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Understanding the Long-Term Benefits of Laptop Stands

Understanding the Long-Term Benefits of Laptop Stands

Ergonomic laptop stands have been a mainstay of various office setups for a long time. And for good reason! It’s an effective tool in mitigating the risks of various musculoskeletal issues that results from prolonged laptop use. Most of us are aware of the immediate effects of laptop stands on our wellbeing and work productivity. But what of its advantages for the future which, we’d argue, is when we can experience and enjoy its full effectivity? There’s also the discussion on the connection between comfort and our interpersonal relationships. With this article, you’ll be able to glean insights on the long-term benefits of ergonomic laptop stands in a holistic way: preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders, its productivity implications, and positive impact on relationships. Based on a true story? Imagine yourself at work. You’re having a hard time keeping focus on that graphics that your manager wanted done yesterday. The clock is literally ticking and all you can think of is that nagging pain in your neck that numbs parts of your shoulders. Imagine yourself playing with your child on a playground. It’s a warm summer day, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping. You’re trying to lift your kid when, suddenly, your back gives out. Or imagine yourself as a copywriter for a small company known for promoting long-term comfort and productivity by offering ergonomic laptop stands. You work daily with chronic neck pain due to a lifetime of bad posture that had developed into spinal issues. Which may or not be an ironic yet true story here at Standivarius! The bad outweighs the good Musculoskeletal problems are a general source of pain and discomfort, and that oftentimes stems from our work lives. Due to hybrid work being the norm, the laptop has been the main tool we use. It’s a lot smaller compared to a desktop computer and is very portable. But for all the conveniences that a laptop brings, it brings along with it a lot of health problems. When working long hours with a laptop, we sit in a posture wherein we’re forced to slouch, and our head bears uneven weight on our necks and backs. There’s no proper spinal and core support. We might as well carry along our desktop computers everywhere! Work is affected There are real life consequences to poor posture that we often overlook. While poor posture seems so mundane of a reason for the consequences, it is a major factor – not because of posture in of itself, but what the constant crooked posture leads to. Work productivity is badly hindered by the persistence of pain and discomfort. Our jobs are at risk because of the sub-par work that, while unintentional, is hindered. Focussing on our tasks is next to impossible when we’re in agony. Deadlines are missed due to sick leaves, and work is left undone because of absenteeism. Relationships are compromised It’s not just work that’s at risk, but our interpersonal relationships as well. Spending precious moments with our loved ones is also severely affected when we suffer from chronic pains brought on by the effects of our bad posture. We’d have a difficulty spending time with them when all that we want to do is rest our body. We also would have a hard time enjoying their company when we’re in pain. Our health is directly connected to our relationships with our loved ones. It’s not enough to be just present in their lives, but we must also be at our best for them. And to be at our best, our health should be given priority. Understanding laptop stands It’s widely known that bad posture caused by long hours of laptop use does agonising damage to our musculoskeletal health over time. Ergonomic laptop stands exist to help reduce strain on the body. These stands encourage users to have, and to also develop, good posture – which then reduces the risk of postural abnormalities. Examples of these are “forward head posture” (nowadays called ‘text neck’), which is the positioning of the head in front of the shoulders, often associated with excessive screen time or poor ergonomic setups; and “rounded shoulders,” which is the drooping of the shoulders, contributing to a slouched posture. By raising the laptop and its screen, a laptop stand prevents you from having to hunch over, reducing future pains to the neck and the back. Stands promotes working with a straight posture, with the head and upper body aligned. This reduces the possible risks of long-term spine issues. With using a laptop stand like the Standivarius Oryx evo D, the long-term effects of better posture at work can be experienced. Shifting the consequences to our favour We can’t stress enough the stresses (pun unintended) of the lifetime effects of bad posture on a body. It is indeed painful and will disrupt the day-to-day quality of life. But we can still lead healthy lives. We can still be productive at work. And we can still give our loved ones the best versions of us. By reflecting on the long-term benefits of using ergonomic laptop stands to our health, work, and personal relationships, we can start living a healthier and more fulfilling life! Those “sit up straight” remarks from your mother when you were young suddenly makes sense, don’t you think?

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Addressing the Ergonomic Challenges of the Microsoft Surface Pro

If you’ve spent some time working on the Microsoft Surface Pro, you’d know how much of a game-changer it can be in your workflow. The Surface Pro boasts a removable keyboard that Microsoft calls the “type” cover – aptly named for its dual purpose of a keyboard and the device’s cover when not in use. Flip the type cover and the Surface Pro’s kickstand, set it on a table, and you have a functional laptop. Remove the keyboard and you have a tablet. However, for all the pros of the Surface Pro (pun intended), there is one major and unfortunate con of the device: it’s an ergonomic nightmare! Believe it or not, enhancing comfort and productivity on the Surface Pro is possible. With this article, you’ll discover how to make that happen. Health costs  The Microsoft Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid is well-known for its flexibility, versatility, top-tier performance, and portability – a plus for on-the-go professionals who prioritise productivity. It’s an almost perfect mobile workstation if there ever was one! But the Surface Pro’s ‘flexibility’ and ‘versatility’ come with a cost: if you have spent long work hours using the device, you’ll have undoubtedly experienced your fair share of discomfort and neck and back pains while using it. Different Device, Same Problems  When using the Surface Pro in laptop mode, it carries over the same problems that laptops have – using it forces you to hunch over. There have been hundreds of case studies and medical reports stating that forced poor posture from laptop use causes pains in the neck and back. And these pains can lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders when not immediately addressed. Laptop users have addressed this ergonomic concern by utilising laptop stands. Using a stand raises the laptop and its screen to a comfortable and ideal height, greatly reducing the strain on the neck. Laptop stands also have the extra benefit of boosting productivity when used. When you’re working with proper posture, you get to focus on work and your daily tasks more because you’re a lot more comfortable. Surface Pro Drawbacks There are two major disadvantages of the Surface Pro: it’s limited viewing angle that causes neck and back pains, and its signature keyboard which relies on the device as its power source. This makes the keyboard virtually unusable when detached from the device itself, making flexibility very limited. With laptops, users raise the device on a stand for optimal and ergonomic use. Users also use the laptop and stand setup with an external keyboard, which is an acceptable trade-off for them. With the Microsoft Surface Pro, while you can raise the device on a stand, you cannot use its keyboard! You can remove the type cover keyboard and use an external keyboard instead, but that compromises its much-touted ultra-portability. After all, carrying the Surface Pro with its keyboard and a stand and a standalone keyboard in a laptop bag should not be seen as an acceptable trade-off! The heavy weight of the setup in a bag would undoubtedly worsen neck, back, and shoulder pain. Ergonomics for Surface Pro is possible!  Because of the limitations, there is a need for bespoke solutions for the Surface Pro’s ergonomic problems that will enhance both portability and versatility without compromising comfort. With the Surface Pro’s ergonomic issues in mind, Standivarius specifically designed and crafted the KickStand and Freedom Keyboard. The Standivarius KickStand raises the Surface Pro to a comfortable viewing level, ensuring a healthier way to work with the device. Aside from its ultralight build that weighs next to nothing, the KickStand also features height-adjustability, giving you a variety of levels that suits your ergonomic needs. Better Together  Improving comfort for Surface Pro users doesn’t stop there! The Standivarius Freedom Keyboard solves the ergonomic concerns that the Surface Pro’s type cover keyboard presents. And this concern is remedied by a simple fix: a built-in rechargeable battery. As mentioned previously, the type cover keyboard cannot be used when detached from the Surface Pro as it relies on the device for power. Freedom Keyboard can still be used even if it’s not attached thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, living up to its name! Connecting the Freedom Keyboard to the Surface Pro is straightforward thanks to the stable Bluetooth connection. With its user-centric design, the Standivarius Freedom Keyboard’s form and functionality won’t feel unfamiliar. It has the same magnet style attachment, the same layout, the same responsiveness, and the same reliability guaranteeing a seamless transition when (eventually!) upgrading to it. To further improve health and comfort, the Freedom Keyboard features low-profile keys just like the Surface Pro’s signature keyboard. There’s less force required in typing on low profile key, reducing the strain on fingers and wrists that causes repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. With integrating the Standivarius’ KickStand and Freedom Keyboard with your Microsoft Surface Pro, you’ll have a complete mobile and ergonomic workstation! Improving an (almost) perfect device  The Microsoft Surface Pro is, without question, a work tool that can aid in accomplishing your daily tasks in a breeze. But given all its disadvantages, ergonomic accessories such as the Standivarius KickStand and Freedom Keyboard may be the only way to minimise the health risks involved. Not only that, these accessories aid in maximising productivity and optimising efficiency. Improving comfort for Surface Pro users is why ergonomic accessories are made and adding them to your mobile workstation is definitely worth considering!

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Ergonomics for Children: How Kid-Friendly Laptops Stands Helps Your Child

An Uncomfortable Truth The importance of ergonomic design in schools and virtual learning situations is a subject that’s not given enough attention. But you’d be surprised to know that in a study conducted in 2014, 72% of primary school pupils examined reported back and/or neck pain the past year. The study also noted that percentage of paediatric referrals to physiotherapy for back and neck pain rehabilitation more than doubled in a year. We can only imagine what those numbers are now almost a decade later where most of children’s schoolwork are done with a laptop or a tablet! Ergonomic interventions have to be done for our children as soon as possible, as their pains will worsen over time and end up as more serious Musculoskeletal Disorders that will last until adulthood. “Prevention is better than cure,” as the old adage goes, and luckily there are ergonomic solutions that can help with our children’s posture improvement; and one of them are kid-friendly laptop stands. Their Classroom Is Their Workplace Laptop stands have been around for decades and are known for promoting correct posture in people who frequently use laptops for work. These stands are staples in the workplace, whether in offices or in remote setting, and have been known to aid in minimising pain and discomfort that often accompanies long hours of laptop use. Children typically spend 5-6 hours in a classroom, which can be considered as their workplace. Why Kid-Friendly Laptop Stands? With children spending that amount of time mostly in a classroom that has a standardised (i.e. non-ergonomic) chair and desk, kid-friendly laptop stands are one of the few equipment for creating comfortable study environments. These specific stands are beneficial to your child in a number of ways: • Promotes healthy posture – using stands that are specifically designed for kids teaches children proper posture. • Reduced strain – the neck and the back are the two most affected by bad posture in laptop use. Over time, the effects on them become more and more painful. Utilising a laptop stand greatly minimises strain on the neck and back. • Enhanced comfort – doing assignments or studying on a screen for long periods of time can be very uncomfortable and can make a child grumpy. By training our kids to use a stand with their laptop, they would feel much better and more comfortable! • Better Focus – pain is a frustrating distraction that pulls children’s attention away from what they need to accomplish. With the laptop stand effectively lessening pain, your child can study a lot more comfortably, keeping your child’s focus on schoolwork. Features to Consider The features, or lack thereof, of a laptop stand can make or break the purchase. The stand that you’ll be investing on for your kids must have the following design elements to optimise virtual learning and classroom ergonomics for your child: • Designed specifically for children – a typical stand is primarily made for adults, which reflects their standard larger size. A stand that’s made for children has to be smaller to accommodate their shorter bodies. • Adjustable height – these stands must feature height adjustability to cater to children’s varying heights, as well as to adapt to your child’s growth. • Durable – let’s admit it, children are more prone to breaking things! It stands to reason that the stands they’ll be using almost every day should be durable enough. • Easy to Use – most kids aren’t fond of complicated toys and gadgets, what more with laptop stands! If the stand is easy to set-up and pack away, the more likely they’ll use it. • Ultralight – with children carrying the stands on their backpacks, its weight has to be a major consideration. The lighter the stand is, the better it is for your child’s back. • Multi-use – aside from laptops, tablets have also become one of the digital learning essentials that we’ve invested in for our kids. Our kid-friendly Oryx JR hybrid laptop / tablet stand can easily hold both devices. Invest in Their Future Teaching our children proper posture and ergonomics early on in their learning experiences will be a concept that they’ll bring with them even when they are already working. A laptop stand that is designed for kids is an inexpensive investment for your child’s future – one that they’ll thank you for when they’re older!  

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Achieve Healthy Posture With Ultra-Portable Laptop Stands

It goes without saying that having bad posture while working on a laptop is not good for our health and productivity. Laptops, after all, forces users to hunch over and look downwards to see what’s on the screen. Prolonged laptop use without proper ergonomic aids such as laptop stands results in discomfort and Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), with the likeliest parts of the body to be affected are the neck, back, and shoulders. Whether you’re working in a traditional office setup or in a hybrid work environment, having a healthy posture can aid in minimising discomfort and can result in long-term health issues and loss of productivity. Bad Posture Compromises Health and Productivity There have been numerous case studies and medical research proving that bad posture results in MSDs going back decades, and it has been a constant concern among users. Because of bad posture from laptop use, a user’s neck is not in a neutral position, and that places undue stress on the cervical spine which causes pain. Productivity is also compromised by the pain and discomfort associated with laptop use. A Simple Technique One of the many posture improvement techniques is simply to move. Getting up from the chair to stretch and walk around resets posture when the muscle and joints stiffen. To further improve our posture, exercising to strengthen our core and back muscles provides stability to the upper part of our bodies. An Ergonomic Solution Utilising a laptop stand in day-to-day work tasks also helps to minimise the health risks involved in prolonged laptop use. With a stand raising the screen to eye level, there wouldn’t be a need to hunch over, and users maintain a neutral neck position and reduce strain on the cervical spine. When choosing a laptop stand that’s right for us, its weight should be considered. In today’s hybrid work environment, a laptop stand must be lightweight so that it won’t cause additional shoulder and neck pain when we carry it in our bags. Standivarius’ ultra-portable laptop stands tick all the boxes to minimise pain and discomfort: light, ergonomic, and height adjustable. Our stands such as the Oryx evo D and the Ergo Know-Me not only elevates the laptop and its screen, but their height can be adjusted to suit a user’s individual ergonomic needs, thereby optimizing posture and comfort. Height adjustability is one of the highlights of all our laptop stands as we believe that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to not just laptop stands, but on ergonomics as a whole. The Right One Finding a method to achieve healthy posture at work can be a daunting task as there’s a lot to consider. By being proactive in taking steps to improve our posture, we can prolong our health and boost our work productivity. Using tools designed for portable office ergonomics such as Standivarius’ laptop stands are one of the steps, and finding the right one with the right features for your ergonomic needs is a great starting point.

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The Art Behind Our Ultra-Portable Laptop Stands

Laptop stand design is focused primarily on one thing: ergonomics. Fixed laptop stands are oftentimes heavy and bulky, and the stands which are specifically made for portability are not just eyesores but are also clunky and cumbersome to use. These stands usually forego other design elements that should be the norm. Standivarius has been on the forefront of ergonomic tools for hybrid work for more than a decade, and all our laptop stands inherit the principles that we are known for: functionality, minimalist aesthetics, and ultra-portability. Means to An End If a comfortable work experience is the goal, then ergonomics is the means to realise that. Laptop stands with height adjustability elevate your screen to eye level, preventing hunching over, which in turn, minimises long-term musculoskeletal disorders. It should not stop there, however. Properly designed stands should also prevent you from using the keyboard when the laptop is on the stand; when that happens, it would be best to upgrade to one that is designed for proper ergonomics. No Compromises Ultra-portability is also one of the laptop stand features that aligns with the Standivarius design ethos. However, durability is often the trade-off with portability. With our experience in the mobile ergonomics field, we’ve made it a priority to not compromise on the stands’ longevity. Our stands are crafted from the aluminium composite Hylite, making them highly durable and can withstand years of daily use. The material is also ultralight and ultrathin which makes the stands a mainstay in your laptop bag or backpack. User experience is an important aspect of a laptop stand’s functionality. Your experience should not be a frustrating one, and there should be no fiddling with buttons or anything that would make you lose focus on work when you’re working on-the-go. Standivarius laptop stands such as the Oryx evo D and stand·art boasts an intuitive design that lets you spend precious time on your daily tasks rather than setting up your stand. Marriage Between Form & Function It is our belief that form should be on equal footing with function, and our ultra-portable laptop stands are testaments to that. Their sleek lines and modern finishes are standard, but not merely for aesthetic reasons. Standivarius adheres to the philosophy of ‘functional aesthetics in laptop stands,’ giving focus and purpose to their physical appearance. We are, after all, attracted to beauty that inspires us. From our introductory offerings such as the Ergo Know-Me to our masterpiece that is Etra, every stand on our line embodies visual design minimalism. The perfect balance of form and function also extends to Standivarius’ innovative ergonomic solutions such as our stand for the Microsoft Surface Pro, the KickStand, as well as our X-stand portable monitor stand. Conclusion   Functionality, minimalist aesthetics, and ultra-portability is the trifecta that Standivarius has made art with. It is not art that we alone have made, however. Our stands are what they are now because of your valuable input. Years of user feedback and collaboration have helped us perfect our design. Standivarius ergonomic solutions, after all, are made with you in mind.

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Document Holder and Laptop Stand: A Perfect Synergy

Ergonomics has played such an integral role in office culture. So much so that the two are often mentioned in the same breath, with today’s offices emphasizing and putting a premium on the health benefits and productivity that results in proper ergonomics. When looking for the ideal workstation setup, laptop stands often make for the key element in enhancing workplace ergonomics. But what about tasks that require the use of physical documents and reference materials? Oftentimes when these are requirements in our daily work tasks, ergonomics stops being part of the conversation. Why A Document Holder? Referencing or transcribing handwritten documents to a desktop computer or a laptop forces us to uncomfortably hunch over again and again. It repeatedly puts strain on the neck and the back, which in time leads to musculoskeletal disorders. For these sorts of tasks, document holders are the ergonomic solutions to be used. A document holder serves the same purpose as a laptop stand, in which both ergonomic tools raise the work implements (the screen for the laptop stand, and paperwork for the holder). These are used to prevent users from slouching and hunching over for a more comfortable experience. With reference material raised by a document holder, better posture is achieved for both an ergonomic and productive daily work experience. The Perfect Mix When the work task requires referencing and transcribing documents to a laptop, combining the tried and tested solution that is the laptop stand and a document holder becomes the perfect ergonomic arrangement. With both the laptop’s screen and the document raised at eye level, there isn’t a need to tilt the head downwards or turn it sideways. With the reference document within line of sight, all a user needs to do is to shift their eyes towards the document and back to the laptop without having to move the neck. This alleviates the neck pain involved in such repeated movements. The laptop and document holder synergy as part of the daily work routine isn’t just for enhancing workplace ergonomics. The combination also has a positive effect on productivity and efficiency. With the documents and the laptop’s screen at the optimal angles, tasks are streamlined, and the time spent searching for information is greatly reduced. The combined use of a laptop stand and a document holder also results in clutter-free workspace. With a document holder such as the Standivarius Libro B’s small footprint providing for a streamlined desk organization. A work desk that’s well-organised can improve mental performance, productivity, and efficiency. By removing annoying clutter that keeps us from being productive and efficient, our brain can focus more on daily tasks. On-The Go Synergy These two ergonomic workstation solutions are also perfect for the mobile professional. The aforementioned Standivarius Libro B and the other document holders in the Libro series are thin and lightweight. The same goes for all the laptop stands in the Standivarius line such as the Stand-art and the Ergo-Know-Me: thin and lightweight for great portability that fits in a laptop bag without any issues, and an unmatched ease of use factor that doesn’t require any fiddling with knobs or buttons. Our documents stand can also be used for tablets, giving you added adaptability should your reference or resource material is in a tablet. And for the users’ peace of mind when working outside of the office such as in cafes or co-working spaces, all of the Standivarius laptop stands and document holders are made to last and come with a lifetime warranty. Must-Have Solution For The Perfect Workstation When listing down the essentials of what an ideal workstation setup should be, a laptop stand and a document holder should be on that list. The comfort and productivity boost when these two are used separately is immediately noticed, what more when used together for daily tasks? The ergonomic and productivity benefits aren’t the only considerations for utilizing a laptop stand and document holder setup – the two should also be light and thin for on-the-go use. Our laptop stands and document holders do not add much weight and heft inside a laptop bag or a backpack – a plus in terms of comfort.

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a female employee working at home with a mobile ergonomic set-up

