Can’t Put a Price Tag on Health
When it comes to ergonomic office furniture, such as standing desks, the first thing that might come to mind for business owners is: am I going to spend a lot of money?
It’s not easy to shop for a cheap standing desk or ergonomic chair because, quite simply, good ones are not all that cheap. True, some can go into the thousands of dollars; it’s understandable that you might not have that in the budget, especially if you need to buy several for your employees. But it’s not unreasonable to expect that you can spend a couple to a few hundred dollars on a quality standing desk.
In the end, the potential health benefits of a good standing desk will outweigh what you might spend on one.
According to a 2015 article in Corporate Wellness Magazine, the cost to employers to care for employee lower back pain is more than $34,000 per 100 employees. More recent data show that the health costs of treating neck and back pain is estimated to be $86 billion a year. Yes, that’s billion. Some of that is undoubtedly coming out of the pockets of companies, as employees are placing the blame on this type of pain on poor office desks and chairs.
So if you’re noticing that your employees are heading to chiropractors and orthopedic specialists to treat work-related back pain, and your business is taking a hit for these medical bills, it might be worth it to weigh the cost of these health issues as opposed to trying to shop for a cheap standing desk.
Ergonomics Can Help Ease Pain to Backs…and Bank Accounts
The main culprits of lower back pain and neck pain for office workers are improper posture at poorly-designed office desks and chairs, combined with long periods of sitting.
Ergonomic furniture, like standing desks, help to remove these factors and can lead to much improved health for your employees. Not only will this mean less doctor visits and medical bills, it could mean more productivity, which will of course lead to more profit for your company.
Dan McLeod, an ergonomic consultant, reports that productivity measured by workers using ergonomic furniture has shown a 10–15% rise, while workstations using ergonomic desks and chairs display a 25% increase in output. Reduced fatigue, a decrease in back and repetitive motion injuries, and boosted morale are all believed to be the main reasons for these increases, and are the direct results of ergonomics.
Stand Up for Your Employees
If you’re convinced that ergonomic desks are the way to go, there are some features you should consider: ease of adjustability for standing and sitting, weight capacity and surface space.
The SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous is a reasonably-priced standing desk that has these features. A generous 30-in. work surface, single- or dual-motor system for easy and quick adjustment, and a durable, quality frame that can hold up to 300 lbs!
Couple this with the ErgoChair 2 from Autonomous, and you will have productive, happy, healthy employees dedicated to the success of your company!
And that’s worth more than anything a cheap standing desk can ever offer.
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