Ergonomic Advice

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Food Allergies in the Workplace

Offering healthy snacks in the office? How to make your workplace safe for your employees with food allergies in the office. 

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What Inclement Weather Means for Your Office

Inclement weather, winter weather impact and other hazards can pose dangers to your employees. Here's how to protect them in the most effective way. 

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How Employers Can Help Support Wellness Resolutions in the New Year

How can you improve health and safety in the workplace by supporting employee resolutions? 

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Is an Unlimited Vacation Time Policy Right for Your Workplace?

It sounds like every employee's dream job perk: unlimited vacation days. But is it right for your workplace? Here are a few things to consider. 

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What Happens When Your Company's Meeting Room Gets a Fitness Facelift?

How can you make your meeting room design more supportive of employee wellness? 

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Making Your Workplace Fitness-Friendly Yet Inclusive

How can you use wellness programs to create a health and inclusive work environment? 

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Change Management: How HR Professionals Can Effectively Disseminate Information

In the business world, nothing is older than the concept of change. Employers have long struggled with change management, but research shows a clear path. 

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Assisting Pregnant Women With Temporary Health Conditions Can Increase Productivity

Learn about the common health symptoms of those working while pregnant and make changes to increase productivity for women in the workplace. 

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HR Managers' New Year's Resolutions for Employee Satisfaction

An HR Manager's 2019 plan for employee satisfaction starts with listening. Use these tips to start the new year with momentum. 

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How Balance Disorders in the Office Affect Employee Productivity

If you've ever experienced dizziness due to an illness or migraine headache, you know the impact of vertigo at the office on health and productivity. 

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4 Back-Friendly Reasons the ACA Endorses the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser Series

The ACA granted FlexiSpot its full endorsement for all four sit-stand desk models in the ClassicRiser series. 

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Migraines at Work: Migraine Remedy Ideas for the Office

Migraines at work should not be taken lightly. Here are treatments and changes you can make at the office to help. 

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Why Sitting Could Be Harmful to Your Heart Health

If you are reading this article while sitting down, your heart health may be at risk.

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How to Sit Properly at Your Desk

Learning how to sit properly at your desk is vital for muscle and joint health. Discover correct ergonomic positioning from head to toe. 

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These Desirable Benefits Are Promoting Employee Health

With unemployment low across much of the country, these benefits promoting employee health may make the difference in getting that fantastic new hire. 

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Problems with DIY Standing Desks

While most office spaces that upgrade to standing-sitting desks cover the costs and set-up fees, what’s the average person who works at home to do? Bring on the DIY, it’s simple… or so they thought. In this article we will discuss some common issues to be aware of with DIY standing desks.

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How an Employee Assistance Program Can Help Your Employees Thrive

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) offer employee wellness and other benefits to meet the needs of a younger work force. 

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Becoming a Mentor: The Importance and Impact of a Mentor

Becoming a mentor may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Here's why your company should start a mentoring program. 

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Don't Let Your Chronic Condition Get You Down at Your New Job

Starting a new job when you have a chronic condition can be daunting. Here's how to advocate for your health. 

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Alternative Incentives for Employee Wellness Participation

Try these employee wellness incentive program ideas to leverage social interactions and take your organization beyond mere monetary rewards. 

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Is an Open Office Space Still the Perfect Choice for a Modern Company?

Learn about the pros and cons of an open office space, and how to the proper setup can foster productivity and engage employees. 

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Improve Your Balance With Your Standing Desk

What are the benefits of switching to an adjustable height stand up desk? 

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The Dos and Don'ts of a Standing Desk

Adding an adjustable standing desk to your office a good start to improving worker wellness. Follow these tips for making the change a successful one. 

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Dos and Don'ts for Competitive Employee Wellness Program Activities at Work

Motivational dieting and competitive employee wellness program activities are an opportunity to inspire and create camaraderie among employees. 

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How To Create an Ergonomic Policy

With more employers becoming interested in the benefits of a well-designed, ergonomic workplace, creating an ergonomic policy is a natural next step. 

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Health and Safety Training in the Office Workplace

Promoting the importance of health and safety training in the workplace can be a challenge. Follow these tips for employee health and safety training. 

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How To Prevent Health Problems With Back Ergonomics in the Workplace

Learn how to prevent health problems with back ergonomics in the workplace. 

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The Three Stage Height Adjustable Desk: Why It's Vital for Wheelchair Accommodation

A height adjustable desk is an ideal option for the health and comfort of anyone who uses a desk regularly for work or leisure. But for a desk user in a wheelchair, it may be absolutely critical.

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Dual Monitor Setup: How to Optimize Space, Productivity and Comfort

As a dual monitor setup becomes increasingly popular, learn how to optimize space, productivity and comfort with ergonomic tips and proper equipment. 

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Mental Health Language: Words That Can Help and Harm the Workplace

Mental health language is hugely important when you're an HR professional. If you're promoting health and safety in the workplace, these words can help. 

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Innovative Employee Health and Wellness Offerings

Workplace wellness programs help employees become healthier and more engaged. Ideas for you to offer a more innovative employee wellness incentive program. 

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How Sitting All Day Can Cause Hip Flexor Strain

The average American sits over 12 hours per day. This causes some major stiffness in the body, especially the hips and can lead to hip flexor strain. 

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How to Stand at a Standing Desk

If you’re new to the world of standing desks, there are a few guidelines you should follow to maximize the benefit of these workstations. Just like any type of new activity, side effects, including aching feet and legs, as well as back and shoulder pain, can occur if you go from sitting all day to standing all day, or if your desk isn’t positioned properly.

