Students and teachers around the country are discovering the ups and downs of the sit-stand classroom. They are earning an A+ from us for inherently understanding the benefits of moving more during the day with our LearnFit Desk. Watch on.
While we don’t supply the super-speedy IT elves, we do supply an out-of-the-box experience you’ll love! Available in white or black, the WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation will open the door to a healthier workstyle. Ready when you are!
Let’s all salute the office pioneers who, braving co-worker ridicule and IT angst, reached for the boxes, books, and other cube accessories to create stand-up desks in their sit-only landscapes.
Folks like Nikki, Amy, Ryan and the others, what were they hoping for? More energy, more focus, or maybe even for a back pain free day away from a sit-only workstyle. Like them, Ergotron is focused on pioneering workstations that get people moving too.
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Today, an expert statement was released on the status and impact of prolonged sitting in the office, commissioned by Public Health England and Active Working C.I.C (who launched the Get Britain Standing campaign in 2014). Presented today at Get Britain Standing’s Active Working Summit, the expert statement recommends further breaking up sedentary activity in the workplace, by increasing intermittent periods of standing and light activity (i.e. light walking) from two to four hours daily. Additionally, it offers “Core Recommendations” for predominantly desk-based workers.
The statement’s collaboration with researchers and supporting studies, written from a group of international experts from the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, also features, we are proud to say, a number of studies in which Ergotron products were used to further understanding of sedentary behavior and its antidotes.
- Initially progress towards accumulating at least two-hours per day of standing and light activity (light walking), eventually progressing to a total accumulation of four hours per day (pro-rated for part-time hours).
- Seated-based work should be regularly broken up with standing-based work and vice versa and thus sit-stand adjustable desk stations are highly recommended.
- Similar to the risks of prolonged static seated positions, so too should prolonged static standing postures be avoided; movement does need to be checked and corrected on a regular basis especially in the presence of any musculoskeletal sensations. Occupational standing and walking have however not shown to be causally linked to low back and neck pain and can provide relief.
- Those individuals new to adopting more standing-based work could expect some musculoskeletal sensations and some fatigue as part of the positive adaptive process. If such sensations cannot be relieved either by an altered posture or walking for a few minutes, then the worker should rest, including sitting, with a posture that relieves the sensations. If discomfort does persist, then seeking appropriate medical advice is recommended.
- Along with other health promotion goals (improved nutrition, reducing alcohol, smoking and stress), companies should also promote to their staff that prolonged sitting, aggregated from work and leisure time, may significantly increase one’s risk of cardio-metabolic diseases and premature mortality.
This is good news for office workers previously tasked with long hours sitting at the computer. In the 2013 JustStand® Index, 67% of the workers surveyed reported they hated sitting, corresponding to a 2010 poll where two thirds (67%) reported they wished their employer offered workstations or desks that could be adjusted so that they could work either seated or standing.
With affordable sit-stand workstations available right now, the release of this expert statement is timely for global companies looking to create an environment that supports health and well-being for their staff, The growing list of findings related to reducing sedentary behavior in office workers is now a proof point for human resources, risk management, and health & safety teams concerned with getting workers moving more often without reducing productivity. Combining the benefits of ergonomic equipment in adjustable office furniture gives businesses a viable solution for activating their workforce in the place where they spend the most time—at their workstation.
To see some of the Active Working Summit speakers talk about their research you can visit Juststand.org/summit. In 2011, we recognized the need to engage key influencers involved in research and thus launched the first JustStand® Wellness Summit, formally introducing the notion that affordable sit-stand solutions exist to change the sedentary behavior that researchers were observing. We couldn’t be more pleased that similar campaigns like Get Britain Standing’s Active Working summit are helping spread the message and hoping to influence a healthier change in how a person lives and works. By uniting communities – both here in the US and abroad – we can spread awareness and impact global change for a new way of working, providing easily adaptable solutions and supports to help reduce sedentary behaviors.
Check out these Stand-up pioneers! Nikki from Auburn, ME, and Rachel from Vienna, VA, are two of the growing list of health-minded seekers around the country who are participating in our Stand-Up Pioneers Facebook Photo Contest! Notice those smiles?
Whether it’s because they are standing at work, or because they are entered to when a WorkFit sit-stand workstation for playing, you decide.
There’s still time to enter!
The pilot, “Cardiovascular and metabolic benefits of standing desk work”, conducting by researchers from the University of Chester, UK, was recently published in the BMJ Group’s (British Medical Journal) Occupational & Environmental Medicine Journal.
