How to Break the Barriers of Office Ergonomics

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HOW TO: Break the Barriers of Office Ergonomics Josh Kerst, CPE, CIE Focal Upright

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When it comes to ergonomics, knowledge is power.

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Challenging ergonomic conventions can change your life for the better.

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Remember when cars weren’t equipped with seat belts?

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And smoking on planes was commonplace?

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Institutional ergonomic change = healthier populations

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Today’s pressing ergonomic issue is the inactive office.

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Sedentary jobs have risen 83% since 1960 and now account for 43% of all U.S. jobs Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.

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Hazards of prolonged sitting 1 Hour of TV -21.8 minutes of life expectancy   1 Cigarette -11 minutes of life expectancy    

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“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:

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Hazards of prolonged sitting

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Hazards of prolonged sitting Inactivity and metabolic impact   Prolonged sitting and back pain Deleterious health outcomes despite regular physical activity

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What can we do about it?

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1. Sit-to-stand Workstations

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Researchers have reported that only between 8% to 12% of workers use standing desk feature after 6 to 8 weeks of use.

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1.  2.  Sit-to-stand Workstations Stand-biased Desks

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How long can you stand? Guidelines suggest that people limit standing to between 2 to 4 hours per day

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1.  2.  3.  Sit-to-stand Workstations Stand-biased Desks Stand-to-lean Workstations

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Benefits of Stand-to-Lean Posture

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What can stand-to-lean workstations do for your business?

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Enhances employee engagement by 12% Helps attract top talent Boosts mood, well-being, and cognitive focus Improves workplace wellness No detrimental impact on the quality of work

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5x   Top executives in "flow" are five times more productive than out of it. If we could increase the amount of time we are in flow by 20%, we would double our productivity. Source:

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Josh Kerst EVP & Principal Ergonomist [email protected]

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