All certified ergonomists would agree that sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your health, and has recently been named “the sitting disease.” Unfortunately, many employees spend more than 8 hours sitting at an office workstation during the day and another 4 to 6 hours sitting at home in the evening. In an effort to boost activity levels throughout the day, employees are beginning to choose the option of standing while working. Sit-stand workstations will not only improve the health of the employees who utilize them, but they have been shown to increase productivity.
Making the decision to provide sit-stand workstations in the workplace is an easy one; distributing them in a strategic manner, and sometimes among hundreds of employees, can be challenging and expensive.
As you may know, providing revolutionary equipment can cause envy. If one person has it, everyone wants it. So, before you introduce them into your office or organization, review these five tips on how to manage their distribution:
- Develop a distribution policy or plan and communicate it effectively. Consider rolling out a pilot program to provide sit-stand workstations to only a small number of employees. If you receive positive feedback, order additional units the following quarter(s). Distribution could be first come/first served, or based on seniority, lottery, etc.
- Investigate and choose products that fit your budget. Some workstations include desks that can be raised and lowered with the touch of a button (more expensive), while others can be raised manually (less expensive).
- Do not make it mandatory for employees to get a doctor’s note to receive a sit-stand workstation.
- Instead of distributing sit-stand workstations for individual workspaces, provide “hoteling” stations that can be shared among employees.
- As an alternative to sit-stand workstations, design common areas in your office space where employees can bring their laptops and work while standing.
Remember, providing sit-stand workstations can improve the health and wellness of your employees. Don’t let the lack of a distribution plan prevent you from doing so.