Standing Desk Ergonomics
Millions of workers who were previously sentenced to the chair have adopted a sit-to-stand desk in their office. The good news is they’ve taken the first step. They’ve grasped the initiative, and are probably raving about their standing desk to all their friends and co-workers -as they well should. The bad news is that for many of them the next step they’ll be taking will be to their chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, orthopedist, internist or witch doctor when the aches and pains of a bad workstation setup start to set in.
Check out these articles by our staff experts on standing desk ergonomics to make sure your move to working while standing is an optimally healthy one!
We're often asked whether a monitor arm is a truly necessary investment. If you're working at a fixed-height desk AND you external monitor has a height-adjustable stand, then probably not. But if you're planning to both sit and stand at an adjustable-height desk the answer is an unequivocal YES.
Companies that can afford it (especially Big Tech) almost immediately deputized their ergonomics and HR departments to reimburse $1,000 to $2,000 per employee to let them get properly set up for the long haul. But hundreds of thousands of employers, perhaps more impacted by the recessionary forces of the pandemic, have been dragging their feet. The result of delaying action may wind up c…
With millions of desk workers ordered to work from home for months, through the end of the year, or even permanently, employers need to consider the fact that liability for ergonomic injuries has now pierced the veil of the corporate campus.
While standing desks have received a lot of media attention over the past few years, they aren't the be-all and end-all of office fitness. Like sitting in a chair or walking at a treadmill desk, standing is an activity best enjoyed in moderation. The hazards of sitting are now well documented, of course. Legions of office workers concerned about "sitting disease" have flocked to comme…
For most sufferers, symptoms tend to wax and wane, usually worsening after a trigger event such as overuse, or from walking barefoot or without their prescribed orthotics for anything more than a mid-night pad over to the bathroom.
There has recently been a spate of lawsuits in which very large settlements have been extracted from employers who failed to provide adequate seating, and many more such suits are now working their way through class action courts. Walmart settled such a suit brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) for a whopping $65 million. Bank of America also settled a similar …
COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on the Office Fitness Industry, and Standing Desk Suppliers in Particular
In this article we examine the impact on both the supply side and demand side of this market multi-billion dollar market segment.
Many people hear or read about the concept of a standing desk and are instantly sold on the idea, often purchasing one on the very same day. No one can fault them for wanting to ditch the chair as soon as humanly possible. But what we often find is that even people who've been working at a standing desk for many years are unable to use their desk in standing mode for very long—sometimes …
ased on our regular encounters with occupational ergonomists and ergonomic product designers, it’s fair to say that many, if not most, of those working in the field today did not receive any formal training on the vast differences between working at a keyboard in a seated versus standing or walking modality.
Which Has Greater Impact on Relieving Foot Pain for Standing Workers – Special Shoes or Standing Mats?
We get this question often from employers who are looking for cost-effective ways for reducing foot pain, absenteeism and medical costs for employees who have to stand on their feet all day.