This may be enough –  sick days and workman’s comp are costly. But if your boss doesn’t take the hint, move on to step 2.

Step 2:

Send around an office memo about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. If your boss wasn’t worried about your health, he or she might be worried about their own! Still, this has the potential to backfire. Your boss might just buy a gym membership. So, move on to step 3.

Step 3:

Name-drop some big companies that use treadmill desks. This will provoke a healthy competition in your boss. Google, the FBI, and the Mayo clinic are just a few major businesses that use treadmill desks. Still, perhaps your boss is the kind of person that likes all the facts laid out in front of them. If that’s the case, move on to step 4.

Step 4:

Accidentally drop a piece of paper with the prices of treadmill desks and their benefits on your way out of a meeting. Your boss will find this piece of paper and consider the prospect as if it were their own.  If all this fails, go to the final step.

Step 5:

Have you seen the droids?

This is the treadmill desk you are looking for.

Become a Jedi and use Jedi mind tricks to “force” your boss into buying a treadmill desk. This may take some time and require you to seek out a little green man that sounds like Miss Piggy, but it’s totally worth it!

In reality, there’s no tried and true way to convince your boss to buy a treadmill desk. If you’re looking to add a treadmill desk to your office space, the best practice is usually to present the facts. Check out the WorkWhileWalking Health Benefits page to find out more about how treadmill desks and other modern amenities can be excellent for businesses.


Many thanks to Turnkey!

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