Back breaking seated position

Draft Design Build advises on how to reduce unwanted business costs caused by sickness and absenteeism in the office

An office worker can spend up to 1760 hours a year sat at a desk. Break that down and its about 8 hours a day. That’s half a person’s waking hours.

In fact, 30 million working hours are lost each year in the UK due to back pain and musculoskeletal issues, mainly due to poor posture caused by sitting for too long or operating at unsuitable workstations which can cause hunching, over stretching or poor positioning of feet. So why do so many organisations fail to consider these facts when designing workspace for their staff? Is paying lip service to health and safety requirements really the answer and does this really save a business money in the long run?

The risk of sick related absenteeism creates huge problems for organisations and increases operational costs. Therefore, it’s imperative for businesses to consider ways and means in reducing sickness rates or low morale. 

Research has suggested that sitting less and breaking the day up by standing at your desk will improve overall wellbeing and posture. In fact, recent studies suggest that at least 2 hours a day should be allocated to standing or walking about. Not only is this better for the physical health of an office worker, but it also improves mental agility and productivity. Positioning of computer screens, accessibility to equipment and even in the placement of feet are critical factors when assessing the suitability of desks and work stations.

Infographic: Dangers of sedentary working environments

Draft Design Build workspace solutions create some of the most outstanding, modern and sustainably made desk designs which easily address common workplace issues.

With wellbeing and comfort in mind, Draft Design Build’s sit-stand desks go beyond the ability to simply rise to a standing position, they can be programmed so the desk’s memory prompts you to stand at selected times throughout a day. Desk top features can include, cable management, wireless desk top charging points and even built in heating panels for localised warmth. A Light bar feature on some models can simulate natural daylight or provide a fixed colour glow to enhance your environment and mood on darker days or during the winter time.

A ddb sit-stand desk can accommodate any budget. Only the best automatic or manual Linak actuators are used to ensure a smooth and reliable operation. Whatever the cost, a ddb sit-stand desk is sure to offer comfort, ease of use and style to any office. Furthermore, it will go a long way to helping staff improve their wellbeing and reduce unwanted costs associated with sick related absenteeism.

For further information and details of the science behind sit-stand desks, call 01889 837730 or click here to download some more facts about how light, standing and heat can improve the wellbeing of office staff.

Ddb is an award wining UK based specialist maker of innovative, practical and beautiful desk designs for businesses and education. For over 20 years, ddb has created ingenious solutions for many environments, whether it’s a simple desk refit, a classroom re-design or a bespoke workspace solution, ddb will ensure great value for money is always achieved.

How to achieve an energy efficient office and save money

For approximately 50% of the year, an office worker is either too hot because the heating has been ramped up or too cold because the air conditioning is on full blast.

We have all witnessed office thermostat wars. Men generally want an office to be cooler than women, so throughout the day, the thermostat dial is going back and forth. Although a common situation, the outcome usually ends up in some sort of office conflict. Managed offices are also a potential s ource of contention when the air conditioning is controlled remotely. This plays havoc on the general happiness of the workplace with everyone having to make do and suffer. Uncomfortable temperatures and working conditions impact greatly on concentration levels and creativity. In turn, productivity, staff retention, business competitiveness and ultimately, profits take a hit.  These scenarios are all too common throughout offices in the UK, yet most managers deal with it by “investing” in low cost fans or fan heaters. Sadly, this really is a short term fix which will guarantee only one thing, rising operational costs helped by a dramatic increase in energy bills.


Draft Design Build, have addressed these issues and developed a range of beaut ifully crafted desks that promote clean air and ambient working conditions through their intelligent heated desks. Instead of buying heaters to keep staff warm or pumping out hot or recycled cold air, a ddb i-heat desk can be controlled locally by the user to provide just the right amount of heat to ensure a comfortable and ambient workplace en vironment. Each desk has a heat panel fitted just below the surface which can be controlled independently and locally. The heat can be adapted to suit the individual by warming key points of the body that gives a general feeling of warmth throughout. An i-heat desk offer great value for money as the heated panels requires a fraction of the energy re quired to operate a fan heater. This low cost method of keeping individuals warm negates the need for expensive fan heaters or ramped up heating. We all know heat rises and so do our energy bills. Stop paying for the ceiling to stay warm and have it directed exactly where it’s needed for far less.

For further information and details of the science behind heated desks call 01889 837730 or click here to download our i-heat white paper