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Our first year of "Sit-to-Stand" working...

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

We are all unique. We come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of different personalities, so why are we forced to work the same? In recent years the prominence and popularity of sit-to-stand desking solutions has been on the rise, with many websites and newspapers reporting the “miracle” effects of standing work. However, it’s important to note that the real focus of “Sit-to-Stand” solutions is often missed, and that focus is flexibility….


“Sit-to-Stand” facilitates not just sitting and just standing but the freedom to choose from a variety of postures depending on the task at hand. The result? A working environment that ultimately leads to happy, comfortable, healthy and productive employees!

A flexible “Sit-to-stand” environment has shown the following…

  • Increased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased incidents of breathing difficulties
  • Decreased swelling of the lower limb
  • Reduces lower back discomfort
  • Shows little to no decrease in productivity
  • Workers varying between sitting and standing positions were 78% likely to report a pain-free day.
  • Improved communication between colleagues
  • Better working atmosphere through ease of communication

At our South Wales showroom in Bridgend, we have adopted and adapted to sit-to-stand desking for almost a year. It’s something that our clients have always shown an interest in, but we’ve never really presented the benefits to our online audience. So instead of just providing with you with facts, we sat down with some of our staff members to share our personal experiences of using sit-to-stand desking with you…

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John Tovey - Contracts Manager

Q. How many hours of the working day do you stand at your desk as opposed to sit?”

A. Out of an 8 hour day I will sit for lunch and possibly at end of day, but no more than 1 hour per working day sitting.

Q. What are the positive experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. I’ve found standing at my desk far better for my posture and general back well-being, while burning more calories in the process! Generally I feel more comfortable standing and communicating with colleagues at my desk or across the office is much easier.

Q. What are the negative experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. I’ve had no negative experiences using Sit-to-Stand over the past year; having the option to sit or stand gives me real freedom!

Q. Do you feel utilizing sit-to-stand desking has had a positive or negative impact on your work productivity?

A. The introduction of Sit-to-Stand has had a positive impact on my productivity. The option to sit or stand lends itself to varying work scenarios e.g I stand most of the time, but for concentrated work (Tight tender deadlines, where I need to be very accurate, have some isolation to compose specific responses etc) I will sit. This effectively puts me into a ‘booth’ situation which gives me a little more privacy.

Also, I find colleague communication when standing allows for faster responses to queries, assistance etc. meaning my workflow is more efficient.

Q. How easy was the transition from traditional sitting work to adopting a sit-to-stand mentality?

A. Initially, I felt a little odd standing at my desk and working, but this was very short lived. As soon as I started working it felt perfectly natural and comfortable.

Q. Would you recommend sit-to-stand desking over traditional workstations?

A. Absolutely – in my opinion best development to personal workspaces since I started office work.



Abbie Jones - Designer

Q. How many hours of the working day do you stand at your desk as opposed to sit?

A. It really depends on what tasks I have to complete that day. This can vary anywhere between 30 minutes a day to 4 hours a day. I think the freedom of choice is a real benefit.


Q. What are the positive experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. When frequently leaving and returning to my workstation, I tend to set my desk at standing height for convenience. This allows me to “touch-down” between meetings and discussions much easier than before. Working at a standing height has also made collaborating with our Project Team or Account Managers more efficient; with all parties standing at my desk when running through design proposals, plans can be changed far quicker than organizing formal meetings to go through customer amends. Also, I feel like I have more energy when I vary between sitting and standing through the day!


Q. How easy was the transition from traditional sitting work to adopting a sit-to-stand mentality?

A. I found the transition quite easy! After a short period of time I began to note which tasks are better suited to sitting or standing work; it then soon became a habit to switch between the two.

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Judy Hall - Head of Sales

Q. How many hours of the working day do you stand at your desk as opposed to sit?

A. A lot of my time is spent out on the road, so when working from the office 95% of my working day is in the standing position.

Q. What are the positive experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. I’ve had a pre-existing medical condition for many years which has caused me pain between my C1 & C3 vertebrae. Standing as opposed to sitting has helped with my posture and the neck pain that I had been experiencing in the siting position has now disappeared.

Q. What are the negative experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. I do have to say that standing all day can sometimes give you sore feet! So pick some comfy shoes and don’t forget to spend your day varying between standing and sitting.


Q. Do you feel utilizing sit-to-stand desking has had a positive or negative impact on your work productivity?

A. A very positive impact, I feel much more energised and alert throughout the day. You also have the flexibility to vary the height for different work applications which is a great benefit.

Q. How easy was the transition from traditional sitting work to adopting a sit-to-stand mentality?

A. Due to the health benefits I experienced straight away, standing was the most natural way for me to work, so there was never a transition issue for me.

Q. Would you recommend sit-to-stand desking over traditional workstations?

A. A 100% yes from me!


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Lucy Beard - Internal Account Manager

Q. How many hours of the working day do you stand at your desk as opposed to sit?

A. When the desks were first installed I would stand for the majority of my day. As time has passed I now tend to sit with my chair at a taller height than standard and raise my desk to a more comfortable height. I still stand at various points throughout the day, but with the easy to use electric adjustment I can choose to stand or pick a comfortable sitting height with ease.



Q. What are the positive experiences of using Sit-to-Stand desks you have encountered so far?

A. It’s great to be able to stand while running through work with a colleague, being both at the same height feels far more natural than someone stood beside you hunched down to look at your screen.




Q. Do you feel utilizing sit-to-stand desking has had a positive or negative impact on your work productivity?

A. Overall I’ve found Sit-to-Stand has had a positive impact on my productivity. I’m not the best at sitting still so being able to change my posture throughout the day definitely improves my concentration, especially first thing in the morning!



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If you have any experiences with sit-to-stand desking you’d like to share, or are interested in learning more about our ranges of Sit-to-Stand solutions; send us an email at info@bof.co.uk or drop us a tweet @bof_furniture


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