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Register Today! ErgoExpo Webinar May 17 – Designing a Professional Sit-Stand Desk Converter Workstation

It’s possible to affordably upgrade existing desks with a sit-stand desk converter. But with so many brands, how do you choose the right one?

Ergotron is sponsoring ErgoExpo’s May Wednesday Webinar. The event features Ergotron’s CEO, Peter Segar, and Director. Mustafa Ergun, who will be sharing Egotron’s design criteria for professional grade sit-stand workstations. They hope to raise awareness about the importance of ergonomic ranges when choosing solutions across a broad population of users. This knowledge will aid business understanding of the critical design elements involved in creating a sit-stand workstation that is safe and reliable for years to come.

Register now for Wednesday, May 17th at 11am PT | 2pm ET.

THIS 60-MINUTE WEBINAR:

  • Discusses principles of designing and testing of a professional-grade Sit-Stand Desk Converter
  • Proposes Sit-Stand Desk Converter safety standards
  • Establishes criteria to evaluate Sit-Stand Desk Converters

It offers practical, clear guidance for businesses seeking to create healthy work cultures where employees can thrive. We hope to see you there!

BONUS! Attend and ErgoExpo will issue a Certificate of Completion you can use to apply for CEUs with BCSP directly or CoC points with BCPE directly.

CAN’T ATTEND? An online recording of the live session will be available after the event on the ErgoExpo site.

DIY Standing Desk?

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.

Have a DIY desk you want to share? Send us your pic on Facebook!

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

Photo credit DailyMail.co.uk

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?

 

University of Chester pilot study utilizes Ergotron WorkFit Workstations

BBC_ChesterUThe 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.

 

Neues aus unserer Comic-Serie!

ITHausComic

© 2013 www.gzkb.de

sprechen Sie Deutsch? Here is a comic series from IT-Haus in Germany, featuring “Tina Fragt Tom” talking about our WorkFit sit-stand story. Enjoy!

 

Own your space, own your life

UoChesterStudyHow big is your office? Is it a tiny cubical or a part of an open plan benching system? Do you have a dedicated desk or plop into any available chair? Are you working from the comfort of home or are you alone in a corner office with a million-dollar view?

Whatever your office size or configuration, the area within your control is actually quite small.  Full-time workers spend forty percent of their waking hours sitting within a space no larger than their own height. For the average person, if they spread their arms out to their side at shoulder height, that measurement would be about five and a half feet in diameter from fingertip to fingertip (nails not included).

If those numbers seem bleak, don’t despair. There is a way to make the most of every inch and every minute while you are at work. Just stand–with a sit-stand workstation.

Sure, the media has been full of reports about standing desks, sedentary behavior, and how regular exercise alone isn’t enough to keep us healthy; but a lot of people, employees and employers alike, seem to be missing the point. Not because they’re immune to the health risks of prolonged siting, but because they are reacting to assumptions that side-track them from the truth that they have become accustomed to an unnatural way of working and indeed, living.

Some comment that standing at a desk is nothing new; some bristle at having “one more thing to worry about,” while others delight in pointing out that standing too long is just as bad as sitting too long.

Well, yes.

But what’s that got to do with you?

Given everything that you know about how it feels to be stuck at a computer for hours on end, why wouldn’t you consider standing? Especially in light of an episode called “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” which aired last Thursday, October 17 on BBC Two television in the UK. The study, conducted by Dr. John Buckley at the University of Chester was built upon previous findings indicating that:

  1. Prolonged sitting causes damage to joints which can lead to inflammation, stress and chronic pain
  2. Prolonged sitting can lead to cardio-metabolic disease
  3. Sit-stand computer workstations have been proven by scientific research to be both feasible and effective at reducing sitting time in a work setting.

The BBC/University of Chester researchers found that both heart rate and energy expenditure were raised significantly by standing work. They speculate that over the course of a year’s work, if workers stood for three to four hours per day doing desk work, it would equate to an additional energy expenditure of 25,000 kcal (about 7lbs or 3 kg of human fat)!

Subjective evaluations found that 8 of 10 workers were very willing to stand doing work as long as they could have breaks and do some work sitting.

No least of all, the UK researchers stated that the simple act of performing desk work, while standing for greater than three hours after lunch, helps to lower blood glucose more quickly back down to normal levels.

The research is in…standing at the computer is both feasible healthier than sitting on its own. And the ability to modify your work surface height, depending on how you feel and the type of task you are doing gives you “decision latitude,” which in itself, is known to improve attitude and consequently, productivity.

