Product Radar – Toleo

July 21, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 21/07/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

Toleo chair

Introduction

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Introducing the Toleo chair by Viasit. This chair aims to increase your natural movement as much as possible whilst sitting. This is achieved by including mobility to the left and right as well as the classic synchronous movement so the chair can fully move and adapt to the users every move.

This promotes mobile sitting, activating the body making users more relaxed and boosting concentration. The contoured backrest and optional headrest enhance the comfort further.

Features & Benefits 

  • Torsion movement for improved dynamic 3D sitting.
  • Full synchronous mechanism with free-flow recline and 4-position lock for extra comfort.
  • Integrated forward tilt, seat depth adjustment and height adjustable backrest to adapt to the user
  • Mesh backrest available for additional ventilation instead of the upholstered back.

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Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin July 2021

July 14, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/07/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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AIRCHARGE+ DESK BOOKING

Most organisations are looking at ways to provide an easy desk booking system in a hybrid working environment. Even those who had agile working programmes pre-pandemic are reviewing all their processes to ensure minimum friction. One of my personal highlights of CDW Unlocked (see below) was the discovery of the new Aircharge+, the ‘smart, safe digital marker for today’s workplace’. Combining an online booking page with desk markers, inductive phone (and tablet) charging and a number of additional benefits, this is exceptionally easy to implement and outstanding value. The beneficial pricing makes it suitable for organisations of any size and the exceptional value is because the technology has already been fully developed and tested for a global hospitality chain so the development and support costs have been very low. See the explanatory video here or contact us for further information.

NEW ON ERGONOMICS.CO.UK

web_updateWe have been tracking user behaviour on our primary website since we changed platform last year and we have now made some changes to reflect what we have learned. In addition, our site at homeworker.uk.com has been merged into the primary ergonomics site, creating a ‘Homeworker powered by Osmond Ergonomics’ section. The topline menu still gives a dropdown route to most sections but the new links now provide better direct routes to product groups. Take a look here.

 

CDW UNLOCKED

cdw_unlockedBoth figuratively and actually, this event was, unfortunately, a washout. Attendance was very low. Whether this was because of a lack of marketing, the weather, the pandemic or two Euro semi-final football matches in the same week, we shall probably never know. Suffice to say, I was the only visitor present during half my showroom visits. On the positive side, this meant I could attend showrooms for which I had not pre-booked and, once inside, showroom personnel had plenty of time to talk. It is very clear that the manufacturing industry has been exceptionally busy over the last several months and there are lots of new products and ideas. Whether your post-pandemic office plan is all-in, all-out or hybrid, there is plenty to discuss about how workplace design can support culture, engagement, wellbeing and productivity. For a face-to-face or virtual chat, get in touch or check in to my 4Cs webinar below.

NEW WEBINAR SUBJECTS

Capture (1)We have added three new topics to our forthcoming free webinar programme. Following the success of our Posture Awareness for Homeworkers (which will return later in the year and is still available for in-house commercial delivery), we have added two further Posture Awareness sessions about Laboratory work and Vehicles. In addition, I shall be delivering a variant of the session I did in Clerkenwell at CDW Unlocked: Communication, Collaboration, Concentration & Contemplation – the where and how of Hybrid Working. Find out more and book any or all of these here.

LINKEDIN PROFILE

linkedinIf you are a regular user, you may already know that it is now possible to add a half minute cover story video to your LinkedIn profile page. I have been experimenting with this and my first video (or second, or third, depending when you look!) is now live. I am interested to find out how people respond to this new facility so, if you can spare 30 seconds to watch the video and about the same again to respond to the poll here, I shall be most grateful. Please feel free to comment too!


Product Radar – Kinesis Freestyle2 Convertible Keyboard

July 1, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 1/07/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

Kinesis Freestyle2 Convertible Keyboard

 

Introduction

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The Kinesis Freestyle2 Convertible Keyboard allows for maximum flexibility, catering to each individual’s unique needs and to every work environment. The Kinesis Freestyle2 convertible keyboard is a split keyboard that is designed to adapt to the natural posture of your hands, arms and shoulders so the user can work with good posture.


It allows wrists and hands to be in a comfortable and natural typing position to minimise the risk of developing future complaints such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).  The Freestyle2 has a zero degree slope which minimizes the height, effectively creating a negative slope and reducing wrist extension.

