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Humorous Posture-Mimicking Bears

Designer Nate Bolt Showcases the Way People Sit in Meetings

— April 8, 2013 — Art & Design
These humorous images by designer Nate Bolt takes a look at the posture of people in meetings and the meanings behind the way workers sit. From the slackers who are practically sliding under the desk to the diligent note-takers and brain-stormers busy filling the walls with ideas, you might recognise some of these stereotypes from your office, or possibly yourself.

The images examine workplace mannerisms and how our actions are interpreted by our fellow employees and bosses. Some of the more ridiculous images in the series examines the 'addict' worker who simply has to have his laptop and phone with him at all times. My personal favorite is the 'wasted' work employee, who has missed the chair completely and ends up lying face down on the floor.
Trend Themes
1. Posture Awareness - Opportunities for ergonomic furniture innovation that encourages good posture and healthier work environments.
2. Workplace Stereotypes - Opportunities for new employee training techniques that value diversity and encourage open communication to avoid harmful labels.
3. Humorous Office Culture - Opportunities in marketing and product design to appeal to millennials and younger generations who value humor and light-heartedness in their work environment.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture - Ergonomic furniture manufacturers can use data on workplace posture to design innovative seating solutions.
2. HR and Training - HR departments can focus on diversity and communication training to eliminate harmful stereotypes and promote open communication.
3. Marketing and Advertising - Product designers and marketers can appeal to younger generations by incorporating humor and light-heartedness in workplace culture.
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