How to Make the Most of Summer While at Work

Let’s face it, sitting in an office all day while it’s beautiful outside can be a downer. Summer is a time when the sun is shining, the pool is open and the urge to enjoy the outdoors is overwhelming. Follow these tips to make the most of summer while at your 9-5 office job.

summer at work

1. Bring your favorite blooms to your desk. Love to garden? Snip some of your favorite backyard blooms to enjoy at your workspace all day.

2. Take your active time outdoors. We all know it’s good to take frequent breaks to get up and move your body. This summer, take those breaks outdoors by taking a walk around your workplace to enjoy the sun.

3. Organize a team outing. Summer is a great time to get your work team together for some team building. Find a local high ropes course, go to a baseball game or volunteer to plant flowers at a local park.

4. Keep active at your desk. Something about summer makes you want to move your body. Burn off your extra energy while sitting at your desk with a motion chair. Bounce, tilt and sway while getting lost in your work.

5. Talk your boss into summer Fridays or early release in the summer. Many progressive workplaces understand the need for work life balance – especially in the summer. Once a month summer Fridays or summer early release hours can help employees enjoy the longer days.

Let us know how you plan to enjoy the weather this summer! Leave a comment with your favorite way to spend the summer days.

~ Jenn Lytle

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Exercises to Do At Your Desk

Let’s face it, sitting at a desk all day can wreck havoc on your body. Muscles sit unused and gains at the gym seem to waste away. Beyond taking breaks to walk, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do to combat the negative affects of sitting all day.

Thankfully with a bit of ingenuity, you can bring elements of your fitness routine right to your desk with simple, effective exercises that can be done at your desk.

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Here are some of our favorite desk exercises to stay active in the office:

  1. Tricep dips. Utilize your desk to strengthen your upper arms and core.
  2. Wooden Leg: Or another term for leg lifts. Right from your chair you can strengthen your thighs, core and calve muscles.
  3. Invisible chair sit: Take a few minutes every few hours to do some squats right at your desk for a great all-body workout.
  4. Desk push ups: Use your desk again to do some angled push ups at your desk. Or impress your coworkers by doing traditional floor pushups every now and then.
  5. Invest in a motion chair: Keep your body in motion all day long without even thinking about it by using a swopper, muvman or 3dee motion chair. You can even burn up to 500 extra calories per day using one of these chairs, while also strengthening your body, core and legs.

Working in an office all day does not mean you have to lose your physical strength. Use these exercises to keep your shape up. Have some desk exercises to add? Leave your ideas in the comments!

~ Jenn Lytle

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How to Combat Cabin Fever & Enjoy Spring at Work

Spring is here and the sun is finally shining on a pretty regular basis. Yet you’re still stuck inside at your desk during the week. The urge to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather calls to us all. Here are some tips for beating cabin fever in the office.

Cabin Fever at work

– Put fresh flowers at your desk. Bring a bit of spring inside by keeping a steady rotation of sweet smelling, colorful fresh flowers on display at your desk.

– Pack a picnic lunch. Instead of eating at your desk or in the break room, pack a blanket and enjoy your lunch hour outside in the sun. Invite your co-workers for some vitamin D pick up as well.

– Open a window. If your desk is near a window, crack it open to allow the fresh air to infiltrate your work area. As an added bonus, you’ll get to hear the birds chirping!

How to move more at your desk

– Find ways to move more at your desk. Get rid of the winter cobwebs so to speak and get your body moving while you work. A motion chair like swopper or 3dee are great ways to put some bounce in your seat.

– Plan an outdoors team-building project. Show your leadership by planning a service project or team-building event that is outdoors. You could plant flowers, do a high-ropes course or just go for a team hike to build morale.

– Take a short walk twice a day. Studies show moving throughout the day is the best way to combat the effects of too much sitting. Take two 15 minute walks outside each day to keep your body and mind in shape.

