We all have our opinions, some stronger than others. The workplace might not be the best environment to air your concerns about politics, religion or your neighbor's ugly lawn flamingos, but your company's choice to invest in particular technology over others can be just as divisive.
"Sitting desks can increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes."
AMS: All your business's eggs in a single, digital basket
Association Management Systems are the perfect example of technology that seems irreplaceable to some and dangerous to others. Essentially, AMS platforms bundle together separate services businesses require to operate daily. Customer information collection, email marketing, financial records, event planning – all of these different features can be integrated onto a single interface. This not only saves businesses from investing in multiple disparate programs, but it ensures the flow of data between the different nodes within the bundle cooperate. After all, since they're all part of the same software, they're predisposed to communicate without compatibility issues.
But therein lies the issue, according to outspoken opponents like John Mancini, president of the Association of Information and Image Management. Mancini argues that if the digital age taught the world anything, it is the value of spreading out your data and not corralling it into a single location. A company could be irreparably crippled by a data breach or an unexpected catastrophe, unable to recover information even in piecemeal. Additionally, locking all of your data into a single system does not encourage flexibility for your business or for other companies in your industry you may share information with in the future.
Desks: Taking a stand against sitting
The allure of the standing desk is supposedly a relatively simple one: It's better than sitting. According to medical research from Harvard University, sitting desks can increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as weight gain and the obviously general neck pain and backaches.
However, like most new technology replacing tried-and-true legacy methods of doing things, only time can tell. CBS News reported the jury is still out on standing desks, since human spines have not evolved to the point where completely straight posture can or should be maintained for long periods of time, like an eight-hour workday. Additionally, while standing can improve core muscle strength by continually keeping your back muscles taut, it could lead to whole new kinds of back pain.
"If your body is using the same muscles, the same way all the time, you're going to experience strain," said orthopedic expert Dr. Jason Freedman to CBS. "When you're standing in one place, the muscles are still working to keep you erect. Your back muscles, the muscles in your core, are still working to keep you up straight."
So, if you're considering turning your office into a "standing room only" venue, perhaps it'd be a good idea to also invest in extra comfy couches for the break room. Your employees might need them.
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