Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin November 2022

November 10, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 156 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/11/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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ORGATEC 2022

I attended my first Orgatec in 1994. At the time, I was overwhelmed by the scale of the event. It was certainly the largest exhibition I had ever attended, with a couple of manufacturers even occupying their own complete hall.  It was also the year that Herman Miller launched the Aeron chair. Orgatec occurs every two years but, due to Covid, this year’s event was the first since 2018. It was about half the size I remember, many major manufacturers did not exhibit and the most innovative design I encountered was an unfinished product presented by a component manufacturer! However, as a bellwether for the furniture industry, there was still a lot to observe. [read more]

60TH ANNIVERSARY

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We decided that the company’s sixtieth anniversary warranted a month of celebrations, rather than a single day so you may have noticed that we were more active than usual on social media. It was fun looking back on our various adventures and milestones through the years, although there were some pretty dodgy mugshots dragged out of the archives! The net impact was that a couple of our most successful posts on LinkedIn achieved nearly 4,000 impressions and our October reach was more than double our highest previous month. What that actually means for the business, I’m not altogether sure, but it was fun anyway. You can see some of our reflections in the October blogs.

YEAR END ORDER CUT-OFF

Happy,New,Year,Concept,,Flipping,Of,Wooden,Cube,Block,ChangeWith more manufacturer price rises scheduled for January 1st, there is still time to fulfil most orders before we close for the year end break. The last order deadline for individual items to be delivered before Christmas is noon on December 20th. For larger enquiries, please start the conversation with me or your Customer Development Manager as a matter of urgency.

LOGISTICS PROBLEMS OR SUPPLY ISSUES?

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We are receiving a steady flow of enquiries from clients who are being let down by their existing supply partners. It seems that some furniture dealers took on homeworker delivery commitments during Covid, assuming it would be much like office worker supplies but ‘with a few extra drops’. From our 12+ years of homeworker support, we know that communications and logistics are far more complicated and require bullet-proof systems and processes – as well as a reliable supply of products to deliver! Contact us if you’re being let down, even if it’s for a short-term solution until you get everything back on track.

OCTOBER FACE-TO-FACE EVENTS

october_f-2-fFollowing the success of our July DSE Assessor Event, we repeated it in October and added a similar day for Facilities Managers and Health & Safety professionals. Feedback was very favourable with an average satisfaction score of 9.3/10 across all 3 events. We now have a proven format with lots more content still to share. In particular, there is no doubt that all delegates enjoyed the opportunity to meet other professionals face-to-face and discuss common problems in a relaxed and supportive setting. We are working on more events for 2023. Watch this space.

 


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin October 2022

October 13, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 155 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/10/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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TIME FOR SOME NOSTALGIA

As Osmond Group celebrates 60 years in business on 02.10.22, I have taken a look back at the changing world of ergonomics – a space we’ve inhabited for the past 3 decades.

When I think back to the beginnings of the business, the extent of change over that time is astonishing – not just for the company, but for the wider ergonomics sector and the world of work it serves.

Whilst Osmond Group has been around for 60 years, Osmond Ergonomics was founded 30 years ago, born of a serendipitous encounter with Dr James Robertson, the rheumatologist I went to see about my recurring back injury. [more]

ORGATEC

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For the first time since 2018, I shall be attending the international furniture exhibition in Cologne this month. It is much smaller than in pre-Covid times so it will be interesting to see who’s exhibiting, who has decided not to bother and what’s new. In particular, I shall be looking for homeworker furniture that addresses the shortage of space that so many people experience in the UK. Apart from the excitement of my first international exhibition in 4 years, it is also my first trip abroad since before Covid and, as I’m driving, there will also be time for an essential pre-Christmas visit to Boursot’s Wine Collection!

DSE ASSESSOR EVENT

Creative,Agency,Production,Department,Office,Workers,Brainstorming,3d,Project,Ideas.With less than a week to go, we still have a few spaces left at our Clerkenwell event on October 18th so don’t miss this excellent free opportunity. Delegate feedback from our July session rated ‘meeting expectations’ at over 100%! As well as great session content, delegates will each receive a new laptop stand and a new mouse. The post-event follow-up will include a CPD certificate and access to numerous online resources. Please note: it’s in-person only. The nature of the content is not suited to virtual delivery and the use of the whole showroom is crucial to the experience.