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Standing Desk Exercise You can Do Throughout Your Day

Standing desk exercise can be a great way to utilize your desk for more than just work. What a great way to stay on top of your health. 

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Boost Work Productivity At The Push Of A (Thermostat) Button

Do you think a warmer or cooler office temperature is better for your work productivity? Scientists have been studying the subject for decades... 

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How To Manage Spinal Fusion Recovery in the Workplace

Spinal fusion surgery is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. Learn more about recovery while working here. 

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Productive at Home: Setting Up Your Home Office Space To Reduce Distractions

If you want to be productive at home, you'll need to put some thought and creativity into minimizing your distractions. Here are some ideas. 

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5 Reasons Why Your Gaming Desk Should Be a Standing Desk

If you’re like a lot of gamers in today’s workforce, you’re seated at your desk for six or seven hours a day before you even get home to fire up your PC for a rousing round of Rocket League.  It might be a frustrating reality to acknowledge, but that’s a lot of time to sit in a chair, even if you managed regular breaks or a good run in the morning.

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5 Posture Training Exercises to Improve Your Posture Quickly

There are four major components to posture training that you need to master before putting it all together. Posture is key to spine pain prevention. 

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Durability Test on Flexispot Electric Standing Desk

Why durability test is needed?

A durability test is a test simulating the repeated application of loads or movement of components occurring during long-term use. It evaluates how well a product holds up when put to the test beyond its expected or designated function.

Standing desks need to be suitable for use and durable, they should be strong enough to withstand a reasonable weight and joints should remain tight with use over time. To the average consumer, the desire for longer lasting probably seems beyond debate. Durability test is becoming increasingly important as manufacturers strive to increase the reliability of their products.

The last thing you want is a desk that won’t last.

What is the test process?

The chosen sample for testing is Flexispot E1 standing desk frame with 55 “X 30” desktop. The total load of the desk is 190.52 lbs, and the adjustment range for testing is from 28.5” to 47.4”. Before starting the test, a cycle counter is necessary to be installed with the desk, as it will record up and down movements every time. The test process is to run 2 full cycles of up and down adjustment within about 2 minutes, and then rest 18 minutes before repeating the movement before. This experiment began from Aug. 9th, 2018, and till Dec. 29th, 2018, which is 141 days later, the test still continues as the desk keeps working. Experimenters suspended the test shortly to make a note. The cycle counter display shows 40832, indicating that 40832 times vertical movements already occurred in the past 141 days. While pressing the buttons manually, this Flexispot E1 standing desk is still able to go up and down smoothly and stably.

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Why do you choose Flexispot?

As the test result above illustrates, regardless of 40832 times up and down adjustments w

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Standing Desk Buyer's Guide: Electric vs. Crank

Standing Desk Buyer's Guide: Electric vs. Crank - Explore and compare the pros and cons of electric and manual (crank) standing desks. 

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Standing Desk Confidential: Problems With Standing All Day

Think a standing desk is better for you than a sitting desk? Think again. Standing all day has its own drawbacks, and if you're not aware of them... 

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How to Improve Posture at Work: Take a Meditation Break!

Want to know how to improve posture at work? One of the benefits of meditation may be standing and sitting a little taller. 

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What Type of Office Chair is Best for Your Workplace?

Learn the differences between popular office chairs and see why some are better for the ergonomically correct workplace. 

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Accommodating Disabilities Is the Law — and It's Good for Business

Providing employees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities enables you to comply with ADA requirements for office space and improves morale. 

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Bring Preventative Health Strategies to Life With Wellness Wednesdays

Dedicate Wednesdays to workplace wellness and preventative health strategies. Here are eight ways to get started. 

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Creative Ways To Increase Awareness of Health Benefits

As an employer, raising awareness for side benefits like chiropractic visits, acupuncture and more can improve health in the workplace. 

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4 Common Health and Safety Scenarios in the Workplace

A day in the office is pretty much like any other, but what happens if health and safety scenarios in the workplace occur? Here is how to prepare. 

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Conducting a Workplace Ergonomic Risk Assessment

How and why should you perform a regular workplace ergonomic risk assessment? 

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Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder in Your Office

Learn why winter is the most common time of year for depression in the workplace and how you can be part of seasonal affective disorder prevention. 

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Employee Wellness Incentive Program Ideas To Create Healthy Competition in the Office

What do you need to know when considering employee wellness incentive program ideas? 

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3 Ways Ergonomics and Workplace Design Create a Positive Employee Experience

The space you work in impacts your thinking, which is why ergonomics and workplace design are critically important for business leaders to consider. 

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How Durable Are FlexiSpot Desktops?

When it comes to choosing the perfect desktop surface for your new electric standing desk, durability is one of the most important features you can shop for. But, how exactly do you measure durability? Well, we think a good field test does the trick. So, we recently put a standard FlexiSpot desktop through a four-part durability test to see how it stood up to a little abuse. Here’s what we discovered.


Test #1: Scratch Test

Customers often ask how susceptible FlexiSpot desktop surfaces are to scratches. It’s a smart question since scratches take away from the desk’s beauty. They also make tasks that require a smooth surface, like writing and drawing, more challenging.


For our scratch test, we didn’t hold back. We grabbed a stainless steel fork from the kitchen and repeatedly scraped the prongs along the surface of the desk.


