Offices get a new status symbol

Forget pricey chairs. Nowadays, the hottest office item does away with the chair altogether.

By Kim Peterson Sep 2, 2011 4:59PM
Remember when pricey chairs like the Aeron were the must-have office items? Now, the chair itself is positively passé.

The latest status symbol for the office doesn't use a chair at all. It's the standing desk, and it's becoming a hot item in Silicon Valley. At Google (GOOG) and Facebook, workers have replaced the traditional setup with higher desks that you can use while standing or perched on a stool, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Even better? The treadmill desk. Facebook has set up some treadmill stations where people can walk while working on the computer.

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These desks are becoming trendy because employees worry about the health problems that come with sitting all day, the Journal reports. Studies show that people who sit for more than six hours a day are more likely to die prematurely.

"I don't get the 3 o'clock slump anymore," one Facebook employee with a standing desk told the Journal. "I feel active all day long."

Want to try a treadmill desk for yourself? Amazon sells them for $480 -- but you have to buy the treadmill separately.

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Sep 2, 2011 6:21PM
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If you didn't like your boss before, wait until he starts working out on the treadmill while standing at his desk.  That's going to be some nasty B.O. in that office.  I think I'd work somewhere else.

Sep 3, 2011 12:45PM
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this concept was embraced by donald rumsfeld and michael dell.  as an old codger, i will keep my chair.
Sep 3, 2011 10:16PM
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I'm thinking a big NO on that idea.  My dawgs would be screaming if I had to stand at my desk all day long.  I guess if someone is hyperactive and they feel the need to stand all day, then good on them.  Personally, I'll keep the chair and go for a walk when I need to. 
Sep 5, 2011 11:51AM
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Smile Yep, just wait until they're in their forty's than we'll see who's standing up all day. Who's going to pay for the hip and knee replacements for all these biking and running fanatics.  
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