On average, Americans spend eight hours at work each weekday and about five hours at home before hitting the sack. So what you do at work matters—especially in regards to your health. Research shows that standing desks lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. If this evidence alone isn’t enough to convince your boss you need a stand up desk, we’ve compiled four convincing facts that keep them from saying “no.”
1. Reduce Healthcare Costs
As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, companies look for strategic ways to lower their expenses. According to Forbes, U.S. companies spend more than $620 billion on healthcare each year, depleting funds that could go to employee salaries, technology, and better facilities. This cost increases as the rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer rise. Healthy employees cost their companies less money, and stand up desks—which increase daily calories burned by 40 percent and reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases—can be part of this solution.
2. Increased Productivity
Productive employees drive higher profits—and what business doesn’t want that? Blood flow decreases when sitting for prolonged periods of time, causing energy levels to plummet as well. But a standing workstation promotes movement—increasing blood flow and reducing likelihood of the dreaded afternoon food coma. In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, participants stood at standing desks for at least 66 minutes per day over a period of seven weeks—87 percent felt energized, 71 percent felt more focused, and 66 percent felt more productive.
3. Fewer Sick Days
Absenteeism affects employee productivity, which in turn significantly hurts profits. The Integrated Benefits Institute reports that sick leave costs employers more than $227 billion a year, with flu season roughly costing $10.4 billion of that amount. But health-related problems caused by obesity are the biggest contribution to this cost. Switching to a standing desk promotes healthy living and may cut down on employee sick days. In fact, 75 percent of participants in the CDC study (mentioned above) felt healthier after spending time at a sit-to-stand desk.
4. Attract Top Talent
Want the best and the brightest working for your business? A cutting-edge working environment inspires innovative thinking—and stand up desks evoke modern style. Companies with reputations for securing top talent, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have made standing desks part of their wellness programs. Recent research shows that standing meetings boost creativity and encourage collaboration, which may explain why these companies are so successful. Plus, employees appreciate companies that take care of them and a stand up desk reflects that aim.