(Post revised and updated on August 25th, 2021)
Sit-Stand Consoles: Trend or Fad?
Sit-stand consoles have been around for quite a few years now. As we see the popularity increase we can obviously see that this is a growing trend and not just a fad. A trend is something that solves a problem and gets stronger over time. A fad however is something that is popular for a short period of time and then fades out quickly. Case in point, this blog post. We are updating this post on Sit-Stand Consoles from 2019 as the trend is seemingly getting even stronger since then.
Control room sit-stands are here to stay
So this is not just a trend; adopting sit-stand working is here to stay for a variety of reasons. With growing evidence of the benefits of sit-stand workstations, it’s not hard to see why they are becoming increasingly popular in control rooms around the world. To summarize: sit-stand workstations allow operators to adjust the height to their preference for sitting or standing positions while they work.
In some industries, the sit-stand functionality is still relatively new. Over the years, its technology has improved making it more desirable to operators, supervisors, and those in office console vs. furniture environments.
Here are a few immediate benefits of sit-stand consoles:
- Adjustable to the height of the operator
- Accommodates different body types
- Prevents back strain compared to staying stationary at a static console
- Promotes better posture
- Helps prevent future backaches/strains
- Usage of different muscles in the body
- Helps employees to stay engaged and focused
- Helps break the cycle of sedentary behavior that can happen when sitting at a desk for multiple hours in a day
- Provides a positive impact on reducing sitting time
While the benefits of standing are great, it’s important to note that you should not stand for long periods either. Studies suggest that you should take a break from sitting every 30 minutes, and sit-stand consoles promote that health intermission. Standing enables operators to stretch out their spine allowing for a realignment of the frame. Alternating between sitting and standing is better for your back than just committing to one or the other. Early research suggests that for every 1-2 hours of sitting, you should try standing for 1 hour.
How To Keep Your Console at the Right Standing Height
It’s important to note that while standing is good for the body, it’s equally as important to have the console at the right height while standing. Elbows should be at a 90-degree angle resting on the desk and keyboard. Don’t forget to adjust your screen. A general rule of thumb is to have screens around 20-28 inches away from your face. Tilting the monitor upwards, so you are looking slightly down can also have a positive impact on the neck.
For those not used to standing, the right mat can help with preventing back and foot pain. Often called anti-fatigue mats, they provide cushiness that is popular in situations where you’re standing for a significant period. A soft, supporting mat can reduce pain, and provide extra support to those who need it.
Adoption of Sit-Stand Working Options on the Rise
Sit-stand consoles can provide a healthy break from sitting. When learning how to use a sit-stand desk, you'll find that quick standing sessions throughout the day help promote a healthy work environment, which is paramount to those who sit for long shifts. It’s easy to see why something that started as a trend has now evolved into a heavily studied health benefit that many workplaces are adopting.
How can Evans help plan a healthy control room layout for your operators?
We have the expertise and know-how from consulting to design services and construction to complete installation. Our products have ergonomic sit-stand options including the Strategy Air and Response NEXTGen. The layouts and customization we provide are almost endless, so we are confident that we have a solution that will fit your specific situation. Contact us today to find out how we can help you move forward, our team is ready to answer your questions and concerns. Stay healthy and keep standing!
Note: co-written by Jeff Fairholm, Regional Sales Manager and Kent Brewer, Regional Sales Manager