Do we really need electronically adjustable desks? …The human body went through thousands of years of evolution to become the magnificent machine it is today. Its true function is survival. Fast response and stamina under the most demanding conditions.
Our body is not built for sitting. Its built for running, jumping and moving around. This is why we suffer adverse reactions both mentally and physically, when we sit for too long. Doctors have known this for some time, but working conditions have never been as static as they are today.
“Posture is nearly connected with the subject of bodily exercise. The usual attitude of a person occupied in reading or writing, tends to obstruct the passage of the blood through the pulmonary and abdominal vessels. Those therefore who are habitually engaged in this manner ought, as much as possible, to stand to their employment. Standing, as it implies muscular exertion, may be regarded as a species of exercise. A valuable treatise might be written on what may be called the diseases of the desk”
~John Reid, M.D., "Bodily Exercise," Essays on Hypochondriasis, and Other Nervous Affections, c.1821
Electronically Adjustable Desks to the rescue
Electronically adjustable desks have been built for this reason. Sitting for too long results in Static Muscle Fatigue. When muscles are used below 20% of their capacity for prolonged periods of time, muscle fatigue sets in. This is caused by lack of blood flow to the muscles and can quickly cause muscle fatigue if you do not take regular breaks to stand and walk.
Alternate between sitting and Standing with electronically adjustable desks
Most people find it unrealistic to stand all day using a standing desk. This is why electronically adjustable desks have hit the market. Alternating between sitting and standing is actually be a good thing for you.
Research has connected sitting to many health problems including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Simply standing more can improve your health right away.
Reduce risks by using a workstation that can be adjusted
The use of electronically adjustable desks or stand up desks and spending less time seated, has been connected to a reduced risk of obesity, andreduced rate of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems. A lowered risk of cancer was also recorded in the findings.
You still need a good ergonomic desk
Experts have recommended mixing up sitting and standing for the best results. It is important to note that standing too long can lead to back and knee problems and when sitting, a carefully considered ergonomic set-up will help improve your overall muscle and bone health.
In his book ‘Deep Work’, Cal Newport describes strategies for focused success in a distracted world. In his book, he talks about how he surveyed thousands of employees that had been moved from the old-fashioned cubicle to an open plan set-up.
He found that many people changed their behaviour due to feeling watched and this affected productivity. He also found that people found it more difficult to focus for long periods of time in an open plan environment, making deep work difficult if not impossible. Others complained that without a private place to speak, complaints were left unaddressed and relationships deteriorated.
He also discovered that companies were losing millions due to these distractions that affected everyone’s productivity. In a regular office, it becomes more difficult to have prolonged periods of focus. In a call-center the noise levels can become a serious health hazard by triggering high levels of stress.
In Cal Newport’s own words…
“To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction… Unless your talent and skills absolutely dwarf those of your competition, the deep workers among them will outproduce you.”
In a competitive world, Cal’s words do not go down lightly. So what can we do to keep our trendy open-plan offices (which probably cost a lot to create in the first place) to reduce noise distractions:
Noise cancellation headphones - a cheap office acoustic solution
Providing noise cancellation headphones and focus music for your employees can help them dive into deep work in an open plan environment diminishing distractions. However this alone will not cancel enough noise for prolonged periods of time. Appointing specific noise controlled discussion areas can help localise noise allowing people at their desks to minimise the level of noise that reaches them.
Office Acoustics reduced using special furniture
Private meeting booths and sound controlled seating can help you create noise controlled discussion areas that are a little removed from the main working areas, and are specifically designated as interaction areas. These areas can then be controlled by using sound-control furniture created on purpose to provide acoustic solutions for open plan offices.The cumulus range offers many sofas and chairs as well as work-stations created for focused work.
Ceiling and Wall Sound Reduction with absorption panels
Acoustic ceiling panels can provide an invisible, yet effective addition to any open plan. By using sound absorption panels on the ceiling you create a space where there are less voice echoes and make sure that sound doesn’t travel as far and sound as loud. Sound panels come in many shapes and forms. You can fit them directly into your ceilings to replace previous paneling or buy the hanging variety that also have lights inserted so that the panels don't obscure the area. Check some out here.
Sound Absorption Acoustic Desk Panels
To further provide textiles and panels that absorb sound to reduce sound in your open plan, you can buy standalone panels that sit on a desk and block out sound or you can buy a desk that is designed to isolate from other employees that sit very closely.
Sound controlled seating allows you to maximise a large space without compromising privacy and focus. Cumulus sofas provide a good desk alternative such as this one:
Meeting Booths for a quieter office
To make sure meetings and discussion are totally private and isolated from the environment you can opt for a meeting booth. These meeting booths are great because they save a lot of space. They provide a great alternative to closing off an area or partitioning it to create a meeting room. They come in various sizes and as long as employees are aware of the rules to use them they can make a great addition to a sound insulated space. See the Meeting Booths Brochure.
If you’re looking to encourage your staff to become more productive, some or all of these suggestions can really help. Some will also need training as today’s distracted world does not encourage deep work. However, your programmers and your writers will thank you and your st, in general, will be less stressed once they feel they are in a position to have a few hours of deep work every day to take the edge off that deadline.
The biggest advantage of a sound controlled office with a good attitude towards deep work is that whilst increasing productivity you also decrease stress levels and create a happier working environment, which creates a tide that lifts all to better productivity levels.
Bench desking systems have been around for some time and are definitely here to stay. They have become more popular due to the open plan trend, however, now that the open plan layout is losing popularity, desking systems are still popular.
Desking systems help you make the most of your space. No matter what your space looks like, even for small or odd-shaped rooms, you can fit a number of employees - usually 4 to 6, pretty comfortable. The 6-person desk bench is possibly the most popular. Most systems give you a modular set-up allowing you to add more to your benching system set-up later.
The bench systems can create systems that offer booth-like privacy or open, for a more collaborative environment. This type of office furniture is very popular because of the flexibility it offers.
Traditional Monitor Arms in Malta used to require adding a second arm when you need to add a monitor.You had to discard the existing arm, and buy one for two monitors, and move both monitors to the new arm, requiring them. Our innovative arm solutions have an open architecture. With these innovative monitor arms, monitors can be added without replacing the existing monitors and arms saving you time and money.
The sleek eco-conscious design is created for easy operation and simple set-up. You can configure up to three monitors per row with integrated brackets that simply slide down the support post. A post extension can be added to create a second row allowing up to six monitors for a total system weight of 54Kg.
It can accommodate a variety of devices from heavy all-in-one Dell or Apple computers and touch screens to laptops and tablets. You can even stack two large monitors weighing up to 27kg each. For offices with multimedia monitors, these innovative arms simplify reconfigurations whilst giving workplace a consistent, organised look.
If you’re in the gaming or entertainment industry, you can benefit from up to 12 monitors per workstation. As your requirements grow so does your set-up with the innovative monitor arms from BSL Lifestyles. We have a solution for every set-up give us a call and we’ll recommend the best one for your offices.