Result: Despite our best efforts, the fork didn’t leave behind a single scratch.



Test #2: Weight Capacity Test

With multiple monitors, desk accessories, a full-size keyboard, a mouse and paperwork, it’s easy for a desktop to fill up with stuff quickly. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that one of the first questions customers ask is: “How much weight can a FlexiSpot desktop support?”.


To help answer that question, we tested to see what would happen when a 178-lb man stood on the desktop and moved around a bit. While the technical specifications on the FlexiSpot web

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The Many Benefits of Employee Wellness Programs

What are the benefits of employee wellness programs, and how can you implement one in your own organization? 

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The Surprising Psychological Benefits of a Standing Desk

The physical health benefits of using a standing desk for work are widely reported and well-known. But can this healthy habit also boost your brain? 

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Standing at Work: How To Integrate Tech To Support a Better Standing Habit

Standing at work is easy to do but tough to remember. Here's how technology can help you remember to take frequent breaks from sitting. 

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The Long History of the Standing Desk Will Surprise You

It may feel like the standing desk appeared out of thin air in Silicon Valley just a few years ago, but they've actually been around for over 600 years. 

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Numbness in Hands – Causes and Solutions

Ever get numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers? You’re not alone—it’s a common issue that can range from momentary and minor to recurring and severe. It can stem from a variety of underlying issues and can indicate bigger problems developing. So how can you figure out what’s causing your hand numbness, and what can you do about it?

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How to Make Your Office Space ADA Compliant

In 2010, the Department of Justice published a new set of ADA standards that extended the ADA’s jurisdiction to the internet as a place of public accommodation. Not only is ADA compliance a matter of obeying the law, but it also indicates to your employees and your customers that you care about their wellbeing.

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How To Breathe Better For Pain and Stress Relief

What if there were a simple, free way to reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, and physical pain while improving your health, your productivity, and even your relationships? Well, if you’re breathing right now (and if not, please start), you have just such an amazing tool at your disposal. But to get the benefits, you need to know how to use it...

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Legal Compliance and Employee Wellness Programs

Regulations such as the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act can make employee wellness program ideas a challenge, but it improves employee welfare.

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Does a Standing Desk Actually Reduce Sitting Time?

FlexiSpot conducted the Standing Desk Status Quo Survey to find out whether owning a standing desk actually reduces sitting time. The answer is yes. 

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Are Chairs Giving Us Diabetes?

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to multiple health complications, including the development of type II diabetes, a disease that occurs when your blood sugar is too high.

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Do Your Best Work — Use a Standing Desk for These Tasks

Hack your productivity at work by learning which work tasks are better to perform while standing versus sitting at a standing desk. 

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Is your work posture causing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a fairly common phenomenon can be caused by poor posture, a common sight in work environments. 

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5 Chair Exercises At Work To Look And Feel Your Best

If you spend a lot of your day sitting, you can still keep up your strength, flexibility, and mobility with a few chair exercises at work... 

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How Standing Desks Make Employers Competitive

What do standing desks in an office have to do with the job market? More than you might think. Recruit and retain top talent with wellness benefits. 

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How Free Snacks Can Contribute to Health in the Workplace

Providing nutritious snacks for your workers can be part of an effective campaign for better health in the workplace. Here's how to pick the best foods. 

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Creating a Better Work-Life Balance for Employees

Learn why a healthy work-life balance is important in the workplace, and how to bring it front and center for your workers. 

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Managing Your Mental Health in the Workplace

If you're one of the many individuals trying to manage your mental health in the workplace, know that you aren't alone. Learn tips to manage at work. 

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Ergonomics in the Workplace Is Essential for Staying Safe

Health and safety are important in a workplace, especially for desk jobs. Ergonomics in the workplace is one way employees can improve their health. 

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The Long-Term Health Risks of Computer Use

Technology is a valuable tool, but the health risks of computers must be addressed to protect the workforce. 

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Can You Truly Work and Workout at the Same Time?

Research shows sedentary work leads to a variety of health issues, but having a tool like a treadmill desk or desk bike can change that trend. 

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Offset the Health Risks of Sitting and Be More Productive

The risks of sitting too much are well-known, but how can you spend more time standing or walking? Here are tips for a more physically active workday. 

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How Stress Impacts the Body and Your Mental Health

Knowing how stress impacts the body and your mental health can help you reduce it before it gets worse. 

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Workspace Design Psychology: How an Office Layout Can Affect Employees

In recent years the question of workplace design has become a focal point for many companies, but what's the real impact of workspace design psychology? 

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What Employers at Office Jobs Need to Know About OSHA Regulations

Why are health and safety important in a workplace? Work-life balance programs create new potential pressures to stay compliant with OSHA safety rules. 

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4 Ways Ergonomic Furniture Can Boost Your Business

Ergonomic furniture, such as the sit and stand desk, can play a vital role in saving your business money. Here's how. 

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Offer Mental Health Resources to Improve Work-Life Balance

Help your employees create work-life balance by offering mental health resources at work. 

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6 Workplace Tips and Hacks That Can Make Your Office Less of a Strain

These workplace tips can make your office less strenuous and more enjoyable, which can help you feel healthier. 

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Why to Include Standing Desks in an Employee Wellness Program

Sitting at a desk for eight hours straight isn't a good idea. Instead, use a standing desk to improve office wellness. 

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Employee Wellness Program Ideas that Improve Workplace Health

Do employee wellness program ideas actually work? Discover what's effective, what isn't, and what to implement in your workplace. 

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Neck Pain From Mobile Devices? Encourage Ergonomics in the Workplace

Neck pain from mobile devices is more common than you might think, and it can cause issues over time. Here are some causes and treatments for tech neck. 

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How to Make a Case for Standing Desks to Upper Management

You know that sitting too much during the workday is detrimental to your health and that in the battle for well-being, your office chair is your #1 enemy. You’re convinced that a height-adjustable sit-stand desk is the way to go—now you just have to convince your boss.

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Save Money and Boost Loyalty With an Ergonomics Program

Workplace injuries cost companies billions of dollars every year and create tremendous stress and discomfort for sufferers. An ergonomics programs — a systematic process of fitting jobs and equipment to people — is a wise investment that can not only save money but also improve health, productivity and morale. But how do you create it?

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9 Tips To Improve Human Factor Ergonomics at Work

By following a few ergonomics in the workplace tips, any office can boost productivity and improve employee satisfaction — including yours. 

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Standing Desk Status Quo 2018

Welcome to FlexiSpot’s inaugural report on the “status quo” of standing desks in today’s workplace culture. This survey is a concise summary of the role standing desks play in pursuing a healthy lifestyle in and out of the office.

You Might Be Doing These Things Wrong At Your Standing Desk

Whether you already have a standing desk or are thinking about getting one, there are lots of reasons to invest in one. From an immediate productivity boost to long-term health benefits, you can do so much by simply pushing aside your office chair and standing while working. But that’s not what we want to talk about here.

Even though the concept of a standing desk is really simple, you can actually do many things wrong when you stand. As a result, you could be missing important benefits or even causing harm to your health. In order to avoid this, here are some of the things you may be doing wrong and how you can fix them.

You Stand Too Much

Just like sitting for hours, standing too much isn’t good for your health either. According to the data published by the Department of Design and Environment Analysis, if you are only switching sitting to standing, you’re not helping your body. You just become prone to different risk factors.

For example, standing too much can lead to lower back pain and boost your risk for varicose veins, carotid arteries, vein thrombosis, and other health problems. Since standing compresses the spine and forces the heart to work against gravity, your blood can’t flow up properly.

That’s why you need to take the time and learn how to use your new desk properly. Like any other habit, it requires practice and routine to safely transition into standing at the desk. Don’t change your routine completely; instead, do your transition in increments and with moderation. This way, your body will build up to the full amount of time you need to be standing.

Moreover, even if you feel like you can stand all day long, sitting and walking should be a part of your routine. What you need is to make sure your body is active and your muscles keep moving during the day. You can stand for a while and then sit for a while. Then walk around the room. Chat with your colleagues or read a newspaper. An

5 Industries That Really Embrace the Standing Desk Revolution

It’s no secret that standing desks are a powerful incentive that employers are using to attract and retain millennial workers. In fact, according to a recent report published by the Society for Human Resource Management, 44 percent of companies surveyed now provide or subsidize standing desks for their employees. That’s a three-fold increase since 2013 when only 13 percent of employers offered the benefit.

In particular, there are 5 key industries that are not just embracing the standing desk revolution, they are thriving as a result of giving their employees this healthier alternative to sit-down desks.

Sales

In sales, productivity is the name of the game. And, for many sales teams, standing desks help keep sales executives more alert and energized to make calls to prospects, send follow-up emails to leads, and create better sales pitches. One of the numerous sales teams that have seen productivity increase as a result of switching to standing desks is Zenreach. The sales manager at this up-and-coming tech company says, “My staff is so happy being able to easily shift from seated to standing, and productivity on our sales floor has increased dramatically.”

Music Production

Music is all about feeling the beat. According to music producers, there is a tremendous benefit in being able to get up and move around while working to perfect a song. But, long hours in the studio hovered over a traditional sit-down

3 Accessories You Need For A Standing Desk

Switching to a standing desk can transform your work life. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and you’ll get more done throughout the day. A standing desk is hugely beneficial on its own, but adding a few accessories to your standing desk set-up can make it even more ergonomic.

We hand-picked the three best stand-up desk accessories you should have for your workstation. These stand-up desk accessories were designed to enhance the sit-stand experience by increasing comfort, maximizing efficiency, and adding more movement into your workday.

The 3 Best Standing Desk Accessories:

 1. Anti-Fatigue Mat

Even standing can start to be hard on your body if you do it all day. Using an anti-fatigue mat will make a long day on your feet easier on your body. An anti-fatigue mat is a rubber pad with a cushioned layer of support that alleviates pressure on your knees and ankles by stimulating subtle movements that promote blood flow in your muscles.

You could use an anti-fatigue mat anywhere that you stand for long periods of time, such as the kitchen, but it is especially beneficial at work where many people wear uncomfortable shoes. Get it here.

2. Dual Monitor Mount

A standing desk won’t do you as much good if your workstation isn’t set up ergonomically. The placement o

6 Health Benefits of Using Sit-Stand Desk

As American jobs have become increasingly desk-bound and tied to computers, workers are spending more and more time sitting at their desks. In fact, between work and home, the average American spends over 12 hours a day sitting.

This sedentary lifestyle, termed “sitting disease” by the medical community, is one of the biggest health threats of our modern lifestyle. Sitting disease refers to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle, including increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, obesity, and early death. Prolonged sitting actively promotes several avoidable chronic diseases that are eating away at our health.

