Wendy McCubbin, Global Training Manager @ Ergotron (aka @WorkFitWendy)
As an Ergotron employee, I’m naturally passionate about comfy computing. I should be after all, it ensures me a little job security! Ha!
But seriously, as a longtime sufferer of lower back pain, neck pain and numbness in my arm due to pinched nerves in my neck, working for a company whose very foundation is to make people more comfortable at their computers has had a dramatic effect on the physical discomfort I had long experienced.
As the company’s Global Training Manager, I sit in front of my computer all day long creating Training materials and conducting webinars.
I could very easily succumb to the ‘chained in my chair’ workstyle that so many people are forced to, but I don’t… I can’t—my back, my neck, my arm… my body—has to have a way to move to avoid the discomfort.
And the research says so! Sitting too long is detrimental to our health. Some sources even speculate that “sitting can lead to an early death” (yeah, now’s probably a good time for you to stand for a bit!)… “my early death?” well THAT’s not something I’m willing to sit on and find out!
So I’m getting my butt off my chair and standing more—now that I can. We’re on a new charter and we’re creating an ‘Uprising’. So with Ergotron, my new persona “WorkFit Wendy” is out telling the world how important it is to JUST STAND and how Ergotron’s line of affordable, sit-stand workstations gives us the choice to do so.
In this effort, I – a.k.a WorkFit Wendy—was asked to produce a set of videos that ran each “WorkFit Wednesday” in October, as we once again participated in National Ergonomics Month. Each video shows the progression I go through after setting up my very own Ergotron WorkFit-S (love it!) and the changes I experienced since having the choice to sit and stand. The effects I felt by standing more were dramatic—physically, professionally AND personally—like being able to plop down on my couch each Tuesday night to watch Glee guilt-free because I stood more that day!