Category “Workplace Trends”
During the holiday season we see a lot of people that maybe you don’t typically notice, whether that be your mailman bringing a package up to your doorstep, new kids in your neighborhood wearing a big bright new coat, or more strangers in the grocery store picking up the necessary items they need to invite their extended family over for the holiday.
Those that you pass that are less fortunate than you, you may not notice as they look like everyone else but they have kids to feed, no electric, and certainly no holiday cheer or presents for their family. These are the people in your community that need our help.
Swopper has chosen to adopt a family in our Reno, NV community this year for the holidays. We are bonding together to build a whole house full of holiday cheer, furniture, gifts, food, and surprises for one special family (bonus that we will be able to give more to a local school as well with all of our efforts to collect donations). We will be delivering these packages, table & chairs, food and holiday cheer this week.
There will be no photos but we will all know in our hearts that we have made a positive effect this year for one special family, and hopefully a little inspiration to you as well.
We encourage you to take a moment in your own holiday bustle to find ways to help by giving back to your community. Whether big or small, you never know how much your act of kindness can affect others.
-From all of us at swopper.com
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s also time to figure out what to gift your nearest and dearest with. If you’re in your 20’s – 60’s, it’s likely you know at least one person who works an office job, and even more likely nearly everyone on your list is an office worker.
Here are some holiday gift ideas we put together that are perfect for any office worker. They’ll help make their office life more cheery, comfortable and enjoyable.
Holiday Gift Ideas for an Office Worker:
1. Customized Mouse Pad:
2. Mini Electric Tea Kettle
If your office worker is into tea, this electric tea kettle will allow him or her to heat up water right at his or her desk without using the shared kitchen area. Pair it with some nice teas for a special gift.
3. A Nice Notebook
It’s time to help your office worker graduate from taking notes on a legal pad, to using a sophisticated and smart notebook. This Moleskin notebook allows you to synch your paper notes with your digital life by using Evernote.
4. A Motion Office Chair
Help your office worker maintain a healthy lifestyle by giving them the gift of motion while at work. With a Swopper, Muvman or 3Dee, they’ll be able to build muscle, burn calories and have a little fun all while sitting.
5. Livescribe Smart Pen
Talk about cool, this Livescribe “smart pen” allows you to instantly transfer your notes into your digital Evernote account, so you never miss a word. Your notes then become organized, tagged and easily searchable online.
6. Moto Hint Bluetooth Device
This is the buzzed about new Bluetooth device. It’s small, discreet and comes loaded with a lot of cool perks like voice control to access everything on your iPhone. Just ask your Moto Hint “what’s the weather like today?” and you’ll get an answer right in your ear.
7. Waxed Canvas Work Bag
8. Online Personal Stylist
Want to get your office worker some new work clothes, but don’t know what they’d like? A gift certificate to an online personal stylist like Stitchfix (for women) and Trunkclub (for men) allows your office worker to fill out a style questionnaire and then get hand-selected clothing from a personal stylist delivered right to their door.
9. Fitness Tracker
The new fitness trackers like a FitBit or Garmin Vivofit can help your office worker keep track of how many steps they take, calories they burn and hours they sleep at night. When you’re in an office most of the day, having this extra reminder to move can make a big difference.
10. Personalized Stationary
With all the digital advancements in the workplace, sometimes you can’t beat a good old-fashioned note. Give your office worker some personalized stationary with his or her name on it to take their notes to the next level.
Hopefully some of these gift ideas for an office worker have given you some starters on what to get the office worker in your life. Leave us a comment with other ideas you have to share.
~ Jenn Lytle, Director of Customer Service & Social Marketing
Let’s face it. Everyone knows by now how bad it is to be sitting behind a desk all day. But for many 9 to 5’ers, that’s just the reality based on their job requirements.
Unfortunately it’s a catch 22 for many. They want to be more active, but that requires time and usually by the end of the day, the fact that they were inactive all day leaves them with no energy or motivation to be physically active.
So what’s an office worker to do? Obviously, with our Motion Seating chairs (swopper, muvman and 3Dee) we are turning the “in-active office” into the “active office.” We are passionate about the health benefits these chairs can bring to the “ho hum” work day.
In addition to incorporating movement into your day with a motion chair, here are some other tips for how to stay fit when you work an office job.
- There’s the 30/30 rule- Every 30 minutes take a 30 second stretch break (or do some fun active bouncing on your swopper!).
- Take the stairs not the elevator – unless you work on the 70th floor and you’re already late for work.
- Move your printer further away so you have to get up to retrieve your printed items. I have this and love it!! In fact my printer is two offices away!
- Drink lots of water out of a refillable bottle that you need to refill at the water cooler down the hall – fill it often throughout the day. I do this as well. It’s a nice break for the eyes from staring at a computer for long periods of time.
- Take a lunchtime break outside and go for a walk. The fresh air will do you good as well!
- Use a height adjustable desk and change your posture often from sitting to standing and everywhere in between (think muvman!)
- Walk over and talk to that co-worker vs emailing. This can tackle a number of issues. It can lead to clearer communication, encourage creative dialogue and develop stronger relationships with your co-workers.
- Pace around your office when talking on the phone. This can help increase your thought processes and concentration plus burn some extra calories.
Don’t be afraid to try any of these even if you think it makes you look funny. Most likely your employer will applaud you for the efforts. Having healthy employees results in fewer work days lost and as any HR person knows, the cost of absenteeism is staggering.
So Keep On Moving – whether it’s at work or play!!
~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director
We in the office tend to get excited when we see new scientific studies (no, really we do!) related to the dangers of leading a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why we were particularly jazzed when a new study commissioned by Workrite Ergonomics came out recently that proved there are considerable health benefits of standing desks.
Workrite Ergonomics manufacturer sit to stand work desks and accessories, which of course is a perfect companion to our Muvman sit to stand stools. In their new study, they measured the biometric benefits of sit to stand workspaces.
They did this by outfitting office workers with real-time wearable cardiac monitoring devices designed to continuously capture various human biometrics, including ECG, heart rate and skin temperature.
The results confirmed what we anecdotally knew … incorporating motion into your workday provides numerous health and wellness benefits. Just look at these results, you can’t argue with the results. This is why we at Swopper are so excited and we wanted to share with you the health benefits found in this study!
If given the choice I would have a completely height adjustable work station just about anywhere I’d want to work, which is why when the participants of this study were done, they requested to KEEP their new work station (lucky them!).
It’s incredible to see all of the health benefits of standing desks that come from the simple change from sitting sedentary all day to incorporating movement. Sometimes easy changes can have a huge impact.
Read more about the Workrite Ergonomic study here.
~ Jenn Lytle, Director of Customer Service and Social Marketing
If you are one of the lucky employees sitting on a swopper at your place of employment, you’ve no doubt received odd looks or comments from fellow co-workers.
Sometimes it can be hard to put into words what exactly the swopper is and why you love it so much.
Here are some quick responses to some of those curious questions your coworkers may have about your swopper:
- What IS that?? This is my swopper. It’s an ergonomic chair that helps me stay in motion while I’m sitting.
- How does it work? It has 3 dimensional movement, so you can tilt, bounce and sway while sitting.
- Why do you use it? Swopper helps keep me fit. You’re toning your core muscles, your posture is improving and you’re burning calories vs just sitting stationary.
- Isn’t it hard to concentrate if you’re moving? Not at all. Actually studies have shown concentration, focus and energy is improved when we are moving vs. being sedentary.
- Can you show me how you use it? (Give a big 360 degree spin with a big bounce and a big smile….because swopper is also a lot of fun!).
- Can I try it? Of course! Take a test spin, but only if you give it back!
Now after this exchange takes place, don’t be surprised if you start seeing a trend. Remember the “squeaky wheel gets the oil” and we often see that once one swopper is introduced into a workplace, typically there are more to follow.
Is swopper for everyone? Maybe not, but is a standard task chair for everyone? Absolutely not! Now that you’re armed with your swopper elevator speech, you can confidently handle all the curious looks and questions you get when you bring your swopper to the office.
~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director
One of our main goals here at Swopper is to introduce the benefits of motion seating to as many people as possible. A good way we’ve found to do this is to show the chairs to professions we think will have an innate interest in the health and wellness benefits of Swopper.
This strategy has been immensely popular with a specific profession – chiropractors.
We knew that the chiropractic world would understand something like swopper and the benefits of motion. After all, they are all about keeping the spine etc. in proper working condition and they make a living fixing people who suffer from chronic back pain due to injury, sedentary jobs, congenital issues or a host of other impactful conditions.
When we speak to chiropractors about the Swopper chair, here’s what we tell them:
- It opens up the hip/spine angles to better help with circulation, which in turn opens the diaphragm for better lung expansion and breathing capacity
- Swopper provides a gentle intuitive bouncing motion that draws nourishment into the intervertebral discs
- It puts you into a proper posture automatically due to the tilt range functions.
- Finally, it strengthens the abdominal, back, shoulder and leg muscles – all of which play into their treatment. If you don’t have the strong muscles, it just makes everything that much harder on the spine and other parts of the skeletal system.
All of these benefits can be looked at as an extension of what the chiropractor may be doing for the patient. We have many chiropractors that use the Swopper themselves and also recommend them to their patients.
Many prescribe Swopper as part of a treatment plan by having the patient use our motion products at work to assist with everything they are doing physically with the patient during their appointments. Or they may look at them as a preventative program to help with or slow down the onset of a certain conditions.
Any way you look at it – chiropractors, physical therapists, kinesiologists, doctors and many more understand the technical aspects of our motion products and the health and wellness benefits one receives from using them.
That’s why this year we will be attending the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, showcasing our Motion Division. If you are a Chiropractor interested in trying out a Swopper chair, call us any time to discuss a risk-free trial.
~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director
As we all know, sitting statically without moving is very detrimental for our health. We are at a higher risk of developing poor posture, bad circulation and even having muscles deteriorate or atrophy over time.
Recent research also identifies static sitting being responsible for increased risk of cancer, heart disease and obesity. Bottom line – don’t sit all day.
As a direct result of this research, there has been a trend within commercial office environments to evolve to using standing workstations instead of the traditional workstation / work surface being used with a standard office chair. In theory this makes sense i.e. sitting all day is bad, therefore standing all day is good right? Not necessarily so.
There is evidence that suggests that when one is standing statically for long periods, this requires the joints to be loaded on for longer than is healthy, which can lead to joint strain. It is also possible to get into negative or bad postural positions when standing e.g. incorrect leaning on elbows, overloading one side of the body versus the other and the like.
Now research shows that you are in greater risk of developing congestive / heart issues if you stand statically all day. Stands to reason (no pun intended) that when you are standing statically for long periods of time, the heart has to work much harder to pump blood from your feet, against gravity, all the way up to your brain. This is more difficult for the heart when one is standing.
So what is the true solution? Quite simply, it’s motion. Staying in movement allows your larger muscle groups to be active. If you can incorporate motion into your workday, be it standing or sitting, you reduce the risks of everything we just mentioned.
Ideally, transitioning from a sitting position to a standing position several times throughout the day is best of all. It takes a lot of energy and muscle activity to move from a sitting to standing position. This is good.
In the example of standing, if you can incorporate motion (say for example when you use muvman stool) this allows you to take the load off your joints periodically and access multi-dimensional movements (vertical, lateral and forward tilt) easily.
This in turn activates your larger muscle groups (the core, leg muscles and the like) that activate your vein pumps, and takes some of the workload of pumping blood off of your heart muscle. Makes sense right?
If you prefer a sitting position, then using a swopper will allow you to incorporate movement with it’s multi-dimensional spring movement. Even better, in combination, both Swopper and Muvman offer you access to multi-dimensional movement for either sitting or standing, reducing your risk of health issues associated with being static or sedentary.
So, what’s the best solution to the sitting/standing problem? Add as much movement to your day as you possibly can even when you are required to sit or stand. Having large muscle activity stimulates better circulation with reduced workload on your heart, while reducing your overall risks associated with being sedentary.
~Nora Fenlon, VP Sales & Marketing
Working at Swopper means health & wellness is always on my mind. I love helping our customers improves their lives with Swopper, and of course you’ll find me “swopping” all day.
Beyond the innovation of Swopper, I turn to technology to help achieve my personal fitness goals as well. Since I know many of our readers are also health-conscious types, I decided to collect a list of my top five apps that help you stay fit & healthy. From tracking my sleep, recording my workouts and measuring what I eat, the apps listed below have helped improve my overall health and wellbeing.
- Garmin Connect – for those that want everything in one spot, this app (tracking band not included but is necessary) tracks everything from your heart rate, steps per day, calories and even watches you while you sleep (to monitor your sleep habits). In addition you can also set goals for yourself and get a monthly breakdown of your progress. All in all, this one gets first place in my book.
- Calorie Counter by My Fitness Pal fits in nice for those that aren’t quite as motivated as the fitness guru next door. This app helps you focus on your diet and nutrition by telling you exactly what that apple & peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel amounts to by way of calories. With 3,000,000 foods on the list, this app is easy to navigate.
- Couch-to-5K by Active Network – For all you who do better with an end goal in mind, this program is used to motivate you to start slow and get moving up to your 5K goal! If you need a little push daily to get where you ultimately want to be, this one is for you.
