Active Office System – FAQ

Active Office System FAQ

What is the Active Office System?

The Active Office System is a term originated by Tony Olejnicki to describe productivity improvement and employee engagement training program for sedentary office workers.

Active office behaviour allows sedentary office employees to perform at a high level of cognitive availability and metabolic energy throughout the entire day.

The HiACHIEVR Active Office System program, based on a sustainable physiological transformation, builds on four pillars,

  • Reduction of chronic stress by managing happy neurochemical,
  • Quality sleep managed for individual chronotypes,
  • Circadian Nutrition System (CNS) controlling hormones and insulin resistance to managed weight, and
  • NEAT activity improving office endurance and metabolic energy.

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What are the benefits of the Active Office System?

The benefits of the HiACHIEVR Active Office System extend to both professional and personal spheres.

  • Increased Productivity,
  • Improved Employee Engagement,
  • Increased Collaboration and Creativity,
  • Managing the balance of happy neurochemical,
  • Increased Cognitive Availability,
  • Improved Team Collaboration,
  • Improved Personal Confidence and Openness,
  • Elevated Personal Metabolic Energy,
  • Better Personal Health and Office Endurance,
  • Physiologically Triggered Rejuvenation,
  • Restored Work-Life Balance.

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Who can benefit from the Active Office System?

Most sedentary office employees can benefit from the Active Office System. Some examples:

  • IT professionals,
  • Accountants,
  • Lawyers,
  • Banking and finance professionals,
  • Administrative employees,
  • Office-based and chair-bound professionals.

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Why implement the Active Office System for your team?

The human body has evolved for movement, walking and not sitting, over 300,000 years of human evolution.

We switched to sitting behaviour only 100 years ago and to intensive sitting habit within the last 50 years.

We stop suddenly in the early 20s and transition to motionless sitting for 8-12 hours. The sitting behaviour weakens the muscular system, slows down metabolism, degrades cognitive availability to only 3 hours per day initiating an unhealthy journey.
At the age of 30, the average office employee clocks-in over 44,000 sitting hours. This figure rises to 66,000 hours at the age of 40.

It brings you to the edge of physiological disability and 50 cent probability to develop one or more metabolic conditions in your 50s.

It includes diabetes, coronary heart disease, early-onset dementia, premature ageing and premature death.

Implementing the Active Office System will slow down, stop, and reverse sedentary risks.

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What is Cognitive Availability?

The cognitive availability describes an operating condition of the brain, at the maximum environmental awareness.

In this state, the body awareness combines all the sensory such as vision, touch, proximity awareness, balance and posture-supporting muscles.

It occurs when the body is in an upright position, at the low but diverse metabolic activity called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT).

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What is a NEAT state?

The NEAT state, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, occurs with diverse low-level activity.

The body uses stored body fat as a primary fuel to generate energy. Fat stores twice as much energy per gram as proteins or carbohydrates (carbs) and can supply massive energy levels to the brain.

The production of hormones and enzymes in muscle tissue reaches optimum in the upright position where the abdominal organs are not constricted and contribute efficiently to body metabolism.

It also allows effective breezing hence the ability to deliver oxygen to the brain, significantly enhancing brain activity.

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What happens to NEAT when you sit down?

It takes the body around 20 minutes to transition to sitting.

The sitting non-activity signals a rest phase to the brain. The brain commences shutting down NEAT processes as well as associated brain areas and brain activities.
Your oxygen intake decreases and the work effectiveness and metabolism slow down.
It also means that you require less energy, so the food you consumed is no longer needed to generate energy for your body. So your body converts it into fat for storage.

Why is NEAT so important?

NEAT has both short term and long term impact on sedentary employees.

In the short term, NEAT improves cognitive availability and metabolic energy. Eight hours of NEAT will extend the cognitive availability from 3 to 8 hours. In turn, it leads to Productivity Improvement when supported by the Process Improvement.

In the long term, NEAT supports enhanced health outcomes for sedentary employees. A sedentary lifestyle is a significant contributor to sedentary conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, early onset-dementia, premature ageing and premature mortality. Fifty per cent of sedentary office workers will develop one or more sedentary conditions in their 50s.

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What is the Circadian Nutritional System?

The Circadian Nutritional System (CNS) forms a fundamental pillar of the HiACHIEVR Active Office System. The CNS is a universal diet-transparent nutritional system adaptable to any well-balanced diet.

The evolutionary idea of two phases within the 24 hours cycle, mainly active and a resting stage, forms the basis for the Circadian Nutritional System.

During the active phase, we work and eat to generate energy. While in the resting state, we rest the body system and refrain from ingesting any nutrients except water, green or black tea and black coffee.

This simple approach is extremely beneficial for regulating weight. It keeps organs, hormones and enzymes of the digestive system in proper balance and delivers constant, sustainable recovery.

The Circadian Nutritional System will also enhance the metabolic energy generated during the working phase.

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What are the implications of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

Do you spend more than 6 hours a day sitting at work, while commuting and relaxing at home?

