Lately, we’ve noticed the increasing proliferation of standing desks at a range of offices in San Francisco. This may be old news for some, since this kind of setup has been popular with programmers at local startups for a while. However, as was recently covered in Inc. Magazine, standing desks and active work environments may now be gaining more traction in the mainstream. This follows the publication of more reports on the dangers of sedentary work habits and rising rates of obesity.
While standing desk setups may not be for everyone, it is worth consideration, especially if your team members do long stretches of research, coding, or data crunching.
If you’re interested in learning how to set up a standing workstation, check out these articles on Boing Boing and Smarterware. If you’re willing to risk a little ridicule and try a more extreme approach, you could try a “walk-and-work” setup, or a treadmill computer. Keep in mind that it can take a couple weeks for your body to adjust (some people complain of painful feet at the beginning), but the lasting effects can range from increased productivity to better overall fitness.
Let us know if you’ve made a change like this to your work environment.
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