- Water your body – We all know hydration is an important part of overall wellness. This app makes a water pouring noise to remind you that you should be filling up that glass of water and drinking it down. I added this one to my phone and within 5 minutes my entire office had the app on their phones.
- Squat Workout!! This is a great personal trainer app, if your goal is to have an encouraging coach who gets you into shape AND allows you to stay out of the public eye. It walks you through a daily workout in the privacy of your home.
Those are my top five favorites, have more that you want to share? Tell me about it! If you can motivate this girl to do more than Swop on my Swopper at work, I want to hear about it.
Jenn Lytle – Director of Customer Service (and no
As a CEO, I feel it’s my job to not only drive the business goals and objectives, but to provide a healthy, stimulating workplace where my employees can thrive. Ultimately, for me, the goal of the office environment is to support a productive, energized, and motivated team.
One of the main ways to accomplish this goal is to have a healthy team. It’s no surprise that a healthy, energized team is also a productive team. The way I see it, health and wellness are the new “Green,” as productivity goes hand in hand with healthy habits and a healthy work environment.
At swopper.com we care about the health and wellness of the individual and see this as the key to creating a productive work environment. While corporations are focusing on providing healthy options for employees, like organic lunches, discounted gym memberships and access to outdoor areas, one thing routinely ignored is the actual office set up.
Employees are given cubicles and standard office chairs to spend 8+ hours in a day. They sit in front of a computer for long stretches, straining both their eyes and their backs. All this sitting leads to weak muscles, poor circulation and of course, lowered productivity.
Think about it, when do you feel you are working your best? When you are energized and moving? Or when you are stationary for prolonged amounts of time? The improved circulation from movement provides mental clarity, improved mood and better focus.
One way you can have an immediate impact on your employee’s productivity is through the use of an ergonomic motion-seating chair, like the swopper, Muvman or 3Dee. When fully utilized, these chairs fight the “Sitting Disease” and all the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
The movement, day-after-day, week-after-week, that these chairs encourage, have a cumulative positive affect on your health and wellness. At the end of the day you feel more refreshed, less fatigued, and ready for what comes next. Both your team and the company benefits as the productivity and overall health of your team improve.
To find out more about how you can provide your team with motion seating options, contact us at 1.855.272.5074.
~Chas Hepler, CEO
The office is one of the last bastions of conformity. Most often, the workforce is tied to the corporate identity, leaving little room for individuality. Outwardly, this can be seen as everyone sitting in the same type of chair, in the same cubicle set up, with the same desk. It is part of the company culture they say. It allows everyone to be treated the same. It is supposed to support harmony, avoid distractions, and enable everyone to focus.
But does it? We all have different work styles. Some prefer absolute silence in order to concentrate, while others like to listen to music. Some like to move, bounce and tap their feet while concentrating, while others sit completely still. Some like to work alone without distractions of their peers, while others benefit from bouncing ideas off coworkers.
At some of today’s most innovative companies, like Google and Apple, individuality in the workplace is supported and employees are given a plethora of options within the workplace to drive productivity. These options include, wifi enabled shuttle buses, coffee shop-types of lunchrooms were you can work all day, hobby rooms, quiet rooms, and even bars where coworkers can mingle. All these are attempts to adapt to employees individual work styles and work preferences.
At Swopper, we want to take this a step further. Even in companies lucky enough to have the kind of themed work areas listed above, employees still end up spending a lot of time at their desks in front of a computer. At the desk is where we need options, flexibility, and the freedom to choose what we are going to sit on for 8 hours a day. This is where a real difference in productivity is made.
We see an opportunity to help companies work with employees to customize their workspace to improve wellbeing and productivity. Swopper and Muvman provide healthy, productive, fun, and comfortable seating solutions that meet the needs of every type of worker, including those that prefer a traditional office chair with more movement, a height adjustable stool for a stand up desk set up, a light stool that can travel with them around to various rooms and on and on.
In addition to helping provide staff with options for how they want to sit during the day, motion-seating chairs like Swopper and Muvman, provide health and wellness benefits that increase productivity, lower insurance claims and make for happier employees.
Everyone likes to choose and have the freedom to decide what they are going to sit on for 8 plus hours a day, so maybe it’s time for more cutting edge companies to encourage their employees to break the “traditional” office chair mold, and start providing more options.
Just imagine the smiles you’d see at a company where everyone was bouncing, swaying and tilting vs sitting stationary for eight hours a day.
~ Chas Hepler, CEO and workplace non-conformist