St. Paul, MN, January 18, 2011
Ergotron, a global leader in ergonomic computer mounting and mobility products, has just released its latest White Paper, “Standing Up for Workplace Wellness.” Its purpose is to shed light on a common challenge global businesses face in creating an environment that encourages a healthy workforce, namely, the mitigation of sedentary behavior. The White Paper was written in response to conclusions made by several research studies, including the American Cancer Society, that urge public education about the risks associated with sitting too much. By encouraging something as simple as standing in the corporate environment, companies and employees reap the many benefits associated with increased movement, including stronger bones and muscles, more balanced metabolism and even better concentration and creativity.
“For many years, office work in general, and computer work in particular, has inexorably been associated with the sitting posture,” says Carrie Schmitz, author of the paper and Ergotron’s office ergonomics consultant and engineering publications manager. “We are in a point at time when mobile computing devices, in combination with the new scientific understanding of inactivity physiology, make it possible for us to abandon obsolete work habits.”
Recent research conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Ergotron revealed that full-time employees of large companies in the United States spend on average two-thirds of their working hours in a seated position and further, that 67% of this group wish their employers offered them desks that could be adjusted so they could work either sitting or standing.
“Innovative computer support equipment like the sit-stand, height-adjustable workstations that Ergotron manufactures will directly impact the health of modern knowledge workers the world over,” said Schmitz, “and do offer companies of any size and scope a realistic opportunity to create their own, more healthy work environments.”
The “Standing Up for Workplace Wellness” White Paper is now available for download at http://research.juststand.org and online at http://www.ergotron.com. To learn more about Ergotron’s Just Stand Uprising, which challenges the global workforce to alternate sitting and standing at their computers throughout day, visit http://juststand.org. For more information about the Ergotron survey visit the Ipsos News Center at http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=4915.
Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron is a global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Ergotron’s products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 25 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 37 patents and our growing portfolio of award winning products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and T.V.s Ergotron products enhance computing wellness, improve workplace productivity and create business process efficiencies, wherever and whenever they’re used. Incorporating Ergotron’s Constant Force lift and pivot motion technology, wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more ergonomic motion, improving the user’s experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment.