Rethinking Workspaces: Design for Movement & Flexibility

Rethinking Workspaces: Design for Movement & Flexibility


When you think about it, it just doesn’t make
sense. Technology allows us to be more mobile than
ever before, yet we’re still so sedentary. Our tech gear, tablets and telephones are
designed to set us free, but our work, home and school environments are tying us down. We know that sitting less and standing more
is good for us. The question is: why isn’t more being done
to support a happy, healthy, productive society? It’s time we all stand up for ourselves. After all, everybody wants to be healthier,
don’t we? We move from the chair in the home to the
chair in the car to the chair in the office to the chair back home. And people can spend up to nine, ten hours
a day essentially sitting. When you make comparisons of people who sit
for higher amounts versus those who sit for lower amounts, consistently you see higher
rates of disease, etc., in the higher sitters. We’re starting to find that, it seems to have
an impact on how people feel, and it seems to have an impact on their risk factors for
chronic diseases. Frequent postural change appears to be the
most beneficial for musculoskeletal health, metabolic health, and also brain health. We all want more flexibility, more choices,
more opportunities to exercise our options, am I right? Workplace transformation is here. In today’s world, you have a choice with existing
technologies that are getting more and more mobile, more and more dynamic every day. To work where you want to work, how you want
to work. Ergotron has been developing products to support
optimizing the use of technology in the workplace for 30 years. Sitting standing, collaborating, meeting with
other people, focused work, all of those require different postures, different social interactions. We are helping people be the best they can
be in the jobs that they’re trying to get done. And who doesn’t want to engage with each other
more freely, more collaboratively in more meaningful and productive ways? That’s what I’m talking about. After all, isn’t that the point of all our
hands-free, Internet-enabled, digital, wireless go-go out there and get ’em mobile technology? Millions are being invested in researching
a better way to sit down. That’s crazy! There are studies galore that show how bad
sitting is for us. I mean, it’s so bad. But we just keep sitting. That money is much better spent finding ways
to make office, classroom and home environments more flexible, creative and playful. When interior designers design now, we think
about flexibility. We think about designing spaces that have
built-in adaptability to the future. And the furniture that’s within that space
has to likewise be flexible, reconfigurable and adaptable to future needs. So, when we think about furniture, the idea
of having a work surface that is also movable is really important. By designing spaces where people pass each
other, meet each other, come together, encouraging movement, encouraging interaction, we create
a more vibrant space that nurtures people, that makes them feel welcome, comfortable,
secure, happy and healthy. The numbers on this are kind of staggering. Studies show that standing up—even just
a little bit more than we do every day—can make a huge difference in health outcomes
and overall quality of life. Sit-stand solutions give people more choices
and more versatility, which makes us happier, and more industrious. What’s really cool? These solutions support a dynamic, free-flowing
environment, where collaboration thrives, new ideas emerge and life gets better. It’s time to take a stand. For your health, for your freedom of choice,
for your sense of community and spirit of collaboration Don’t just sit there, stand up! Go to juststand.org and join the stand-up
revolution today.


One thought on “Rethinking Workspaces: Design for Movement & Flexibility

  1. You know, this makes me think that while I've been redesigning my work-space, maybe I should take another look at my desk and maybe how I could make that a little more flexible too.

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