This Infographic highlights the results of a pilot study conducted by researchers as they evaluated changes in energy expenditure and metabolism among urban office workers when sitting versus standing throughout a work day.
According to researcher Dr. John Buckley, “Our study showed that when the participants were standing, their hearts rates were quite a lot higher – on average about 10 beats per minute higher and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute. If you want to put that into activity levels then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year – just by standing three or four hours in your day at work.” (Read the press release.)
The abstract on the BMJ concludes, “This is the first known ‘office-based’ study to provide CGM measures that add some of the needed mechanistic information to the existing evidence-base on why avoiding sedentary behaviour at work could lead to a reduced risk of cardiometabolic diseases.”
The results of the study (Ergotron WorkFit-D adjustable desks were deployed), were aired October 2013 in Episode 2 of the “Trust me I’m a Doctor” series on BBC Two Television in the UK.
This is a familiar scenario we hear around the ‘Tron: I love the idea of my employees standing more, but we just integrated this new office design with custom worksurfaces…
It’s hard to argue with design at times. Especially when considering the tremendous number of hours spent on deliberating, designing and implementing these work environments to capture the spirit and the culture of the brand it is supporting.
If you can’t fight design, why not join it?
That’s the impetus behind the WorkFit-B Sit-Stand Base. Simply attach your custom worksurface to the WorkFit base of choice (light duty and heavy duty options available), and bingo-presto your employees have attractive, brand supporting sit-stand comfort.
Whoa. That’s an odd phrase. Brand supporting sit-stand comfort. But culture is important, right? Not only to attract top talent but to keep them healthy and productive while they are there. If you’ve taken the trouble to create a talent attracting environment, why not take the next step?
Sit-stand computing is more than a hot trend. (Although sure, I’d love this to be a “computer on every sit-stand desk” kind of revolution!)
Truthfully, a lot more people than I have discovered that standing more makes them feel better. Smarter people than I have the science to prove it. And now we can help you prove for yourself that your staff will feel (and look good) while standing more.
A few things to know about the WorkFit-B:
- Capacity LD: ≤ 60 lbs (27.2 kg); HD: ≤ 88 lbs (40 kg)
- Lift: LD: 19″ (50 cm); HD: 20″ (51 cm)
- Integrated brake secures table in place, with easy release for instantaneous, tool-free, non-motorized re-positioning with Ergotron’s Constant Force (CF) motion technology
- Assumes worksurface thickness of .87″ (2.2 cm)
- Four leveling glides establish a firm footing and adjust to install the unit on uneven floors
One thing to keep in mind, the listed weight capacity represents total load applied to height-adjustment platform. So for best results, when calculating load include weight of worksurface, accessory mounts for keyboard and display(s), and any computer hardware being placed on worksurface (less of an issue with quilt squares or scrapbook pages for the home crafter!).
No matter how you choose to use it, don’t miss out on proper ergonomics when considering a custom sit-stand option like this. Here are a few ideas to keep it healthy and to keep it safe:
- Use the Workspace Planner tool to help calculate the proper worksurface measurements for sitting and standing postures
- Consider adjustable monitor or laptop arms to ensure proper screen to eye ratios, especially if the keyboard will be placed on the worksurface
- Integrate an under-desk keyboard option like Ergotron’s Neo-Flex® Underdesk Keyboard Arm (97-582-009) if keying off the worksurface is less than ideal
- Change postures frequently! Standing too long, just like sitting too long, can cause problems…the key is to find the right balance of sitting and standing for you
How creative do you want to be?
I’ve had some fun thinking of different surfaces to add to this base. I have a new craft room at home and plenty of spare parts squirreled away, like that old wooden door in the garage rafters, or a thick slice of plexi in the storage room. If you have any funky ideas, please send them along.
Sit-stand can go beyond the primary computing space, don’t forget:
- Makeover the visitor table in your office to a sit-stand hot spot
- Swap over some of the tables in the cafeteria for the stand-and-graze types on your team
- Shake things up in your conference or training rooms with sit-stand options for happier, and healthier sessions
This product lets you keep style and function as a work team, instead of opponents. In fact, a true marriage of interior design and sit-stand is possible, when sit-stand is included in the project scope early on and the designer is tasked with making it crazy-cool. A brand feast if you will, for the body and senses. An ultimate win-win for everyone involved.
Go now, get creative.
Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Communications