Features & Benefits 

  • USB wired ‘plug and play’ connection.
  • Split keyboards are designed to adapt to the natural posture of your hands, arms and shoulders so you can work with good posture. The split and angled design avoids wrist pronation and twisting of the hands which causes the carpal tunnel in the wrist to constrict.
  • Reduces ulnar deviation. Ulnar deviation occurs when the wrist is bent outward in the direction of the little finger which causes the carpal tunnel in the wrist to constrict.
  • Lightweight and portable, ease for transportation and storage.
  • Integrated palm supports reduce stressful bending of the wrists and provide a convenient place to rest your hands when you are not actively typing. Available as an addition.
  • Numeric keypad is available to add on. It supports an ergonomic desktop layout. Ideal for numerical work such as spreadsheets.

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Product Radar – DXT Ergonomic Mouse 2

June 11, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 11/05/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

DXT Ergonomics Mouse 2

 

Introduction

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This product is not only one of our bestsellers but it was the world’s first ambidextrous ergo mouse. It is designed to ensure your hand is in a relaxed position and the user’s wrist is neutral. This mouse is a versatile accessory due to its unique pen grip and flexibility to switch between right and left-handed use.

The DXT Ergonomic Mouse 2 is a compact mouse that offers good ergonomics in every working environment. It is the ideal mouse for laptop users or mobile workers. Pair this product with a laptop stand to achieve an ergonomic setup.

Features & Benefits 

  • Wired and wireless versions available.
  • Can be used right- or left-handed (instantly switchable) to adapt to your preference.
  • High precision vertical mouse design, well suited to detailed work.
  • Fits most hand sizes to suit any user.
  • Designed by UK ergonomist/physiotherapist team to provide maximum support.
  • Now with enhanced finish and quality.
  • New zinc base plate to increase weight and stability.
  • Maximum resolution increased. Options are now 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 dpi.

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Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin June 2021

June 9, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/06/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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CDW UNLOCKED

Clerkenwell in London, home to many furniture manufacturers, has been slowly coming back to life as showrooms become available to view by appointment. We come one step closer to normality when CDW Unlocked, a ‘mini Clerkenwell Design Week’, takes place from 6th to 8th July. This will feature open house showrooms throughout the area, accompanied by a variety of events and presentations. Plans are still being finalised so keep an eye on the programme page to see what is happening. I shall be speaking at Frem Group on Tuesday 6th. Follow me on LinkedIn for details as soon as they are finalised.

BAKKER ELKHUIZEN CAMPAIGN

bakkerFollowing the success of their ‘One Year of Homeworking’ campaign in March and April, our friends at Bakker Elkhuizen are about to launch the next phase of their thought leadership campaign. This time it is about Hybrid Working.

As employers explore how to blend the many choices available to their personnel, it is important to take a holistic view that considers culture, wellbeing and productivity as well as use of real estate. For their latest white papers and other resources, watch out for our social media links or explore their online knowledge centre.

HYBRID WORKING – WHAT IS EVERYBODY ELSE DOING?

what_is_everybody_elseOur webinar in May attracted our largest audience ever. It is clear that many organisations are still thinking about how to deploy their workforce and optimise their real estate. The five most common business models appear to be – As before – Turbocharged ABW – Clubhouse – Hub & Spoke – No office. What might you do?

We have been listening to what the global experts are saying and the webinar was my chance to share their insights. If you missed it, you can find the video and PowerPoint presentation (with lots of useful hyperlinks) here.

NATIONAL GROWING FOR WELLBEING WEEK

June-eBulletin (1)After a miserably cold and wet Spring, our garden is suddenly full of new shoots, buds and flowers. Even some of the plants that we thought had been killed by frost have sprung into life!

One enormous personal benefit of homeworking has been seeing the seasons unfold in a way I have never observed (or paid proper attention to) before. I have spoken and written about biophilia many times so I love the whole idea of National Growing for Wellbeing Week. I even find the simple act of looking at plants is uplifting!

HYBRID WORKING – HYPE OR HERE TO STAY?

Hybrid,Working,2021,Sign,In,A,Downtown,City,SettingRegular readers will know how highly I value the Workplace Trends events. They bring together global workplace experts to present and discuss research, experience and expectations for the future of workplace. After a fascinating and inspiring Research Summit in April this year, the next event will be both virtual and in-person in London on October 13th, 2021 (subject, as always, to any government restrictions at the time).

The programme is not yet finalised but I am confident it will deliver yet again. To make sure you are kept informed, register your interest here.


Product Radar – Contour RollerMouse Mobile

May 27, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 27/05/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

 

RollerMouse Mobile

Introduction

Contour12109Introducing the Contour RollerMouse Mobile, a compact version of an ergonomic mouse that combines portability with all the ergonomic benefits that are a part of every RollerMouse device. It relieves strain on the arm that reaches for the mouse by providing everything you need in front of you, leaving you to work comfortably. This RollerMouse promotes a comfortable working posture throughout the working day to reduce the development of muscosketal problems.