This behaviour brands you as a sedentary person.

The cost impact of Sedentary Lifestyle on employees Physical and Mental Health is massive.

Sedentary behaviour leads to low cognitive availability which translates to a massive loss of Productivity and Performance.

It also impacts the Emotional Intelligence (EI) and degrades the quality of Decision Making, Management Abilities, Leadership Qualities.

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How does the Active Office System improve Productivity?

There are three fundamental factors of the Active Office System supporting Productivity improvement.

These are increased Cognitive Availability, Metabolic Energy of NEAT process and the posture of Openness and Collaboration.

The increase of Cognitive Availability from 3 to 8 hours, effectively doubles the time generally wasted with sedentary behaviour. Combining increased Cognitive Availability with enhanced Metabolic Energy and Process Improvement enables the exponential growth of Productivity.

Additionally, standing posture signals a Natural Openness, hence increasing personal confidence and trust.

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How does the Active Office System reduce Chronic Stress?

There are many reasons for stress, both personal and work-related, such as work overload and social intimidations.

Temporarily acute stress offers a beneficial stimulation with a healthy dose of cortisol.

Long-Term Chronic stress, however, produces an unhealthy amount of cortisol which is toxic to the body if not metabolised.

Physiological, neurological and psychological components of the HiACHIEVR Active Office system, focus on the development of positive habits.

The fundamental technique used is the management of happy neurochemicals and control of cortisol, the unhappy chemical.

The combination of these helps to reduce and eventually eliminate chronic stress in three ways.

  • Increased body movement and metabolism have a positive effect on physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Openness and collaboration signalled by upright posture enable employee engagement and trust.
  • Finally doubling the cognitive availability opens opportunities to improve productivity and lower a pressure to cope with the workload.
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    How does the Active Office System improve sleep quality?

    There are many reasons for poor sleep stretching from medical to stress. The Active Office System helps to reduce work-related chronic stress in three ways.

    • It provides an opportunity to exercise the body effortlessly for the entire day at work.
    • It creates a healthy framework for mental wellbeing by promoting openness and collaboration.
    • It doubles time sedentary people missing with low cognitive availability.

    The unique feature of the HiACHIEVR Active Office System is the focus on the management of happy neurochemicals. By developing these techniques, one can achieve a steady microflow of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin rather than disruptive binging habits.

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    How the Active Office System improves Employee Engagement?

    The HiACHIVR Active Office System design is based on evolutionary principles stimulating openness, collaboration and growth mindset. From the evolutionary aspect, we are more successful when we collaborate. The Active Office System creates opportunities for engagement because it is based on teamwork and personal short-term and long-term improvement. It makes advantageous to work in the office because it creates an environment conducive to the social collaborative engagement.

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    How the Active Office System improves Energy?

    The Active Office System facilitates physiological transformation which enables endurance to sustain up to 8 hours of low-level diverse mobility. Metabolic energy drives both the body and the brain.

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    How the Active Ofice System improves Health and Fitness?

    Fitness has many components such as strength, aerobic capacity, endurance, flexibility and balance. The process of active behaviour improves endurance, flexibility and balance. With increased endurance the ability to sustain activities longer enables more metabolic energy and better long-term health outcomes. Balance and flexibility are markers of ageing and personal confidence.

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    How the Active Office System triggers Physiological (Biological) Rejuvenation?

    A simple ‘Use it or Lose it’ principle applies to just about any system in the body. Rejuvenation can only occur with a purposeful and deliberate destructive use followed by physiological reconstruction. Muscular, cardiovascular systems and brain work like that. While working in an upright position large variety of muscles are engaged in stimulating muscular rejuvenation. Deep breathing and increased demand for oxygen improve vascularization of lungs and heart. The need to keep balance and movement diversity constantly and increase in low physical activity improve the neural plasticity and generation of new nerve tissue in the hippocampus region (neurogenesis).

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    Who should consider the Active Office System?

    The Active Office System design benefits most of the sedentary office workers. It enables productivity improvement, employee engagement, collaboration and improves creativity through the physiological transformation.
    Te active Office System program can be beneficial to IT professionals, accountants, legal professionals, banking and finance professionals and home office-based consultants.

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    Who is Sedentary Worker?

    If you spend six or more hours per day sitting you meet the qualification of a sedentary worker.  To calculate your daily sitting add the time you spend on commuting, working at your desk, conducting sitting meetings, working at home on your computer or mobile device, and consuming a sitting entertainment such as watching television or playing video games.

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    What are implications of Sedentary behaviour for the office employee on physical and mental health?

    Implications of sedentary behaviour.

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    How to boost sales with the Active Office System?

    Sales professionals looking to gain a professional edge must look for solutions outside the traditional sales strategy.
    There are many physiologically supported reasons for improved performance with exercise.
    The research demonstrates that the Active Office System program with proper nutrition system and exercise can improve closing rates on sales calls, achieving as much as 80% better performance.

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