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How to Break the Barriers of Office Ergonomics


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Discover what can happen when you challenge traditional ergonomic wisdom in your office. Designing a healthier, more engaging office is easier than you think.

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How to Break the Barriers of Office Ergonomics

  1. Josh Kerst, CPE, CIE Focal Upright Break the Barriers of Office Ergonomics HOW TO:
  2. When it comes to ergonomics, knowledge is power.
  3. Challenging ergonomic conventions can change your life for the better.
  4. Remember when cars weren’t equipped with seat belts?
  5. And smoking on planes was commonplace?
  6. Institutional ergonomic change = healthier populations
  7. Today’s pressing ergonomic issue is the inactive office.
  8. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation. Sedentary jobs have risen 83% since 1960 and now account for 43% of all U.S. jobs
  9. Hazards of prolonged sitting 1 Hour of TV -21.8 minutes of life expectancy   1 Cigarette -11 minutes of life expectancy    
  10. “Today the AMA adopted policy recognizing the potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting… Prolonged sitting, particularly in work settings, can cause health problems and offering employees alternatives to sitting all day will help create a healthier workforce.”– June 18, 2013 Policy H-440.843 Health Risks of Sitting Source:
  11. Hazards of prolonged sitting
  12. Hazards of prolonged sitting Inactivity and metabolic impact   Deleterious health outcomes despite regular physical activity Prolonged sitting and back pain
  13. What can we do about it?
  14. 1. Sit-to-stand Workstations
  15. Researchers have reported that only between 8% to 12% of workers use standing desk feature after 6 to 8 weeks of use.
  16. 1.  Sit-to-stand Workstations 2.  Stand-biased Desks
  17. How long can you stand? Guidelines suggest that people limit standing to between 2 to 4 hours per day
  18. 1.  Sit-to-stand Workstations 2.  Stand-biased Desks 3.  Stand-to-lean Workstations
  19. Benefits of Stand-to-Lean Posture
  20. What can stand-to-lean workstations do for your business?
  21. Enhances employee engagement by 12% Helps attract top talent Improves workplace wellness Boosts mood, well-being, and cognitive focus No detrimental impact on the quality of work
  22. If we could increase the amount of time we are in flow by 20%, we would double our productivity. Source: Top executives in "flow" are five times more productive than out of it.5x  
  23. Josh Kerst EVP & Principal Ergonomist