JOURNAL OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN

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Issue 1 of this new publication is out now. It is available free as a Kindle download or can be purchased as a print-on-demand magazine. The first edition is packed with 140 pages of articles covering acoustics, wellbeing, mindfulness, vertical gardens, landscaped office, biophilic cities and, of course, the link between ergonomics and biophilia (on page 44 to save you searching!). Order/download here.

WORKPLACE TRENDS: EVOLVING WAYS OF WORKING

Businessman drawing Myths or Facts on blackboardI shall be missing this month’s WT on October 18th due to the clash with our DSE Assessor Event (referred to above). However, it is worth your attention if you are not a DSE Assessor already committed to our event! I really enjoy the Workplace Trends conferences: they are packed with interesting and thought-provoking content from internationally renowned speakers. Coffee and lunch breaks are also stimulating due to the broad mix of delegates with whom to network. You can attend in person (my recommendation) or virtually. Details here.

DORSET CHAMBER BUSINESS EXHIBITION

dorset_chamber_eventAlthough we have cut right back on exhibition events since before the pandemic, we like to support our local Chamber of Commerce and we shall be participating in this small event on November 10th at AFC Bournemouth’s stadium. Come and chat with my colleague, Neil Hurst, between 9am and noon. Amongst other things, he will be displaying some new input devices that I can’t yet tell you about! Register here (it’s free).


Product Radar – Motus 6000 Electric Sit-Stand Desk

September 22, 2022

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 21/09/2022. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

Motus 6000 - 2The Motus 6000 is a quality sit-stand desk which offers a range of worktop sizes and finishes. Easy to operate, it has a push button control with 4 memory settings for finger tip adjustment. The controller is also Bluetooth-enabled to allow remote operation (by free App) and/or connection to optional Work and Move software (available separately). The width-adjustable frame can accommodate tops from 1200mm to 1800mm wide and 600mm to 800mm deep. The Motus 6000 desk is suitable for use in all work environments: office, hot desking, home office, etc.

 

Features & Benefits 

  • Easy Push-button height adjustment.
  • Memory function stores and retains height settings for four positions.
  • Digital display shows desk height.
  • Bluetooth-enabled for remote operation via free App.
  • Posture change prompts (controller flashes and phone vibrates if App is enabled).
  • Height range (625mm – 1275mm) complies with EU Sit-Stand standards.
  • Auto-stop safety system.
  • Suitable for desk tops 1200mm to 1800mm wide and 600mm – 800mm deep. Contact Customer Service for further information about top sizes and finishes.

More Information

 

 


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin September 2022

September 20, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 154 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/09/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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KNOWLEDGE SHARING CONTINUES APACE

Whilst I have mentioned our plan to make 2022 our Year of Knowledge Sharing several times, it occurred to me that I have never created a single paragraph with all the key references in one location so here is my indulgence of hyperlinks – and it’s all free! After a summer hiatus, our Top Tips video portfolio is growing once again. We regularly add blogs on a range of ergonomics and workplace-related topics. Our free webinars typically last 30-60 minutes and are also recorded for viewing on demand. This eBulletin is published monthly at the same time on the same day and the archive is here. We also share our Product Radar new product updates on an ad hoc basis. I have been interviewed for the Journal of Biophilic Design and 1202 – The Human Factors Podcast. Our version of the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) tool can be found here. Obviously, we also have our established Posture Guidance, Stretching Exercises and numerous other resources on our website. We are also hosting in-person days. See below for more details of our Clerkenwell Events in October.

