The Next Step in Workplace Health and Safety

Looking at today’s modern workplaces, we can see healthy changes that we weren’t seeing years ago. Meditation rooms, regular employee exercise classes, and fridges stocked to the brim with healthy snacks and beverages have become increasingly popular in the workplace. Meanwhile, leadership continues to change for the better as well.

Today’s leaders bring a source of positivity to the office, celebrating ongoing achievements and the unique aptitudes of their employees. Work-life balance is no longer frowned upon, it’s encouraged and employees are inspired to use their vacation time to reset and recharge.

The holistic approach is the new approach. Now, businesses understand the real impact each and every worker has on the organization. They understand that a happy employee is a motivated employee, and a supportive team is ultimately a healthy team. So, how do you build a supportive team?

Supporting Your Team

The answer is to listen to your workers. And according to modern research, their voices are being heard loud and clear:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Analyzing the lifestyles of 17,000 American adults over the span of thirteen years, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center discovered that those who sit for the majority of the day are 54% more likely to die from a heart attack. You heard that right, over fifty percent!

American Chiropractic Association

According to research completed by the American Chiropractic Association, one-half of all working Americans report symptoms of back pain each year. Back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world and it accounts for 264 million lost workdays in one year. If you think about it, that’s two lost workdays for every full-time worker in the nation.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

In another study conducted over a fifteen-year period, scientists found that a sedentary lifestyle correlates to an increased risk for early death, independent of BMI and physical activity. The study also cited consistent findings relating to high levels of sedentary behavior and an increased risk for diabetes and site-specific cancers such as ovarian, colon, and endometrial cancer. Additionally, highly sedentary behavior showed a significant association with ‘increased incidence’ of cardiovascular disease, symptomatic gallstone disease, and mental disorders.

Across the world, men and women are sitting too much at work and the consequences are significant! Perhaps the next step then is simple, to encourage them to stand up.

Get Up, Stand Up

The stand-up desk is one great way to do so. Many employees enjoy the customizability and the comfort that a standup desk can provide. Instead of slouching over a desk all day, many workers appreciate the option to stand up while they work in order to align the spine properly and become more active throughout the day.

Incorporating Smart Tools

While a standup-desk can work wonders for your employees, the effects of a stand-up desk become much more potent when accompanied by the right tools. One such tool is the BLACKROLL® SMART MOVE BOARD.

The is a smart ergonomic tool to encourage standing and activity throughout the day. The board is made with a unique foam material that is soft and highly elastic to bring an added layer of comfort as employees stand and work.

The board includes small ridges that stimulate the soles of the feet and allow employees to stretch those tired calves and feet. It also comes with a set of self-massage tools to massage the feet and provide a sense of release after a long and stressful day. The BLACKROLL® SMART MOVE BOARD along with a wide variety of other wellness tools may be purchased from online health platform Active Life Solutions and sold exclusively at

Today, supporting your team is all about selecting the right tools to enhance comfort and prevention in the workplace. Active Life Solutions will help you find those tools, making your employees the ultimate priority.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.