By now it is common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to both physical and emotional health. Changing this lifestyle is difficult, however, with the modern workday and the long shifts required of operators in mission critical operations centers. When a critical event occurs, all hands are needed on deck for as long as it takes to resolve the incident, and leaving for a walk around the office simply isn’t an option.
Thankfully technology rises to meet the growing needs of the workforce. Constant Technologies offers command center furniture with adjustable height capabilities which enables ergonomic comfort and promotes the health of command center operators. Installing sit-stand desks in your 24/7 operations center is a simple way to counteract the effects of a long, often sedentary shift. Sit-stand desks are also useful in increasing productivity in a command center by keeping operators alert and engaged.
However, simply having sit-stand desks in your command center isn’t enough; they must be put to use. Varying your position throughout the day to switch between standing and sitting is considered best practice for getting the most out of your sit-stand desk, but it can be hard to remember to change positions multiple times throughout a shift. Reversing the learned behavior of spending the whole shift seated requires both forethought and practice.
Simple tips to make using your sit-stand console a habit:
- Standing while working needs to become a habit, so at the beginning practice is more important that the length of time spent standing. If your body is not accustomed to working in a standing position, you can start with standing for just 5 minutes per hour.
- For each hour before your lunch break, raise your command center desk to a standing position once an hour for 5-15 minutes at a time.
- Just before taking your lunch break, raise the desk so that it is already in a standing position when you return.
- Upon returning from your lunch break, spend 15 minutes standing before again lowering the desk to sit for 45 minutes.
- At the top of each hour, raise the desk again to work for 15 minutes in a standing position.
- Creating calendar notifications or alarms for these intervals can remind you to change your position between sitting and standing.
- At the end of the shift, raise your desk again. This serves as a reminder to start the next shift standing.
- Use an app to set reminders to raise and lower your desk.
With the addition of a Bluetooth switch or dongle, Constant Technologies’ command center consoles can all be made compatible with the Linak Desk Control app, which can be used to set alerts and remotely control desk height. Any sit-stand command center desk previously installed by Constant can utilize the Bluetooth Dongle to achieve compatibility with the Linak app. For new installations of sit-stand desks in mission critical spaces, the new Bluetooth equipped switch can be made available. In addition to creating reminders to build a healthy routine, the Linak Desk Control app can also be used directly to adjust the desk and to set and store desk positions.
For more information about how we can incorporate the Linak Desk Control app into a control room design, contact us today.
Constant Technologies, Inc. is a premier mission critical audiovisual integrator providing customized AV systems integration of 24/7 command center video walls and operations center furniture worldwide. With over three decades of experience, Constant’s team has the knowledge and clearance to work with sensitive environments in the public and private sectors and has experience creating custom, turnkey solutions all over the world. As experts in control room design, Constant designs, installs and services projects of all scopes and sizes to create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind. Some of Constant’s installations have included Social Media Command Centers, Network Operations Centers, EOC builds, Fleet Operations Centers, Fusion Centers, Command Centers, Security Operations Centers,and other command and control environments.
August 29, 2018