#wheredesignmeets #workspace – Humanscale
As the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life, Humanscale has always championed movement with chairs that intuitively recline; sit/stand solutions that move effortlessly when you want them to; customisable lights that react to your presence; and monitor arms that are truly flexible so you can be, too.
The human body is designed to move and numerous studies have revealed that neither sitting nor standing for long periods of time to work at a desk of any height is good for us. There are strong connections between inactivity and an increased risk of diabetes, as well as suggestions that sedentary lifestyles could be causing as many deaths as smoking.
Despite this knowledge, modern life doesn’t always encourage movement. We spend more time than ever at desks with a plethora of communication tools at our arms length, from phone to teleconferencing, negating the need for travel and movement even more.
The good news is that enlightened employers and innovative designers are addressing these issues. They know the key is to incorporate movement into workplace design. The benefits of movement include increasing metabolism, using different muscle groups and most importantly reducing the load on the lumbar spine, which is greater when sitting than when standing.
Applying common sense solutions to the dilemma of sedentary stress, designers are introducing more dynamic function into the furniture and products around the workplace, whether that’s in an office or at a desk at home, to encourage intuitive movement into our daily tasks.
We may be in a working environment but this doesn’t mean we have to be inactive. And there are further benefits to employers introducing the principal of a mobile workforce – creating dynamism within a workspace is essential for productivity, teamwork and communication, as well as our long term health.
In terms of ergonomics, alternating between the sit and stand positions is considered to be the most effective way to maintain health and comfort, as it allows different body parts to rest in intervals, and at the same time discourages static postures and also allows for a healthy blood flow through the body.
Committed to making a net positive impact on the earth as well as our customers, Humanscale offer award-winning products designed with a focus on function, simplicity and longevity.