Studies show that stand-up meetings are particularly efficient. If high desks are not adjustable in height (in which case they should be equipped with a comfortable foot rest), the conference room needs to have high desk chairs for standing or sitting at the high desk, depending on individual needs. The participants will all be on eye level. However, only high desk chairs with easily operated adjustment possibilities are suitable. Fully variable adjustment of the sitting height is particularly important, together with a height-adjustable foot ring so that the feet can be supported or rested comfortably. All conference participants can behave according to their own individual needs and adjust their posture as necessary.
Ideally, the seat and backrest of the high desk chair should be designed to prevent perspiration. Furthermore, an ergonomically shaped backrest should also be ideally adapted to the spinal column and not leave any pressure marks. It also helps for the seat to have a cushioning effect to prevent jolting of the spine on sitting down. A tilting seat will tip the pelvis forward slightly when shifting weight towards the desk, resulting in a natural position for the spinal column.
The high desk chair can be complemented by stand-up aids and activating standing seats. They can be used in many various ways and encourage people to alternate between standing and dynamic sitting.
Despite all the proven advantages of stand-up meetings, people still tend to sit down at most conferences. Individually adjustable chairs are still however unfortunately the exception. This is not so bad as long as participants can sit on well-designed multipurpose chairs. However, these need to have special properties and should only be used for a limited time, because they will be being used by people of all different shapes and sizes.
Multipurpose chairs should offer the widest possible range of ergonomic properties as this is the only way to offer anatomically correct support for the many different users. They should also encourage active sitting. This requires a dynamic design for the back rest and seat. An anatomically shaped backrest and permeable padding ensure that these will be back-friendly chairs.
Progressive digitisation is also changing the structure of meetings. Interactive centres allow participants to share content through integrated video and telephone connections so that team members who are not on site can also take part in the meeting. The interactive centre integrates the hardware and allows for great flexibility as a mobile unit. It should be adjustable in height with a user-focused ergonomic design.