Navigating Success In Hybrid Work Environment

Before starting on the practical tips and insights on thriving in a hybrid work environment, we must first define what hybrid work is: a hybrid work setting combines both remote work and in-person work, allowing us to have flexibility in our work locations. We can work both in the office and remotely such as in our homes or, if needed, at cafes. Hybrid work has a lot of advantages, such as an improved work-life balance and reduced commuting time. Hybrid work also provides the convenience of working in the comfort of our own homes. However, hybrid work model is not without its disadvantages. Effectively transitioning from the traditional work model into a hybrid work environment requires adapting to otherwise challenging situations. Productivity can be compromised when working at home where there are many unavoidable distractions, especially when you are not living alone. Without proper work-life boundaries that provides structure, work-life balance is disrupted and can result in burnout. It’s not just productivity that can be affected, but also our health. Our wellbeing, above all, must be given utmost importance by carefully considering the ergonomic solutions for hybrid offices that work for our individual needs. WORK-LIFE BALANCE  In thriving in a hybrid work environment, establishing boundaries for work-life balance is one of the essential first steps to take. It’s also the most nuanced and quite difficult to get accustomed to mainly because there are too many factors to consider placing boundaries on. These factors include, but are not limited to, time boundaries, social boundaries, family and household boundaries, and a host of others. With time boundaries, setting and sticking to the scheduled work hours and not going past them is a must especially when working from home. It’s also important to thoroughly inform our work time with members of the household so disruptions can be minimised. Allocate regular breaks during the workday to recharge, just as you would in an office setting. It’s essential to communicate these time boundaries with colleagues and supervisors to set clear expectations. Additionally, regularly reviewing and adjusting these boundaries as needed can help maintain a healthy work-life balance in a hybrid work environment. COMMUNICATION  Effective communication leads to lessened communication gaps, and these gaps makes it harder to collaborate effectively. To remedy this, we should inform our colleagues when we can respond to work-related emails and messages. Clear communication, both written and verbal, is a skill that can be learned and improved over time. DEDICATED WORKSTATION It’s also important to have a dedicated workstation. Having a specific workstation in our homes provides structure that makes it easier to separate our work from our personal lives. To maintain that separation even further, we can designate certain areas in our homes as “no-work zones.” This aids in focusing on work that would otherwise be difficult when working in spaces in our homes that aren’t conducive to work productivity. With that, it would also be advisable to avoid working on the couch or on the bed where it’s too comfortable and can negatively affect productivity. ERGONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS A lack of proper ergonomic equipment and tools has a negative effect on our wellbeing. The tools that we use for work also has a great impact in success in the hybrid work environment. Tools that are not just designed with ergonomics in mind, but also to boost productivity and efficiency are one of the most important considerations. Ergonomic solutions for hybrid offices, which by nature is rooted on mobility, requires solutions that are highly portable and adaptable to our various needs. These solutions must be thin that it would fit inside a laptop bag without any issues. These must also be light enough for daily carry to the office and our homes, and vice versa. Due to their ergonomic design, these solutions also have the potential to aid in maximizing productivity in hybrid work. WELLWESS Another key to thriving in a hybrid workplace is to prioritize our health and wellbeing. An active lifestyle seems to be a foreign concept in the workplace given that we are mostly sitting down for hours on end in front of a computer. However, having an active lifestyle even when we’re confined to our workstations can have a good impact on our bodies while we’re working. Spending hours sitting on a chair is similar to living an inactive lifestyle, which has proven health risks. By adding regular legs, arms, and neck movements to our daily work routine, the negative consequences of prolonged sitting such as muscle tightness, stiffening of the joints, and reduced blood flow to the body are reduced. Taking 5 – 15 minutes breaks to do full body stretches and light exercises have proven health benefits in the workplace. Even while we’re sitting, doing simple chair exercises and stretches does wonders for our physical health. ADAPTING TO CHANGE Since there still are no fixed best practices for a hybrid work lifestyle, the industry trends change from time to time. There is a need for adaptability and continuous learning in a hybrid work setting. Being comfortable with how our work lifestyle is now should be avoided as we must embrace change and stay updated with industry trends. It’s Not ’One-Size-Fits-All’ It must be stated that the insights mentioned are not one-size fits all. We have to adapt these tips to not just our situation, but with our colleagues’ situations as well. As an example, when communicating with our colleagues, different time zones is a factor in scheduling the hours. Another example is that for some, having a work-specific workstation in their homes is difficult, especially for those who live in a multiple household living situation. While it would be quite difficult in achieving consistency, we can always start with making minor changes to improve our situations. We can start with utilizing innovative tools for hybrid workplaces such as using ergonomic solutions such as the Standivarius Oryx evo D and the Standivarius Solo X compact keyboard. These are made for the hybrid workplace in mind.

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Ergonomic Mouse and Compact Keyboard: The Wisest Home Office Investments

In today’s hybrid work environment where we can work almost anywhere and everywhere, the home office is still our ideal work setup outside of the traditional office. Most of our time is spent in a home office due to convenience, and often it’s the only place that we can fully customise to our liking. It’s also where we should prioritize investing our hard-earned money, especially on tools that are designed with ergonomics in mind. It’s not just investing in gadgets and devices, but rather investing on a productive and healthier work life. When considering the best ergonomic products for your home office, a compact keyboard and an ergonomic mouse must be at the top of the list due to their long-term benefits. Invest In Your Health Ergonomic solutions, specifically an ergonomic mouse and a compact keyboard, are among the most important home office investments you could make, especially when health and productivity are concerned. Unlike the shape of a traditional mouse, the shape of an ergonomic mouse is designed for a natural hand position. Imagine a hand doing a “handshake” and your palm is comfortably holding a mouse. The mouse’s vertical body shape is specially crafted to deal with the pain associated with long hours of mouse use. Risks of carpal tunnel syndrome are significantly lessened by using an ergonomic mouse in our daily tasks. As for compact keyboards, they are valuable tools not only due to their portability, but also for their ergonomic benefits. Compact and portable keyboards have flatter keys thanks to the scissor-type mechanism like the ones used in laptops, in contrast to traditional keyboards with taller keys. This provides a more comfortable typing experience, reducing the strain on your wrists. These keyboards do away with the number keys, living up to the “compact” moniker. Without the number keys, you can do typing, and even mouse work, with your arms much closer to the centreline of your body. This helps prevent unnecessary stretching which reduces discomfort and lessens the risks of musculoskeletal disorders. Invest In Your Productivity Aside from the health benefits, using an ergonomic mouse can boost productivity as it relieves pain that often comes with using a traditional mouse for long work hours. When there’s fewer wrist pains experienced, you’re able to work on tasks longer and a lot more efficiently. With a compact keyboard’s flat keys, the travel distance when pressing on them is lessened, which means that your fingers don’t have to move far to press each key. This can lead to increased typing speed and efficiency. Typing accuracy is also improved with flatter keys, as there is less room for typing errors caused by accidental key presses. These types of keyboards also reduce the amount of effort required to press the keys, leading to less finger fatigue during extended typing sessions. This can be especially important for those who spend long hours working at their home office. Additional Features Compact keyboards also have the advantage of being extremely portable. Due to the keyboard’s slim frame, these are perfect for those who often go back and forth from their home office to cafes or co-working spaces. The scissor mechanism on compact keyboards also guarantees quieter keystrokes compared to traditional keyboards which can be beneficial in shared workspaces or quiet environments. In this day and age, wireless connectivity is often preferred for a minimalist approach to workspaces and to reduce desk clutter. Most compact keyboards have either a wireless USB dongle or Bluetooth. Some have both wireless connections, enhancing adaptability. The Best Decision You Could Ever Make For Your Home Office Our ergonomic solutions such as the Ave ergonomic mouse, along with our Piano II BT and Solo X compact keyboards all have benefits mentioned, and are all cost-effective long-term solutions compared to potential medical bills and lost productivity due to discomfort and physical health risks. With their inherent advantages for your health and productivity, investing in an ergonomic mouse and a compact is guaranteed to be the best decision you could make for your home office. Explore our line of compact keyboards and ergonomic mouse!

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The Positive Impact of a Proper Workspace Setup on Productivity and Health

Workspace setups vary depending on personal preferences. For some, customizing their workspace setup is based on convenience. For others, their setup’s aesthetics is the top priority. Productivity and health are oftentimes ignored, possibly due to a lack of awareness on the matters, or because of a lack of research-backed information that are readily available online. Regardless of the reason, the positive impact your workspace setup has on your productivity and health is worth thinking about. AN ORGANIZED WORKSPACE A properly organized workspace layout is not just for aesthetic value. It is also for the improvement of mental performance, productivity, and efficiency. A neat and organized workspace setup helps remove visual clutter, which reduces annoying distractions that keep us from being productive. With a clean line of sight, the brain can effectively focus more on the task at hand and not on desk clutter. Another advantage of a neat and organized workspace setup is that it can result in a natural flow of work. By arranging our often-used work essentials such as USB hard drives or pens in such a way that they follow a structure and are within immediate reach, we can move through tasks more smoothly, allowing us to be more efficient and effective. This also has the potential to lessen the stress involved in having a messy workspace. After all, not immediately finding the documents that we need, or even our mouse, because of a cluttered desk can be very frustrating. PERSONALIZING THE WORKSPACE When we personalize our workspaces to our preferences, they become extensions of our own unique personalities, which then encourages us to work better because we have made the spaces ‘our own.’ A workspace that’s tailored to our personalities also gives us the sense of familiar comfort that we feel when we’re in our homes. When we include memorable items or those that have sentimental value to our workspaces, our stress and anxiety levels may lessen because of the positive emotions we attach to the items. Having personal items such as photographs of our loved ones or our beloved pets inspires us. These items can even serve as motivators, reminding us of why we work. A workspace with personal items that inspires us brightens our mood, allowing us to work more productively. With the right balance of form and function, personalizing our workspaces can inspire and motivate us in our daily work routine. ERGONOMICS Studies have shown that ergonomics has a positive workspace health impact. There are a lot of scientific findings that back up the reality that using equipment and furniture that are designed with ergonomics in mind can significantly reduce neck and back pain. With emphasis on the importance of height adjustable chairs, desks, and monitor or laptop stands that align with our body, comfort and a life with less pain follows. Health and productivity also go hand in hand. Rather, productivity is a natural result of proper workspace ergonomics. When there’s a premium that’s placed on ergonomics, there is significantly less discomfort and body aches that are often caused by poor posture. And with less pain and discomfort, we can work a whole lot more effectively for longer periods of time. When there are fewer work disruptions that’s caused by pain, the quality of work life gets better. WELLNESS BREAKS An important yet overlooked aspect of workspace setups is taking the time to move the body. Spending hours sitting on a chair is similar to living an inactive lifestyle, which has proven health risks. By adding regular legs, arms, and neck movements to daily work routine, the negative consequences of prolonged sitting such as muscle tightness, stiffening of the joints, and reduced blood flow to the body are reduced. Taking 5 – 15 minutes breaks to do full body stretches and light exercises also have proven health benefits in the workplace. Even while sitting, doing simple chair exercises and stretches does wonders for our physical health. Taking breaks can also refresh our mental efficiency. By taking the time to step back from the work desk even for a few minutes, we gain renewed focus and concentration, which then leads to improved mental performance and productivity in our daily tasks. A short break from our desk can also refresh our eyes, allowing us to see what we may have missed the first time around in transcribing or in data input. Seeing with fresh eyes can also help us when we get stuck in creative endeavours in work. When we become so hyper-focused on work that we forget to move and take breaks, setting alarms or notifications on our phones to remind us greatly helps. These are just some of the ways that our workspace setup impacts our productivity and health. However, these four are the essential ones that we need to at least consider. These not only improve our physical health, but they can also improve our mental health as well. An ergonomic workspace positively impacts our health. An organized workspace that’s free of clutter enhances our efficiency and allows us to focus on our tasks. A more personal workspace inspires us and can boost our morale. And periodic wellness breaks stretch our muscles and recharges our minds. Applying proper ergonomics, arrangement, personalization, and taking breaks are great ways to start improving our workspace productivity and health in our everyday work lives.

