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Standing Desks

  • 1.  Standing Desks

    Posted 04-09-2018 15:48
    ​​​​Good afternoon,

    I am looking to gather more information about standing desk in the workplace.

    I would like to know if any companies in the area have standing desk. If so, have they been popular and used often?
    Any information on implementation, pricing, preferred brands, etc. would also be helpful!

    You can either email me at sleonard@austin-ind.com or comment on this thread.

    Thanks!

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    Sara Leonard
    Staff Accountant
    Austin Industries
    Dallas TX
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  • 2.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 01:52
    Hi Sara,
    I have purchased 6 standing desk units. We had a couple of people with back injuries. The employees that use them love them. The first unit I bought I don't like, the keyboard shakes when you type a lot. I purchased 1 standing desk, which is nice but expensive. The other units are desktop platforms that rise rather than the whole desk. I'll send you some pictures and prices tomorrow or Wed.

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    David Miller CCIFP, CRIS, CTP
    Cfo / Treasurer
    Jokake Construction Services, Inc.
    Phoenix AZ
    (602) 224-4573
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  • 3.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 05:28
    Sarah,

    We have begun to implement these for employees who ask for them and they have been a huge success. 

    For anyone who has back issues they are a great way to not aggravate that area of the body. I can see us getting to the point where all 1,300+ employees have them. 

    Good Luck,

    Nathan

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  • 4.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 07:48
    We added standing desks when we moved 2 years ago.  Employees can raise or lower the surface as they please.  They are very popular.  I don't know the exact cost, but they were only slightly more expensive that regular surfaces.

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    Lawrence Horning
    Controller
    Pieper Electric Inc.
    New Berlin WI
    (262) 879-8218
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  • 5.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 08:21
    Hi Sarah,

    The stand up desks have been very beneficial for our employees that chose to get one.  We first purchased a regular stand up desk that you manually move it up and down.  We found this really limited our useable desk space.  We are used to having a "U" shaped area to work.  So we started looking again.  We decided to try purchasing legs only from Uplift Desks.  We purchased three legs (which have hydraulics and a 4 button memory key pad) to support two sections of our current desk tops.  One section of the "u" is still stationary.  This has been so wonderful and a huge comfort compared to sitting all day long.  It also still gives us all the desk space we are used to using.

    A couple of our workers installed the legs.  They also used the front panels from our old desks.  We did have to have additional electrical outlets put in the floor to accommodate the wires/cords and the fire regulations regarding extension cords.  Remember, the cords need to have that additional length available for the desk to move up and down.

    Hope this helps!
    Cheryl


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    Cheryl Koeniger
    C.F.O.
    A.A. Boos & Sons, Inc.
    Oregon OH
    (419) 691-2329
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  • 6.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 09:11
    I have been using one for a few months.  There is a great brand in Austin, TX.
    Height Adjustable Standing Desk | UPLIFT Desk
    Check it out.

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    Kevin Smith CPA
    Viewpoint Sales Representative
    Viewpoint Construction Software
    San Antonio TX
    (210) 621-7515
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  • 7.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 12:43
    We have six workstations with the Humanscale standing platform with the twin monitors, and it works great.  Couldn't be happier unless the entire desk also could be elevated for more work space when standing.

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    Jordan Anderson ,CCIFP, CRIS
    Controller
    Holchemont, LTD
    McAllen TX
    (956) 686-2901
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  • 8.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 13:42
    ​We have our dispatch staff using them (they requested them). We use Varidesk and everyone loves them. As a caveat, our office is just industrial carpet over concrete, so we also gave them standing mats to minimize fatigue on their legs.

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    [Rita] [Kelly]
    [CFO]
    [TeamMulticom, Inc.]
    [Phoenix] [AZ]
    [602-244-1100]
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  • 9.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-10-2018 19:23
    ​I've been using the Bekant Stand/Sit desk from Ikea and love it.  The entire table goes up/down.  The table is large enough for two monitors, Keyboard and printer.  The desk raises and lowers with the push of a button.

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    Erik Kennedy BA Bus Admin, BA Pol. Sci.
    Manager
    POSDATA Group
    Kirkland WA
    (253) 255-2963
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  • 10.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-11-2018 08:06
    This is probably more than you want to know, lol.  Blog I wrote awhile back.

    A few years ago articles started popping up about the many health hazards of sitting.  The one that caught my eye proclaimed "Sitting is the New Smoking".   I was alarmed!  I had given up smoking 10 years earlier and was feeling healthier than ever, only to find out that my job could be doing just as much harm as cigarettes to shorten my life!  According to the Mayo Clinic research links sitting for long periods of time with obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

    Except for an occasional job site visit, all of my work is done at a desk and most of it at my computer.  

