How to ask for a standing desk at work

Every office has a culture. Some have casual Fridays. Others are casual everyday. But many still have strict policies for everything from dress code to furniture.

by Lindsay Yale | May 12, 2020
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There are CEOs who want all the chairs and desks to be the same, with a one-size-fits all environment. Even more who are not interested in buying everyone new furniture.

If you’re ready to advocate for a healthier work environment, there are a few things you can do to convince the decision makers in even the stuffiest of offices:

  • Cite the research — There are countless studies proving that sitting all day can lead to chronic health conditions. Sharing these with HR can help build your case. Check out this list of resources from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which found that standing desks were the fastest growing employee-benefit request in 2017.
  • Get a doctor’s note — Physicians and physical therapists can prescribe a healthier work environment, which could be categorized as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act depending on your job. You can learn more here.
  • Ask for a standing desk converter — like Cora or Cooper to keep costs down and eliminate the need for a complete overhaul of your existing furniture.

That last point is especially important if you work in an open office where all the people and furniture are visible. Even the most change-phobic manager can be convinced after seeing a standing desk converter that’s priced right and can be stowed away. Seeing the sudden increase in your happiness and productivity will hopefully make an impression on them, too.

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