Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sit, Stand, Be Healthy at Work: How To Create a Sit-to-Stand Work Style

We don’t need studies to tell us that sitting for extended periods of time can be harmful to our health because our bodies feel the strain and give us signals that say, ‘sitting for 10-plus hours per day is too much’. The commute to and from work combined with sitting all day at the workplace leave our bodies feeling cramped, ached, and lethargic. Some people try to exercise to compensate for extended sitting periods at the desk, but even studies show that the morning run or after work swim, can’t make up for all the time spent in your chair at work.

Men’s Health Magazine tells us “the amount of time you exercise and the amount of time you spend on your butt are completely separate factors for heart-disease risk. New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair. But it’s not just your heart that’s at risk from too much sitting; your hips, spine, and shoulders could also suffer.”

Our solution: The height-adjustable work style; a work style that allows you to sit AND stand throughout your workday. Our number one suggestion on how you can adopt a sit-to-stand personal work routine involves using a sit-to-stand desk.

To have the ability to adjust the height of your desk, you can create a DIY sit-to-stand desk or purchase a height-adjustable desk that suits your needs. Of course we can help you plan for your new sit-to-stand work style by listing tips and suggesting height-adjustable products that can help you develop a new work routine.

Tips to Help You Adopt a Sit-to-Stand Work Style:

1. Take mini breaks by walking to the break room to hydrate and energize.
2. Exercise when possible (before work, during lunch, or after work).
3. Place items out of reach (e.g. keep printer at a distance for an excuse to stand).
4. Pace while you talk on the phone.
5. Set reminders on your daily calendar to alert you to adjust the height of your desk.

Height Adjustable Product Suggestions:

  • Float Height-Adjustable Table by Humanscale

Float Height-Adjustable Table by  Humanscale

  • Everywhere Tables by Herman Miller

Everywhere Height-Adjustable Table by Herman Miller

  • Pinnacle AD Keyboard Tray by Workrite allows you to sit or stand while typing

Pinnacle AD Keyboard Tray by Workrite

Contact us at info@officeworld.com for more information on sit-to-stand solutions and when you need a reminder of why you should be sit/standing, remember that Winston Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci and Ernest Hemingway did it and so can you.

Colorful and Open Office Trends

San Francisco Bay Area companies have set office trends and adopted workplace designs that embrace the open office setup. But the sleek, colorful, open office environment isn’t just for high-tech companies anymore. We see healthcare, education, corporate and government offices straying from that ‘cubical’ look and incorporating designs in their workplaces that wow their employees and clients. Oregon organizations impress their clients by renovating, updating, and repurposing their workplaces to achieve that clean tech look that inspires creativity and attracts talent.

University of Oregon’s Track and Field – The University of Oregon’s Track and Field workspace is an impressive example of how furnishings can compliment office surroundings and even instill pride for an organization. To inspire staff and athletes in this environment, Herman Miller lounge furniture, is perfectly positioned to highlight the impressive features of the environment. The final design includes sleek furniture solutions in a combination of neutral and UO branding colors.

U of O Track and Field

U of O Track and Field

Levi Strauss & Co. – For Levi Strauss & Co’s working spaces, furnishing in vibrant colorways are installed in their lobby, open office areas and conference rooms. “Touchdown desks” are placed in Levi’s conference rooms so employees and guests can conduct personal business in a functional space.

Levi Strauss & Co. Lobby

Levi Strauss & Co. Lobby

The furnishing details and open office settings at University of Oregon and Levi Strauss & Co. allow for collaboration and innovation. Since these organizations’ used their brand colors in their furniture, their employees now work in motivating environments that reinforce their workplace culture. Our prediction is that these tech inspired trends will continue to spread throughout all industries in Oregon, and that’s okay, because our manufacturers are constantly studying and developing furnishings that are adaptable to workplace needs.

NEW EMPLOYEE SPECIAL | 50% off mfg. suggested list price for ANY task chair

SitOnIt and Herman Miller Task Chairs

SitOnIt and Herman Miller Task Chairs

Office World is offering new hires 50% off mfg. suggested list price for ANY task chair we sell. If you’re a new employee at a new organization, we’ll help you choose the task chair best suited for your position.

  1. Visit our showroom within 30 days of being hired.
  2. Try out a task chair for three days with our Try-A-Chair Trial (free delivery and pick up).
  3. Receive 50% off manufacturer suggested list price for an in-stock model or custom ordered chair.
  4. Agree to our terms of delivery.
  5. Sit in style at your new workplace

Repurposing Furniture in Non-Profits

When a business decides to make a big change like redesigning an office and bringing new furniture in, they ask us how they can get the existing furniture out. Where does the old furniture go? The panel parts and pieces of systems furniture aren’t easily disposable. We reassure our clients that we can help them repurpose their used furniture, as well as help them save on their taxes, by giving their old furniture a new life within a non-profit organization. Currently, we’re asking for non-profit organizations to contact us if they are in need of used furnishings. Since Office World has a furniture installation team complete with large moving vehicles necessary for furniture transportation, it’s easy for us to move and store used furniture in our warehouse while it’s waiting for a new home with-in a non-profit. The types of furnishings we haul, store, and donate include systems furniture, task chairs, desks, monitor arms, keyboard trays, and the list goes on.

Repurposing furniture is a standard, but typically unknown service we offer to our clients, non-profits and to the community. Recently we successfully repurposed furnishings from a large corporation and transferred them to organizations in-need. This reinstallation was a success and left all parties satisfied with their contribution to sustainability.

To register your non-profit to be on the receiving end of our office furniture donations, email us at info@officeworld.com with your non-profit organization’s name and contact person. For questions or comments, please contact us at info@officeworld.com or 541.687.9704.

Filing & Storage

Filing & Storage

Keyboard Tray

Keyboard Tray

Monitor Arm

Monitor Arm

Everywhere Tables

Everywhere Tables