Category Archives: Ergonomics

A lesson in radiology reading table design

When a top hospital and academic health center in the Pacific Northwest needed a teaching station for their imaging program, they couldn’t find a ready-made table that checked off all their requirements.

Their newly-appointed department chair set out to renovate the radiology reading rooms. Looking at best practices across the U.S., and knowing that sitting is the new smoking, he wanted to ensure that his staff had the ability to sit or stand during long, intense sessions scrutinizing images across a row of monitors.

After querying multiple firms for imaging furniture, he selected Anthro, a brand of Ergotron Inc., to design and manufacture a solution, based on Anthro’s superior product quality, unique designs that meet the specific needs of radiologists and convenient service offerings. The university ordered 30 tables, which were deployed in two waves; a successful result of a joint decision-making process that involved administration, educators and IT leadership.

Steve’s Bench is an example of how Ergotron can design imaging products in collaboration with imaging professionals.

Radiologists were thrilled with the design because the product is rock solid and moves smoothly with the touch of a button, without racking, even when they tried to rock it. The table also offered an enlarged work space that allows a trainee and a faculty attending radiologist to work side by side and switch between sitting and standing throughout the shift for a healthier reading experience.

They liked having plenty of “real estate” on the table for the four monitors—driven by two computers—set-up on each station. Even with all that, they can still spread out, it accommodates numerous radiologists, with leg room to spare. Wire management means it shows no “spaghetti,” even though they dressed the table with the maximum cables.

The university took advantage of “white gloves” delivery and hardware set-up. Ergotron offers a broad array of service packages for healthcare organizations implementing new equipment. If something ever goes wrong, customers know they’re covered for maintenance and repair, upfront through the life of the product.

Through its Custom Solutions group, Ergotron was able to quickly design and manufacture a unique solution for the university because of its short-turn manufacturing ability to make custom parts.

“Our design and engineering teams are under the same roof as our manufacturing facility,” says Julia Griffiths, Product Manager at Ergotron. “These teams work hand in hand so prototypes come quicker and production ramp-up is smoother. Plus, customers can draw from over 30 years of proven product designs from both Ergotron and Anthro. With those designs in our back pocket, we don’t have to start from scratch.”

The extra-large teaching station design was so well-received that it became a standard product, uniquely suited to demanding healthcare, laboratory, and corporate environments. Now called Steve’s Bench (a member of the Steve’s Station family), it lifts up to 350 pounds, and measures 90” wide by 31” deep so it can support plenty of monitors and equipment. Quiet, smooth-action legs move from 30” to 49.5” in height with the push of a button. It’s an ideal teaching station or utility bench.

But we don’t stop at design and manufacturing: Our service packages guarantee that Steve’s Bench will cover the needs of radiologists into the future, no matter how technology morphs and shifts.

“Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI,” webinar, Oct. 12th

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Celebrate National Ergonomics Month with us and discover innovative options for employee wellness in a free ErgoExpo webinar with Dr. Chad Henriksen, a well-regarded expert on workplace ergonomics.

Office ergonomics is not a new topic, and most organizations appreciate the notion of a well-designed workstation. The challenge is to understand and implement “best practices” designed around specific needs. Whether you are new to ergonomic interventions or going from “good to great,” this webinar will provide the foundation to maximize your ROI. Find details here.

Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI
October 12, 2016 | 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Register now for this free webinar. (CEUs and CoC points apply.) Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway and we’ll let you know how to view it on demand!

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Dr. Chad Henriksen
Doctorate of Chiropractic, Diplomate in Occupational Health and Applied Ergonomics; Coordinator of Ergonomics and Occupational Health, H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics at Northwestern Health Sciences University

October is National Ergonomics Month: Work shouldn’t hurt

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National Ergonomics Month is one of the best times to help people pay attention to their daily activities so they can be more comfortable and productive.

For over 30 years, ergonomics has been the driving passion of our company. In fact, you could say it’s even baked into our DNA, and obviously, our name. So to celebrate ergonomics this month – and every month! – we invite you to make use of our newest resources, developed just for digital users like you:

Resource #1:  MoveMore blog. Get answers to your questions about busting sedentary behavior and its associated health risks. “What’s all the fuss about sit-stand desks?” – It’s the latest trend in office and home computing, but is it just a fad? (Nope.) Should you sit or should you stand? (Both.) And, how often should you switch if you get tired of either? (Every 30 minutes.)

Resource #2: WorkFit® Champion Toolkit. Would you like to enjoy the benefit of an active workstyle and promote its adoption at your workplace? Check out this downloadable Toolkit on JustStand.org/toolkit. It includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our informative e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet.

Resources #3: On-demand Webinar for HR professionals: Building a Business Case for Sit-Stand at Work. Looking for ways to improve employee health and productivity, and lower healthcare costs? This complimentary 30-minute on-demand webinar will help you do exactly that. Watch the pre-recorded webinar anytime and learn why standing at work is gaining popularity and how to make a business case to leadership for sit-stand solutions. (Professionals in health, safety, wellness or ergonomics roles will benefit most from this webinar.)

No matter how you celebrate National Ergonomics Month, follow us on social. Jump on Twitter, other channels, then join the conversation, using #MoveMore and #JustStand. And check back throughout the month for more on this topic!

Join us at the HERO Forum, Sept. 27 to 29

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Are you attending the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s HERO Forum in Atlanta next week? The theme this year is Leading in Well-Being: Workplaces Influencing the Health of Employees, Families and Communities, with sessions by top thought leaders and industry innovators from best practice organizations.

While you’re there, please join us for our latest presentation on healthy sit-stand solutions, Stepping into a Culture of Movement. Ergotron’s workplace wellness experts Betsey Banker and Carrie Schmitz will share the latest research on sit-stand interventions and the results of a company-wide movement assessment survey.

Attendees will also be able to “walk the talk”: engaging in movement and wellness activities like morning fitness, lunchtime walks, midday yoga and the traditional Fun Run + Walk. Best of all, there will be Ergotron standing desks in all sessions, plus a chance to win an ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift24 laptop stand.

See you in Atlanta at #HEROForum16 and @HEROehm! Or connect with us online and at other upcoming conferences, expos, and events.

 

 

ErgotronHome: Homework? Increase your calorie burn at home

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ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift35 converts any surface into a sit-stand desk

Many of us have no doubt been glued to our televisions this summer, watching exciting sports events such as Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics! Now’s the time to get in on the action, even if all that swimming, running, and jumping is too vigorous for you. As fall gears up, make the most of it by getting in some fun activities that boost fitness and burn calories.

Here are some approximate average calorie counts for fun, at-home un-workouts:

Go for a bike ride = a light spin for 7 minutes can burn 50 calories.

Vacuum the house = going clean-crazy for 13 minutes uses up to 54 calories,

Dance party = boogie down for 11 minutes and burn up 56 calories.

De-stress with yoga = lightly stretching for 17 minutes burns 50 calories.

Play catch with the kids = toss the ball around for 18 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Mow the lawn = give the grass a haircut for 8 minutes and torch 52 calories.

Wash your car = scrub a dub for 15 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Croquet anyone? = play this lawn game for 20 minutes, shed 57 calories.

Do yard work = weed flowerbeds for 10 minutes to burn 59 calories. (Beautiful blooms are a bonus.)

Badminton challenge! = volley a shuttlecock for 10 minutes to expend 54 calories.

Play with your pet = Fido loves fetch, plus 15 minutes can burn 50 calories for you.

BBQ or cook = fire up the grill, indoors or out, for 25 minutes and use up 57 calories.

After-dinner stroll = a pleasant 12-minute walk in the evening can burn 51 calories.

And for the absolute easiest way to speed up your metabolism and feel the calorie burn? Stand when doing any computing or gaming – one hour burns an extra 37 calories. Shorter standing sessions are fine, too. In fact, we recommend you switch it up after 20-30 minutes of either sitting or standing to get the most health benefits. Or, use our Calorie-Burn Calculator to figure out how an increase in can help you maximize your fitness routine. This is home work all of us can love.

 

 

 

 

Calling all sit-stand champions! New resources for you.

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Looking for ways to make your workplace even healthier? Ergotron’s new Resources Center on Juststand.org helps you to educate your employer, co-workers, and other stakeholders on the benefits of creating a culture of movement.


On the Resources Center you’ll find:

A downloadable WorkFit Champion Toolkit which includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet about active workstyles.

Visit Juststand.org/toolkit to learn more.

ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Desk35 now shipping!

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Elevate your altitude and attitude! The Workspace Desk35 is a flexible sit and stand desk that’s perfectly sized for the home, giving you the health and productivity benefits of movement. Whether for work or play, the Desk35 quickly adjusts to sitting or standing height, whatever is most comfortable at that moment.

There’s no limit to what you’ll discover when you experiment with your workspace. Watch this video to see the Desk35 in action or shop the entire sit-stand line now at ErgotronHome.com.

 

Ergotron’s FitForward™ program gives back

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For decades, Ergotron has been helping computer users like you have a healthier, more active workday. And now our joint passion for wellness can impact future generations. When you purchase WorkFit® or ErgotronHome™ Lift 35 products, Ergotron donates LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desks to schools across the country. Together, we can give our children the life-changing benefits of active learning, decrease sedentary time in the classroom and set our youth on a course of lifetime wellness.

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Betsey Banker, Ergotron’s Vertical Marketing Manager for Wellness, explains how you can be a part of paying “fit” forward:

It’s inspiring to see so many organizations taking a stand for employee wellness with products like WorkFit. Most have read the research about the many benefits of standing up while working and now they’re seeing the difference in their employees. It makes sense that other sedentary places, like classrooms, could benefit from these same discoveries. That’s what makes FitForward so great. Doing something good for yourself, your coworkers or your employees is helping deliver the same benefits to students.”

In the coming weeks, we’ll feature profiles of some of the students, teachers and schools this new program is influencing towards a healthier learning environment.

To learn more about this initiative, visit the FitForward page of our website.

Classrooms of the future need the right furniture

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By Bob Hill, Ergotron Global Education Manager

Have you noticed? While there is little doubt that classrooms have become more sophisticated and digital, the physical classroom setting and furniture don’t seem to have evolved at the same pace.

It’s true.

The tablets and devices that are transforming the learning process still sit on top of the same style desks from the 1950s. The blackboards and chalk may have been replaced by interactive whiteboards connected to a computer or projector, but far too often, students still sit in stagnant rows looking up in the same direction at the teacher for the daily lesson.

While curriculum modernization creates opportunities for teachers and students to use the classroom space more effectively, traditional classroom furniture does not. In order for the classroom to truly evolve, teachers, principals and district administrators need to address the entire classroom environment.

Consider this about classroom furniture:

  • Classroom furniture at the most foundational level should enhance the educational tools and technology it’s supporting. At an aspirational level, it should also support the teachers’ curriculum, the students’ health, comfort and learning styles. This requires a fundamental change in thinking as schools adopt 1:1 technology, requiring analysis of what else is changing in association with the technology.
  • Facilitating the move from traditional lectures to more group-based, collaborative and active environments requires adjustable and highly mobile furniture for both students and teachers. Stationary desks do not lend themselves to an active classroom nor do they facilitate a group-dynamic or mobile learning environment that has become so prevalent in today’s educational system.
  • A desk that is both height-adjustable and mobile will foster an individualized learning environment that addresses these issues and offers a myriad of benefits to teachers, students and the school.

Why adjustable desks?

Access to adjustable furniture has been proven to help reduce fidgeting distractions, give teachers more time to teach, increase student engagement, improve academic performance and enliven curriculum. In addition, the rising concerns about childhood health issues are addressed when students are given an alternative to sitting all day—introducing standing into the classroom is an effective means to break up sedentary behavior. We’ve seen this played out dozens of times in our LearnFit® ambassador schools across the country.

Input from surveys, interviews and case studies have all demonstrated that teachers prefer desks that facilitate movement and that students adapt to them intuitively. These types of desks foster collaborative learning while satisfying a child’s need for motion and allow for the teacher to use every inch of the environment for instruction.

Given today’s intersection of technology and education, the classroom set-up is at a crossroads. Schools like the Alexandria Country Day School in Virginia get the critical role classroom furniture can play in making today’s classrooms healthier, more collaborative and more conducive to learning even as schools prepare for the next wave of digital instruction.

It is time to “stand up” for important and fundamental changes for today’s classroom and the classroom of the future.

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager, @LearnFit_Bob

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager, @LearnFit_Bob

ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Hub27 a “Top 10 Tech Gadget”

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Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about the ErgotronHome™ Hub 27! Take a look at Tech Gadgets to Check Out This Year on the Huffington Post and 10 New Tech Gadgets to Rev Up Your Home Office on CNBC.com.

Both reviewers rave about this sleek space-saver that organizes and charges all your devices (laptop, tablet, and phone), while also doubling as a height-adjustable standing desk.

Make spaces work for you! Shop the full Workspace line at ErgotronHome.com.