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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!

On-demand Webinar! Build a business case for sit-stand

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE

With so many organizations looking for ways to reduce employee absenteeism and presenteeism, improve productivity, and lower healthcare costs, this complimentary 30-minute on-demand webinar followed by Q&A, helps HR and wellness professionals learn why standing at work is gaining popularity and how to make a business case for sit-stand solutions. Attendees who work in the fields of health, safety, wellness or ergonomics will benefit most from this webinar.

This webinar will help you address such questions as:

* Why is standing at work such a focus all of a sudden?

* What research has been done on sit-stand interventions?

* How can I build a business case for investing in sit-stand?

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Active classroom benefits gain global spotlight

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Good news! Reports about how standing desks are helping students to learn have crossed the Atlantic. Recently a number of European television stations have covered this educational phenomenon.

Spain’s Televisio de Catalunya sent reporter Raquel Sans to Virginia’s Alexandria Country Day School to see how Ergotron’s LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desks help create an active learning environment. According to teachers and administrators, middle-school students are more productive now, and can stay focused and attentive for longer periods.

For more information on this and other Spotlight Classrooms around the world using our sit-stand student desks, visit Ergotron.com/spotlight.

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

[Video] Ergotron WorkFit-A: Healthier at the end of the day


Making it to the big time often means long stints at the computer. Meet Nick, a director and editor living in Los Angeles, working on anything from commercials and music videos to film and television. He admits post-production can do a number on the body. With the WorkFit-A workstations, he sits or stands throughout the day as his body demands. He can tell the difference, feeling less stiff, less tired and overall healthier at the end of the day. Can we all say the same? We should. See Nick’s story.

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Invigorate your workday! It really is this easy

Sometimes we want easy. Sometimes we want it to work, right out of the box. With Ergotron’s newest addition to the WorkFit family, that’s what you get!

Introducing the WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation. It’s ultra simple. Universal. Great for whatever set up you have—laptop, single or dual monitor—with tool-free, straight up-down adjustment that fits neatly in your desk space.

Working fit is looking pretty good right now, isn’t it? Thought so. Learn more at WorkFit.ergotron.com.

How one woman stood up for a month…and dropped a dress size

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Ergotron has been spearheading the sit-stand movement for several years. It has been an interesting ride watching as public perception has shifted from ‘sitting is a disease?’ to this story from the DailyMail.co.uk.

Health writer Louise Atkinson explains in her article, I stood up for a month – and dropped a dress size! As experts say sitting down is more unhealthy than smoking, LOUISE ATKINSON set herself an extraordinary challenge…,” that one day she decided to stand more for one month, wondering “what it’s really like to actually heed the warnings and spend all day, every day, standing up.”

She took a look at both her personal and professional life to see where she could add in more vertical time. She had some rules for her four weeks too:

  • Stand when working
  • Stand to eat (whether alone or with the family),
  • Stand when watching TV
  • Stand more when spending time with the family or meeting up with friends
  • And sit minimally, as she says, “when driving, or when nature calls — and lie down only to sleep.”

For the work part she is using an Ergotron WorkFit-A for Apple Sit-Stand Workstation, shown in the picture above. For the rest of her strategies and fascinating personal results, read on!

Access to sit-stand computing is just one part of the reducing sedentary time puzzle. What are some strategies you employ to break up the rest of your day?

 

[Video] Ergotron WorkFit-P: Move with Ease, While You Work


Any job can have its ups and downs. Take Javier, an independent producer based in the US in the Los Angeles area. He’s always on his computer, making calls, connecting with people. One of the bad parts? All the paperwork. But with Ergotron’s WorkFit-P, Javier enjoys being able to move around, a lot, making whatever task at hand a more comfortable and active one. See Javier’s story.

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Day 1 @ Macworld 2014

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We’re not sure who is more excited…the attendees with our hot new Apple products, or the team (from left: Daneen Kiger, Betty Grogan, Steve Baker, Perry Nikolakakis) with their new Mac-swag bought at the show! Either way, here’s a quick recap of DAY 1:

We generated some First Looks 

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We had a lot of interest from the First Look’s crowd, checking out our new-to-market products debuting at the show including the fabulous new Tablet Charging Wall Mount 12 and our sleek WorkFit for Apple Sit-Stand Workstations.

We met some new friends

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It was tremendous to meet all the Mac enthusiasts at the event. The air was buzzing with all that Mac goodness. Plus it was great to meet media types like Peter Cohen (@flargh), managing editor at iMore.com. Thanks for stopping by!

 

And we gave away some Ergo-swag too! 

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We’re giving away four products at 4 PM each day of the show. Come on over and win some swag. People were dancing as they won. It was beautiful. Follow the fun with us at @ergotron or on Facebook.

Congrats to all Day 1 winners!

Looking forward to Day 2. 

 

 

 

[Video] A Stand-Up Desk for Active People


Life takes you where it takes you—climbing mountains, speaking with the chimps, enjoying extreme sports—as it should. We think our sit-stand workstations should take you somewhere too—some place more comfortable to suit your style. See Brandon’s story.

Lead on.