Considering Standing Desks for Your Office? Here’s What to Look For
Experts have been sounding the alarm for years about the dangers of sitting all day. Excessive amounts of sedentary time increase a person’s risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia, stroke, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Constant sitting is also directly connected to weight gain and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a condition that occurs when blood clots form in the leg veins.
Since physical activity is so important for health, employers need to set up workspaces that encourage movement. That’s why many companies are investing in standing desks, also called sit-stand desks or height adjustable desks, for their employees.
The market today for standing desks is bigger than ever before. When you start to shop, you’ll find an enormous range of options at all price points. If you’re not familiar with these types of desks and don’t know which features you need, you might feel overwhelmed. To help you get started, we’ll discuss some of the most important features that generally make or break a standing desk.
Standing is good for you, but it’s not feasible for most employees to stand for their entire workday, especially if they’re using a standing desk for the first time. That’s why the ability to adjust the desk’s height is one of the most important things to look for in a standing desk.
The best standing desks are fully adjustable electric models that allow the user to completely customize the height of the desk with a control unit, remote control, or even wireless bluetooth. Desk models limited to a single range of adjustment are less practical and won’t accommodate many users’ needs. To support more people and various workstyles, ZGO offers BIFMA G1 compliant height ranges from 21.7” to 47.7” as well as EN 527 compliant ranges from 24.6” to 50.7”. This fits into our strategy to support all types of people and their diverse workstyles.
You can also find unpowered adjustable desks that use purely mechanical systems, which typically aren’t as efficient as an electric desk. If your employees have to turn screws or cranks multiple times per day to go from sitting to standing, it can negatively affect their productivity, satisfaction with their workstation, and overall morale.
Another benefit of electric standing desks is that they typically have multiple memory slots for height settings. So, each user can dial in their perfect height levels for each position and save those points in the desk’s memory. From then on, they’ll be able to transition from sitting to standing with the press of a single button. This is much more convenient than trying to dial in the perfect height from scratch every time.
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You want to buy a standing desk that will last. Some cheaper models may wear out quickly and end up costing you more over time than options built with greater care and better materials.
Also, many workstations today require a lot of equipment, so make sure you purchase a desk designed to carry an adequate load. This is especially important for desks that will support heavy equipment like printers, multiple monitors, and desktop computers. Our freestanding desks support loads up to 264 pounds, which goes above and beyond the needed capacity to support all of your workspace essentials.
A Design That Organizes Cords and Cables
Modern workstations often involve a tangle of cords and cables for laptops, monitors, external hard drives, and other digital tools. Having all those cables out in the open and unorganized can lead to confusion when you need to unplug or move something, and it also creates an unsightly mess. Instead of letting cords and cables run wild, seek out a standing desk that helps keep everything organized.
The best desking solutions will have several options to choose from. For example, we created a Smart Cable Tray for our adjustable desks that gathers wires, chargers, and power strips to keep them out of sight. We also offer our patented Smart Screen, which not only preserves privacy between users but serves as an innovative form of cable management. With the Smart Screen, you can route cords in and through the screen to keep them out of sight.
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Standing desks that allow for visual customizations can help bring a touch of color to your office. Customize your end pipe and feet options with one of your company’s brand colors for a cohesive look or allow employees to choose their favorite colors for a sense of ownership and individuality. At ZGO Solutions, all the components for our Smart System are available in a wide range of colors.
The World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable design or development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Far too many products today are designed to be completely disposable. If you want to do your part to break the cycle of waste and overconsumption, look for a standing desk that’s made using sustainable values. Not only will you sleep better at night, but your employees will appreciate your expression of dedication to something greater.
You may see companies who advertise that their products are made from materials that are recycled, upcycled, or otherwise environmentally friendly. However, true sustainability involves more than just creating products that don’t harm the environment. Sustainability means applying a sustainable mindset to every aspect of business, from product design and development to manufacturing, packaging, and shipping.
Sustainability is part of our story at ZGO Solutions, and we continuously work to shrink our global ecological footprint. You can learn more by visiting our About Us page.
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Intelligence Meets Possibilities in the Harbor Collection From ZGO Solutions
Now that you know what to look for in a standing desk, you can begin shopping for the best one for your needs. ZGO Solutions’ Harbor collection of height adjustable desks features our patented Smart System with intelligent performing configurations customized to your organization’s needs. Installation is five times faster, and the Smart System provides cable management, privacy panels, and the option to add brand colors via Smart Trim.
ZGO Solutions: Building a Workstation That Works
At ZGO Solutions, we offer height adjustable sit-to-stand tables and add-ons to help you work more comfortably and productively. Choose a style, customize it with color options and add-ons, and make it yours.
Ready to build your perfect desking solution? Contact us today to get started.
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