You might ask yourself: Should I choose a fixed-height work station or invest more to get an ergonomically sound sit-stand solution?
The medical and economical facts
More than 50 % of grown-ups suffer from back pain at least once a year. About half of them require medical assistance by a doctor or physical therapist. According to the latest estimates, the economic damage caused by back pain problems is of approximately 2.8 billion Euros.
Sitting over long periods of time in a constrained posture in front of the computer is the main cause of tension in the muscles of the neck and back. Other consequences are a weakened abdominal muscles (office belly), impairment of the respiratory and digestive system as well as circulation problems in the thighs.
Secondary complications of back-straining computer work are quite painful and lead to considerable financial losses for companies and the government. Countless studies have shown that furnishing your office with ergonomic sit-stand work stations, which encourage movement, pays off quickly and sustainably reduces costs.
A cost comparison as a decision-making aid
Employer costs caused by employee sick leaves (e.g. because of back pain):
Estimated annual costs (wages + social benefits) EUR 65,000.00
Costs per day of illness (EUR 65,000.00: 220 work days) EUR 295.00
Additional costs for an ergonomic sit-stand desk approx. EUR 500.00 (for example a rectangular desk, 160 x 80 cm)
For a desk life of at least 10 years:
Additional costs per year EUR 50.00
Additional costs per month EUR 4.16
Additional costs per work day (for sit-stand option) EUR 0.23
This means that the additional costs of a sit-stand desk can be recovered after about a year if at least two sick days due to back problems can be prevented. In the following years of its product life, the ergonomic desk contributes to a positive balance with about EUR 590.00 per year.