We found this excellent article in TheAge (below) about Standing Desks.
For those of you who don't know what they are, a standing desk is a desk that you work at standing on your feet (not sitting on a chair).
Mostly, the desks are for business and come in two flavours:
- Adjustable Standing Desk - can be adjusted for both sitting and standing options
- Portable Adjustable Standing Desk - generally sits on a standard desk.
Varidesk is another on-desk option, Varidesk sits on an existing desk coming in 3 flavours, Pro30, Pro30 Plus and Laptop 30.
The Varidesk allows you to quickly and easily alternate between sitting and standing. Simply stand, adjust the Varidesk and you are done.
From $385.00 for the Laptop and $425 for the PC screen version.
The difference between the Pro30 types is the plus has an adjustable keyboard stand height.
LINAK Sit and Stand desks meet the demands of modern dynamic work environments.
An electrically operated adjustable sit stand desk is the ideal solution for changing your working position easily and quickly with the touch of a button.
It is worth starting that these are work stations more than desks.
JP Office Workstations offer a range of individual workstations that are height adjustable.
- 4 Person Back to Back Height Adjustable Workstation
- 4 & 6 Person Electric Back-to-Back Height Adjustable
- Electric 4 Person 90 Degree Workstation
- Electric Height Adjustable Workstation 2 Person
- Height Adjustable 120 Degree Workstation 3 Person
- Height Adjustable Workstation Straight
- Manual 4 Person 90 Degree Workstation
- Height Adjustable Workstation L-Shaped
- Height Adjustable Workstation Back-to-Back
Ausergo specialise in ergonomic chairs and electric sit and stand desks.
The electric Sit Stand Desk adjusts to your desired height with the push of a button.
Basic, simple but very effective desk for the worker that requires the option of changing between sitting and standing.
Article | Standing Desks
Standing desks have become all the rage
Australia’s weirdest tax deduction, standing desks, are increasingly being adopted by businesses that wish to meet their duty of care to provide healthy workspaces for their staff. They are also a great option for enterprises looking to make business purchases and increase the value of their tax deductions this financial year.
With it now acknowledged that too much sedentary activity increases the risk of diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart attacks, more and more businesses are looking into giving their staff the opportunity to stand while they work.
So what are some of the standing desk options available in Australia?
James Moore from ZestDesk, which sells standing desks, explains they fall in to two categories: regular desks whose height can be adjusted and solutions that turn regular tables into standing desks.
‘‘ The choice between the two comes down to the desired fit with current office furniture and price. The trend has been away from the manual ‘‘ crank up’ ’ desks towards the electronic versions, mainly because of the ease of use,’’ he says.
Moore notes that as demand and competition have increased over the last couple of years, prices have reduced significantly . ‘‘ Consumers can now purchase lower-end electric adjustable standing desks for around $800. With Officeworks and other retailers entering the market this year businesses can expect prices to continue to drop.’’
Tim Prevade, commercial activities leader at IKEA Australia, says the business will be releasing its BEKANT (Swedish for ‘friend’ ) sit/ stand desk with electric height adjustment in 2016.
‘‘ This is a highly anticipated product and one which responds to an understanding of the need for improved working environments and healthier desk options.’’
It also offers a laptop stand station , designed to create a place for everything that is connected to the internet, such as computers and mobile phones, as well as provide health benefits associated with standing up while working.
Interestingly, IKEA sales data from the last 12 months suggests 60 per cent of those buying standing laptop stations are women.
Blake Hopper is the operations manager for Domina General Insurance Brokers.
The tax breaks announced at the federal budget prompted him to invest in standing desks for the business . ‘‘ We take staff welfare and job satisfaction very seriously and enjoyed the opportunity to reward our staff with new and exciting additions in the office ,’’ he says.
After much research, Hopper decided to buy Varidesk standing desks for the office staff.
‘‘ They impressed us with their ease of transition between sitting and standing, their elegant lightweight design and their portable capability.’’
In terms of return on investment, the desks give staff the option to sit or stand, leading to greater job satisfaction .
‘‘ Staff are no longer slumped over all day on a chair at their desk. The chance to stand and work gives staff more energy, particularly late in the afternoon.
‘‘ We have noticed a sharp rise in productivity levels, which we attribute to their ability to stand and stay alert,’’ says Hopper.
‘‘ Staff are happier, healthier and love talking about the desks to their clients when they come in. A happy team leads to improved moral, greater job satisfaction and better quality of work.
‘‘ Our new desks, as well as our upgraded kitchen facilities we’ve recently put in, all contribute to positive return on investment.
‘‘ We would not have made these investments without the new tax break write-off ,’’ he adds.
Fairfax Media | Alexandra Cain