Charging Carts

3 Reasons to Love Ergotron’s YES Charging Systems

Class sizes continue to trend upward, presenting logistical issues for already stretched teachers, librarians and administrators. Limited space can make it difficult to fit desks, chairs, books and backpacks into tight areas. Charging systems for smart devices are no exception.

Ergotron’s YES Charging Systems quickly, efficiently and safely charge your devices to give you piece of mind. Educators love them—here’s three reasons why you will, too:

1. No need to sacrifice floor space
Size is a characteristic that’s easy to overlook, especially when you’re shopping online and physical form isn’t as easy to determine. But size is a key feature in any industry, especially education. The YES Charging System’s small size means more room in an already too-crowded classroom. The compact size also makes it easy to securely stow in a locking closet.

2. Put it wherever you want
Things constantly shift and move in a classroom, so don’t let your technology hold you back. The YES Charging System is flexible and can easily move around to your preferred location. It’s also eliminates student congestion. Tip: Put one cabinet on either side of the room so accessing devices is faster and easier for students and teachers.

3. A future-proof purchase
As mobile devices change, schools often have buy new accessories to adapt to new technology. But with the YES Charging System, you don’t have to search for a replacement charging solution. Our carts are designed to adjust to fit your current and future devices. And they’re UL certified for safety.

With our small footprint and adjustable interiors, you have the tools—and space—to foster a love of learning for students, no matter how crowded the classroom.

Thrive Center

Ergotron Helps Drive Innovation to Improve Healthy Aging

In the center of Louisville, Kentucky, silver-haired seniors try on virtual reality goggles and curiously press buttons in a high-tech kitchen. In a mock bedroom, they experiment with Ergotron’s StyleView® Patient eTable, noting how it easily slides over a bed for access to a tablet and other essentials. This hands-on experience is the focus of the Thrive Innovation Center, a non-profit organization that highlights technology innovation and education for those over the age of 50.

Addressing the needs of our older generations represents a key priority for families, communities and companies. By 2030, as the last Baby Boomers turn 65, older adults are expected to reach 20 percent of the population, according to the Institute on Aging. With an estimated five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number expected to nearly triple to 14 million by 2050, the Thrive Center’s first focus area will be memory care, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive fitness.

In the 7,500 square-foot space, seniors and community Thrive Center innovationmembers are invited to interact and learn about the latest innovation in senior and home care. Aligning with the center’s mission to transform the quality of life and quality of care through innovation, Ergotron provided ergonomic mounting and technology furniture solutions to support caregivers and improve resident interaction with digital displays.

“We are proud to be part of the Thrive Center’s initiative to enhance the care of our aging population and eager to be a part of creating the innovative care solutions that will result,” said Pete Segar, CEO of Ergotron. “We have been empowering caregivers and care staff for more than 35 years with ergonomic mounting and technology furniture and are uniquely qualified to help caregivers improve their quality of care.”

As a hub for senior and home care companies, the Louisville location offers a platform for product ideation and strengthened partnerships to address the evolving needs of this growing population. Many technology providers and partners test and showcase products within the Thrive Center, organized by CDW, who serves as the official technology sponsor.

“CDW is a long-time partner with Ergotron in the health care space, and we’re excited to see the impact they’re making by providing meaningful solutions at the point-of-care and now in the long-term care arena,” said Ed Krnak, Ergotron’s Executive Channel Account Manager.

The Thrive Center officially opened its doors on November 1. Ergotron looks forward to continuing to work with this important non-profit, while growing our healthcare offering to help patients of all ages and their caregivers thrive.

See how Ergotron can support an entire health facilities – from administrators to patients and IT professionals to caregivers – at healthcare.ergotron.com.

Locust Pose

[Movie] Pose Addresses that Pain in Your Neck

Americans spent nearly 11 hours a day in front of screens in 2016, according to Nielson. Bending our heads during screen time translates to unwelcome pressure on the part of the spine above our shoulders. Fight against this literal pain in the neck with a discreet locust pose that works to reduce neck and shoulder tension.

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For more resources to get you moving, visit www.themovementmindset.com.

HIMSS Survey

Discover the Missing Link in Healthcare IT

The technology purchasing process within healthcare facilities is complex, and a new survey revealed an additional layer of complexity – a conflict between key stakeholders in the selection process and the providers who use the equipment every day to care for patients.

Working with HIMSS Analytics, Ergotron surveyed nearly 200 IT professionals, clinicians and healthcare leaders to better understand the technology equipment purchasing and evaluation process, as well as what factors influence these decisions. The results, released as a part of National Ergonomics Month, show a communication disconnect with how decisions are made and how technology use can maximize staff productivity and enhance patient care.

