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Healthy Working is Key

At Select Office Furniture, we believe that 'active working' is the way forward. The following data shows how this can effect your workforce.

Workplace-caused back problems lead to 4.9 million days off a year, costing the British economy £5 billion per year. According to, British people sit, on average, for 8.9 hours each day. Major global studies have provided evidence that, for those who sit for more than 4 hours each day, this enforced sedentary lifestyle leads to (among other things) increased insulin and blood pressure levels, back and neck problems, leg muscles that switch off and increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, dementia, depression and muscle degeneration.

None of this is good for a conductive, healthy, happy and productive workplace.

Here at Select we are experts with seating hence we manufacture our own. We can advise on posture, chair adjustment and setup. We offer loan chairs which you can take to get a good feel of the chair before making your purchase.

There are a number of options to ameliorate the negative effects that are part and parcel of conventional office life. In Scandinavia, where adjustable desks are widely used, 90% of office workers enjoy the benefits of being able to easily switch between sitting and standing. Most “height adjustable” desks in the UK only rise by 20cm and are not suitable for "active working".

A Sit-Stand desk can be easily adjusted to sitting or standing height and comes in both electric and manual versions.

However, there are some sit/stand desks that we believe are not suitable for offices as some offer little to no adjustment and can cause increased health risk. It is always good to contact us when purchasing these as we can give valuable advice on whether the desk would be a good fit.

In addition to these desk solutions, you should consider the chairs that work with them. It may not be necessary to change your chair for a Sit-Stand workstation, but there are chairs that are configured especially for these new types of desk and enhance the benefits of Active Working.

Our saddle stools are adjustable and can be used with the Sit-Stand desk to reduce fatigue by decreasing muscular effort and improve spine-alignment.

Most importantly we can work with you to create the healthiest working solution for your office. We are easy to get hold of and will make sure that we leave you with the best advice.

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