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Standing desks may seem a little odd for a practice management topic, but don’t quit reading just yet! If you’re a practice owner and/or manager who is continually searching for new ways to innovate the workplace and potentially improve the work experience for your staff then this is a topic you may want to consider.

The Standing Desk Revolution

If you’re not familiar with standing desks, they are pretty much what they sound like: a desk that is elevated where the user is able to stand and work as opposed to being seated. Standing desks have gained a lot of momentum in the past few years. What was once a trend in the tech industry has now found its way into almost every field. Healthcare is no exception.

Repetitive work sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on someone mentally and physically. Sometimes sitting in a chair for an hour during a CE lecture seems like cruel and unusual punishment! As a doctor or practice manager you may not ever sit for more than five minutes during the course of your day, but take a minute to consider areas of your office where people may be more confined to a desk & chair: Front Office, Call Center, Insurance Office and potentially Optical depending on duties performed. Might these staff members benefit from having the ability to perform their jobs with the option of standing?

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Will Tantum
Associate Editor, Practice Management for Dr. Will is a graduate of SCO and is the Practice Director at Blount County Eye Center in Maryville, TN. He writes and speaks on practice leadership and has a passion for outreach.