Tips for Working From Home

Featured: Neo

We took a look at some of the bad habits that may have crept in for those working from home, and suggest five tips to help improve health, wellbeing and happiness in the home workspace. 
For many of us, 2020 was a year of significant change, not least the way we worked. Those of us lucky enough to have been able to carry on our roles while working from home may now have been doing so for over 10 months, and what started as a novelty has become routine, blurring the lines between your work life and home life, and letting bad habits set in.
Here are our Home Office Tips, to help you improve your health and wellbeing, increase productivity, and reclaim a better work-life balance. 

Featured: Jax (left) and Diddy (right)

Keep it tidy 

If you are anything like us, your home office desk serves as a multi-functional space with clutter from the previous year. Without regular cleaning, it is all too easy to let your home workstation slide. 

Give your workstation a deep clean, sorting the trash from the treasured, and make a concerted effort to keep it that way. Set yourself the goal of either a daily or weekly cleaning of your desk, including wiping down all the surfaces and sorting out your work equipment. A clean desk is energizing and inspiring and will help you stay focused and ultimately be more productive at your tasks. 

 

Move more

One of the biggest problems with working from home is inactivity. When facing a heavy workload, our natural reaction is to sit at our desk until it’s done, leading to hours and hours of inactivity. Without the commute to work and with all meetings and calls taken at your desk, the amount of movement and activity in our lives can take a drastic decline. 

2021 is the year to put that activity back into your daily routine. Once an hour you should get up and move for a couple of minutes. The classic example is to get up and do a set of stretches to reset your body. For some people it’s hard to keep to such routines, so another way of keeping moving is to write out a list of short chores you need to do, and every hour do one of those. 

Watering your desk plant, putting a load in the washing machine, taking the trash out, emptying the dishwasher, playing with your dog – these are all tasks that take a couple of minutes, but require you to take a step back from your work and get your body moving. What’s more, they are useful tasks that help you keep on top of your domestic life.   

Fewer video calls – More audio calls 

With much of the world going through various stages of lockdown over the past year, video calls have become the de-facto meeting format for many, and not just for work, but for socializing too. There is no doubt that they have been incredibly useful for replacing face to face meetings, but their increasing usage has led to what has been dubbed “zoom fatigue”. 

This idea stems from how we process information over video. The only way we can show we’re paying attention to video is to look into the camera, but in real life, we rarely stand 3 feet away from a colleague and stare into their face. Having to engage in a constant gaze makes us uncomfortable and tired, leading to fatigue. 

For 2021, we recommend reducing the Zoom meetings, keeping them to the conversations when they are necessary, and try and engage in more traditional phone calls, or keep your camera switched off when you converse via your messaging platform. 

Featured: Sol

Assess your workstation 

By now you should be all too familiar with the way you are working from home, and if you haven’t already, your workspace is long overdue for an assessment. Is the layout of your equipment optimized for your comfort, performance and wellbeing? Is your furniture suitable for the long hours you are spending at your desk? 

If the answer is no to these, we strongly recommend assessing your options. Having your chair at the right height is very important when it comes to lasting comfort and wellbeing, as is ensuring your keyboard, monitor and various equipment you use is set up to help combat poor posture and the effects of sedentary behavior. 

Other ideas you could look at are sit-stand desks, which can really have a positive impact on your overall health, and active seating such as the Sol task chair, which offers a greater range of flexibility and movement, promoting more movement while seated, without any effect on your focus and productivity. Sol’s pivot-back technology enables torsion rotation and side-to-side movement, making each sit an experience that’s catered to-and unique to-each user. 

Take your lunch away from your desk 

We’ve all done it. Meetings extending into your allocated lunch hour, a stack of work to get through… It’s all too easy to grab your lunch and eat at your desk as you continue with your work. This isn’t a new phenomenon either.   

There are huge benefits from taking your lunch break away from your desk – not only will it help you keep moving and keep your desk tidy, but it also helps to relieve stress and give your brain a break from your work tasks, allowing you to refocus in the afternoon and be more productive. 

If this was you in 2020, then try and take a step back this year and have your lunch somewhere else in your house, away from the distractions of work, and leave your phone and laptop behind so no one can disturb you. 

Featured: Mila

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Good Design Awards

9to5 Seating has been honored with three esteemed GOOD DESIGN® Awards for Jax, Sol and Mila. Granted by The Chicago Athenaeum since 1950, the prize recognizes innovative industrial, product, and graphic designs from around the world.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by pioneers Charles and Ray Eames together with former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN spotlights work that has “chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace”.

Winning products Jax, Sol and Mila creatively address needs in the market while delivering on style. With dramatic silhouettes and a sculptural aesthetic, the Jax Collection is a complete lounge line with high-back, mid-back and side models to create a cohesive look office-wide. Task chair Sol features active pivot-back technology, engineered to support a range of working postures for users on cell phones, tablets or laptops. Mila enables easy ergonomic adjustment, with a mechanism that automatically adapts to each user’s weight, hidden in a contoured aluminum frame that encircles the seat and back.

