Dynamic Desk Decisions

Man sitting at computer desk, stretching arms

Are you sitting down?   If so, and you have a dynamic workstation, this is a reminder for you to stand up. If you answered yes and do not have a dynamic workstation, it might be a good time for you to consider making the switch. And if you answered no, great job!

According to Merriam Webster (2024), dynamic means being marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change. In the context of office ergonomics, this refers to a workstation that allows the user to easily alternate between sitting and standing.

What are the benefits of dynamic workstations?

  • Helps combat sedentary behavior
  • Increases muscle engagement, blood flow, and circulation
  • Reduces muscle tightness
  • Boosts energy and productivity 
  • Reduces pressure on the lower back when standing compared to sitting

There are several ways to have a dynamic workstation, but in this discussion, we will focus on the desk. Let's review three common desk types:

1. Dynamic Desk: A height-adjustable desk that allows the user to seamlessly alternate between sitting and standing.

Pros Cons 
  • Allows alternation between sitting and standing at the workstation
  • Easy to adjust to proper seated height and standing elbow height
  • Ideal for shared workstations as they can easily be adjusted to fit most users 
  • Requires replacement of the current desk


2. Dynamic Desk Converter: An accessory that can be placed on top of a traditional desk to transform it into a dynamic workstation. 

Pros Cons
  • Allows alternation between sitting and standing at the workstation
  • More adjustable than stationary desks
  • Does not require replacing the current desk
  • Less adjustability compared to dynamic desks
  • Some options add height to the exiting desk, which could already be too high for users
  • May cause reduction of desk space and compatibility issues
  • Can be awkward or difficult to adjust between sitting and standing


3. Standing Bias Desk: A stationary desk that is set to the user’s standing elbow height. Typically, it is accompanied by a drafting chair, allowing users to alternate between sitting and standing. 

Pros Cons
  • Allows alternation between sitting and standing at the workstation
  • Not adjustable
  • Drafting chairs are less desirable than standard chairs
  • Footstools are required when using the drafting chair
  • Not ideal for shared workstations due to lack of adjustable


If you are considering switching to a dynamic workstation, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each desk type. What may seem easier now could lead to complications in the future.

Regardless of the type of desk you have, whether it is dynamic or not, it is crucial to ensure that your workstation is set up ergonomically correct. Policyholders can register now for the April 10, 2024, MEMIC webinar: Office Ergo Edition: How to set up your workstation.

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