Features & Benefits 

  • Small and compact, making it easily portable and storable.
  • Five programmable buttons and shortcut keys that improve efficiency during work.
  • Cursor speed can be changed to adapt to the user.
  • Encourages the user to work in a neutral posture, improving physical wellbeing.
  • Aluminium chassis for increased durability.
  • Supplied with a choice of rubber feet to ensure your keyboard height matches the roller mouse.
  • Can be connected to your computer via cable or USB dongle (plug-and-play) or Bluetooth 4.0 to provide ultimate connectivity.

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Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin May 2021

May 12, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/05/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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ALL IN, ALL OUT OR HYBRID – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE?

Organisations of all sizes are exploring plans for some form of return to the office (or not!). This is a demanding time for senior managers and, indeed, for many employees but it is also an outstanding opportunity for planners, designers and facilitators. Clearly, there is no simple solution and every organisation, department and individual will have different needs and insights. Reviewing what works best for your culture, activities, technology, location and demographics will inform your decisions but, inevitably, there may be compromises where operational need restricts your choices. If you want people back, how will you design that Magnetic Office to attract them? Do you need less space? How will you fill the space? Are you providing enough support for your colleagues? How will you communicate to a disparate workforce and how will you maintain (or improve) productivity? I don’t pretend to have all the answers but I have been listening to a lot of very knowledgeable, experienced people. During May, I am creating a series of blogs to examine some of the issues and, as mentioned last month, my free webinar on May 19th gives some insights, tips and observations to address the question ‘What is everyone else doing?

VIRTUAL CONFERENCES

Global,Communication,Network,Concept.,Video,Conference.,Telemeeting.,Flash,News.During one week in April, I attended two conferences that demonstrated how effective a virtual format can be when well executed. Most notable at each event was the diversity and global reach of the speaker panel, the topics and the audience. Removing the restriction of a physical location really extends the potential and influence of an event in a dramatic way.

Over three days, the CIEHF Ergonomics & Human Factors Conference covered a broad gamut of human factors issues, from the involvement of HF professionals in guiding the NHS pandemic response to exploring the future of autonomous systems. In a single day, the Workplace Trends Research Summit covered data-driven topics from the 4 Day Working Week to Workplace Design for a Neurodiverse Workplace.  Both were educational, invigorating – and exhausting! Contact me if you would like to chat about either.

MORE PRICE INCREASES

containersWhen I mentioned price rises in February, I expected the topic to occur again but I didn’t expect it to be quite so soon! Four of our manufacturers have now issued their second price list in 2021. Increases are averaging 4-5% on top of the rises already implemented within the last five months.

Post-Brexit administration has contributed to this but global shortages of raw materials have also played a significant part. In addition, container transport costs from the Far East have increased by more than 400%. If you are considering any orders or tenders later this year, I strongly advise contacting us to see how we can help fend off unwanted increases. Simply contact the Customer Service team or your Customer Development Manager.

MENTAL HEALTH

Woman,Feeling,Stressed,Because,Of,The,Coronavirus,Outbreak.,Mental,Health,Mental Health Awareness Week follows on closely from Stress Awareness Month. We all now understand the importance of good mental health. In particular, the last prolonged lockdown has put us all to the test and anecdotal homeworker feedback, alongside numerous studies, have brought this clearly into focus.

As a business, we have always maintained the close connection between mental and physical health and we have created a combination of in-house and partner expertise to provide a holistic framework for this. To discuss how we can help with an enterprise approach to all wellbeing issues, contact the Customer Service team or follow a link on our Partnership Services page.

OUR OWN PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Office,With,Modern,Devices,And,Digital,Datas,On,Hologram,ScreensDuring May, we shall be returning everyone to the office at least some of the time. Our internal research makes interesting reading. Of those currently homeworking full-time, nobody wants to return to the office permanently! Of the staff (including logistics personnel) who had experienced some musculoskeletal discomfort in the last month, half said it had got better and the remainder said it was about the same. 12.5% felt that their mental health had deteriorated in the last six months.

Obviously, we continue to support those who need more help. Our next trial phase will involve nearly all knowledge workers returning to the office at least one day a week. Thereafter, we shall make changes according to feedback. We are also evolving the environments we provide within the office. Also, please note that our Monthly Outlook briefings for all personnel will move to bimonthly so the office will remain closed until 10am on the third Monday of every other month.


Product Radar – Motus Monorise

April 22, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 22/04/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

Motus monorise

Introduction

P1010356Introducing the new Motus Monorise Sit-Stand desk. This product allows almost anyone to experience all the benefits of a sit-stand desk, including promoting movement and improving wellbeing. The single leg frame helps optimise small space utilisation, while the worktop provides the best compromise between good ergonomics and limited space. 

