The Benefits of Improved Posture | Innovative Office Solutions

You may be reading this while sitting down, and that’s okay.  Modern day office culture promotes personal workstations, provided with nice comfy chairs.  However, if you’re not sitting correctly, you could be doing irreversible damage to your body.  

If since you started reading this blog entry, you’ve sat up more straight – you are not alone.  This blogger just did the same thing.  The following are a few benefits of becoming more aware of your posture – and why you should continue to monitor and correct when necessary.

Proper Breathing

Bad posture creates poor breathing patterns, restricts circulation, strains muscles while creating new injuries, and can zap energy and create constant, low-grade physical pain. 

Freeing up your posture, alleviating the tension in the many muscle groups from shoulders to calves, will also improve blood circulation – which carries oxygen to the brain – keeping those neurons happily energised and your ability to concentrate enhanced.

Increased Concentration

A recent study conducted by Colorado College showed that male students with a more proper sitting posture had significantly higher test scores than students who slouched. Lead study author, Tomi Ann Roberts Ph.D, states “an upright posture makes people feel dominant and successful, which in turn improves their ability to relax and focus on problems.” Interestingly, according to the study, only male students benefited academically from improved posture – whereas proper posture seemed to have little to no effect on women.  This isn’t to say that proper posture in women doesn’t help increase concentration, just that the previously mentioned study found no correlation.

Increase Overall Health

Chronic upper body pain is often due to bad posture.  As you begin to continually improve your posture, you’ll feel less pain and tension all day – and soon begin to realize when you’re slouching.  By doing this, you’re retraining your body to have a more natural posture.  Soon after continuing your conscious effort improving your posture, you’ll begin to feel less all-around body pain

Combatting Poor Posture

There are plenty of products on the market that will help improve your posture over time.  One place you should be extremely aware of your posture is at the workplace.  Being that most of us often times sit for almost eight hours a day, that is a giant chunk of time during which we could be improving our posture.  Ergonomic products should be utilized whenever possible as they make everyday tasks that much easier and other products such as sit/stand workstations give users the option to sit or stand throughout the day.

According to some, “sitting is the new smoking”.  Changing up sitting posture more throughout the day will help activate and stretch different muscles throughout the day.

If you’re looking to increase concentration, proper breathing, and improve your overall posture – Contact our experts today at cs@innovativeos.com or call (866) 574-5389 to find out how we can help!

The Benefits of a Collaborative Workspace

Studies show that innovation measures jumped 15% within a workplace that encouraged and supported brainstorming, peer critiques, and the free exchange of ideas. 

How many of you have seen the cool, chic workspaces provided by companies like Google, Microsoft and Twitter?  Well, as it turns out, there is a method behind their modern takes on office space.  They’re referred to as Collaborative Workspaces – and they provide many more benefits than simple bragging rights for those that work at places that have embraced these more modern layouts.

Offices used to be, or in some cases still are, set-up like organizational charts:  upper management on upper floors and the closer you are to the CEO, the more important you are viewed.   With business becoming more complex, people must work together to create, share and manipulate information.  To handle these complicated business issues, teams and information networks have emerged – both physical and social – and are keys to success in the information economy.  So how do some businesses thrive the way they do within their collaborative working spaces?

According to research, workers spend nearly 80% of their day working alone or in pairs – with most being one-on-one with another person.  People in pairs share information and ideas, work together to create things, mentor and learn and support and coordinate each other’s work.

Take Boeing, for example.  For its Renton, Washington manufacturing site, Boeing had increased communication and collaboration in mind when creating the site. For instance, plane designers and engineers now work in the same building – creating a visual connection between workers.

With plenty of group space for impromptu meetings, including what Boeing calls “communal knowledge cafes” equipped with libraries, soft-seating, and information display equipment – the facility has reduced real estate usage by 40%.

Once the facility was completed, Boeing measured the change brought on by their new facility and the organization’s changes as whole.  Here are their findings:

• A newfound “connectedness” between employees and the aircraft
• Increase problem solving abilities
• A higher sense of urgency to improve
• Greater worker satisfaction

Those factors, along with the adoption of a leaner manufacturing approach, helped contribute to a huge improvement in overall productivity: No taking 12 days, instead of 24 days, to complete the manufacturing process of a Boeing 737.

The days of spending hours working alone and coming up with a masterpiece are long gone.  With the continually evolving work environment, innovation comes from people working together collaboratively.

At Innovative Office Solutions, we have embraced this new-age way of working together towards a common purpose.

In several areas we’ve opened up the work space by lowering the height of panels so that employees can collaborate more and have a broader sense of community, as opposed to being confined to their solitary “cube”.

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We’ve also created spaces specifically designed for employees to come together and collaborate on a project in a comfortable environment.

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