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Timing is crucial when asking the boss for something. Consider making an appointment, or adding it to the agenda of a regular meeting with your supervisor. You want to reduce the risk of interruptions or others overhearing your conversation.
Get right to the point. Start with something like, “I’m interested in altering my work space a bit to make it a little more health conscious.”
Make sure you haven’t recently had a significant “ask”. If you’ve just gotten a new computer, storage cabinet, cushy schedule or other, you’re wise to wait it out a bit.
Come prepared with photos, prices, and statistics. Demonstrate that your request is well thought out and serious.
Be respectful and listen for questions and potential objections.
Your boss may have a few objections to your request for a standing desk. Here are some potential things he or she might say and how you might navigate them.
Boss: If I get you one, everyone will want one and we can’t afford that.
You: I understand that, but these aren’t for everyone. What if we got 2 or 3 and allowed people to try them out to get a feel for the interest level?
Or what if we got one or two for common use? We could set up a station where people could use the desk throughout the day when it wasn’t already occupied?
Boss: What’s wrong with your current desk?
You: I’m trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and I’ve read a lot on how “sitting is the new smoking”. Because I spend 8 hours of my day here, I’d like to have this desk to help me with my circulation, posture, back health, and alertness.
Boss: Is there a medical reason for this request?
You: (If you have a doctor’s note, of course you’d present it). I’m certain it would be something my doctor would endorse. I can ask for a note if that helps.
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