As standing desks and leaning seats become more and more popular, people often wonder how they can actually get their company to buy them. Chances are, it’s easier than you think. We’ll walk you through the steps that might be helpful in getting your boss to buy you an upgraded workstation.
1. Do your internal research
You should know before speaking to your boss if he or she is even the right person to talk to. Your office might have a facilities manager or ergonomist on staff that will be a better resource than your superior. Don’t be afraid to ask your coworkers or human resources department if they know who the appropriate contact is.
2. Do your external research
You should know some of the benefits of standing desks and leaning seats and why you want to make the switch. There are studies that discuss how standing desks boost productivity, and studies that address how leaning seats are the best option for your back. In fact, if you are someone who suffers back, neck, or general pain during the workday, it might be worth speaking with a doctor to learn more.
3. Talk to your coworkers
There is probably at least one other person in your office interested in a new workstation. Talk to each other and approach the correct contact together. If your office thinks that this is an issue that affects multiple people, they are more likely to respond positively.
4. Be direct and understanding
First, you should be direct and say that you would like a standing desk and leaning seat. Many offices already have programs in place to switch to standing desks. Some programs require a doctor’s note, but some only require meeting with an ergonomist or filling out a form. If that’s the case, then you’re all set. However, some people still find these new setups strange. Show your boss, facilities manager, or human resources representative your external research and make the argument why this new workstation will make you better at your job.
5. Follow up
Make sure that you follow up on your conversation afterwards. Changing office furnishings can require hired labor, and so there are often additional moving parts beyond your boss just saying, “Yes.”
6. What if they say “No?”
There’s always the chance that your office will say no to your request. If that is the case, there are a few things you can do. First, ask them at the end of the conversation when it will be appropriate to address this issue again and what it will take for them to say yes. It might be a doctor’s note or for more people in the office to show interest in making the switch. It could also be a budgetary issue. If that is the case, you can ask if the office will sponsor a portion of the cost, but allow you to pay the rest out of pocket or have it deducted from future paychecks. If you really want a standing or leaning option, you could also ask for a conference table or collaboration space in your office to be converted to standing height. That way, the space is shared by the office and the cost is spread over many employees.
Be persistent and educate yourself on the benefits of standing desks and leaning seats.