Your office may be large or small, near to home or far away. With a sit-stand workstation, it doesn’t matter because you’re in charge. Own your work space. Own your life!

CarrieSchmitzCarrie Schmitz
Ergonomics & Wellness Research Manager @ Ergotron
@giveafig

 

 

 

Additional reading:

[video] New WorKFit workstations designed for Apple users

Watch a day in the work life of an Apple® user to see a new perspective on healthier computing. The new WorkFit-A and WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstations – for Apple, are designed for the unique needs of Mac computer and Laptop users. Standing more never looked so good.

The WorkFit-D vs. an electric desk

Who doesn’t like a little healthy competition? We paired our WorkFit-D, sit-stand desk in the ring against an electric height-adjustable desk. Waiting for your desk isn’t pretty. Take a look.

Is there a clear winner? You tell us.

Laptop users, get on your feet!

Introducing: The WorkFit-P, Sit-Stand Workstation

WorkFit-P, Sit-Stand WorkstationLaptops. As a partner in computing, their portability is a priority when the yen to connect occurs. Frequently, that yen occurs near a comfy couch or an uncomfy coffee corner, right? Or on the bed, or floor, an airport seat…you get the idea.

In all actuality, getting laptop users on their feet may be a feat unto itself.

Ergotron’s WorkFit-P is designed with our laptop friends in mind. While they can still find a comfy corner around the house or office when they want to sit, the WorkFit will be the ideal alternative when they want to stand.

The WorkFit-P provides a stable, adjustable solution for raising a laptop 20″ inches in the air above just about any worksurface. It attaches to the back or side of existing desks (or even a counter top), and can easily be moved out of the way for seated computing. Or detached and moved to another room if using at home.

And for the desktop users out there? The WorkFit-P gives us some additional worksurface at a standing level. No more bending to write on the desk surface. The WorkFit-P surface rises to elbow height (for a broad range of users) for applications like drawing with a pen and tablet, or as additional raised worksurface in conjunction with another standing desk option.

Is it ergonomic friendly?

ErgotronWorkFitP_SitStandPlatformEven with the large screen laptops, there are always some issues with viewing angles and in a seated or standing position. Still, there are some ways to get comfy quick:

Even by following some of these ergonomic considerations, you will go a long way towards a more comfortable experience. And for those who just can’t give up the couch or floor, here are some ergo tips for the portable laptop user.

Features you’ll appreciate:

  • Spacious worksurface approximately 26″ x 18″ (66 cm x 45.7 cm)
  • Mount via desk clamp or included grommet mount
  • Cable management clips on the underside of the mount arm routes and hides wires
  • Polished aluminum and black finish
  • Standing more burns more calories! Fact. Sitting on the couch does not. Just saying…

The important thing to remember with any laptop computing experience: Keep it comfy but keep it safe. Here’s one solution that helps laptop users do both.

Available now

 

 

 

Why a workforce that sits is less productive

Ergotron WorkFit S Sit Stand WorkstationGlobal medical studies have enlightened us on the detrimental health risks of sitting disease (sitting too much and for too long). Motivated by the mounting—and increasingly disturbing—medical evidence that links excessive sitting to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and other serious health problems, there is a growing ‘uprising’ trend in offices across the country. Everyday more and more workers are looking to trade in their traditional desk chairs for standing desks and workstations.

What’s more, the American Medical Association has adopted a new policy regarding sitting at work and physicians are now urging employers to offer alternatives to sitting, such as standing work stations, isometric balls, and more to encourage healthier movement throughout the workday.

While employee health is certainly enough of a reason to adopt new, more flexible workstations, there is also the added bonus of increased productivity when employees have the option to stand more and sit less.

Sitting can be uncomfortable GraphicAccording to our recent survey of more than 1,000 full-time workers, 85 percent of people admit to taking breaks for symptom relief from the discomfort associated with sitting while working and that many respondents find excuses to get up out of their chair during the day  including:

  • Going to the bathroom – 92 percent
  • Getting a drink – 80 percent
  • Stretching – 64 percent
  • Going to the printer – 61 percent
  • Getting food – 56 percent

These breaks, while necessary for employee comfort and health, tend to disrupt workflow, focus and impact personal and corporate productivity. Much of this can be avoided by offering seating alternatives. In fact, ergonomics research over the past 20 years has consistently shown that adjustable workstations can result in an 18% productivity increase.

Standing may be the simplest and easiest way to reverse the ill effects of excessive sitting, with the added bonus of increased  focus and attentiveness, improved energy levels and enhanced mood states—all key factors in improved performance and productivity.