These results provide additional insight into some of the factors influencing nurses’ health and the care they provide, which we discovered in our nursing survey and related infographic.

Download the summary to read the full findings and learn how ergonomics can have a noteworthy impact on clinical engagement strategies.

Making the Case for Workplace Movement

Betsey Banker PodcastResearch continues to shed light on the dangers of sedentary lifestyles, but many employers (and employees) are still catching on to the sit-stand movement. Ergotron’s Wellness Market Manager Betsey Banker caught up with WisBusiness, Wisconsin’s business news source, at the PDS Connect 2017 technology conference to discuss how organizations can offer a healthier way to work with sit-stand workstations.

They also cover the latest research on inactivity, the risks of sitting for long periods of time and how environment changes can prompt workers to think differently about physical activity.

To listen to the short podcast, click here. Looking for clear steps on how to transition your organization to sit-stand furniture? Be sure to download our new Make the Sit-Stand Switch™ handbook today.

Pigeon pose

[Movie] Counteract Stress with a Hip-Opening Pigeon Pose

Did you know that your hips can hold much of your stress? Sitting increases stress, which can take a toll on your hips and mood. With a simple pigeon pose done sitting or standing, you can increase hip flexibility, improve pelvic alignment and boost your spirit.

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For more resources to get you moving, visit www.themovementmindset.com.

Ergonomic Myths

Debunking Ergonomic Myths: Ergonomics Doesn’t Impact Performance

We’ve come to the end of our National Ergonomics Month myth series – we hope you’ve learned something new about this important field! And with that, here’s our final myth to debunk.

MYTH: Ergonomics doesn’t impact performance.

Here’s where we stand:

Ergonomics ensures a good fit between employees and how they complete their work. Through product engineering, administrative policies and workplace habits,[1] ergonomics, at its most basic level, aims to positively impact performance. Examples of this proven connection exist outside the office, too. Improve the ergonomics of a golf club, and you improve the chance of a better round. Design a better knife handle, and you can chop vegetables quicker and with less effort.

In the workplace, a dose of ergonomics helps get the job finished faster, while mitigating lost productivity due to fatigue, discomfort or injury. If employees aren’t interrupted by these symptoms, they are less likely to feel distracted from their work, which can cause delays and mistakes.[2]

The most recent figures from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics from 2014 show that of the 131 million working days lost to sickness, the largest contributing factor for about 25 percent of those days is back, neck and muscle pain. Stress, anxiety and depression are also large contributors, representing about 12 percent of lost days. Along with job dissatisfaction, these mood disorders contribute to “presenteeism”[3] where employees are physically at work but not productive. This can quickly eat away at a company’s bottom line.

Office back painBut organizations can counteract lost productivity with ergonomic solutions. Studies in office ergonomics show productivity increases 12% to 18% when employees use well-designed ergonomic furniture.[4][5] Research also shows that increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior positively impacts symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression. This can make a significant impact across your entire employee base.

Independent researchers using Ergotron sit-stand workstations consistently report positive outcomes when employees reduce sedentary time. A Stanford University study found those who used WorkFit® sit-stand workstations were 78% more likely to report a pain-free day. Participants reported significant reduction in current low back, neck and upper back pain, noting that their pain interfered less with general activity and their ability to concentrate.[6]

In a separate project, Dr. Nico Pronk,[7] Chief Science Officer at HealthPartners, noted that when office workers switched to a WorkFit solution, they experienced heightened mood states. A similar study at a S.C. Johnson facility found that participants had a high level of satisfaction with sit-stand workstations–96% chose to use them permanently and many said that when using the WorkFit workstations, they increased face-to-face interaction with coworkers. Participants experienced greater energy, greater alertness at work with no perception of decreased productivity.[8]

Now think about your own experience. When battling a bad cold or feeling blue, do you work productively and effectively at your job? Realistically, we aren’t as productive or successful if we don’t feel well physically or mentally. But incorporating ergonomics into the workplace supports holistic well-being, including mood, metabolism, mental function and more. Fostering your best self helps you bring your best self to work where you can be more productive and successful, allowing your teams to do the same.

Carrie SchmitzCarrie Schmitz
Senior Manager of Human Factors & Ergonomics Research, AOEAS, CHC

Carrie oversees ergonomics research and outreach, working closely with global researchers to advance knowledge around the health and well-being benefits of sit-stand activity.

