Nowadays, companies are increasingly prioritising employees’ needs and well-being while making business and real estate decisions. With respect to the global trend of “flexible” workplace and working practices becoming the mainstream solutions to improve productivity, boost profitability and enhance motivation through better work-life balance. The market demand for flexible workplace furniture is gathering momentum. Today, firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter are embracing the shift towards standing desks and flexible space. Evolving workstation ergonomics According to The Executive Centre’s recent survey, which interviewed more than 500 business executives on their ideal flexible workplace, the findings showed a collective keen desire for a flexible workplace that achieves both high performance and work-life well-being, and a consensus that flexible workplace furniture such as a height-adjustable desk can play a key role in fostering health and well-being. Standing desks are nothing new and have been around for centuries. Yet with changing technology and work paradigm, office workstation ergonomics is evolving continually and the trend of adopting ergonomic furniture has been rediscovered. It is estimated that people in the workforce spend 1,500 hours or more than 200 days per year in the office, but spend most of this time sitting. Several medical reports already alleged the dangers of prolonged sitting, and an article published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine last year even claimed that “there was a linear relationship between greater amounts of sedentary time and mortality risk”.
The world is full of people eager to dispense life and career guidance. Most advice, though, even from the wisest among us, isn’t universally applicable. Timing and life stage can exert a big influence. That’s what makes both giving the right advice and — if you’re on the receiving end, deciphering it — so challenging. Related: How and When to Give Advice (Hint: It’s Not as Simple as You Think)Over the years, many smart people have handed me advice. All of it had wisdom behind it, but for me, some of it didn’t point me to the right path. To that end, I came up with some “responses” of my own to well-intentioned suggestions I simply could not accept: