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.

how to lose weight in the office

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

festive office decor decorate office for christmas

Step 3: Bake cookies!

office cookies

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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Five Perfect Places to Put An OYO Chair

Meet OYO, the newest member of our family of motion seating! Designed for movement, the OYO chair allows a gentle rocking or swaying while still promoting great posture. With four vibrant color options, the OYO adds life and style to any room.

oyo chair unique rocking chair

This versatile chair can go nearly anywhere, but here are just a few ideas we have thought of so far.

Meeting/Collaboration Rooms

The OYO is comfortable and functional, allowing you to relax into the back or rock to keep your body moving and the creative juices flowing. With three sitting options – forward, backward or sideways – we’re sure anybody can find a sitting position perfect for them! With iphones, ipads and tablets in our hands, this chair lets you take advantage of all the ways you sit and work!

In a Nursey

The way the back of the chair wraps around you makes it perfect for leaning back and cradling that baby in your arms while gently rocking them, but it’s even better than a standard rocking chair. With the comfortable foam and secure rock, you may even put yourself to sleep.

Library or Den

It’s perfect for lounging in a cozy corner with your favorite book or relaxing in front of the TV. You could even sit and rock in it while playing your favorite video game.

A Teen or Dorm Room

Oyo is a great chair for the active young person. The colorful design makes it a fun addition to their personal space, and they’ll never get bored with the various sitting options. This chair has a large interior design element adding life and fun to any space!

At Your Desk

HERE I AM! AND I’M LOVING IT!

OYO Chair in Use5450

OYO is not your typical desk chair, but it fits, so rock it – literally!

Manufactured by aeris GmbH and distributed by Via Seating.

Aleta Simmons – Chair Wrangler

 

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Why the Swopper Exceeds All Your Expectations

Here at swopper, we’re confident in our innovative motion chairs. We’ve put together a few reasons we’re sure the swopper will exceed your expectations and may even be the only chair you’ll ever want.

Swopper Chair

Have you ever seen such a cool chair?
The swopper catches your eye even before you know what you’re looking at. Its fun, colorful design grabs attention and invites inquiries, making it a great conversation starter. Your co-workers won’t be able to pass your desk without asking about your bouncy chair. Be warned though, they’ll probably all want to try it out themselves!

You can make it completely your own!
With so many options, you’re sure to find the swopper that meets your needs. You can choose between a softer sit with the swopper Air or the slightly firmer swopper Classic. The red, orange and blue swopper Classic come with a matching color spring that will really brighten up any office space. You can even choose the made-to-order swopper and select a wheeled or non-wheeled base with virtually any fabric and color you could imagine! For the equestrians out there, we even have our swopper saddle!

It’s good for your whole body – physically and mentally!
Bouncing and moving on your swopper all day is a great way to keep your core muscles engaged and your blood flowing! Being in motion is also good for your mind. Studies have shown that staying active can help you retain information and encourage creativity.

Less pain, more gain!
Many swopper users have reported less back pain or even complete relief as a result of both the muscle strengthening swopper provides as well as not sitting in a static position that twists or bends your body into a position it was never meant to be in.

It’s more than just an office chair!
You may just find you like your swopper better than anything else you sit in. Maybe your kids could use one for homework time, to help them stay focused if they have a hard time sitting still. You might even decide you’d rather stay active and bounce on a swopper while reading or watching TV instead of slouching down in that old recliner!

How do you use your swopper? Share some of your ideas in the comments.

~ Aleta Simmons

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How Your Posture Affects Your First Impression

Research has shown that 60 to 90 percent of our communication with others is nonverbal, which means our body language and posture is very important to making a strong first impression. Think about it! If you meet a new business associate and they stand slumped over and have a weak handshake, what do you think first: that they are a strong, trustworthy partner to do business with, or that they lack confidence and drive?

posture first impression

Presenting yourself in every situation with a strong stance, firm handshake and attentive eyes will help you create a lasting first impression that business associates, friends and even strangers will remember.

So what is proper posture and how can you work to perfect it?

proper posture while sitting

Good posture includes standing or sitting with your back straight, shoulders back, head up and chin lifted. A good way to check and readjust your posture is to move your arms straight over your head, with palms together. Split your arms behind your head and slowly bring them to your sides. This will get your spine, neck and shoulders into proper position.

It’s very easy to slip into poor posture when sitting in a stationary office chair. You can combat poor sitting posture by using a motion chair like swopper. Swopper constantly engages your core and forces your spine into optimal position. Over time your core muscles strengthen and you will find sitting with great posture is second nature.

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Learn more about posture and the benefits of motion seating on our website, or start shopping for your swopper motion chair right now. With the right tools, you can improve your posture and make a great first impression.

~ Jenn Lytle

 

 

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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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