The good news is that making a few small changes to your daily habits can make a huge improvement in your well-being and help you attain a healthier lifestyle. Making an effort to stand and move more throughout the day benefits your mind, body, and overall health in numerous ways.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate more standing and movement into your day is to start using a sit-stand desk at work. After all, the workday accounts for at least 8 hours of sitting every day. A sit-stand desk is a height adjustable desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing at your desk while you work.

There are countless health benefits of using a sit-stand desk, but here are six of the most important:

  1. Sit-stand-switch capability.

Members of the medical community are promoting a “sit-stand-switch” philosophy for optimum health. This philosophy says to alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes to prevent too much strain from being placed on your body in any

4 Ways Standing Desks Improve Employee Productivity

If somebody told you that making one simple change to your work habits could increase your productivity by almost 50%, you’d probably be more than a little skeptical. But one study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that call center employees were 46% more productive when they used sit-stand desks.

Like ride-sharing apps, smartphones, and streaming services, standing desks are a trend that started in Silicon Valley and has spread throughout the country. Companies like Facebook and Google have provided standing desks for their employees for years now. Facebook employees were singing the praises of standing desks all the way back in 2011.

In recent years, more and more companies have started providing standing desks as a way to improve employee well-being, encourage collaboration, and increase productivity. The number of employers offering sit-stand desks and height-adjustable desks for employees has increased by over 30% in the last five years.

The numbers supporting the positive impact standing desks have on productivity are impressive. That’s because there are multiple different physical and psychological benefits of using a standing desk that each contribute to the overall increase in productivity.

Boosts Brain Power

Standing stimulates circulation, which sends more oxygen and nutr

4 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Standing Desk

Switching to a standing desk is an important step for your health. Americans spend an average of 12 hours a day sitting, which is linked to many negative health effects, such as increased risk for cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and diabetes.

With a height-adjustable desk, you can swap some of those sedentary hours for time spent on your feet. Not only does standing during the workday prevent the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle, but standing also boosts energy and promotes productivity.

However, too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. Sitting all day isn’t good for you, but neither is spending too much time standing stationary at your desk. Standing for too many hours at a time can cause fatigue, back strain, leg cramps, and joint pain. The good news is that with the right tools, you can avoid the side-effects of too much standing and gain the full benefits of using a standing desk at work.

These are a few of the most common mistakes people make when they first switch to a standing desk:

  1. Not getting the right accessories.

A standing desk alone won’t do much to alleviate the chronic pain associated with sitting. You’ll just be swapping in one set of aches and pains for another. Standing for too long can be hard on your leg muscles and joints, and unless your computer screen is adjusted accordingly, your neck may also experience some strain and discomfort.

An anti-fatigue mat and monitor mount

How to Choose the Perfect Standing Desk for You

You’re sold on the health benefits of using a standing desk to break up your sedentary work day. Now, you just need to buy the right one for you. Before you shell out hundreds of dollars on a model that doesn’t quite meet your needs, it’s important to recognize that standing desks are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Here are 4 factors to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect sit-stand desk for you.

  • Your Height vs. The Height of the Sit-Stand Desk
    One of the worst things you can do for your health is buy a sit-stand desk that causes you to strain your neck, back, or even forearms (while typing) because it doesn’t adjust to the ideal height for you. To give yourself maximum flexibility to make proper height adjustments, we recommend buying a sit-stand desk that offers at least 12 different height adjustment settings. That way, whether you’re 5’1” or 6’6”, you’re sure to find the most comfortable standing height for you.

  • Desk Design vs. Personal Style
    Your personal taste and style should definitely play a part in your selection of a sit-stand desk. After all, who wants to spend 8 hours a day working at a desk that’s too bulky, the wrong color, or just plain unattractive? Fortunately, many standing desk manufacturers now offer a wide range of colors and styles to complement your existing office decor. So, don’t settle for a traditional black standing desk when you really want a mahogany one. Look for a reputable standing desk company that gives you style options. Also keep in mind that some some standing desks, have unique designs that are better for certain functions like laptop use. For example, FlexiSpot’s AlcoveRiser

3 Reasons Desk Setup Is So Popular (and Why You Should Take Note!)

If you spend a decent amount of time on YouTube, chances are good you’ve come across a video or two about the “ultimate” desk setup. At FlexiSpot, obviously, we enjoy these videos because we love to stay on top of all things ergonomic—especially when it comes to creating the perfect workspace. But, we couldn’t help but wonder: Why are so many YouTubers sharing their vision of the perfect desk setup? And, more importantly: Why are these videos getting so many views and likes?

We set out to answer both questions, and discovered there are actually 3 key reasons people are intrigued with the idea of the perfect desk setup.

1) People Spend Almost 25% of Every Day at a Desk: Did you know that according to Science Dailypeople spend 5 hours and 41 minutes on average sitting at a desk every single day? Yep, whether you’re an avid gamer, college student cramming for exams, or the average hard-working American working a 9 to 5 job, you’re likely spending a good portion of your waking hours at a desk. So, it makes good sense that you would want to get the setup just right for your comfort. Many YouTubers ranging from Ed from TechSource (which has almost 1.5 million subscribers) to Dr. D-Flo (with 10,000 subscribers) create ultimate desk setup videos using electric standing desks and flexible monitor mounts that ensure their subscribers can still move around freely while working on their computers. 

standing desk setup

Caption: Dr. D-Flo reviews FlexiSpot’s electric standing desk in a desk setup video for his 10K YouTube subscribers.

