White-collar workers spend around 55,000 hours of their working lives sitting down. This has several health-related consequences, such as tension, back and neck pain, reduced performance, fatigue, and lack of concentration and motivation. The causes of such problems are frequently a lack of movement and sitting for long periods of time. To counter this lack of movement, the international office furniture specialist Bene offers height-adjustable tables and flexible office environments, to help workers keep their bodies and minds moving.
Working lives are changing rapidly all over the world, to an unprecedented extent. However, white-collar workers still spend around 50 – 70% of the working day sitting down. This is despite the evidence from numerous studies showing that back problems resulting directly from sitting down are the number one cause of illness, at 10% of cases, resulting in the longest-term inability to work, with an average duration of 22 days. In fact physical problems with the musculoskeletal system can often be prevented by encouraging movement in the office. Scientific studies show that switching between sitting, standing and moving shortens the sitting phases and activates the body and mind. The sit-stand dynamic relieves the back, trains the musculature, improves breathing, benefits the heart, circulation and digestion and leads to a better overall feeling of well-being. To end the daily marathon of sitting, industrialscientists prescribe the sit-stand dynamic.
As a leading international provider of design and furnishing solutions for office and working environments, Bene works continuously to develop innovative concepts and products for the working environments of today and tomorrow. This includes desks designed to allow workers to alternate their position between sitting and standing. The more often employees change their working posture and their location, the healthier they will be. Bene’s Lift Desk Pure was developed as a simple, cost-conscious and yet reliable work space in its purest form. It is a table pared back to the essentials featuring a great design that allows working sitting down and/or standing up.
“Today more than 50% of the desks that we sell are height adjustable,” says Michael Fried, Bene’s Executive Board Member for Sales, Marketing and Innovation, explaining the importance of this market segment for Bene. Whether they are mechanically operated with a crank lever, or electronically, whether they are large or small, with or without stools – the variety and creativity of the designs is almost limitless and the benefits rapidly become clear: even after a short time, 90% of users report an overall increase in performance, and 63.5% of users of sit-stand workstations suffer less back and neck pain, become less fatigued at work and maintain concentration better. “For employers that means reduced costs attributed to illness and less working time lost, resulting in cost savings over the long term,” explains Fried, describing the win-win situation this represents for everyone. For Bene this is creating a significant increase in demand for these products, particularly in Europe. The same is true for Bene’s flexible office environments, which include “collaboration zones” where employees can discuss things, work collaboratively or take breaks together. “Sit a bit, stand up, move around. That's how the body stays in motion and thoughts continue to flow. The perfect prerequisites for good ideas to evolve and pioneering concepts to be created,” concludes Fried.
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