For many years the sit-stand desk was seen as being a bit of a novelty or perhaps a unique answer designed to meet a particular orthopaedic need or to address another specific issue. For some time now there has been much speculation about the benefits of sit stand workstations and the more widespread adoption of them as a regular workstation option.

The sit-stand desk has proved very popular across Northern Europe for many years, and yet workers in the UK have been highly dubious about its merits. It seems very unlikely that this is due to the design of the products and their subsequent marketing.

Companies such as Humanscale have been successfully marketing the product internationally for quite a while. However, human beings like patterns to such an extent that we actively impose them where none exist.  We like to think that things happen for a reason and in predictable ways.

So we have established that the idea of sit-stand desks is not new. What does appear to be taking place is a primary change in local market conditions in the UK that is resulting in the idea taking root at last.

The discussion about ergonomics in the UK has started to shift away from placing emphasis on correct posture and towards an admission that the focus should be on movement. This notion has already resulted in a transformation in seating design and the way we think about ergonomics. As a nation, we have also become far more interested in issues such as wellbeing and individualisation.

Buying decisions are also heavily influenced by HR and general managers and they are less likely to be exclusively dependent on price. This has resulted in a renewed interest in the sit-stand desk and an entirely new approach to working.