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Choosing a Sit-Stand Desk from Canadian Companies

Now that you have come to the decision that you need to have a sit/stand desk, there are a number of steps to take. Price should not be the only consideration – nor even the first one. Take a look at the following list; I’m sure you will be able to think of some other things that might be particularly important to you.

• What size desk do I need? Some desks can be ordered without the desktop so you can order yours separately to suit your requirements. One of my coworkers decided the desktop he bought was too small so he ended up buying and installing a bigger one

• This also allows you to choose your own desktop material, which may or may not be available from the factory.

• How easy (or difficult) will it be to adjust periodically between standing and sitting? An electrically operated crank is more expensive than a hand crank but may be quicker and/or quieter. Check the specs before ordering.

• How much weight should my desk support? Check the specs before ordering.

• Can I build my own? Maybe you can, but the crank mechanism, whether the hand crank or the electrical one is beyond me.

ARE YOU SELF-EMPLOYED?
If you are self-employed, we can get right to the point, you already know you need a sit/stand desk. Every day you delay continues to threaten your health, your energy, your productivity and your wealth. Don’t make the mistake of waiting “Until I can afford it.” Every day you delay is costing you money and yes, it will pay for itself in less time than you can imagine.

IS YOUR BOSS STILL USING A SITDOWN DESK?
If you are working for someone else, you will probably have to get permission from your boss to get a sit/stand desk. So how do you approach him/her? Of course, you know your boss and I don’t, so the best I can do is give you some suggestions:

• In some of the related articles here, we have already provided you with a number of the arguments you might need. Maybe you will even need to include some of the “authority links,” i.e. the articles we quoted from Washington Post, The Smithsonian, etc.

• Due to lack of movement, many (maybe most) people have pains and health problems they wouldn’t have if they moved more. See http://www.movementrevolution.ca/about/

• If you’ve tried all the arguments that really should convince your boss to spring for a good quality desk for you and still don’t get the go-ahead, there are some things that you might try. You could show your boss how serious you are by setting up your own temporary desk upgrade. http://www.sccadoonething.org/find-your-thing/take-control/convince-your-boss-to-buy-you-a-standing-desk

• If, after all this, your boss still won’t allow you to have a standing desk, it might be time to look for a job where you might have a longer life expectancy. We’re not talking about the life of the job here, but rather your life. Each year – actually, each day – spent sitting at a desk takes a toll on your health. See again, TOO MUCH SITTING CAN KILL YOU and remember your job should be helping you to have a better life without destroying your health.

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