ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Research by Ergotron, Inc., a Nortek Company, and global leader in the sit-stand workplace and classroom revolution, uncovered a startling gap in the area of office wellness. In the 2016 JustStand® Index report, although many employees report being aware of sit-stand desks, only 16 percent have asked their employer for one. And despite the rise in importance of wellness programs in businesses, a third of those requests were denied. In an effort to provide much-needed guidance and education to both employees and employers, Ergotron's new resource center on Juststand.org packages information designed to empower employees to ask for movement-friendly workstations and educate employers on the many organizational benefits of creating a culture of movement.
"Awareness is on the rise, but there's a dual problem facing the workforce: individual workers don't know how to ask their boss for a workstation upgrade and employers are sometimes hesitant to grant the request," said Betsey Banker, CWWS, CWWPM, Ergotron's vertical market manager, wellness. "There are numerous benefits to both individuals and organizations in creating a culture of movement at the office. With the creation of these tools, employees and employers now have access to resources to make an informed decision regarding workstations."
The resource center includes "Ask Your Boss" templates for employees to download and customize to their situation and management structure, with annotated research citations to help support the request. The center also offers the WorkFit® Champion Toolkit, making it easy to download multiple resources with one click to share with corporate leaders, associations, employees or anyone interested in learning more for meetings, employee education, training or general awareness around the office.
Included in the WorkFit Champion Toolkit:
- Customizable Ask Your Boss templates
- Movement-activating checklist and talking points for wellness champions
- Informative e-books & white papers
- Educational infographics
- Tips for moving more
"This resource center and toolkit evolved based on the feedback and requests that we get from our sit-stand community. We know there are sit-stand champions out there and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to keep spreading the word about the importance of reducing sedentary work and lifestyles," said Banker.
The resource center also links to information on the latest research around sedentary behavior, how to go beyond the office and activate classrooms and tools to calculate sitting time and calories burned from standing, making it a good starting point for any individual or employer. Employers or employees may also request sit-stand wellness training from experts at Ergotron through the site.
To learn more visit online at Juststand.org/toolkit or call us at 800.888.8458.
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 35 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 192 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount®, LearnFit®, StyleView®, TeachWell®, WorkFit®, Anthro, Neo-Flex® and ErgotronHome™—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron's products incorporate patented CF™ lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron's products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.
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