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Sit-stand demo program

Demo platforms and desks are available through a partnership between the Ergonomics Program and The Center for Accessibility.The program allows staff and faculty to trial the equipment for one to two months.


The purpose of the trial is to provide staff/faculty the opportunity to test the degree to which this equipment helps them. Purchasing of office equipment and furniture is the responsibility of the department; please speak with your department about your interest in using a sit-stand desk.

7-Step Demo Program

Step 1. Talk to your manager

Have a discussion with your Manager about your concerns and interest in a sit-stand workstation. Please let your department know the following details about the demo program

  • Demo program is for one to two months. You will receive your demo according to your place on the waitlist. Wait times vary from less than one month to four months.
  • The demo is temporary; it is up to your department to determine if a permanent purchase is feasible
  • If it is not possible for your department to purchase individual sit-stand workstations, the department could explore other options such as providing staff and faculty members with access to a shared sit-stand workstation, scheduling walking meetings or encouraging staff and faculty members to take micro-breaks and stand up every 30 minutes.
  • If you require a sit-stand desk due to medical reasons then refer to UBC’s Sit-Stand Desk Medical Accommodation Process for resources available to you.

Step 2. Ergonomics training

Join us for our monthly Introductions to Sit-Stand Desks sessions. This workshop will provide you with the necessary information about the different types of sit-stand desks and platforms. We will also review how to set up the platform/desk to ensure it is the correct height for you in both sitting and standing.

Step 3. Online assessment and sit-stand questionnaire

After attending the workshop, please email the ergonomics program to register for an online survey in order to sign up for a demo.

Step 4. Arrange transportation

The Ergonomics Program will put in a service request on your behalf to Building Operations. Building Operations will be given your contact information to arrange a suitable time. Building Operations typically takes between one and three weeks to complete the delivery. Please note that there may also be a waitlist for the demo unit you requested. Please have your desk ready when Building Operations arrives and please note that Building Operations will not install monitors. Please work with your IT to attach the monitors, if needed.

Step 5. Set-up your workstation

Adjust the height of your workstation to ensure that you can work comfortably in both a sitting and standing position. Refer to information from the workshop and refer to UBC’s Ergo Your Office Guide to assist you in properly adjusting the heights.

Please alternate between sitting and standing on a regular basis, e.g. every 20 minutes, unless otherwise directed by your Healthcare Provider.

Step 6. Feedback

During your demo you will be sent a feedback survey to ensure that your workstation is properly set up for both seated and standing work.

Step 7. Purchasing decision

During the demo period, you and your manager should have a discussion about the degree to which the sit-stand desk and helped and if a sit-stand desk can be purchased as a permanent solution.

Please see UBC’s Sit-Stand Platform/Riser Purchasing Guide and UBC’s Sit-Stand Desk Purchasing Guide for examples of products and vendors.

Step 8. Return demo

The Ergonomics Program will let you know when we put in a service request to Building Operations to remove  your platform.  Again, Building Operations will be given your contact information to arrange a suitable time.  Please have your desk ready and the monitors removed.

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