Do you need a sit/stand desk?

Office Furniture Specialists Ltd is seeing the request for Sit/Stand desks increase.

Management is struggling with the increase in demand in four areas affected by Sit/Stand Desks:

·        For their ‘Employees Health’

·        For the ‘Office Physical Footprint’

·        For the ‘Work Efficiency of Staff’

·        For the ‘Purchase Process’

Please read into the details more below and also let OFS know anything else you believe may be of value as we prefer to operate this field in a collaborative manner with all Medical and Health Professionals.

Office Furniture Specialists Limited have gained much experience in this field and are now sharing this information on the product and knock on effects within the working environment.

There really is a lot to confirm before you purchase a sit/stand desk. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any help required -

Employees Heath

Most employees obtain a Sit/Stand Desk for the following reasons:

1.       Physiotherapists (PHYSIO) believe there would be benefits.
2.       Occupational Therapist (OT) believe there would benefits.
3.       Another Health Professional believe there would benefits.
4.       That person across the hall has one (this can lead to the above being prompted).

 95% of requests in New Zealand are from above.

Office Footprint

Health and Safety

  • The desk does go up and down so what does this mean for Health and Safety?


Power Consumption

  • Electric Desks require an extra power point.


Cable Flexibility

  • With height variation, can the Power and Data cables manage?


 Straight Desk or Corner Station

  • Age old argument in the office over space but do Sit/Stand desks bring in other factors to evaluate?


Work Efficiency

Work Focus

  •  A big fear to the user is if the product purchased improves their health.



  • This can change – will other staff be tolerant?


Collaborative Assessment

  • By a Management
  • By Self-Assessment
  • By Health Professional
  • By Office Furniture Specialists Ltd


Purchase Process

  1. Work Site Assessment
  2. Product Assessment
    • Office Furniture Specialists Ltd
  3. Height Variance
    • Must go to at least 1250mm’s Height
    • 1300mm’s recommended
  4. Weight Loading
    • Straight Desk in excess of 140Kg
    • Workstation in excess of 210kg
  5. Cable Ports
    • Safety for desk cables to stay away from moving top edges.
  6. Cable Trays
    • Safety for cables to be away from floor and user feet.
  7. Top Construction
    • 25mm for strength with smooth edging.
  8. Screen Attachments
    • Independent from moving top.
  9. Adjustment Feet
    • To level on uneven floor – 95% of NZ.
  10. Anti-fatigue Matts
    • To relieve pressure on the feet (heels).
  11. Monitor Arms
    • Having monitors part of desk removes them from being able to fall off.
    • Also frees more surface space.
  12. Power & Data Access
    • Having a surface Power and USB adaption is safer.
  13. CPU Holders
    • Free space, tidy cables.
  14. Location Space
    • 50mm from top edge must be free right around all desk sides and back.
  15. Guarantee
    •  At least 5 years on the Frame and Mechanism to protect stakeholder's investment.
  16. Installation
    • Experienced Installer
  17. User Induction
  18. Management Policy & Process Documentation.

Managing the Sit/Stand Ratio

We like to think that as grown-ups we manage ourselves appropriately, however under work pressures we simply do not.
Who manages the sit/stand ratio so we do not just work one position till it hurts?
Standing till it hurts and deciding this is the signal to sit - the harsh truth is sitting straight away does not remove the pain.
It is tolerated in a different position until the pain recedes.  Sometimes it doesn’t – the damage has gone too far.
This is not the way for users to decide on when to sit and stand. Management needs a process to make sure users alter before the pain arrives.

What Else Should
I Know?

In most cases of a Sit/Stand desk enquiry being made it is more about the current desk, monitor, and chair set up.

Usually if these units are all synchronized life will be a lot easier for work.

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