Over the last few years, a number of articles, like this one from the Washington Post, have come out explaining the damage that can be done to the human body by remaining sedentary at a desk for eight hours a day, as many American workers do. Bad posture, weakened muscles and a slower metabolism are just a few of the health hazards that can commonly impact desk workers. This sentiment was not lost on our Austin employees, and as a result, many recently petitioned our facilities team to explore the possibility of standing desks.
The new furniture was initially tested by the employees in our temporary lease space in north Austin, and not surprisingly it was a huge success! We quickly saw the benefits to morale and productivity with employees who could adjust their work surface to a comfortable custom setting for both sitting and standing options throughout the day. Consequently, the facilities team began rolling out the new desks to all of our Austin offices over the holiday break.
In total, we converted 641 desks from standard fixed height cubes to adjustable sit-to-stand desks in just over a month. Because of our commitment to wellness and the overall benefits to employee health and satisfaction, we plan to build out all future cubes and offices with this type of furniture.