Will a Desktop Riser Help Work for Every Sized Person…Not Necessarily?

Will a Desktop Riser Help Work for Every Sized Person…Not Necessarily?

Posted by on 30th Oct 2018

Government Agencies*, Corporations and Higher Education entities want to promote safety, improved productivity and best practices for its employees.It is a common method to purchase one product and then release it to all its workforce.

So why standardize on just one single sit to stand offering?

  • Reduction of Costs – buying in larger quantities often leads to volume discounts
  • Simplified Operations – having only one item to purchase makes the procurement process faster and less stressful
  • Easier Training – with just one design training can be accomplished with a video or simple email

We are aware of the importance to sit, stand & move.This is very evident with the acceptance & implementation of desk risers within the Federal Government over the last few years.Many established companies that offer a sit to stand for desks have advertised its ease of use (fully assembled) and specifically that it will work for all members of the workforce the moment it is unboxed and placed on the desk.

Unfortunately; many government agencies & corporate organizations are learning that the desk on desk retrofit that was purchased and deployed, are increasingly experiencing greater issues which are resulting to having to purchase a second alternative desk riser.

Problems Associated with most Desk Rises:

  • When the employee (4’9” to 5’11”) is seated the piece is TOO TALL since it adds to an already incorrect sized desktop.Since most contract furniture is 28”-30” high this type of equipment adds an ADDITIONAL 2” which furthers defeats the ability to type in a correct, comfortable and ergonomic position.
  • When the employee (6’2” and taller) is standing, the desk riser is TOO SHORT and will promote head & neck flexion along with wrist extension which may result in the risk of pain and injury.
  • The unit takes up the entire desktop layout which prohibits the user from having access to the top of the desk
  • Many units have fixed heights which will not allow the equipment to be placed in the proper seated & standing position.
  • Many offerings are flimsy, have limited warranties and do not meet TAA requirements.