Are standing desks worth the investment?

Standing room only doesn’t just refer to events anymore. Over the past few years, there has been a clear shift in the working world away from stationary desks. The modern workplace is all about flexibility and the ability to pivot at any moment. This has transcended from an organizational level into things that are more relevant in the day-to-day of workers, i.e., standing desks. People love the idea of being able to adapt their space to fit their needs and this trend in the industry is not one that we foresee going away anytime soon. Since we know that trends often come and go over time, it can be hard to gauge when a trend is worth investing in for the long term. Sure, desks aren’t always a forever investment, but they do 1. Impact the team daily and 2. Have one of the longest lifetimes of pieces in your space. Making sure that they can withstand the test of time is important. So, are standing desks worth the investment? Or are they just a trend? Keep reading to find out. 

There are a few key things to address when navigating if something is worth the investment for your organization. 1. Will it impact people’s experience within the organization? 2. How much of a difference is it cost-wise? 3. Does the investment help meet the goals of the organization? Answering these 3 questions will help to ensure that your group is making a good decision and investing in something that will help motivate the people within your organization for years to come. Let’s look at what answers to these questions could lead to a standing desk culture. Will it impact people’s experience within the organization? 

1. Will it impact people’s experience within the organization?
Addressing how a change can impact your people is always important, especially when it comes to something that they use every day. If your organization wants standing desks and the addition of them would make their working lives better in any capacity, then the investment would be well worth it. From our perspective, standing desks can do everything that a stationary desk can and can also be moved to a standing height for comfort while working. In contrast, stationary desks cannot do what a standing desk can and do not offer the same options to the user. Considering how many people would use them is something to consider, but overall, the capabilities with the standing feature are not something that can be replicated in a stationary option. 

2. How much of a difference is it cost-wise?
The average stationary desk costs anywhere from $400 – $1,500+. The average standing desk costs anywhere from $600 – $2,400+. Various factors can contribute to the cost of your desk – such as finishes, materials, and size, but the average difference in price is between 30% – 100%. The cost will always vary based on brand and configuration, but there is more of an investment in the cost of a standing desk compared to the stationary options. 

3. Does the investment help meet the goals of the organization?
Asking yourself if investing in standing desks is really the same as asking yourself if your organization cares about the things that standing desks represent like health consciousness, active lifestyles, and modern design. If those are all things that your organization values and have engrained in its goals, then the standing desk will serve as a long-term investment that goes beyond a choice in furniture.

Whether or not a standing desk is worth it for your organization is up to you. Evaluating the cost in comparison with the long-term results on culture, company goals, and talent acquisition will need to be at the core of your decision. If you feel like you need more specific pricing information for your organization, reach out to our team for a customized quote that considers your timeline, finishes, and preferences.

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