What is Ergonomics All About?

Ergonomics means “fitting the job to the worker.” It’s the science and practice of designing jobs and workplaces to closely match the capabilities and limitations of the human body. Ergonomics helps to decrease muscle fatigue and discomfort, increase quality of work and life, and, perhaps most importantly, reduce the number and severity of injuries.

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A Space That Feels Like Home: YWCA Columbus

The mission at YWCA Columbus is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. It's an organization that focuses on breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women and families – not just in critical moments, but every single day. The historic Griswold building in downtown Columbus, Ohio houses the YWCA Columbus Center for Women, which provides permanent supportive housing for women struggling with disabilities and chronic homeless-ness. It’s also where an administrative staff of 60 provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for residents. As a 90-year-old building in constant use, the time had come to make some much-needed updates to the space. Through a year-long renovation project we helped to bring this LEED-certified building into the 21st century, while maintaining the integrity of this special structure from the early 1900s.

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Is Sit-to-Stand Right for You?

You sit more than you sleep.

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Q&A with Tim Straker, VP of Marketing/Global Customer Experience at Herman Miller

Read about current insights, tips, and trends!We recently had the chance to talk with Tim Straker, VP of Marketing and Global Customer Experience at Herman Miller, about what the client experience is, why it's so important, and how everyone in an organization can impact it.

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How Successful Schools Create Space for Gen Z

As I travel around the country talking with educators about learning space redesign, I hear of some schools successfully transitioning into 21st century learning spaces while others are struggling. In the successful schools the educators are seeing positive results in the new spaces; in the other schools the educators are becoming frustrated. In some cases they are even facing opposition. So I began to ask myself, “What are the common points I’m seeing in the schools that are successful? What do educators need to know to accomplish this shift?” Here are some answers.

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Live OS: Where Robotics Meets Office Design

At NeoCon 2017, Herman Miller and designer Yves Béhar unveiled the future of office design with Live OS. It’s an app-based system that brings robotics into offices by connecting workspaces to people’s changing needs throughout the day, empowering them to work smarter and healthier. This customizable system consists of cloud-connected furnishings, an app, and a dashboard to gain an understanding of evolving humans that use it. The end goal is to make constant adjustments to ensure a happy, high-performing workforce. At its core, it’s designed to measure the effectiveness of a space and optimize it for workers.

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Is Your Healthcare Space Ergonomically Friendly?

In the world of healthcare, it’s important to consider the holistic experience. That’s why healthcare facilities today are creating environments designed with a compelling selection of settings across the entire health system. Still, there’s a greater need for ergonomic solutions in these spaces, whether that’s providing flexible seating options in the waiting room or sit-to-stand solutions for staff members. Here are three additional ways to make your healing spaces more ergonomically friendly.

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Earlier is Better When Bringing a Furniture Provider into the Commercial Real Estate Process

The commercial real estate (CRE) process is complicated. Developers, landlords/building owners, legal representation, financial institutions, and multiple brokers are all involved, not to mention architects, designers, furniture providers, and the end users themselves, tenants. The project team, which can vary from project to project, typically consists of a tenant broker, landlord broker, architect, and last but not least, a furniture provider.

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Stand Up for Your Employees' Health with Sit-to-Stand Solutions

Many jobs today require us to sit for prolonged periods of time. Science tells us that sitting all day isn’t the healthiest choice when it comes to doing our work, but sometimes it's inevitable. Research suggests that people who sit excessively have increased risk for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a cascade of other health ills. The human body is made to move, but global studies show we sit nearly 8 hours a day on average.

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How Ergonomic Furniture Inspires Active Learning

Active learning is described as a “teaching method that strives to more directly involve students in the learning process.” This is contrasted with passive learning, in which students simply sit and listen to a teacher speak, or watch some sort of presentation or video. There is a place for passive learning, but more and more teachers are experimenting with active learning to boost their students’ educational attainment.

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