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Standing Desk Conversion

Commented on January 06, 2015
Created September 08, 2011 at 3:49 AM

We are running into resistance from our boss regarding conversions to standing desks. He feels they are a fad and not worthy of the cheap, long-term investment in, say, $100, in conversion materials such as a stool and anti-fatigue mat. insert eye rolls here He continually denies financial requests for any supplies supporting the standing environment.

Any ideas on how to convert him?

Thanks for the replies! I think the issue is with the fact that standing is "strange" to him and he doesn't like change. Part of the key is going to be convincing him of the health benefits and that, while it's not common in OUR office, it IS in other companies and growing more acceptable.

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:41 PM

I switched a month or two ago. Love it! I had to buy my own stool - I got a 'hard assed' (didn't want it to be comfy!) one from Ikea (black - with a flat screw post adjustable round seat.) I only used it when I got tired the first week or two, but after that, I haven't used it. The rest of my department thinks I'm crazy. (I'm in IT.)

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:21 PM

How awesome that your company provides them at all! Fingers crossed that you get your approval.

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:20 PM

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. :-) One of my mottos! :D

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Yeah, I don't mind spending my own money and even offered to do so. I should have worded my question better - upon reflection - I don't think it's the money issue so much as his inability to "buy in" on the idea of a standing desk.

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at 11:18 PM

Thanks, looks good. Will watch it soon.

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on September 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Ditto. I stuck a low coffee table on top of my existing desk and *voila*! I love it; I'll never go back to the chair of death.

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on September 08, 2011
at 12:54 PM

from the article: "The performance of many fine motor skills also is **less good** when people stand rather than sit." I don't know about these guys ;)

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at 03:52 AM

A good talk on this: http://www.mobilitywod.com/2011/06/episode-276365-mobilitywod-google-talk-desk-bound.html

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on September 08, 2011
at 03:52 AM

You ought to just do it with your own money if he won't as the investment in your health will be worth every penny. I've only been using one for a few weeks but I already know I'll never go back.

I feel like it's the only thing that could fix my posture. I could do exercises aimed at kyphosis, but if I then slouch in my chair for 8 hours it will just negate it.

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on January 06, 2015
at 10:39 PM

Agree, it is easier to spend the $100 than to convince your boss of a matter of principle. You can probably get something better than they'd buy anyway.

Also look at it from his perspective, buying office supplies for an entire office is complex and expensive and he'd have to explain to his boss why he's spending $1000's more etc.

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on September 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Ditto. I stuck a low coffee table on top of my existing desk and *voila*! I love it; I'll never go back to the chair of death.

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on September 08, 2011
at 11:41 PM

I switched a month or two ago. Love it! I had to buy my own stool - I got a 'hard assed' (didn't want it to be comfy!) one from Ikea (black - with a flat screw post adjustable round seat.) I only used it when I got tired the first week or two, but after that, I haven't used it. The rest of my department thinks I'm crazy. (I'm in IT.)

2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Yeah, I don't mind spending my own money and even offered to do so. I should have worded my question better - upon reflection - I don't think it's the money issue so much as his inability to "buy in" on the idea of a standing desk.

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on September 08, 2011
at 01:46 PM

I had the standard modular / builtin cubicle furniture at my former office. I just took a screwdriver and raised up my desk.

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. :-)

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:20 PM

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. :-) One of my mottos! :D

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on September 08, 2011
at 04:33 AM

My company invests in these $2000 hydrolic desks for those who require standing desktops. The only problem is that you need a doctor's note as well as approval from the department head. I've been railing against this for over a month since I don't understand why you have to have a bad back in order to switch over to something that should prevent getting bad backs.
Last week I asked if it'd be possible to just raise my current desktop rather than swapping out for the expensive alternative. I think I may have gotten approval! Will know next month.

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on September 08, 2011
at 11:21 PM

How awesome that your company provides them at all! Fingers crossed that you get your approval.

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on January 06, 2015
at 08:12 PM

I don't have the reputation points for a link but QuittingSitting has a post called "How to Convince Your Boss to Pay for Your Standing Desk"

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on September 08, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Cornell has a great website for ergonomics and this article explains the sit stand desk:

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on September 08, 2011
at 12:54 PM

from the article: "The performance of many fine motor skills also is **less good** when people stand rather than sit." I don't know about these guys ;)

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