Have a tip for how to battle cabin fever this spring at work? Leave a comment on this blog with your best ideas!

Happy spring. 🙂

~ Jenn Lytle

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What Every Executive Should Know About Designing a Productive Workplace

For a CEO/President, one of the responsibilities that comes up from time to time is the office layout and design. If you are expanding, rehabbing, moving to a new location, or building a new building, a process is undertaken to figure out what is needed. It can involve the whole thing or just one part, like new desks or new chairs. Executives engage architects, designers, and furniture dealers to help in this process as very few are experts on this since this is not the main line of work. It is making products or providing services, not buying furniture.

Decisions, however, have to be made. The design used to often be tied to the corporate culture and the corporate hierarchy. The size of the office, location, view, and furniture often reflected the status in the hierarchy. Today, instead of a top down everybody tote the corporate culture and conform, hierarchies have become inverted.

Ideas need to flow up and down the organization, and not be centralized at the top. The key is to provide and create environments that nurture and encourage employee engagement. Instead of simply having a cubicle as the work zone, companies have multiple areas including lounge, working cafeterias and coffee canteens, quiet zones, hobby areas, outdoor areas, and even areas where people can work on personal things while at work. The goal is to let the individual determine what will make them the most happy and motivated, while at the same time have more interaction and brainstorming in open collaborative environments.

The active office, with motion chairs like swopper, muvman, 3-dee, and oyo, support the open and collaborative work settings as well as address the other key challenge of health and wellness in the workplace.

Muvman is the best compliment to height adjustable worktables, and it also only weighs 13 pounds so you can easily take it with you to perch on in a collaborative area with colleagues. Swopper is the most active office chair in the world, and encourages movement all day long, which keeps you energized. 3-dee also keeps you active and provides a backrest for those used to a more traditional chair. Oyo is such a fun saddle-style chair that is perfect to have in lounge areas where people engage each other.

The active office, combined with the new more varied workplace, is the best way to achieve a productive and healthy workplace. This is a key advantage when competing for, attracting, and retaining key talent. Being aware of these options and trends will help leaders of companies achieve their overall corporate mission.

Chas hepler

CEO, President Via Seating

 

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How to Make a Strong Impression At Work

Your persona or general impression in the workplace can make a big difference in the trajectory of your career. If your colleagues view you as dependable, intelligent and a leader, then you’re more likely to be thought of when it comes time for special projects, opportunities, and even promotions.

Beyond doing great work, these tips for ways to make a strong impression in the workplace will help elevate your reputation among your colleagues.

How to make a good impression at work

Dress for success. They say dress for the job you want. In many cases that means elevating your attire to be more formal, on trend and polished. Take notice of what executives in your workplace wear and make it a goal to elevate your style to their level. Making a strong visual impression can have a huge impact on how you’re viewed in the office.

Speak up, but don’t talk for talking sake. If you have something meaningful to add to a brainstorm or work session, by all means, share your ideas confidently. Making yourself heard among superiors and coworkers lets everyone know you are intelligent, confident and someone they can turn to for collaboration. Steer clear of comments or questions that don’t add to the dialogue though. It’s counterproductive to be seen as someone who just likes to hear themselves talk.

Differentiate your workspace. Use your workspace to show colleagues what you’re all about. A motion chair like swopper, muvman or 3dee sends the message that you care about your health and wellbeing. Plus they are a great way to spark conversations with passerby’s.

Be a team player. One of the best ways to make a great impression in the office is to be open to working with and helping out a wide variety of colleagues. The more people who get to work with you, the wider your reputation can travel. Always be up for lending a hand.

Be a cheerleader. Everyone likes to work with someone who has a positive attitude. Beyond staying away from office gossip, try to be someone who cheers on other’s successes and gives credit where it’s due. Your colleagues will appreciate the spotlight and you’ll be seen as a confident leader.

A positive workplace impression can bring new and exciting opportunities to anyone’s career. What tips would you add to make a powerful impression among colleagues?

~ Jenn Lytle

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How to Burn Extra Calories in the Office

Welcome to 2016! We’re more than a week into the new year already… How are those resolutions looking? For many of us, the New Year means a new opportunity to set goals, typically aimed at living a better life in one way or another. We can also really stress ourselves out this time of year – maybe we set ourselves up for disappointment before we’ve even begun by having unrealistic expectations.

Did you vow to hit the gym every day, or to never eat another carb? Instead of these monumental challenges we put on ourselves, what if we just vowed to make slight changes in our everyday lives? Changes that may be easier to stick to and have a greater impact if we keep them up throughout the year (instead of just this week).

We’ve put together some ideas for burning extra calories while you work, so maybe sticking to that healthier lifestyle won’t be as hard as it sounds.

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Walk around the office – 100 calories
It’s easy and convenient to pick up the phone and dial a co-worker’s extension, but it may be worthwhile to walk to them, even if they’re on the other side of the office. It may not seem like much, but it will all add up. By the end of the day, you may have walked a mile or two, burning at least 100 calories.
Jumping jacks – 50 calories
How many times a day do you get up, simply to use the restroom or re-fill your water bottle? Each time you leave your desk, try doing 30 jumping jacks before you sit back down. If you get up twice an hour, you will have done almost 500 jumping jacks by the end of the day, burning almost 50 calories!
Stand at your desk – 200 calories
Did you know you can burn up to 50 more calories an hour standing instead of sitting? Even if you stood at your desk for half a work day, that’s up to 200 calories!
Swop! – 200 calories
The rest of that time you’re sitting at your desk? Try bouncing on a swopper motion chair! swopper has many health benefits, from relieving back tension to engaging your core, and it’s also a great way to burn calories. If you actively bounce and sway while you’re working at your desk, you can burn a few hundred extra calories every day!
As you can see, by making some small adjustments in your everyday life, you can make big changes over time, burning over 500 extra calories a day! While you’re on a roll, any other resolutions (like saying no to that birthday cake that always seems to be in the office, or training for that 5K in the spring) are just an added bonus to what you’ve already accomplished! Here’s to a wonderful year!

Aleta Simmons

 

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5 New Years Resolutions to Make for a Healthier Workplace

It’s that time of the year!  The time where many make their New Year’s resolutions and hope and pray they can stick to them.  I think many times people set unrealistic or hard to obtain goals.

Here are five super simple and super healthy resolutions to maintain throughout the year, and they’re easy because you can do them right in your own office during your work day!

  1. Keep the disinfectant handy – this time of year especially we are all battling the viruses and germs that can overtake an office.  It’s very easy to wipe down the items that harbor these nasty germs i.e. keyboards, desks, mouse and phones.  Do it often!!
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  2. Be comfortable – Sitting in awkward positions and staring at a monitor at the wrong height are just a couple issues that workers tend to ignore until they start to feel the pain.  Make sure your work space is working for you.  Use a great chair like swopper, muvman or 3Dee to encourage you to move throughout the day.  Check your mouse and keyboard positioning to make sure you’re using them properly.  Remember: if you’re feeling pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you to change something.
  3. Get the snacks and candy off the desk – Feeling peckish?  It’s always easy to find plenty of unhealthy snacks in an office.  Keep fruits or nuts around and walk out of your way to avoid the candy machine and sodas.
  4. Water, water, water – You should be drinking lots of water during the day.  The 3 o’clock lull could be due to dehydration.
  5. Move – the most important of them all.  Don’t get stuck sitting for hours on end.  Easier said than done, so even if you have to set an alarm to prompt you…do it!!  Walk at lunch, walk to the co-worker vs email, stretch at your desk.  If you have a height adjustable desk…USE IT!!  Remember the water mentioned above?  How about getting that from a source furthest from your desk….

Now – go to work and stay healthy while you’re there.  Happy New Year!!

~ Sandra Bowie

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas for a Savvy Office Worker

The holidays are fast approaching and if you need some last minute gift ideas for an office worker, look no further than our list below. These gift ideas focus on products that will make any savvy office worker happy.

  1. Clip on Cup Holder
    Clip on Cup Holder
    Never again worry if your drink is going to spill near or on your computer. These clip on cup holders keep your coffee well away from your electronics.
  2. Silent Computer Mouse
    Silent Computer Mouse
    This silent computer mouse lets you be a considerate cube-mate by muting all clicking sounds. It has the added bonus of not letting others eavesdrop on what you’re doing at your desk.
  3. Desktop Cable Organizers
    Cable wire organizer
    Have your chargers and other cable wires within reach and NOT tangled together with these cute little organizers.
  4. Swopper Motion Chair

    The world’s most innovative office chair is the perfect gift for your 9-5er. Help them stay healthy and fit while they are in the office with the swopper Classic or swopper Air. 

  5. Saent
    Saent
    Help yourself be less distracted at work with Saent. This handy little device instantly blocks out websites and apps that typically distract you for a set amount of time, so you can focus in and knock out some work.These holiday gift ideas are the perfect companion for any office worker. Give them something that will help them be the talk of the water-cooler.

    Have any other ideas we’re missing? Leave a comment on the blog!

    ~ Jenn Lytle

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How to Get Your Office in the Holiday Spirit

We’ve been doing everything we can to get even our grumpiest co-workers in the holiday spirit. From a holiday cookie bake-off to a Christmas tree in the lobby and blinking lights on our cubicles, holiday cheer is in the air! Here are a few pro tips to get your office ready!

Step 1: Decorate a Christmas tree

Office christmas tree

Step 2: Put up lights

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Step 3: Bake cookies!

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Step 4: Buy everyone Santa hats. Make the office Grinch wear the dunce cap!

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The sky is the limit, but hopefully these ideas will get your started. Feel free to share some of your own ideas with us!

Happy holidays from the swopper team!

Aleta Simmons – Official Office Grinch

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Why Marketing Professionals Need Motion Seating

Advertising and marketing is the combination of artistic ingenuity, quantitative and qualitative research, show business, and just plain business, all rolled into one. It employs some of the brightest and most creative economists, researchers, artists, producers, writers, and business people in the country today. It is the marriage of analysis and imagination, of marketing professional and artist.

When you see the offices of these professionals, you are often struck with how unique and inspiring the work spaces are. They are very design driven and often have color, bright open spaces, and collaborative areas. They are flexible and often allow for different work styles, to encourage interaction and freedom of expression & thought.

They also tend to have the latest tools, office products, and furniture that contribute to keeping things up to date and cutting edge. Everyone is fighting to have their ideas and products noticed in very crowded and competitive environments, so staying ahead of the curve is critical.

While the culture can be very warm and fun, there also tends to be a certain amount of stress based on deadlines, and often long hours brainstorming ideas trying to come up with breakthrough concepts.

The combination of stress, static sitting, and working long hours that often come with a marketing position can take its toll on employee health, the cumulative effects of which really add up.

Marketing companies who want to attract the best and brightest talent understand they must be on the cutting edge of design, functionality and ergonomics when it comes to their workplace set up. Their employees need the flexibility to sit, stand, bounce, sway and MOVE all throughout the day. Especially since it’s been shown that movement increases creativity.

Marketing companies and professionals have been early adopters of motion “active office” chairs like swopper, muvman, and 3Dee. These chairs fit so well in these types of environments because they encourage and support people with the health and wellness benefits of three dimensional active sitting while they work throughout the day. Plus they fit the modern, functional aesthetic design today’s fresh workplaces are looking for.

Do you work in the marketing industry? Tell us how motion seating would benefit you in the comments.

~ Chas Hepler

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