We all spend a lot of our time walking in and out of buildings. And like other things we do all the time, it stands to reason that most of us have probably stopped paying attention. Our goal today is to help relieve the boredom of going in and out of all those buildings and give you something to pay attention to.
Not long ago, this blog discussed the WELL Building Standard® — why it’s right on the leading edge of current thought involving sustainability and the workplace. We’d like to continue the conversation, and get into something more specific.
Think about the last time you bought a new mattress. At some point you probably realized it was like you were sleeping on the side of a hill. Or the old one was lumpy. Or too hard or too soft. These are things you might put up with if you’re camping — but you shouldn’t have to in the comfort of your own home. That’s why you got a new one. Happily, bedtime became smooth, flat, and comfy, once again.
If we were to take a trip to the ancient, dust-covered days of the modern sustainability standard — by strapping ourselves into the time machine that’s been sitting in the back of the garage, and cranking the power up — we’d be going on a long, arduous journey all the way back to . . . 1993. Yep, just 25 years. When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC ) was founded. Also when the development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard began. Let’s say you accosted a random badge-holder with edgy glasses at the nearest design conference, then demanded they immediately shout out the name of the first sustainability-friendly building standard that popped into their head. If you did that, “LEED!” would probably get yelled the most.
Plenty of things are complicated. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you don’t understand something down to its tiniest detail — there’s no way to be an expert at everything. If there were, we’d all be plotting trajectories for the next Mars mission — or building our own cars in the garage rather than buying them from a dealership.
Why are people so fond of whodunits? Here’s a guess: We absolutely crave the moment when we find out the guy slinking around in the trench coat didn’t do it (and you knew it — come on, he was way too obvious). No, it turns out the culprit was actually that sweet old lady from next door who made all the fruit pies. But the thing is — you weren’t really surprised, right? When you think about it, clearly something was up with her, that’s for sure.
When was the last time this happened to you? You’re strolling around, maybe looking for a place to have dinner, when all of a sudden you notice everybody seems to be carrying the same backpack. Or — in a bunch of store windows you see this one particular gizmo that (conveniently!) keeps the charge port on your phone from getting clogged and destroyed
by pocket lint or junk in your purse. Meanwhile, here comes the thematic leap:
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Think about the spaces you’ve spent time in today. What were your impressions? Maybe you liked the furniture and the layout of an office you were in this morning because it felt so comfortable. Later you were in a room with three skylights, and they made the space seem expansive. Wood surfaces and plants give your favorite lunch spot a cozy, natural ambiance. But after that you went to see your client with the very cramped lobby — also you always notice how it’s just too bright in there. It’s not your favorite place to visit.
Sit to stand working is one of the biggest workplace trends of recent years, thanks to our growing understanding of the risks posed by an extremely sedentary lifestyle. Employers are looking to the sit to stand work trend to encourage employees to be more active day-to-day, and in turn to improve health and wellness across their organization.
However, it can be difficult to make that change in your organization's culture and adopt healthy sit to stand working practices. To help your company successfully embrace the sit to stand work trend, we're sharing the health benefits of this work practice, as well as everything you need to get started from a practical standpoint.