Treadmill desks have been cited as one of the top job perks that employees seek. Being stuck in a chair all day is just not appealing to most people anymore. Businesses are listening and adding a walking workstation option to offices across the country.
When businesses approach us about joining the active-working movement, they often wonder how other companies incorporate treadmill desks into the space. Here are the top ways that we see Rebel Desk treadmill desks being used in offices.
1. Designated Treadmill Desk Space
Some businesses have a designed space in their office for using shared treadmill desks. If the desks are in an open area, then people can see whether they are available and hop on when it’s convenient for them. This option is a popular way for employees to do conference calls or do focused work on a specific task.
2. Treadmills Come to You
Another option we have seen is allowing employees to bring treadmills to their own standing-height desk. The Rebel Treadmill 1000 makes this option possible because of its lightweight size and mobility. If employees already have standing-height desks, then they can roll a treadmill over to their desks and turn it into a walking workstation. When they’re done, they can roll it back to the common space. This option works particularly well in an open office plan.
3. Letting Employees Create Treadmill Desks
The final top trend we have seen for offices is businesses subsidizing all or part of the cost of a walking treadmill for employees to use in their private office space. This subsidizing can include employees spending a health or fitness allowance on the product. Employees have the freedom to opt-in to a walking routine at work and the convenience of having that option at their own desk. When offices are undergoing renovations, many of them are opting for adjustable-height desks. With those desks already in place, adding a walking treadmill is easy.
For companies, this investment can really pay off. Companies might be spending thousands of dollars on gym memberships and diet advice for employees that often is hard to stick to. Consider that 80% of people who join a gym in January quit within five months. On the other hand, 74% of Rebel Desk customers use their Rebel Treadmill regularly after five months. Walking and working is a healthy habit that can stick, and boost productivity and creativity.
While these are the top trends we’ve spotted, there is not one way to incorporate treadmill desks into an office. Businesses find what works for them is to let employees have a choice in how they want to work.