“9to5 Seating is honored to be granted not one but three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards this year,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “We are just as committed to design and innovation as we are to making it accessible to a wide audience.”

Jax, Sol and Mila are now available to order. Products can be specified using 9to5 Seating Chair Designer.

 

 

 

New Nautilus Textile Collection

The new 9to5 Seating Nautilus card features durable performance textiles including polyurethanes and vinyls in seven patterns and 80 design-friendly colorways and textures. This entirely bleach-cleanable offering includes options with an anti-microbial finish and adds to 9to5 Seating’s broad library of carded and graded-in fabrics.

Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings. The card includes A or B grades for accessibility and value in today’s competitive market. All patterns have a 10-day lead time.

As part of 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability, all textiles on the Nautilus card are free of flame retardants.

“It’s another example of how we’re anticipating the needs of today’s buyer—conscious of durability and ease of disinfecting,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The Nautilus Collection satisfies that requirement while integrating design trends in colors and texture.”

Most of the textile patterns meet the BIFMA HCF 8.1-2019 Healthcare Furniture Design Guidelines for Cleanability. Check out the Nautilus Textile Collection here.

Sol Wins a Product Innovations Award

9to5 Seating is proud to announce that Sol has received a Product Innovations award from BUILDINGS and interiors+sources. The product is a member of an elite group of 33 innovative products that will be showcased in the September/October issue of BUILDINGS and the October issue of interiors+sources, as well as online at www.BUILDINGS.com and www.interiorsandsources.com.

The BUILDINGS and interiors+sources editorial staffs evaluated submissions in terms of their innovation and contribution to productive workplaces. Sol received the Merit Award  in the Furniture/Seating category.

New Jax Lounge Collection

9to5 Seating is unveiling the Jax Collection, a complete lounge line with dramatic silhouettes and angles to create inviting, inspiring environments. With high-back, mid-back and side options, Jax offers seating for the entire workplace with a singular design aesthetic.

Comfort was a guiding principal in the development of Jax, which was made for lobby, reception, café or collaboration areas. Jax was engineered for an ideal sit for all users. The chair also features high-quality plush molded foam.

The Jax Collection was created to address the needs of a broad range of work environments. The high-back lounge has a wing back for privacy and focus. Available in mid-back lounge and side/guest options as well, Jax facilitates collaboration and socialization. Base options are steel four-leg, wire, aluminum swivel, or five-star. Bases come in various finishes including black, silver and polished aluminum. All models are available with contrasting upholstery.

“The Jax Collection is all about beautiful design and comfort,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “With Jax, we struck a balance between a strong, sculptural aesthetic, and a soft, comfortable sitting experience.“

Jax lounge starts at $1400 List, Jax side starts at $1095 List. Both are BIFMA LEVEL 1, GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs.

Start customizing Jax with our Chair Designer or specify now on CET.

Performance 3.0

As part of the ongoing partnership with Momentum Textiles, 9to5 Seating is launching the Performance 3.0 textile card for commercial, healthcare and education markets. The selection features a range of bleach-cleanable performance textiles in 10 patterns and 70 colors, including EPU polyurethanes, silicones and recycled polyesters with Crypton® finishes. Performance 3.0 is the latest addition to 9to5 Seating’s broad library of carded and graded-in collections.

The patterns on the new co-branded card are all high-performance and easily disinfected. EPU polyurethane patterns have abrasion double rubs from 900,000 up to 1,000,000. The Silica selection is inherently anti-microbial, anti-fungal as well as resistant to permanent ink. Multiple choices with Crypton® finishes are stain- and odor-resistant with an impenetrable moisture barrier.

“Every option on the Momentum Textiles Performance 3.0 card is bleach-cleanable, sustainable, and engineered to withstand high-traffic environments – all critical considerations when choosing upholstery,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.

9to5 Seating joins Momentum Textiles in its commitment to sustainability. All Performance 3.0 textiles are GREENGUARD certified, made with recycled fibers, and are free of PVC and flame retardants.

Learn more about the 9to5 Seating Momentum Performance 3.0 textile card here.

Introducing Clary

9to5 Seating has launched the Clary side chair to address the evolving needs of today’s flexible workplace. Clary is designed to be versatile and coordinate easily with existing workplace designs. It is available in 24 bleach-cleanable colors for the mesh back version or thousands of textiles options for the upholstered back. The frame comes in silver and black with black and gray plastic and is available with or without arms. The many design options were created to allow Clary to be seamlessly integrated into private offices, huddle rooms, break and multipurpose rooms.

9to5 Seating developed Clary as a “universal side chair”, made to complement its task chairs including Neo, Neo Lite, Vault, Theory and Aria. Clary can be customized to complete the look of a workspace—or work as standalone seating for a collaborative space.

Clary’s wall-saver design means your surfaces are protected and glides and casters work double duty for mobility and floor protection. Clary stacks five on the floor or dolly for quick rearranging and storage.

“Clary is built for easy coordination,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Today, work happens in every corner of the office, and versatility isn’t a perk. It’s a prerequisite. We created Clary to meet that seating need.”

Clary is listed at $340. It is BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs.