Desks are probably not something high up on your list of work priorities. However, sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950. It’s something we spend a lot of time using, but not a lot of time thinking about. It’s no secret that stationary, office desk-work lifestyles increase the risk of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, and it may not be something we think about even working from home! But whether you’re thinking about how to improve existing office space or not, it may be time to think about desk replacement.
Here are a few things to think about when choosing a new desk for your office:
The daily demands
Managing messy cables requires those wiring holes in desks. Frequent paperwork suggests needs for drawing, cabinets or other filing solutions. Going collaborative? Perhaps an L-shaped desk that support teamwork would suffice.
Desks that have good leg clearance are always good, however standing desks (or a desk that can be raised/lowered) are becoming more popular. If that’s too high on the budget demand, then ensure chairs can be raised and lowered for posture’s sake. Wrist pads and lumbar supports always are welcome to support the ergonomics.
What about workflow
Do you know what kind of desk shape would suit you best for your workflow? L and U shaped desks are ideal for those who need a lot of surface area. Writing desks, on the other hand, are ideal for those who don’t need a lot of storage, but have clean lines that pair well with collaborative settings.
Other than these main points to focus on, there are other niche picks that you may consider. Treadmill desks can encourage people to stay active while working, and will certainly diminish the effects of sedentary working. Perhaps hot-desking would be an option for your office, where rather than assigning an individual desk to an employee, each desk is shared with co workers. This can be a way to save costs and increase collaboration as well.
After considering all your options, the best bet is to always survey your office and learn about their preferences. It’s an easy way to not only show you care about their opinion, but in the end, providing a variety of workspace choices allows employees to be their most productive.