2) People Are Searching for a Great Desk Setu

Working at a Standing Desk Might Make You a Better Thinker

The dangers of sitting have become a hot topic in the health sphere in the past few years, with some critics going as far as to call sitting “the new smoking.” While dramatic, the statement isn’t wrong. With smoking out of the way as one of the most dangerous threats to public health, the sitting epidemic takes the lead.

A study published in September found that no matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death. The longer the duration of periods of sitting, the greater damage to your cardiovascular health over time.

Not only will standing during the workday help you avoid the dangers of excessive sitting, but a new study finds evidence that standing might actually make you a better thinker.

The study, conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University, found that standing enabled a quicker response to new information than sitting. To come to this conclusion, the researchers asked two groups of volunteers to complete a cognitive exercise called the Stroop test while either sitting or standing, respectively.

The Stroop test is based on the Stroop effect, which is the name used to describe the lag time our brains experience when attempting to process contradictory stimuli or information at once. You may have taken a Stroop test yourself at one point or another. In a Stroop test, you are presented with a list of colors spelled out, some printed in the corresponding color it names (the word ‘blue’ in blue ink), and some in a different color (the word ‘blue’ in red ink).

The test measures how quickly you are able to identify the colors. When the colors of the ink are mismatched to the printed names, it takes us a little longer to identify each color than it

Why Ergonomic Office Furniture is a Profitable Investment

There are certain jobs that we associate with presenting a certain degree of danger to an employee’s well-being: manufacturing, construction, and firefighting, for example. You wouldn’t typically think of an office desk job as presenting a much physical danger to your body. And yet the rise in deskbound jobs and ensuing increase in sedentary lifestyles has dangerous consequences for the health and well-being of employees.

People who spend six or more hours at their desk are at increased risk for a wide variety of chronic and even life-threatening conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, and back problems.

Why is sitting at a desk so dangerous? Our bodies were designed to move, and the more sedentary we become, the more our bodies’ natural processes start to break down and backfire. Metabolism slows down, muscles burn less fat, blood flows more sluggishly through our veins, bones and joints weaken, posture deteriorates, and energy levels stagnate. As a result, we gain weight, become even less mobile, and develop increased risk for blood clots, heart attacks, chronic disease, and early mortality.

It’s called “sitting disease,” and hundreds of thousands of employees are affected.

If you’re concerned about your employees’ welfare, it’s time to start considering what changes you can make to their work environment in order to promote health and well-being.

You can’t change the nature of the work that needs to be done. But you can change the environment in which they complete it.

As an employer, the simplest and most effective thing you can do to support employee wellbeing is to replace traditional desks with 

How Long Should You Really Stand at a Standing Desk?

How many hours do you think you spend sitting down every day? If you’re anything like the average American, you spend upwards of 10 hours a day with your butt in the chair. That number is the result of at least 8 hours at work – sitting at a computer, eating lunch, and sitting in meetings – followed by the hours we spend watching TV, browsing our smartphones, or using the computer at home at night.

Do you find that shocking?

If so, you’re not alone. Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in offices, with many companies springing to replace all employees’ desks with standing or sit-stand models. Suddenly, you have the option to stand during the workday. But how much standing is enough? Are you supposed to stand for the entire day? What percentage of your workday should you spend standing in order to be healthy?

Experts agree that you should not stand for the entire day. Standing for too long can be just as hard on your body as sitting for too long, it’s just correlated with different risk factors than sitting. For example, because standing compresses the spine and forces your heart to work against gravity, standing too much can lead to lower back pain and increase your risk for certain cardiovascular problems, such as varicose veins, carotid arteries, and vein thrombosis.

So what’s the right ratio of sitting to standing? Experts agree that you should work towards spending half of your day sitting and half of it standing, ideally switching between the two every 15-30 minutes. (Why 15-30 minutes? Because after just 30 minutes of sitting, your metabolism slows by as much as 90% and the muscles in your lower body turn off.) However, most people can’t go from sitting all day to suddenly standing for four hours every day. That’s okay – start slow and work your way up to the ideal four hours of standing.

If it’s hard for you at first to spend extended

Studies show standing desks may be killing us - what to do instead

We all know that sitting all day is unhealthy. From claims that “sitting is the new smoking” to ever-increasing obesity statistics, the latest trend is to shun the sedentary lifestyle by staying active in the workplace, and the easiest way to do that is to buy a standing desk…

...right?

Recent studies are beginning to shed doubt on that notion, suggesting that standing at work is just as bad, if not worse for you than sitting. According to a study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, standing at work all day is “associated with a 2-fold risk of incident heart disease” over sitting, with one of the researchers noting an “incidence of heart disease among those respondents who stood a lot at work” comparable to smokers or obese people. A study published by the journal Ergonomics had a similar take on the matter, concluding that prolonged standing “may have health and productivity impacts” and may cause “lower limb swelling,” “muscle fatigue,” “deteriorated sustained attention reaction time,” and “decreased mental state.”

So if sitting is killing us, and standing is killing us, what isn’t killing us?!

With all this hubbub about the hidden dangers of the workplace, it might seem like there’s nothing you can do to ward off the imminent premature-death-by-just-being-alive. But fear not! There is a way to forestall this impending doom: stay a

The Employee Workspace is Often the Forgotten Child in Modern Office Design Trends

Modern office design trends have come a long way in the last 50 years. Now, businesses do more than house basic work functionalities. They now aim to create communities, facilitate collaboration and encourage an environment conducive to teamwork. Thus we have open floor plans, meeting rooms that double as training rooms, interesting social design integrations and more. But why has the employee’s workstation been left out of the modern design equation? It is the one area of office design that has not seen innovation in more than 50 years.

Yes, We Have Interesting Chairs, but It is Not Enough
The biggest modern design contribution to the standard workstation has been the incorporation of the ergonomic chair. This new design element certainly represented an important first step towards improving the posture and health of employees, but unfortunately, it has not been enough. Workers continue to have problems with poor circulation, back problems and other health conditions associated with prolonged sitting. No, ergonomic chairs have not completely solved the problems associated with working long hours at a desk.

The Workstation Problem
Most employees sit at their desk hunched over. They lean on the armrest or sit with their leg propped underneath the other. Sure! It may be comfortable, but the truth is, sitting in this way for hours on end can have negative long-term health implications. Not to mention this poor sitting posture can also cause back pain and energy slumps.

Recent findings from a Princeton University study, show that poor posture and poor workstation design significantly increases the risk of musculoskeletal problems. Prolonged sitting and static posture are also associated with cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, weight gain and lower back problems. Nerve and tendon related disord

The Dangers of a Sedentary Meeting Culture

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving,” – Albert Einstein

A sedentary meeting culture has been around for years. Unfortunately, breaking the traditions is a hard task. Meanwhile, sitting around and yawing in uncomfortable chairs doesn’t produce any results.

Just the opposite, office workers feel sleepy while their brains become cloudy. Getting together to discuss important matters is impossible to avoid. However, you can consider changing the way the meetings are held.

An average person wakes up and goes to work to spend the majority of his or her life there. A substantial part of the workday is spent in meetings and conferences. Since all meetings have a sedentary culture, you end up sitting down for more than a quarter of your life.

The sedentary culture goes back to Roman forums. Isn’t it hard to break a tradition, which dates back thousands of years?

The Risks of Sedentary Meeting Culture
The 
risks of such a culture are so numerous, it may be hard to list in one article. Let’s focus on the most unpleasant ones.

• High risk of heart disease. Spending just two hours a day sitting down at a meeting can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 5 % to 17%.
• Cancer. People leading a sedentary way of life are at a higher risk of developing cancer due to being overweight.
• Type 2 Diabetes. People, who spend more than 2 hours a day sitting and watching TV or attending a meeting, increase their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by an unbelievable 20%. Interrupting sedentary lifestyle with exercise can decrease the risk dramatically.
• Obesity. Sitting down for many hours in a row can lead to weight gain. Obesity is a common cause of a variety of diseases

5 Ways Investing in Employee Wellness Saves Money

When companies think about investing in their employees, they tend to focus on areas directly related to their work or industry, such as sending employees to conferences or sponsoring extra training. Professional development is seen as having the most clear-cut return on investment – you pay for an employee to receive more training or be exposed to industry experts, and they will bring that new knowledge back to their work. True! But that mindset overlooks another important area of employee development: wellness.

On the surface, employee wellness may not appear to be related to ROI or the bottom line, but an employee’s well-being has a significant impact on the quality and quantity of work they’re able to do. That means investing in employee wellness (by sponsoring employee fitness programs, providing access to an onsite gym, catering healthy lunches once a week, or furnishing the office with ergonomic furniture like height-adjustable sit-stand desks) is just as effective as investing in professional development. When you invest in employee well-being, you benefit both your employees and your company.

Here are 5 reasons that employee wellness is a profitable investment:

  1. Increased Productivity

Employees who participate in wellness programs are more productive than those who don’t. One study found that employees who participated in health and wellness programs gained an average of 10.3 hours in additional productivity annually, saving approximately $353 per person in lost productivity costs, compared to cou

An Unusual Way To Wake Up A Sleepy Meeting

Have you ever heard snoring at a brainstorm meeting?  Isn’t it a sign of a total failure? Perhaps snoring is uncommon, but yawning, droopy eyes, heads propped up by the hands are all the ingredients of the same disaster.

A sleepy meeting needs a wake-up call. Otherwise, the brainstorming results can be flushed down the drain.

Why Are People Falling Asleep At The Meetings?

The best way to solve the problem is to eliminate the cause. Your co-workers are yawning because they think the brainstorming session is boring. They are rubbing their eyes due to a lack of energy. They may have woken up too early or haven’t had a wholesome breakfast. Or perhaps they’ve got a stuffy nose.

Another reason is hormones. We are under plenty of stress at work and our bodies constantly release cortisol, adrenaline, and other stress hormones. Eventually, we feel the drawbacks of such hormone rushes. We start falling asleep. In order to avoid this problem, we need to burn these hormones off.

Is Physical Activity The Answer?

Do you know that less than 5% of American adults exercise for 30 minutes every day? This is about how much exercising we need to feel healthy and energetic all day long. Besides improving our daily lives, physical exercise can help us deal with stress. A healthy and energetic body can recover from stress faster and create a better threshold before the drawback occurs.

Is it possible to make your employees or co-workers exercise on their own free time? Not really. However, you can turn the meetings from dull, dreaded, and sleepy into an energetic and resultative endeavor. How? By adding regular cardio exercise to the process. While your team may say “no” to exercising after work, combining brainstorming and workout can look very appealing.

How Do HR Help Employees Release Work-Related Stress?

Do you know that you spend about 35 percent of your life at work? Considering all the stress you are under during your time in the office, it seems as if a third of your life is wasted on worries and bad feelings. Our bodies are not designed to be under stress for such a long time. Eventually, we give up, and we face a variety of unpleasant effects.

