Overcoming Common Objections to Standing Desks

Whether you are working from home or working from the office, you may be thinking about improving the ergonomics and getting a standing desk. There are many reasons that people use standing desks, ranging from reducing back pain to increasing productivity, and much other health and work-related reasons. Whether you are paying for a standing desk out-of-pocket, asking your employer to purchase the standing desk for you, or getting a letter of medical necessity (doctor’s note) from your doctor for a standing desk, these common standing desk objections are good to be aware of so that you can learn how to overcome them.


Common Standing Desk Objections & How to Overcome Them


“The monitor on the standing desk could display confidential information.”


Standing desks will present the monitors higher to others in the office, making information that could be confidential more visible to others. However, the same could be said about monitors in the seated position. Possible solutions to not displaying confidential information while using your standing desk could be purchasing an inexpensive privacy screen protector.  Another option could be only working on private documentation in the seated position.  This method also provides a great reminder to keep changing positions between sitting and standing, which is recommended.


“The standing desk won’t be used for the intended use of standing.”


Using a standing desk can take some getting used to.  Not only do our bodies need to adjust to more time on our feet, but we also need to train ourselves to get used to working in a position that at first, seems awkward. It’s easy to sit down, our bodies are trained to sit down to work.  But our bodies are made to change positions.  We have some suggestions for making sure that you don’t fall into the same routine of sitting but use your standing desk for standing and changing positions.


“Standing desks are bulky.”


There are many different types of adjustable height desks and standing desks, from the very small and simple, to larger workspaces, and even adjustable platforms that goes on your existing desk. If you are working with a smaller space, there are plenty of small standing desk options that will work for you. You can even add your own desktop size and type and just get height adjustable legs, making your own standing desk.


“Standing desks are expensive.”


When it comes to standing desks, there are simple cardboard standing desks, DIY standing desks, executive adjustable height desks and everything in between. So the goal is to find a standing desk that fits your needs and your budget – and they are out there.  Just like investing in an ergonomic office chair, or exercise equipment, purchasing a standing desk or an angle adjustable chair is an investment in your health and well-being for the long-term.


“Standing too much can cause health problems.”


standing desk alternative - Stance Angle ChairWe believe that it is important to keep moving during your workweek.  This means not sitting all day, and not standing all day, but rather changing positions throughout the workday.  You also want to make sure you have your standing desk adjusted correctly and avoid these mistakes. Just like sitting too much can cause health problems, standing too much could also cause issues for some people. Here are some guidelines on how to work the right amount of standing into your workday, and stretches you can do at your desk to keep your body healthy.


“People who use standing desks are disruptive to coworkers”


Some people think that when workers transition from sitting to standing, it can be disruptive to their nearby coworkers, especially in co-working environments.  But, this should be no different than employees getting up for bathroom or coffee breaks, heading out to lunch or a meeting, etc.  Remember, the mindset has to change to promote movement and changing positions in the office, to make standing desks and movement part of a normal workday.  This may mean that you occasionally have to watch a coworker quietly dance while at their standing desk, but this is healthy!


Need Help Justifying your Standing Desk?

Give HealthPostures a call at 800-277-1841 or contact us here if you are ready to improve your workday and your health.  We have several different options for home offices, corporate settings, and even medical offices.  The Stance Angle Chair transforms how we think about sitting and products like the Clever Electric Lift Legs can turn any work surface into an adjustable desktop.