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Document and Book Holders: Unsung Heroes In The Workspace

Despite being the most overlooked ergonomic tools in modern workplaces, there is still room for document and book holders even in today’s fast-paced digital work environment. After all, not all tasks require exclusive use of electronic devices such as laptops, with physical documents still playing a vital role in day-to-day work. If you’re one of those who reference books and physical documents such as spreadsheets or reports, is discomfort and constant neck and back pain a constant in your daily work routine? For Ergonomics… Numerous studies have shown that not utilising ergonomic laptop stands significantly increases the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. The same applies to not using document and book holders. With holders raising work documents to eye level, the need for constant neck and back movements are greatly reduced, thereby decreasing the pain involved in repeatedly looking down on reference materials and back up at the screen. …and A Boost In Productivity and Multitasking Aside from the proven and tested ergonomic benefits, document and book holders are not just crucial tools that promotes proper posture. The holders are also integral for an efficient workflow. These ergonomic solutions are effective aids in multitasking, productivity, and efficiency especially in situations that require paperwork and books for data entry or for cross-referencing information. For instance, with the reference material in line with a laptop or computer screen, there’s less valuable time spent looking up and down the screen and the material. This improves the work experience by allowing for a quicker and more accurate data input. Document and book holders, additionally, minimises desk clutter. With the reading materials propped up by holders, valuable desk real estate is freed up, thus aiding in a cleaner and more organized workspace. With hybrid workspaces now being the norm and working in cafes and co-working spaces being part of our work culture, the document and book holder must be thin and light enough for everyday carry. Whether the holder accompanies a laptop in a backpack during daily commute, or in a messenger bag along with books, its mobility is important. The Standivarius’ Libro Series All our Standivarius ergonomic solutions are designed not only with mobility in mind, but also with adaptability, durability, and ease of use. The Libro series are no exception. With its 3 variants, the Libro series ticks all the boxes for a hassle-free experience. The Libro B is the portable ergonomic solution for users who require referencing and transcribing books for work. With its 3 height adjustments and a surface that accommodates books up to A4 size in horizontal orientation, it provides users with the proper ergonomic position that ensures the optimal comfort and the efficiency that are beneficial in daily tasks. It also makes for a stunning book stand for casual reading. For larger documents, there’s the Libro H portable document and book holder. Its A3-sized surface width can accommodate larger papers and spreadsheets. With the Libro H’s 5 height adjustment levels, it matches all height and angle requirements for a comfortable and productive multitasking experience. It’s not just for physical documents as it can also be used for tablets – a bonus. The last on the Libro series is the Libro K A4 foldaway stand is designed for reading or referencing documents in a vertical orientation. The stand also features a low angle setting for writing and tablet use for maximum efficiency. Integrated for Comfort and Multitasking And for even more efficiency, the Standivarius Etra premium laptop stand, as well as the stands on our Oryx Evo series, features an in-line document holder that’s integrated into the stand. These holders ensure that any documents that you’re referencing are in line with the laptop’s screen, allowing for an even better productivity and multitasking experience. Depending on your needs, a document and book holder or a laptop stand with a built-in holder can undoubtedly enhance your workflow to its full potential. With the right ergonomic tools significantly reducing neck and back pain, you can spend longer hours being productive and efficient in work. And with the right solutions, multitasking and work proficiency comes naturally.

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