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How Safe is Your Sit to Stand Desk? [Video]

The importance of safety and quality in height adjustable tables and workstations, by Bruce Wells.

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They have arrived. After years of toe-in-the-water contemplation by real estate and facilities executives, height adjustable workstations are now being specified for everyone.

I won’t comment on the associated health benefits, which individuals rely upon to offset the negative impacts of “sitting too much.” Height adjustability in the workplace can’t hurt, right? 

Or can it?

As someone who has developed height adjustable solutions for clients over many years, I can confidently say that customers now seem to be committing to these workstations because they are suddenly more affordable. Competition has made them affordable. But competition has also driven many manufacturers in a race to the bottom regarding quality, functionality, and most disconcertingly, safety.

We demand that machine operators, carpenters and electricians be properly certified in their field of work to ensure their own safety as well the safety of others. However, we provide only optional guidelines to the soon-to-be millions of motorized desk operators in the US.

There are some products on the market with built-in sensors to stop and reverse the operation of an adjustable desk upon contact with an obstruction - whether an object or worse, a human obstruction like hands and fingers. At Innovant, we refuse to compromise safety and have made this capability standard for all our adjustable height products. This anti-collision technology was initially developed to protect the motor within the desk, but it offers a significant safety feature for users. Of course, a feature like this costs a little bit more.

Not only do furniture RFPs rarely indicate this as a mandatory performance requirement, few people ever ask what level of anti-collision sensitivity is built into the products they buy because they don’t know what a “safe level” means. As a result, we now have an influx of questionable quality machinery, (particularly from low-cost manufacturing regions) getting incorporated into furniture here in the US. These come with little to no collision sensitivity built in - all in an effort to make “health conscious” furniture “affordable.”

Accidents are usually rare in a data pool. But when the numbers of that pool grow as we reach millions of motorized, adjustable height pieces of furniture, it’s time to start asking questions about the safety expectations of these products.

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Innovant recently completed the installation of a television network’s corporate headquarters in New York City. Splashes of color and a mix of materials were applied to Innovant’s award-winning adjustable height bench. These aesthetic flourishes complement the surrounding environment for this creative client. Check out other installations on Innovant’s new Featured Installations webpage.

Workplace Environmental Strategy and Branding   Over the past 13 years, the evolution of the workplace environment has gone through a transition. No longer emphasizing privacy and the “my space, your space” syndrome, workplaces now carry the opposite focus. Our sales consultants have worked on a diverse range of environments in a variety of industries. With flexible product lines that have intelligent solutions such as the S4 series, Innovant has been successful in meeting our clients’ specific needs.   The evolution of how people work has been driven by the realization that the user’s role has changed. With a shift towards telecommuting and co-working, workplace strategies require flexibility in their spaces to perform well. Being in an enclosed, restrictive space does not promote collaboration in the office, in or out. In order to increase motivation and promote growth, having an open environment in which to work allows this natural progression to evolve, which then enables creativity and yields a more productive workforce.   Companies today, whether consolidating or relocating, go through the process of evaluating their brand presence and corporate culture. They look for ways to modernize their image both inside and out. Your future workplace strategy should be designed to attract and retain the most talented people, and a corporation’s physical environment is an important aspect of employees’ success and output.

Workplace Environmental Strategy and Branding

Over the past 13 years, the evolution of the workplace environment has gone through a transition. No longer emphasizing privacy and the “my space, your space” syndrome, workplaces now carry the opposite focus. Our sales consultants have worked on a diverse range of environments in a variety of industries. With flexible product lines that have intelligent solutions such as the S4 series, Innovant has been successful in meeting our clients’ specific needs.
 
The evolution of how people work has been driven by the realization that the user’s role has changed. With a shift towards telecommuting and co-working, workplace strategies require flexibility in their spaces to perform well. Being in an enclosed, restrictive space does not promote collaboration in the office, in or out. In order to increase motivation and promote growth, having an open environment in which to work allows this natural progression to evolve, which then enables creativity and yields a more productive workforce.
 
Companies today, whether consolidating or relocating, go through the process of evaluating their brand presence and corporate culture. They look for ways to modernize their image both inside and out. Your future workplace strategy should be designed to attract and retain the most talented people, and a corporation’s physical environment is an important aspect of employees’ success and output.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution   More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.   The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,    “I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.    The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution

More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.
 
The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,

“I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.
 
The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

Launching S4A, Innovant’s new height adjustable benching system this June at NeoCon!  
 To schedule a time to meet with one of our representatives please email  info@innovant.com  or call 212 929 4883. 
 Space 7-4093 7th Floor (Right outside the Elevator Between 3Form & Dyson) 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago IL 60654

Launching S4A, Innovant’s new height adjustable benching system this June at NeoCon!

To schedule a time to meet with one of our representatives please email info@innovant.com or call 212 929 4883.

Space 7-4093 7th Floor (Right outside the Elevator Between 3Form & Dyson) 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago IL 60654

