Let’s face it, sitting at work all day can be a real pain in the ass (pun intended). I’m a very active person outside of work and enjoy playing sports and weightlifting whenever I can. When I got my first real life 9-5 job, I noticed that doing these activities wasn’t always as easy as it used to be. Sure, age plays some part, but through a little self examination, I realized sitting down for long periods of time was the real culprit: not only does it stiffen up my muscles, but it lowers my energy levels.
“When I started working at my first job out of college, there was nothing more exciting to me than being invited to a meeting,” says Fran, a 26-year old project manager in San Francisco. “I assumed that the more colorful blocks I had on my schedule, the more proof it must be that I was a vital part of the company.” But Fran, who says she was scheduled for at least two company meetings a day, quickly grew weary of the roundups.
Every New Year brings opportunity to shed regrets and set new goals for the future. For some, resolutions are around achieving career milestones, strengthening personal relationships, or overcoming fears. But many of us also resolve to improve our physical health and wellbeing. After all, the New Year comes just after the holidays - a popular time for indulging in cold-weather comfort foods, feasts around the dinner table, and cookies and sweets not just for dessert - but for anytime you walk past overflowing tins in the kitchen.
We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Millennials are lazy. Millennial employees are entitled. They lack company loyalty. They think everything can be done at the press of an app. But what if amidst the stereotypes and shock headlines, there was a better way to look at how millennials differ in the workplace from generations past - and use it to build a stronger business and office culture?
How do you keep an employee happy?
So you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your workspace. Rest assured, you’re not alone. More and more desk-bound folks are realizing that a traditional desk and monitor setup just isn’t cutting it anymore. Standing desks are on the rise (pun intended) and the possible risks of working at a desk for eight or more hours a day are, frankly, kind of scary. There’s back injuries, muscle strain, and weight gain...just to name a few. Not to fear, though! With an increase of information comes an increase in tools specifically designed to ensure that you’re working in a way that isn’t harmful to your body.
The modern office desk differs greatly from what we were used to see in the past. It isn't the heavy, unmovable and bulky oak desk that is so shiny you'll get distracted and annoyed if you see a single scratch. It isn't necessarily the unstable, industrial-looking computer table that's so cheaply designed it seems a bad investment in the first place. So what is basically the modern office furniture desk that's meant to last for a long time in the future?
Many major companies understand the benefits of using an adjustable height computer desk. In fact, they are adopting standing desks for their employees in one way or another.
Standing has gained popularity among office workers as well as entrepreneurs as they work at their desks. It can't be denied though that being able to stand while working allows you to stretch your body and thus discourages a completely sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, studies have revealed those who uses standing desks are more productive than employees who are doing the same work while sitting.
There are three easy methods to convert sitting desk to standing desk, which are explained below. Nonetheless, the same core principles apply: The elbows should be at the same level as the keyboard (they are bent to 90 degrees), and the screen does not force the user to tilt his head up or down.