Sitting behind a desk and working for hours at a time does not mean you are doomed to a career of back pain and headaches. Proper office ergonomics, which allow you to adjust where your body is positioned compared to your keyboard, mouse, and monitor, can affect how you feel at work and even help encourage good work habits.
The Benefits of an Adjustable Office Desk
An adjustable office desk is one way to make sure that your workspace is properly positioned to your body, leading to improved work habits. Here are three ways your desk can change how you work.
1. Improves Productivity
All of us have had that day when our head is in the clouds at work. You sit back and relax into your office chair for “only a second,” and then you look down at the clock and a half-hour has gone by. When you’re stuck in the same position all day, it’s easy to lose your focus and attention.
When you have an adjustable office desk, you can boost your productivity. Instead of feeling like you are chained to your desk and unable to move or think, you’ll be able to stand up and get a new perspective on your work. We’ll get into the science a bit below, but even the simple act of standing up and seeing more of your work environment can trigger an increase in productivity.
2. Reduces Pain and Discomfort
Your body isn’t designed to sit for hours on end. Even the most comfortable and supportive office chairs can cause a bit of pain and discomfort. If you stay seated at a desk all day, by the end you’re going to feel stiff and sore. That soreness is a direct result of your body being unable to move and stretch naturally throughout the day.
An adjustable office desk solves that problem for you. By standing up and allowing your muscles to move throughout the day, that pain and discomfort you’re so used to won’t be there. Over time, you’ll start to notice fewer aches and pains and not dread having to work.
Rather than focusing on the pinches and strains, you can focus on the work you need to get done.
3. Improves Mental Health and Energy
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Just like how you can’t do your job right with a splitting headache or a pulled muscle, it’s almost impossible for you to perform at your best when your mental health isn’t being considered.
Adjustable office desks can help improve your mental health along with your physical health. An adjustable desk can help you better manage your stress levels, improve your mood, keep your energy up, and improve your concentration.
Your brain likes to stay busy. It’s why we fidget and tap our feet when we think. Some people even have to walk around when they’re on the phone because they think better when they’re moving. When you stand at your desk, your body is free to move and reposition constantly, which helps your mind focus on your work.
Research Shows that Adjustable Desks Can Improve Your Productivity
Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center compared desk users that had adjustable office desks against a control group in traditional desks for six months across 167 employees. With the implementation of standing desks, employees were roughly 45% more productive from day to day than the seated control group. The productivity divide continued to increase over the six-month period to over 53%.
Another study, done by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, reviewed a series of clinical trials and found that standing desks were able to reduce local and whole-body discomfort scores. Additionally, they showed a series of eight studies and found a productivity improvement with workers who use adjustable desks.
Make Better Work Habits With Chassie
Check out Chassie’s standing desk collection today. You’ll find a wide selection of adjustable office desks that come with a touch-controlled electric motor that can get you on your feet and more productive.
From our more formal walnut standing desks to creative and whimsical desks like our daydream standing desk, we have a desk that will fit your personal style. Each desk can be raised from 25 to 51 inches high and are strong enough to support up to 130 pounds. Get yours and see the difference a standing desk can make in your work habits.