    I needed a solution right away!

    I got online and discovered standing desks, treadmill desks, and desktops that can move up and down depending upon whether I felt like standing or sitting to do a task.  The problem was, the cost was really high and I didn't know if I would like standing to do my job.  I needed to test this idea before investing a lot of money.

    I came across an article that described modifying a cheap Ikea end table to use as a standup desk. The "desk" sits on top of a desk or table and is about 2' square.  There is a keyboard shelf at the right height and the monitor is at eye level which are good office ergonomics.  There it was, the perfect test for less than 30 bucks.  http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/ikea-Standing-desk-for-22-dollars.html

    I ordered the parts, followed the instructions in the article and took the desk to work.

    There were a couple of things I discovered in the first week.

    • Wear the right shoes. If your feet are tired after a day of sitting, those are not the right shoes for standing all day.
    • A gel mat is an important investment. Standing on carpet covered concrete, my hips hurt after a few hours without one.  I purchased mine for about $60 at a kitchen store. 
    • Don't go from sitting all day to standing all day overnight. Work up to a full day a few hours at a time.
    • Don't start this during your busiest week. My productivity went down temporarily during that first week, not because I couldn't work well standing up, but because people kept stopping by to ask why I was standing.

    My experiment started in November of 2013 and I'm still using the "test" Ikea desk almost three years later.  I stand all day. I've added another Ikea end table on each side of the "desk" so I can use two monitors and still have desk space.  My total investment was under $200.  I no longer have back pain or neck stiffness at the end of a day from working hunched over a laptop, and don't have to worry when I read articles about the harmful effects of sitting all day. 

    Just the other day I saw a headline that said sitting all day negates the positive effects of other exercise.  Without my stand up desk, that would have really had me worried.  Don't get me started on the hazardous effects of worrying!



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    Pamela Hepburn CCIFP
    Vice-President
    OCP Contractors, Inc.
    Holland OH
    (419) 865-3079
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  • 11.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-11-2018 08:39
    When we moved to our new office building last October, we equipped all our work stations and offices with sit / stand desks (about 58).  The use since that time has varied, but we made sure the feature was available for everyone.  Our receptionist loves it as do many of our other employees and even for those that choose to sit all day, they can control the desk height to the best setting for them.  We combined the Workrite power units with Allsteel surfaces and Humanscale adjustable dual monitor arms.  It really has improved the options for our employees for the best work environment that is flexible for current and future employees.

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    Steve Tenney
    CFO
    Story Construction Co.
    Ames IA
    (515) 817-2606
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  • 12.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-11-2018 12:58
    Sara,
    I attached a couple of pictures. We have two models, one is a stand that sits on the desk top. We paid $346.67 for this unit. The other is where the desktop that raises the whole top of the desk. We paid $465.07 for this bad boy. We paid additional for tax and installation. The employees that have them really like them. We purchased these from Faciliteq. Their contact information is as follows :
    Faciliteq
    1255 W Rio Salado Pkwy
    Suite 111
    Tempe, Az
    480-750-8989
    Alli Adams is our rep @ Aadams@faciliteq.com


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    David Miller CCIFP, CRIS, CTP
    Cfo / Treasurer
    Jokake Construction Services, Inc.
    Phoenix AZ
    (602) 224-4573
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  • 13.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-12-2018 16:28
    Good Afternoon,

    We have had extreme success with Varidesk.  There are a variety of models to fit the desk size, even corner units to keep your desk space.  They have a variety of heights, although they are set spots, ie 4 inches up, 8 inches, etc, so you aren't able to have any height.    We also use the standing mats on concrete floors.   If more height adjustments need to be made, you are able to purchase arms to adjust, as well as,  to turn your monitor vertical or swing it completely around for your audience to view.  We love them and have found that they are a cost effective solution.

    www.varidesk.com



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    Patricia Dunn CPA, CFE, CCIFP
    CFO
    Siteworks Design|Build
    Sherwood OR
    (503) 502-1845
    patsydunn72@gmail.com
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  • 14.  RE: Standing Desks

    Posted 04-13-2018 11:09
    I would recommend looking at Ergogenesis. We have bought a few of their stand up desks and the employees love them. They are adjustable and they have several different models. A contact for the Dallas area is Jana Andrews. jandrews@bodybilt.com

    Here is their website:

    ​https://www.bodybilt.com/

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    Frederick Wasson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Gowan, Inc
    The Woodlands TX
    (713) 696-4618
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