Last week was a milestone for Sit-Stand.Com, when we showcased our growing family of solutions at the Facilities Show 2016, in London ExCel. What excited me in particular was the number of people excited about all our Sit-Stand solutions, and how appreciation of the benefits of these products has grown rapidly and is beginning to become more clearly understood.
When Sit-Stand.Com first started trading in 2014, the idea of Sit-Stand desks was still very much a fringe concept (in the UK, at least), and not many people were actually aware of them, or even knew why someone would have one. Fast-forward to today, and I have customers telling me why they need standing desks, and are enlisting our advice in their attempts to try and convince their Health & Safety managers and bosses to get them! Also how essential it is to have an anti-fatigue comfort mat to stimulate micro movement and blood circulation in the feet.
Greater levels of interest are indicative of where the UK is heading in terms of its awareness of employee health and wellness; we are certainly travelling in the right direction, but we have a long way to go before we are where we need to be! At the moment, only about 2% of UK office workers have access to Sit-Stand workstations. Compare that to Scandinavia, where 80% of office workers use Sit-Stand workstations. In fact, it is now a legal requirement in Denmark for all employers to offer Sit-Stand workstations to their employees if they work more than 2 hours a day at a desk.
Clearly, the UK has a long way to go before it comes even close to the numbers we are seeing in Scandinavia, but our Nordic friends have had a 20-year head start on us, we can’t be too hard on ourselves. Regardless, we certainly have lots of catching up to do!
I hope that I am right in thinking that this growing interest in Sit-Stand solutions is indeed indicating a change in attitude towards workplace health across the UK. For far too long we have sat idly by (quite literally) while poor health continues to be a growing problem for our country. Obesity, Heart Disease, Stress, Back Problems, RSI, the list goes on. Clearly, our workplace habits are having a big impact on us, and something needs to change. As a low cost operator, Sit-Stand.Com does not have a show room, or account managers on the road. Instead we think it more sensible to provide Free Trial and lower prices for quality solutions which then help you take that first step in the right direction when beginning the journey to a happier, healthier and more productive workplace.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the Facilities Show this year. We had a great time meeting everyone, and showing you our fantastic products. As we are primarily an online based business, it’s not often that we get to meet our customers face to face, so it was hearting and truly gratifying to get the chance to talk face-to-face with you all. We are booked in again so, come and see us again next year!
P.S. Don’t forget it’s almost time for the official launch of the YO-YO Desk™ series! We are SOLD OUT of YO-YO Desk Mini and down to our last few units of YO-YO Desk 90™ before restocking in August, so grab them now while you still can!