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StorkStand designs and manufactures the first innovative and affordable standing desk for CEOs and startups. We are proud to partner with startup leaders who stand for positive change within our community. Our team spent the day with LabCreatrix, an inspiring talent agency based out of WeWork that is taking a holistic approach to connecting marketing and creative talent with the right companies. We were excited to catch some time with one of the company’s founding members, Jenn Margolin, to explore what it really means to build truly strong communities the old-fashioned way with refreshing energy.
"Find a team of people who you would actually want to live with. We look at the people we work with as our family members. It is a truly great feeling to know you are cared about when you walk into your office. As a family, you may scream and throw dishes. But at the end of the day, the only thing left is respect and love for your family members and a strengthened bond. ”
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StorkStand designs and manufactures the first innovative and affordable standing desks for startups. We are proud to partner with startup leaders who stand for positive change within our community. Our team spent the day with Chic Bridesmaid, an innovative fashion company committed to sustainability and conscious consumption. We were excited to chat with the company’s founder, Amy Schofield, and dive into the more personal side of being a trend-setting leader of two thriving ventures, while exploring the question, What Do You Stand For?
“To be healthy means to be connected. As an entrepreneur, your brain is always working. It’s important to be aware of what else is in your environment that can help you. To be open to what’s happening around you. You can’t be healthy when you’re closed.”
“I think of my best ideas when I allow myself to relax - relax enough to feel fully connected to my environment. These days, I don’t have as many opportunities to feel connected. The longer I do this, the more important this time becomes. Not just down time, but off time.”
“We stand for building communities. For bringing people together through an event, a celebration. We build communities around a shared experience. It is from here that real and meaningful relationships can grow.”
“Realize what you can do, what you can do well, and what you need help with. Put your energy into what you do really well and outsource the rest. Build a community of peers and use that community. They’re your knowledge source. Don’t do it on your own.”
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It isn’t some new coding language or iPhone app for your dog.
Standing isn’t exciting; it’s simply something we do when we aren’t moving or sitting.
The act of standing might not be particularly interesting, but when andwhere we choose to stand is actually an intriguing topic.
Studies show that most Americans sit at work for more than 7.5 hours every day. That’s more than double the doctor recommended daily amount and is proven to contribute to diabetes, weight gain and heart failure. But thankfully, someone invented a solution to this epidemic: the standing desk.
Of course! A simple contraption that allows you to stand while you work, consequently boosting health and productivity throughout your workday—seems pretty intuitive, right? The truth is, making the transition from sitting to standing at work can be a little daunting and there are many different ways to approach your first time using a standing desk.
Here are four essential tips for every standing desk newbie:
The number one thing you need to remember is that it takes time to get used to standing while you work. That’s right. Over the last several years you have successfully trained your body to sit for hours upon hours each day. Now it’s time to retrain it.
Set realistic expectations and allow your body several days (even weeks) to adjust to standing. Patience is key to a healthy workspace!
The number one complaint I hear from standing desk newbies is that they get tired after only a couple hours of standing. So I tell them to sit down!
Start out by standing just an hour or two each day. See how you feel and then increase the time you stand every few days. Give your body sufficient time to adjust and the whole experience will be much more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run.
You’re going to be using muscles you’ve never used before. Just like you would before you hit the gym, take a few minutes to warm up your legs and back muscles — back bends, quad and calf stretches, maybe even some downward dog?
Whatever stretches make you feel good, do ‘em! (as long as they’re appropriate for the office)
Every single person’s body is different. That means there is no optimal amount of time we should all stand each day or perfect type of desk we should all use. Ultimately, it’s about listening to what your body is telling you and finding the right solution for you.
I used to have terrible sleeping problems.
I would wake up with a sore neck and an aching back; I was 25 years old and felt like a 75-year-old ex-linebacker. Desperate for a solution, I finally went to a chiropractor and told him that my body hurt and I thought I needed a new bed. “It’s not your bed,” he told me, “It’s the way you work.” He explained that more than 85% of Americans sit all day at work. Even if you have perfect posture while sitting (which most of us don’t), humans are not meant to sit for extended periods of time.
So I asked myself: how many hours each day do I sit?
I started doing some research and discovered that those aches and pains you feel at the end of a long workday are symptoms of something called Sitting Disease and it affects just about everyone who works in a traditional office environment. Whether it’s backaches, shoulder pains or a consistent decline in productivity from lack of blood flow and muscle stimulation, there are a number of physical and mental side effects of sitting for extended periods of time.
I found that I was sitting for more than ten hours each day. Ten hours! That’s like taking a plane ride across the U.S. twice a day. As surprising as it sounds, nearly 10% of Americans would actually rather work a 14-hour day that includes at least moderate activity, than a typical 8-hour day sitting in an office chair. And I’m beginning to consider myself part of that group.
The good news is our bodies are extremely smart. They tell us when they feel great and when there’s something wrong. It’s often our ability (or lack thereof) to listen to what our bodies are saying that determines our overall health. If you feel tired, you probably should make it a point to get more sleep. And if your body hurts after sitting all day, well, maybe it’s time tostop sitting all day.
But it starts with baby steps. Here are four healthy, simple suggestions for your next workday:
After a night’s sleep, your body has been without water for hours. Trust me, it’s parched. Drinking water in the morning will make sure your body is hydrated and prepared for the rest of your day.
Instead of heading straight for your desk when you get to the office, break up your daily desk routine by standing for a couple hours in the morning. If your company offers them, or you can afford one, get yourself a standing desk. Although the fancy, electronic ones are nice, you can get all the health and productivity benefits from a simple standing desk as well.
If your meeting doesn’t require a computer, get out of the office and enjoy a brisk walk as you talk — perfect whether you’re with colleagues or on the phone.
Even if you think you look funny in front of your boss, it’s well-worth the health benefits, not to mention you’ll just feel a whole lot better.
A healthy work environment is not something that should be reserved for the few who can afford those expensive standing desks. So start listening to your body and making small changes that can have a big impact in the short and long-term. It’s about time we start taking responsibility for our own health in the workplace.