DEATH OF HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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We are saddened by the death of the Queen and offer our condolences to her family, friends and the millions whose lives she touched. Showing due respect for her funeral, the business will be closed on Monday September 19, 2022

 

 

BIG SUSTAINABILITY EXPO

big_sustainability_expoWe are delighted to be involved, once again, with this event. This year, it is at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on September 22nd from 09:30 to 15:00. I shall be speaking at noon with the topic title ‘Ergonomics, Wellbeing & Sustainability – keeping your people and the planet happy, healthy & productive’. There is a full card of interesting speakers and the exhibitor list covers everything from rum and coffee to cars and corporate uniforms. Let me know if you are attending and want to meet for a coffee

CLERKENWELL EVENTS

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Spaces are still available for our two whole-day October events but numbers are limited so please book as soon as possible. Our ‘Unique Hybrid Working Event’, designed for Facilities Managers and Health & Safety Professionals, looks at homeworker wellbeing in the morning and the hybrid office in the afternoon. Our second ‘Unique DSE Assessors Event’ is aimed at those who carry out the assessments and explores face-to-face and virtual assessment issues before lunch, then the links between workplace design and wellbeing in the later sessions. Both are FREE events with CPD certificates and full catering included.

CLERKENWELL OPEN

clerkenwell_openClerkenwell Open is a comparatively new occasion in the UK workplace design calendar, created by Women in Office Design (WOD). The recent event included some insightful (and animated!) discussions about the future of workplace design and I attended some stimulating presentations. Expect more blogs to emerge from these ideas in due course! The office furniture industry has had a poor sustainability record in the past and WOD’s Sustainable Design Collective shares ideas and best practice in various collaborative, knowledge sharing events. Some of the themes discussed in Clerkenwell will also be explored further at Orgatec in October.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin August 2022

August 10, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 153 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/08/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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UNIQUE HYBRID WORKING EVENT

Following the outstanding success of our recent session for DSE Assessors (see below), we have created a new event for Facilities Managers and Health & Safety professionals on Wednesday October 19th, 2022. Hosted at the fabulous 5-storey Orangebox showroom in Clerkenwell, London, the one-day event will delve into the management of homeworker wellbeing in the morning and then discuss and explore approaches to the Hybrid Office in the afternoon. Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a goodie bag are included on the day and a CPD certificate will be issued after the event. There is no charge. You can find the agenda, further information and registration form here.

(NOT QUITE SO) UNIQUE DSE ASSESSOR EVENT

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As mentioned above, our Unique DSE Assessor Event in July went even better than we expected – and we had high expectations. Afterwards, we asked delegates how well it met their expectations and the average result was over 100%! We are therefore repeating it (with minor adjustments in response to delegate feedback) on Tuesday October 18th, 2022. As before, it’s free and all catering and a CPD certificate are included. Get the whole story here.

MORE TOP TIPS

top_tips_2We have been adding short, simple video clips of less than a minute since the start of the year. There has been a little hiatus in the last few weeks but we are still committed to our Year of Knowledge Sharing and another new one has just been added. There will be many more in the next couple of months once the edits from our recent homeworker shoot are completed. You can now see the whole series on both Vimeo and YouTube so feel free to choose your preferred platform.

MORE KNOWLEDGE SHARING

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Our Training Manager, Stuart Entwistle, has been running our Homeworking Done Right webinar series for the second time. At the time of writing, there is only Part 3 left but, if you read this before August 25th, you can sign up for it here. You can watch recordings of the first two webinars in your own time here (you will need to login to gain access). We have also been busy blogging on a variety of topics, including the impact of a poor workstation setup on your fitness goals and maximising team performance.

NO TRAINING FOR HOMEWORKERS

Negative,Bad,Emotions,,Wrong,Purchase,,Delivery,Error,Or,Damaged,Packaged.I am concerned at what seems to be a growing trend for employers to provide homeworkers with a lump-sum to spend on whatever they need to work at home. Some organisations are even advertising the fact as if it’s some sort of badge of a good employer. My primary concern (apart from the fact that it’s seldom enough money) is that this ‘gift’ is usually given without any guidance or training. The employee then buys online and their often-unsuitable products come with no advice about good practice. Workplace Insight published my recent article on this topic.


Product Radar – Filex Galaxy Monitor Arm

July 28, 2022

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 28/07/2022. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

premium-office-dual-modular-premium-office-dual-modular-1619790032 (2)The Filex Galaxy Modular Dual is designed for use with two monitors. It is part of a multi-purpose family of arms that can be extended and configured for up to 6 or 8 monitors if required. All variants allow independent adjustment of each screen including height, depth and viewing angle to ensure correct workstation set-up. A desk clamp and integral cable management are included to ensure a neat workspace. The contemporary, modular design enables adaptation for use with various configurations, such as single or double monitor, monitor plus laptop (additional laptop plate required). Changes can be made retrospectively if required. The Filex Galaxy Modular Dual is made from sustainable materials and is 100% recyclable.