Amerca’s Workforce Reducing its Footprint - Work Environments are getting Smaller and Smarter  
 In this week’s issue of Monday Morning Quarterback studies from CoreNet Global showed that the amount of office space per worker has been declining as more and more offices adopt open plan environments. We’ve found on numerous occasions that to successfully densify your office having  a more  intelligent workstation is essential. Giving employees flexible workstations and different environments throughout the office to do their work can lead to huge increases in productivity. 
 “For the first time many companies, the average allocation of office spaces per person in North America will fall to 100 square feet or below within the next five years.  By 2017, at least 40% of the companies responding indicated they will reach this bench mark of individual space utilization, which has been the case in Europe for the past several years but is now heading for the Americas. 
 The average for all companies for square fee per worker in 2017 will be 151 square feet, compared to 176 square feet today, and 225 square feet in 2010. “The main reason for the declines,” said Richard Kadzis CoreNet Global’s Vice President of Strategic Communications, “is the huge increase in collaborative and team oriented space inside a growing number of companies that are stressing “smaller but smarter” workplaces against the back drop of continuing economic uncertainty and cost containment.” Core Net Global, which  conducted the survey, is the worldwide association for corporate real estate and workplace professionals. 
 Today, just 24 percent of the respondents reported that the average space per office worker is 100 square feet or less; however 40% reported that within five years, the average space per office worker would be 100 square feet or less. 
 It is clear the amount of space dedicated solely to specific employees is steadily shrinking. A majority of the respondents, 55%, reported that square feet per worker has already decreased between 5 – 25% over the last 5 years. 
 “There are a number of additional factors contributing to the decline in the amount of space per worker“ said Kadzis. “ More Companies are adopting open floor plans in which employees do not have any permanently designated spaces at all; rather they use unassigned space when they are in the office setting that often change daily. This trend is enabled by technology and by cost measures, as they require smaller footprints .” 

Amerca’s Workforce Reducing its Footprint - Work Environments are getting Smaller and Smarter

In this week’s issue of Monday Morning Quarterback studies from CoreNet Global showed that the amount of office space per worker has been declining as more and more offices adopt open plan environments. We’ve found on numerous occasions that to successfully densify your office having  a more  intelligent workstation is essential. Giving employees flexible workstations and different environments throughout the office to do their work can lead to huge increases in productivity.

“For the first time many companies, the average allocation of office spaces per person in North America will fall to 100 square feet or below within the next five years.  By 2017, at least 40% of the companies responding indicated they will reach this bench mark of individual space utilization, which has been the case in Europe for the past several years but is now heading for the Americas.

The average for all companies for square fee per worker in 2017 will be 151 square feet, compared to 176 square feet today, and 225 square feet in 2010. “The main reason for the declines,” said Richard Kadzis CoreNet Global’s Vice President of Strategic Communications, “is the huge increase in collaborative and team oriented space inside a growing number of companies that are stressing “smaller but smarter” workplaces against the back drop of continuing economic uncertainty and cost containment.” Core Net Global, which  conducted the survey, is the worldwide association for corporate real estate and workplace professionals.

Today, just 24 percent of the respondents reported that the average space per office worker is 100 square feet or less; however 40% reported that within five years, the average space per office worker would be 100 square feet or less.

It is clear the amount of space dedicated solely to specific employees is steadily shrinking. A majority of the respondents, 55%, reported that square feet per worker has already decreased between 5 – 25% over the last 5 years.

“There are a number of additional factors contributing to the decline in the amount of space per worker“ said Kadzis. “More Companies are adopting open floor plans in which employees do not have any permanently designated spaces at all; rather they use unassigned space when they are in the office setting that often change daily. This trend is enabled by technology and by cost measures, as they require smaller footprints.” 

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Clean Modern Work Environments at Rallye Motors 

S4 Installation 

Innovant’s FORm_office S4 is uniquely designed for flexible open-plan work environments, with advanced adaptable features, it’s an ideal solution for any work environment. Often, our clients are looking for a clean, modern workstation, with technology management to maintain a clutter free environment. A recent example is the FORm_office installation at Rallye Motors, one of the largest Mercedes Benz dealers in the United State. The overall design concept, from Interior Architects, was to project a European high-end look that re-creates the Mercedes Benz worldwide appeal.  The solution was our S4 configuration, with white and aluminum finishes, to further embody their showroom aesthetic.

Rallye Motor’s wanted a single solution platform that could easily be adapted  to meet the needs for their two end user groups. Their requirements were to provide flexibility for user access, and the ability to easily modify their personal workstation. In addition, the system needed to provide hidden cable management, and personal storage solutions for above and below the desktop.

S4 presented a clean intelligent desk solution that improved the overall feel of the space, and projected a sense of refinement. Collaborating with architects, designers, and end users, we strive to provide the right solution for your new workplace at a competitive price.  Whether it’s the office, the bullpen, or the showroom, the right system is essential to a high performance work environment. 

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Announcing Our New San Francisco Office

Announcing Our New San Francisco Office

Innovant has established itself as a leading provider of tailored, clean and intelligent benching furniture on the east coast with it’s FORm_office product range. In October we opened our first San Francisco office at One Market Street led by Western Regional Business Development Manager George Schoenwald.

To contact our San Francisco Office 
Email: gschoenwald@innovant.com  

Universities Turn to Benching

The Future of Education

As the world becomes more and more “social,” major changes are taking place that are transforming the way we work.  Private cubicles have become a thing of the past, as people are seeing the benefit of collaborative working spaces that stimulate creativity. Beyond even the world of business, these changes are infiltrating the education system, as students are beginning to see their library as more than a place just to seek information, but rather places of creativity and collaboration among peers. In this rapidly expanding world, there is a multitude of room for discovery that both the students and teachers recognize. The generations of students that are in school, and those yet to go are no longer stimulated by the solitude of cubical study spaces but seek motivation from their peers and the sharing of ideas with those around them.


Library study rooms, and conference like settings allow for collaborative creativity that students need. Our conference tables and FORm_office products fit these exact needs that students and school libraries are now calling for. Innovant has recognized these changes and universities have been seeking our products to outfit their libraries to become more than centers of information to centers for collaboration and creativity. In the past month two prestigious universities have selected Innovant products for their campuses.   The University of Chicago selected Innovant’s Conference line for their Regenstein Library reading tables and York University in Toronto selected FORm_office for their Osgoode Hall Law School collaborative workstations.    In April Innovant was awarded similar projects for Marist College in upstate New York, and we are currently pursuing numerous high profile higher education projects across the country with our benching and conference products.