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In 1989, sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third place” in his groundbreaking book, “The Great Good Place,” which explored the idea of a public, social place outside of home (first place) and work (second place). His concept of third places looks at how public places like coffee shops, bars, hair salons and bookstores are at the heart of communities.
Each year, the team at Miller’s looks forward to attending NeoCon at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. It’s an annual gathering place and launching pad for the commercial design and business interior world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. Here are four trends that dominated the conversation at NeoCon 2019.
During a typical work day professionals spend 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at their desk. Researchers found sitting at a desk for a long time is bad for physical and mental health. Standing desks have started to arrive at workplaces or home offices. Yet, it may be difficult to stand for an entire eight-hour shift. Having an ergonomic office chair is still important in a professional work environment. Here are four reasons why ergonomic office chairs remain important for your team:
A study by Health and Work Outcomes, a health research company, found people who received office ergonomics training and a chair with ergonomic functions increased productivity by 17.8 percent. Having ergonomic office chairs benefit staff, productivity and office culture. Here are a few reminders to help keep ergonomic benefits top of mind in your office.
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Is sitting at a desk for eight hours a day destroying your posture? Do you constantly feeling spine and neck pain throughout the course of your day? Chances are you need new office furniture. Think about it: you spend one-third of your day sitting in your office chair, so you might as well make that time as comfortable as possible. One of the best ways to ensure maximum comfort is with an ergonomic chair.
While the idea of increasing your business’ productivity sounds like a proposal put together by some outside human resources consulting group, or a complicated plan to overhaul your day to day operations to include siestas and yoga—it doesn’t have to be. With a one-time investment in quality ergonomic office furniture you can improve the comfort, focus, and health of your employees.