HERE AT MILLIKEN, WE’RE BIG PROPONENTS OF THE SIT-TO-STAND OFFICE

By making a few simple changes to their office environment, pioneering organizations are bucking the trend of sedentary working, and improving the health & wellness of their employees - both inside and outside of the workplace.​​

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6 WAYS TO GET STARTED WITH SIT-TO-STAND WORKING

Thankfully, getting started with sit-to-stand working doesn’t require a radical culture shift, or a huge investment of resources.​

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Tackle Noise and Privacy Issues Head-on

Noise and privacy concerns are two of the biggest barriers to adoption of sit-to-stand working. Thankfully, they’re both easily fixed. Privacy concerns can be remedied by:

Holding a privacy talk to discuss any concrete concerns employees hold.
Providing screens and dividers for employees that work with sensitive information.

Noise issues can be tackled by:

Maintaining “quiet spaces” for heads-down working.
Softening-up hard surfaces with soft furnishings and plants.
Choosing sit-to-stand desks with a low decibel rating.
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Choose The Right Sit-to-Stand Desk

There’s a wealth of sit-to-stand desks available, ranging from simple adapters to fully-motorized workstations. Your choice of furniture will have a lasting impact on the success of sit-to-stand working:

Ease of adjustment
How easy is it to switch between seated and standing working? Are hand-cranked desks viable, or should you choose a motorized desk?
Cost
Costs are similarly variable, so it’s worth working out how much of an investment you’re willing to put towards sit-to-stand; and how many employees will take it up.
Size
The space required of a sit-to-stand desk can vary from role-to-role.
Aesthetic
Desks have a surprising impact on the look and feel of the working environment.
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Install Cushion-backed Carpet Tiles

Even a few minutes of standing working can take its toll on legs and feet unused to sit-to-stand working. To help overcome these aches and pains, many organizations invest in standing mats - sheets of cushioned padding that help to alleviate strain on tired legs.

But standing mats can be more hindrance than help, preventing chairs from moving effectively, and even causing a trip hazard. Instead, it’s better to use the opportunity to install cushion-backed carpet.

Using the same high-performance materials found in shoes, Milliken’s cushion-backed carpet can reduce muscle fatigue by 25%, and heel impact loads by 30% - while lasting up to 50% longer than conventional carpet tiles.