So word on the adjustable sit / stand thingy for my desk is no.
Well… or… I have to have a letter from the doctor stating that I need it for medical purposes.
Which… I do not.
I am not trying to get them to make an accommodation for a disability. I’m not injured and in need of help.
I just want to spend a few hours every day standing up!
Just getting my butt out of the chair for four out of my 9ish work hours has increased my average “calorie per minute” burn from 1.1 to 1.28. (Yes, I know this because I have a monitor and I am a data geek!)
OK, sure, in a single day, that’s doesn’t mean much… If I spend 600 minutes at work, that’s only about a 100 extra calories in a day.
But… hey now… that’s 500 in a week. That’s ONE WHOLE PIECE OF CAKE EVERY WEEK that I am burning JUST BY STANDING UP!
I’m not jogging in place, I’m not doing jumping jacks… merely standing up at my desk as I go about my general typing, mousing, etc. etc.
As I build up my endurance, I could perhaps reach 5 or 6 hours of standing each day. I COULD HAVE ICE CREAM!!!
But the company (and, admittedly, for good reasons*) does not see fit to spend the $600 on an appliance that will allow me the luxury of simply pushing a lever or something to raise my work area.
So.. in the interest of not doing myself a back injury by staring down at my screen while I stand… I have acquired for myself…
A SECOND BOX!!
So now I have the box that I pick up and put on my desk to raise my keyboard and mouse.
And I have another box that I leave on my desk behind the monitor that I place the monitor on so it’s at eye level.
Small issue – I think I strained my shoulder just a teeny bit today lifting the monitor up… It’s a flat screen, but still, those are not incredibly light.
I’ll make sure to lift it with better form tomorrow.
The boxes, BTW, look absolutely hideous But they are accomplishing the goal!
* I do not blame the facilities folks for this at all. If they get me special furniture, then they would have to get EVERYONE special furniture. I understand corporate life. If I get a Dr. note, then it’s a reasonable accommodation. If I just “Want” something, well… that’s a slippery slope, my friend, with a couple thousand “wanters” on the campus who I am sure would all like their special thing.
Sigh – I wish I could be peeved about this, but I’m just too darn understanding