Stressed-out employees suffer from chronic conditions and experience the decrease in brain activity. As a result, the productivity drops, and the company suffers from an unexpected profit loss. That’s why it’s vital for HR departments to come up with efficient methods to help employees release work-related stress.

5 Signs Your Employees Are Under Work-Related Stress

1. Loss of appetite – Stress-out people experience a loss of appetite, which leads to weight loss and lack of energy.
2. Irritation and aggression – When employees are under a lot of stress, they become irritated and aggressive. Their behavioral patterns change drastically without a visible reason.
3. Lack of socializing – Stressed-out people stop being social. They tend to avoid others during lunchtime and prefer working on their own.
4. Becoming difficult – When employees are under stress at work, they become difficult to cope with even when it comes to matters outside the workspace.
5. Feeling ill - stressed-out people are more prone to various diseases. If your employees start calling in sick often, it could be a sign of work-related stress.

Research has shown that about 80 percent of workers are under stress at their workplaces. Half of them admit they need help with stress management. More than 40 percent of workers believe their co-workers require stress management assistance.

Why You Should Build An Active Working Environment With Your Team

If we took a penny every time we’ve heard that inactivity is bad for us, we’d be millionaires. Sitting at the desk all day long is one of the most dangerous forms of inactivity, which the majority of office workers suffer from. World Trade Organization even listed inactivity as the fourth biggest risk factor of adult mortality. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

What Are The Risks Of Sitting?

Let’s not go deep into the large variety of inactive lifestyle risks. Here are just a few of them:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weakening of brain activity (memory loss)
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Cancer risk
  • Blood sugar level increase
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sleep problems
  • Back and neck aches
  • Hemorrhoids

We can go on and on, but you get the picture, right?

What Can We Do?

The more we learn about the unpleasant risks of leading an inactive lifestyle, the more we want to avoid them. Let’s turn to the experts to find out how to prevent unfortunate consequences. Most of them recommend walking for at least 10,000 steps per day (about 4.7 miles or 7.6 km).

While going for a walk or a run when you spend 8 to 10 hours a day in the office is not always possible, you can take advantage of interesting ways to stay active in the workspace.

  1. Walk or ride a bike to work. If you live too far away, consider taking the train and then walking/cycling the rest of the way.
  2. Go out to get coffee. Don’t use the coffee machine to prep y

How Investing in Stationary Bikes for a Desk Can Benefit Your Company

When it comes to managing a healthy weight and staying fit, exercise plays a vital role in addition to a healthy diet. However, people today find it hard to make time to perform the fitness routines that can lead to their overall well-being. Especially, when they work at a job that requires them to sit behind a desk for eight or more hours a day. With such a sedentary job, it can increase a person’s chance of developing dangerous medical conditions that can affect their health. From heart disease to obesity, chronic diseases can affect how productive your employees are. As their employer, you should take an active role in promoting a healthy life to improve your employees’ quality of life. By investing in a stationary bike for a work desk, you can provide your workers with the opportunity to remain active while they are sitting at their desk.

Advantages of Encouraging Exercising While Working

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6 Benefits of Using a Monitor Mount

The way you set up your workstation impacts your work performance and even your job satisfaction. Finding the right arrangement for your desk can streamline productivity, boost confidence, and help you feel happier at work. On the flip side, an unsatisfactory setup can cause frustration, make it difficult to get things done, and may even have health consequences if the ergonomics are bad enough. Many employees have developed chronic back pain as a result of a poorly designed desk arrangement.

monitor mount can help you achieve the ideal desk setup that will unlock your productivity and help you feel more comfortable at your desk.

What is a monitor mount?

A monitor mount is a strong but flexible ergonomic arm that supports your monitors. While traditional monitor stands hold your monitor in a stationary, locked position, a monitor mount allows you to move and adjust the height, angle, or position of your monitor. If you have two monitors, you can use monitor mounts to find the perfect arrangement of the two, so they are easy to see and comfortable to look at.

Benefits of Using Monitor Mounts

Monitor mounts let you customize the arrangement of your monitors, which has numerous benefits for your comfort, productivity, and work habits. Read on to learn the top six benefits of using a monitor mount.

1. Work Efficiency

If you’re still using only a laptop to do your work, you’re probably wasting lots of time every day. It can be frustrating to switch back and forth between multiple different windows while you attempt to complete

Striking a Balance: The Right Way to Use a Standing Desk

How tall should my standing desk be? Is it healthy to stand all day at my desk? How long should I stand before taking a break? First-time standing desk users may be pondering these questions and more. Read on to find out how to set your desk height, how to balance sitting and standing, and how to keep pain from getting you down.

Setting the Height of a Standing Desk: Get the Angles Right

When determining desk height, get it right with right angles. Determine the proper height for your standing desk by standing up straight and relaxing your shoulders (but don’t lock your knees straight). Bend your arms so that your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Your standing desk should be set at elbow height so that your hands can easily reach the keyboard without bending your wrists. If you find it more comfortable, setting your desk height slightly lower is fine – but never higher, as this can strain your arms and wrists. The top of your monitor should be at eye level to avoid neck strain. You may want to consider an adjustable monitor arm for precision. Never use a laptop with a standing desk, as the correct setting for both keyboard and monitor height is simply not possible unless you have a separate keyboard or monitor.

It’s easy enough to convert proper standing desk height to proper sitting desk height – just include your knees this time! As when standing, when sitting at a desk you

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