Friday, May 30, 2014

What Happens When You Let Employees Vote On An Open Office?

Microsoft's New York City office let their employees vote on an open office or cubicles. Which do you think won? Read article

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Workspaces of Men Who Are On Their Game

Most of us spend at least 40 hours a week at work, much of that time spent at our desks.

The fine folks at Mashable spoke with a handful of men about how they design their workspaces as reflections of their personalities and as a way to drive productivity and creativity. Check out the article, "The Workspaces of men Who Are On Their Game".

So how about you? Is your desk an extension of your home? How do you personalize your workstation where you work? Share your desk with us by posting a picture of your desk on our facebook page.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why Your Office Environment Matters

Does sitting at your office cubicle day after day make you stir crazy? It could be your office environment that is making if difficult to think, work, and be as effective as possible.

Laura Smith, addresses this issue in her article titled, "The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle". The article stats our brains have evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments. At bfi, we strive to produce a happy environment for workers. Take a minute to read the article.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Have you ever considered a height adjustable desk?

If you've been in the workplace for any period of time, you've probably heard by now that sitting all day long is not good for your health. So what can you do about this? Adjustable Standing desks are one solution that may help break up your work day to give you the flexibility your body needs to stay active and mobile throughout your day.

Office Snapshots, posted a good article titled, "7 Height-Adjustable Standing Desks That Won’t Murder You". Give it a read and be sure to give bfi a call. bfi represents more than 200 office furniture manufacturers and we have several of these height adjustable desks that we can recommend to you.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Gravity is Your Life Line

Gravity is Your Life Line
by Marilynn Preston

Gravity isn’t just the name of a movie. Gravity is also the best-kept secret for living longer, and stronger, with more energy and a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

In the ‘90s, Dr. Joan Vernikos and her NASA space program team faced a tough medical issue: When perfectly fit astronauts go into space — a gravity-fee environment — they quickly show signs of accelerated aging. Their overall health deteriorates. Their bones weaken. Their muscles weaken. They begin to show each other pictures of their grandchildren. When the astronauts return to Earth, their strength returns, their bones stop deteriorating and fitness returns. Dr. Vernikos explains: “The lack of gravity in space wreaks havoc on the body... On Earth, gravity is our life line... it centers us and grounds us... the gravity factor is present to stimulate every cell, every nerve in our body... it etches images in our brain that tells us where we are in relation to our environment... All this rapidly disappears in space... in a gravity-free environment.”

Earthly sitting is a form of weightlessness. It brings us dangerously close to a gravity-free environment, she says, and we “sitanauts” are doing more and more of it every day, for typically eight to 10 hours, in our cars and couches, at our desks and dining tables, in front of big and small screens.

“The less we move, the less we use gravity,” she explains. Modern conveniences and technology may be making our lives easier, but our sedentary lifestyles are making us sick.

And here’s the kicker: Time in the gym, even working out three to five times a week, cannot make up for the negative results that come from disengaging with gravity.

“We’ve struggled for decades to exercise more and eat less,” says Vernikos. “We’re fatter, sicker, more tired and more out of pocket than ever. Some of us even exercise strenuously. Yet, the way we live is slowly killing us.”

Which is why she wrote a book called “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death — And Exercise Alone Won’t.” Strap on your harness and prepare for liftoff — it’s a mind-blower.

When you sit, you’re essentially disconnecting from the “life line” that is gravity. When you get up and change your position — and this is the finding that dazzled her most of all — you’re reconnecting with gravity in ways that promote health and wellness.

It’s the change of position that is most powerful and matters most, Vernikos says. “The results amazed me! Standing was more effective than walking! ”

“To reverse the damage of sedentary living,” Vernikos advises, “put gravity back in your life.”

How? Do frequent nonstrenuous activities throughout the day. Stand up every 10 to 15 minutes, bend and twist, take the stairs, wash the car, empty the dishwasher. You get the picture.

“Our bodies need perpetual motion,” says Vernikos. “The good news is that there are unlimited free opportunities for movement all around us. The key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise an hour a day, three to five days a week.

“The answer is to rediscover a lifestyle of constant, natural, low-intensity nonexercise movement that uses the gravity vector throughout the day.”

Seen on: Hi Class Living, March-April 2014, pg 75-76

Friday, May 02, 2014

17 Desk Stretches That Might Save Your Life

17 Desk Stretches That Might Save Your Life This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee engagement platform that makes employee wellness easy while making people happy and productive at work.