[1] Danielle Barzoloski, PT, CPE, The Back School
[2] Mark G, Gudith D, Klocke U. The cost of interrupted work. Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual CHI conference on Human factors in computing systems – CHI ’08 2008. Available here.
[3] Aronsson, G., Gustafsson, K., & Dallner, M. (2000). Sick but yet at work. An empirical study of sickness presenteeism. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health’, 54, 502–509. doi:10.1136/jech.54.7.502
[4] Examples of costs and benefits of ergonomics, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
[5] DeRango, Kelly, Benjamin C. Amick, Michelle Robertson, and Ted Rooney, et al. 2003. “The Productivity Consequences of Two Ergonomic Interventions.” Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-95. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. http://research.upjohn.org/up_workingpapers/95
[6] Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain Results of a Randomized Trial, Journal of Oocupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), Stanford University Study, 2016
[7] Reducing Occupational Sitting Time and Improving Worker Health: The Take-a-Stand Project, 2011, Pronk, Prevention Chronic Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2012
[8] Using Sit-Stand Workstations to Decrease Sedentary Time in Office Workers: A Randomized Crossover Trial, Dutta, Nirjhar, et al. Internationa Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 2014

[Infographic] Why Ergotron Stands Above the Rest

As consumers, we have endless options for the food we eat, the technology we buy and the clothes we wear.

The same goes for standing desks. Since Ergotron started designing sit-stand desks in 1994, many companies have joined us in developing solutions that incorporate movement into the work day. But they’re not all the same.

Buying from Ergotron connects users with innovative technology furniture and mounts that promote healthier, more productive environments for both life and work. Years of research back all of our products, which undergo thorough testing and certification.

With millions of reasons to choose Ergotron, we’ve compiled a list of the top ones so you can see the difference for yourself.

Ergotron's WorkFit-T

Ergonomic Myths

Debunking Ergonomic Myths: Standing Desks are All the Same

We’re on to week three of our ergonomic myths blog series in honor of National Ergonomics Month. It’s time to demystify another myth that may be hindering your path to a new sit-stand workstyle.

MYTH: Standing desks are all the same.

Here’s where we stand:

Today’s technology allows us to choose whether we sit or stand when using a computer or device. Science supports this functionality, with research showing that sticking with one posture or the other is unhealthy. The ability to choose your posture, based on how you feel and the task at hand, is a crucial factor in job satisfaction, and by extension, performance. So the question is not whether to use a sit-stand workstation, but which sit-stand option should you use?

Standing workstations are not all the same. Over the last five years, dozens of alternatives have flooded the market. The designs fall into a handful of categories, and yes, many are beginning to look alike. As consumers, it helps to be a savvy about the differences to avoid the pitfalls of a knock-off standing solution, that may not adhere to the stricter definitions of safety and standards of quality.

How do you distinguish between a lasting, effective sit-stand solution and a less desirable knock-off? The best sit-stand workstations offer a full range of motion to address the broadest range of users. This is especially important in shared workstations across multiple shifts.

WorkFit-SProducts like Ergotron’s WorkFit-S Sit-Stand Workstation that offer 20” of height adjustment with an additional 5” in monitor adjustment accommodate this range, while add-on accessories can be added for very tall users’ needs. Other workstations may actually discourage movement because they are too hard to adjust or adjust too slowly. When users don’t have a positive experience, they don’t reap the benefits promised by the sit-stand aspect of the product.

An easily adjustable workstation allows you to change positions on the fly as your workload or body requires. We advocate for the Sit-Stand Switch™ – changing postures every 30 minutes.

The best standing solutions are also stable. Unstable solutions have the potential to tip over and hurt you or damage your technology.

Buyers should select an option that has a weight adjustable counterbalance with wide weight range to cover a range of displays. Ergonomic handles, clean cable management, clearly defined testing criteria and a warranty are also important features to look for. Learn more how to choose a station that support you or your company’s needs in Designing an Ergonomic Sit-Stand Desk Converter.

I look forward to sharing our final ergonomic myth with you next week!

Carrie SchmitzCarrie Schmitz
Senior Manager of Human Factors & Ergonomics Research, AOEAS, CHC

Carrie oversees ergonomics research and outreach, working closely with global researchers to advance knowledge around the health and well-being benefits of sit-stand activity.

3 Strategies to Create a Culture of Movement

Sit-stand SwitchEvolving into a movement-friendly culture can be a challenge for many organizations. But with uninterrupted sitting negatively impacting employee productivity and contributing to many unhealthy and costly physical conditions, companies know they need to make a change. But where to start?

In our new handbook, Make the Sit-Stand Switch, we outline three strategies that will help businesses not only replace their static office furniture with sit-stand workstations, but develop a program that infuses movement for the long term.

In Make the Sit-Stand Switch, you will learn how to:

  • Build mindshare among influencers and address concerns
  • Design a program with an effective policy, process and communications
  • Choose what and when to measure results

Ready to improve engagement, performance, health and your business goals? Download the handbook today!