 

Features & Benefits 

  • Three pivot points on the arm, combined with the VESA mount, allow the screen to tilt, rotate and turn.
  • Desk clamp and built-in cable management are included.
  • The integrated rotation stop ensures a desk can be placed against a wall or other desk (back-to-back) without the arms snagging.
  • The modular system provides the opportunity to extend and adapt the configuration easily for more than 2 monitors.

More Information

 

 


Product Radar – Freestander Sit-Stand Adapter

July 22, 2022

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 22/07/2022. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

810_5116Suitable for any work or home environment, this sit-stand adaptor is lightweight and easy to move, yet well-constructed and stable. It can be configured in a matter of moments, has a detachable keyboard tray and is easy to use with a single height adjustment lever. It accommodates a monitor and laptop (or dual screens), as well as a full size keyboard and mouse. Use of an optional monitor arm will free up workspace.

 

Features & Benefits 

  • No tools required for setup
  • Extremely stable
  • Fits within dimensions of existing work surface
  • Detachable keyboard tray
  • Easy, single lever height adjustment
  • Converts existing work surface to a sit-stand workstation
  • Suitable for single or dual screens
  • Optional monitor arm available.

More Information

 

 


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin July 2022

July 13, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 152 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/07/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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UNIQUE DSE ASSESSOR EVENT

We had been looking forward to this and our first event on July 12th went even better than expected. I say ‘first event’ because we are already planning the next – we have a substantial waiting list of people who could not attend this one. We have not yet set the date but it will be after the summer. Watch out for further information here and through social media or email me now to make sure you are one of the first to have access to registration. I suppose we shall have to think of a new name, though – if we have already done it once, it will no longer be ‘unique’!

WORKPLACE TRENDS – NET ZERO CONFERENCE

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Much as I love the return of opportunities for face to face events, I felt that virtual attendance was definitely the right thing to do for this one. The day started with some truly thought- (and action-) provoking sessions by Georgia Elliott-Smith and Anicee Bauer and progressed through case study presentations demonstrating real net zero action amongst today’s buildings and employers. One item I found particularly compelling was Neil Usher’s overview of the GoSpace artificial intelligence tools which provide dynamic occupancy management to directly impact the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profit).

HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS

hsmYet another publication has been running our articles. The first online piece was about our Homeworking Done Right webinar series. That set of free webinars has been completed so the dates in the article are wrong but everything else is still relevant because we are rerunning the series from July 21st. The magazine also picked up on our article about sit-stand desks and the problems of buying online without training. The piece appears here.

ON-SITE SERVICE FOR FEE EARNERS

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Professionals like lawyers and accountants, who bill their working hours, are notoriously bad at ‘getting something done about it’ when they start to suffer from back ache or other musculoskeletal issues. Inevitably, this leads to presenteeism and reduced productivity. Our friends at FitBack have created an onsite physiotherapy and advice service that ensures quick access to effective treatment in a really time-efficient way. Complete the short form here for further information.

DSE ASSESSOR TRAINING

top_tips_juneWe have just added some more dates for our highly-regarded virtual course, taking us through to the year end. We are also offering face-to-face courses around the country. This often works best if an employer wants a small number of staff trained and is prepared to allow external delegates to join the session. It results in a lower cost to the employer and a ready-made venue for us to use! To discuss ideas for face-to-face training, contact Stuart Entwistle, our Training Manager.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin June 2022

June 8, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 151 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 08/06/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

It was a delight to be back in London in May and networking face-to-face. Clerkenwell was impressively busy. The majority of products fell into one of two categories: 1) designs for collaboration, meetings, breakout and social interactions and 2) products and settings to get some peace and quiet from the people in 1)!

A conspicuous change in showroom displays was the absence of traditional desks. Almost everything that could be termed ‘a desk’ was part of something else and very few would be suitable for the serried ranks of identical workstations we used to know. By contrast, pods, booths and telephone boxes were everywhere. I was amused by the irony of bringing people back into the office from homeworking alone so that they could sit, alone, in an office telephone box!

Another significant observation was the strong environmental credentials that manufacturers have been working on in recent years. With a global focus on Net Zero trading, this is an area of interest that I expect to grow in the traditionally wasteful office furniture industry.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR DSE ASSESSORS (UPDATE)

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Our free event at the Orangebox showroom on June 21st is ready. Places are filling steadily but there is still time and space to register. In case you missed last month’s information, it is aimed at experienced DSE assessors who are ready to be challenged and want to broaden their horizons. It is a  whole day programme with refreshments and lunch provided. You can see the full agenda and book your place here.

We appreciate that this may need to be postponed due to train strike activity but are continuing to take bookings and will keep attendees updated.

HOMEWORKING DONE RIGHT WEBINARS

webinar_series_3You are probably too late to enrol for the second episode in this three-part webinar series but there is still time to register for Part 3: Posture Tips for Home and Office. All three instalments are being made available as an on-demand video after each live event. If you haven’t attended from the beginning, you can benefit from the full series in your own time: just find your missing event recording(s) here.

NEW PRODUCTS FROM BAKKER ELKHUIZEN

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Over the last few months, our Dutch friends have been working hard on restyling some of their key products. Most significant are the new, compact additions to their laptop stand portfolio. Beautifully styled to reduce the quantity of material used, they are delivered in an elegant cork envelope and include a QR code link to their setup video. Our favourite is the Flextop 170 laptop stand.

TOP TIPS VIDEOS

top_tips_juneWe continue to add to these short videos at the rate of about one more each week so you are definitely missing out if you haven’t looked for a while! Each lasts between 30 and 60 seconds and addresses an issue we come across on a regular basis. Access is free so you can share relevant topic links with colleagues and clients as you see fit. Check the latest list here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin May 2022

May 11, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 150 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/05/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR DSE ASSESSORS

We are working on an exciting one-day event that will take place on 21.06.22 at the fabulous five-storey Orangebox showroom in Clerkenwell, London. Aimed at established DSE Assessors, the morning will explore existing experience, such as the demands of virtual assessments, domestic fire regulations and keeping abreast of the latest products. The afternoon will look at how you can widen your influence and involvement in the broader wellbeing discussion with clients. The event is completely free and includes refreshments and lunch. You just need to bring an open mind (we plan to challenge some of your thinking!). A CPD certificate will be provided. Spaces are limited so register here (without obligation) to be kept informed of developments and ensure a place when booking opens.

HOMEWORKING DONE RIGHT – 3 FREE WEBINARS

Smiling,African,American,Man,In,Glasses,And,Headset,Watch,WebinarOur Training Manager, Stuart Entwistle, has been working on a 3-part series of free webinars, based on our experience of both employer and employee responses to homeworking since the start of the pandemic. The three topics covered are 1) the Employer’s Duty of Care, 2) Homeworking Products and 3) Posture Tips for Home & Office. Find out more and register here.

WORLD FM DAY

world_fm_day_200x150Today is World FM Day, an opportunity to recognise the crucial work of Facilities Managers across the globe and remember that they are responsible for so much more than making sure the lights are on and the toilets aren’t blocked! As we address Hybrid Working and Sustainability, FMs are central to the management of where and how people work, whilst minimising impact in the move to Net Zero.

RULA – RAPID UPPER LIMB ASSESSMENT

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As we continue to expand our 2022 Knowledge Sharing (more Top Tips videos here), it is worth remembering that there are many free resources we have been offering for years. One of the most established is RULA, the internationally recognised Rapid Upper Limb Assessment tool which helps to quantify and prioritise risks. This was refreshed three years ago and provides a much cleaner graphical interface.

IN THE PRESS (AGAIN!)

in_the_press_again_200x150As mentioned last month, we have been broadening our publication reach beyond blogs and social media and our articles are appearing in a number of general and specialist publications. Once upon a time these would have been newspapers and magazines but now, of course, they are mostly online. Here is a piece in Facilities Management Journal. We have four more items appearing in the next month.


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