Incorporating employee health into the procurement cycle
Limber founder Bart De Vries started his career in high performance sport - hockey, to be specific. When he left that world and entered the “regular” workforce, he was surprised at how different it was. In high performance sport, everyone is looking for the next performance edge. Coaches and clubs do everything under the sun to support a players performance and consistency of performance. This goes well beyond the basics of sport specific skill development, into psychological, financial, dietary development and more. Cutting edge science is sought out and implemented, quite different to the average 9-5 office job.
One of the main things Bart noticed was the toll an office job takes on your body. Humans weren’t built to sit in one place all day long. When Bart worked in his first office job, he could feel his body deteriorating every day.
Bart’s not just an ex-hockey player - he’s also a physiotherapist. So he decided to put these skills to work and solve this problem. He got some friends together and Limber was born.
From desks to workstations
Limber’s driving mission is to create health by default, workplaces where people are happier and healthier at the end of the day, just from turning up. To achieve this, they’ve re-imagined one of the fundamental parts of a workplace: the desk. Humans function best when they’re moving from one position to the next on a regular basis - in other words, movement is the best position. But most desks are either sitting desks, or standing desks. You have to choose one position or the other, and there’s no room for any other position you may want to work from. Even if you have an electric sit stand desk, the likelihood you’re actually using it to change heights is low.
Limbers aren’t sitting desks, or standing desks. Rather, they’re dynamic desks that you can easily and quickly move from sitting, to standing, to kneeling, to anything in between. This helps you change positions quickly, without disrupting your workflow.
Limbers were the result of an iterative process. Bart and his team created more than 20 different versions, tested them out, then improved on them, until finally arriving at the finished product available for workplaces today.
The workstations were designed with behaviour change in mind, and were built on the EAST idea. That’s the concept that to change behaviour, you need to make it easy, attractive, social and timely. It’s not enough to just tell people that they need to be changing positions on a regular basis. You need to also remove the barriers to do so.
After 21 iterations, the Limber team got there with a workstation that they felt achieved these goals. Now, they’re manufactured locally in New Zealand, and are making serious headway in the marketplace - they’re workspace suppliers for organisations like Xero and Enspiral Dev Academy.
Take a look at a Limber workstation at getlimber.nz