Research

  • Standing Desks, Cornhole, and Shooting Ranges– How Does Your Company Build Community?

    Whack! A beanbag smacks against a wooden board, slides through a hole, and the office erupts in cheers! This is the first thing I witness upon walking through the office doors of Salo, a staffing agency in Minneapolis. It’s 11:00am on a Wednesday morning and the staff is playing cornhole (or doghouse, or bagtoss, depending […]

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  • Standing Meetings Improve Performance

    Standing meetings are on the rise! In 2011, a survey of 6,042 tech companies found that 78% held daily standing meetings (often referred to as the daily scrum). Most of these companies hold standing meetings for efficiency’s sake, and the research supports this. A study in 1998 found that standing meetings are a third shorter than sitting meetings but […]

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  • Study: Treadmill Desks Improve Productivity

    We’ve seen first hand that moving more throughout the day improves work productivity, but scientific studies making the direct connection have been scarce. Most reports on the subject are anecdotal– that is, until now. A year-long study recently concluded that allowing employees to walk on treadmills at their desks improves work performance. This is great […]

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  • Get More Done and Do It Better

    We’re all well aware of the physical benefits of exercise. It tones muscles, sheds fat, and makes us stronger, faster, better, right? Well, yes. And that’s awesome, but the cognitive benefits are what make exercise a win-win for companies who promote it. If you exercise before or during work, you’ll get more done and you’ll […]

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  • 3 Easy Tips for Healthy Resolutions

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2014! If you’re like most people, you’re feeling optimistic about a fresh start, and chances are high that at least one of your New Year’s resolutions is about being healthier. Well congrats! That’s a good place to be— Optimistically thinking about your health. Here are 3 guidelines to help […]

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  • Standing Desks: Products on the Market

    Our last blog post outlined several studies reporting the adverse effects of a sitting all day. To follow that post, we’ve created a guide for mitigating those effects in the best way we know: giving employees the option to stand while they work. This is the first step towards building a healthier office space. To achieve […]

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  • Standing Desks and Why They’re Good for You

    It’s an exciting time to be working at the intersection of office design and employee management. Companies have realized the importance of a healthy staff, and they’re investing to make it happen. The potential payoff is huge– healthy employees take fewer sick days and are more productive at work. These two factors alone can give […]

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  • HIIT Will Make You Super Human, Right?

    High intensity interval training, or HIIT, is gaining a lot of attention these days. And not for nothing. The duration of the whole workout ranges from 4 to 20 minutes and can yield some impressive results. This method involves incredibly intense bursts of exercise followed by brief rest periods. Some stats that might catch your […]

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  • The Truth About Exercise

    PBS recently released a great video titled “The Truth About Exercise,” in which Michael Mosley explores (i.e. plays guinea pig for) some of the newest exercise research. Key takeaways: “There should never be an hour that you’re sitting down.” Dr James Levine, the country’s leading movement researcher, explains the concept of NEAT (Non Exercise Activity […]

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