Category “Workplace Trends”
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.
CEO, President Via Seating
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
- 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!!
- 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.
- 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.
- Water, water, water – You should be drinking lots of water during the day. The 3 o’clock lull could be due to dehydration.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Desktop Cable Organizers
Have your chargers and other cable wires within reach and NOT tangled together with these cute little organizers.
- 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.
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
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
Step 2: Put up lights
Step 3: Bake cookies!
Step 4: Buy everyone Santa hats. Make the office Grinch wear the dunce cap!
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
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
What comes to mind when we say “creating a healthy workplace?” Snacking on healthier food choices or sitting in an active seating chair, or maybe even creating a mentally healthier mind. There are several different things that someone can do to ensure that they are working in a healthy environment.
1. Stop the Spread of Germs
One of the biggest complaints is breaking the chain of germ transmission between employees. It’s so easy to pick up a virus working so closely with people, especially this time of year. You use the same coffee maker; you push the same button on the copy machine. Even a simple hand shake can lead to a cold of flu. That’s why you must break that chain of germ transmission and wash, wipe and sanitize… repeat, if you must!
2. Make Healthy Food and Drink Choices
What about healthy eating or snacking? You spend most of your day at work, so it’s no surprise that your workplace eating habits can have a major impact on your health. We have a couple tips which may help you have proper nutrition at work.
First, you need to ditch the junk food; throw away those crackers and unhealthy snacks that you have stashed. Replace that junk food with balanced snacks like nuts, dried fruit, etc. Second, you must plan your meals and eat at least 3 healthy meals a day with at least two snacks. Lastly, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! There is nothing better for you than water.
3. Start Moving!
Working doesn’t have to mean sitting sedentary all day, you can actually use that time to work on your posture and your core. Everything that encourages movement is positive for your health, which is why active seating is a great option for sitting and is more than just wellness; it adds health into your everyday life! That’s why the OYO, muvman, swopper and 3DEE have become so widely popular.
Take these tips and apply them to your work environment. Have the whole office on board so you can be sure that your work place is clean and healthy.
~ Lindsay McIntyre
Some of us have been sitting on a swopper for so long, it’s hard to remember how we first felt about it. It’s equally hard to imagine ever sitting on anything else for long periods of time. If we think back though, there was a time for each of us before we first encountered the swopper, and making the switch to active seating may not have been the easiest thing.
For those of you that are new to the idea of sitting in motion, we want you to know you’re not alone. Any questions or hesitations you may have were probably shared with all of us at one time, so we’d like to try and ease your mind. We’ve compiled a list of the most common misconceptions… just give us the opportunity, and we’ll show you these are nothing to fret over!
- I need a backrest.
No, you don’t. I will admit, this was one of my original concerns. I’m a sloucher. I understand in my head that the swopper is supposed to prevent that, but I was still a little stubborn about not having the option to use the worst possible posture I could come up with. Sitting up straight IS hard to get used to, but that’s the whole point. Your body needs to be re-trained to use the muscles it has. If you’re sitting on your swopper properly, your back isn’t even near the spot a backrest WOULD be.
- I can’t get any work done while bouncing, and once I start bouncing I won’t be able to stop!
This can be tricky, especially if you type all day. It may take some getting used to, but you will find a happy medium. Just to prove it can be done, I’m bouncing on my swopper air as I type this! The swopper allows so many movement options that you really can sit upright when you need to, lean side to side when reaching for things or when you need to stretch, and get in some bouncing when you really want to get your body moving.
- I’ll fall right off!
Well, you might. My daughters fall off the couch all the time, but we still keep those (the couches… and the daughters)!
- I need armrests.
No, you don’t. This was also my struggle, probably even more so than wanting a backrest. I’m prone to “golfer’s elbow” in both arms (nope, I don’t golf), and my elbows get very stiff if they stay in one position. I was concerned my arms would always be in pain without having anything to support them. However, much like anything else, my body has adapted and with strengthening over time, not having anything to rest on doesn’t bother me any longer.
- It’s too expensive.
The price point on a swopper is similar to other chairs in its class – it’s not the cheapest seat you’ll find, but it’s not the most expensive either.
To really consider the cost of the swopper, you have to also take into account what you are gaining and ask yourself how much your health and wellness are worth. How much will an injured back cost you in the long run? As an employer, how much can you save by ensuring your employees are in their best health, eliminating days off for injuries, doctor visits and even surgeries?
- I tried it, and my back hurts WORSE!
If this is the case, answer this: Is it the same pain you’re used to? Does it feel like the same old back pain, caused by a lifetime of not treating your back properly? Or is it more like the soreness you feel after a good workout? Chances are, that pain you’re feeling isn’t because the swopper is hurting you… It’s because you’re using muscles that have gone unused for far too long! Give the swopper a chance to really strengthen those core muscles, and we’re almost sure you’ll be impressed with your own results!
We hope once you give it a try you’ll understand just how we all feel about our swopper, despite what our initial reactions may have been. If you still don’t believe us, we do offer a 30-day return policy at swopper.com, in case you are not fully satisfied!
~ Aleta Simmons
OK, I’ve got my new height adjustable work desk….now am I supposed to sit or stand?
By now we’ve all seen or heard the research about how bad those accumulated hours of sitting can be for the body. It’s scary, but proven. While it’s likely that chairs are never going to disappear from the work environment, one thing that should change is giving people the choice to work differently.
One option to work differently that has caught on like wildfire is the use of height-adjustable or standing desks. While it’s great to see people introducing and accepting the height-adjustable desks, standing static for long periods of time is not a reasonable expectation and could cause health issues of its own. It can be very fatiguing on the knees, hips, feet and back and also cause veinous issues. Research out of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society is showing that prolonged standing is likely to contribute to lower-extremity and/or back disorders.
So if sitting all day is harmful and so is standing all day, then what is the ideal solution?
Transitional Sitting Positions or Active Sitting Positions is the Sweet Spot of this controversy. Being in transition between both sitting and standing is the best of both worlds and eliminates the ‘static’ component of sitting/standing stationary by replacing it with dynamic motion. Transitional sitting allows the spine to stay neutral (like in a natural standing position) while allowing the individual to take the load off… literally.
These sitting positions also deliver the full ROI potential promised by height-adjustable tables. Why should an end-user spend a lot of money on a height-adjustable surface that offers infinite height ranges, yet only use the sitting or standing options? What about the positions in between? That is what we call the magic zone. Sitting at heights of 23” – 33” – dramatically opens the hip-spine angle, allowing the pelvis to rotate forward and maintain lower back curvature, i.e. neutral spine position.
The ideal way to achieve a transitional sitting workspace is to combine a height-adjustable desk with a Muvman motion chair.
With a 13” height adjustment range, Muvman allows you to go from a standard seated position, to perching, to full on standing. It gives you the option to sit/stand/lean all within one compact yet stylish, functional and fun chair. It has lateral and forward tilt motion, always motivating the user to engage leg, core and back muscles yet remain in a proper posture.
With its small footprint, when not in use it can easily fit under the desk out of the way. It has a weight of 13.9lbs, which means it can easily be moved to another location altogether (two users can share one stool – motivating each of them to change postures throughout the day).
Employers have learned (the hard way) that they can’t just take a chair away from someone and expect them to stand for hours – people just won’t do it! However, if you offer them a chair that allows them to access transitional sitting positions (Muvman), they will truly get the full benefit of having that height-adjustable desk.
Transitional sitting provides the ideal set up for those in an office to remain healthy, active and in motion. All this combined is the true idea of what today’s “active office” should incorporate!
~ Sandra Bowie