We also recommend a monitor arm and/or laptop stand to maximise the usable space and enhance your posture.

Features & Benefits 

  • Height adjustable to promote movement throughout the day, activating the muscles and stimulating blood-flow.
  • Compact and stable design to fit into constrained spaces.
  • Electronic height adjustment for smooth and easy transitions between sitting and standing.
  • Regular changing between postures reduces the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and other complaints.
  • Stability Test Certificate available here.

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Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin April 2021

April 14, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/04/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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HYBRID WORKING – WHAT IS EVERYBODY ELSE DOING?

As the dependence on homeworking starts to diminish, every employer is reviewing policies and practices concerning their knowledge workers. Hybrid working, agile working, blended working: whatever you choose to call it, you will need a clearly defined strategy that takes a holistic approach. We know that some people love home working and some hate it. Some employers want everyone back in the office and some organisations are offering a perpetual homeworking opportunity. What works best for your organisation will be dependent on your culture, activities, technology, location and demographics. We don’t pretend to know all the answers – or even all the questions (yet) – but one question that keeps cropping up is ‘What is everybody else doing?’. I have therefore scheduled a short webinar to outline all that I have learned from conversations with clients and prospects, webinars, conferences, social media and the press over the last twelve months. For a mixture of insights, tips and observations, please join me at lunchtime on Wednesday May 19th, 2021.

DIGITAL EYE STRAIN

Young,Woman,Seated,At,Workplace,Take,Break,Distracted,From,WorkLast year, a research study of 2,000 UK adults found that their average screen time was over 13 hours per day! We hear widespread stories of people spending more time at their computer when homeworking so this duration is no surprise when you also factor in smartphone and tablet use, together with TV in the evening. Equally unsurprising is the fact that we are encountering growing numbers of people reporting symptoms of eye strain. Whilst more than one in five people have reported a deterioration in their eyesight, the connection is not always obvious to the layman because the symptoms may be headaches, neck strain and other musculoskeletal issues caused by vision-related poor posture. The College of Optometrists have coined the term ‘Coronavision’.

We are exploring additional services to address this problem so I would love to hear from you about your own (personal or professional) experience.  Email me your own thoughts or comment directly on my LinkedIn posting here.

CONTOUR ROLLERMOUSE MOBILE

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Since we introduced the separate Product Radar emails back in September 2020, I don’t often profile new products in this eBulletin. However, like the last one I mentioned, the RollerMouse Mobile is one I am really excited about. Having launched the RollerMouse concept in the UK nearly twenty years ago, it is fair to say that the mobile version has been quite a long time coming! However, it has been worth the wait.

With roller technology akin to the RollerMouse Re:d, combined with wired, dongle or Bluetooth connectivity, this really does ‘tick all the boxes’. It’s beautifully made and one of the highest scoring products we have ever put through our WoW Factor review. Our first stock is due in May.

MONTHLY OUTLOOK

monthly_outlookAs you may have discovered in March, we are now closed until 10:00am on the third Monday of each month. This gives us the opportunity to bring the whole team together (still virtually at the moment) for our ‘Monthly Outlook’ when I provide an update about the business trading activities. We discuss what is happening in the business and beyond, general trends, our plans and expectations plus everyone’s contribution. It’s a great forum and, as an experiment for the next few months, we have added a further dimension:

Many people say that virtual meetings miss out on those chats we all have, before and after, when we are getting coffee, finding a seat or just catching up with friends and colleagues. To address this, people are dropped into a virtual room on arrival. Each room contain 3-4 people who then get 10 minutes to chat about whatever they want (preferably not work-related). We do the same for 10 minutes at the end of the meeting. I will report on how this goes in due course!

GROWTH OF MUSCULOSKELETAL

MSK_issuesThere is no doubt that musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are on the rise. Prolonged periods of homeworking without proper assessment, adequate training or appropriate equipment are taking their toll. Many employers have simply not addressed these issues adequately and employees are now paying the price. We know that mental and physical health are interconnected and, whilst there has been a lot of publicity (rightly) about the mental health issues, attention to physical health matters has been lower profile.

Worryingly, we are also hearing anecdotal evidence that employees are failing to flag their own discomfort at a time of uncertainty and potential job insecurity.  Ergonomics and health professionals have been warning of this for some time but it is clear the message is often not getting through. We are trying to help with our free webinars and we are offering some great deals on training courses.


Product Radar – Goal Post Compact Desk

April 1, 2021

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 01/04/2021. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

Goal post desk

Introduction

P1010332 (1)Are you struggling to fit a desk in your bedroom, study or spare room at home?

This new compact desk is a sturdy piece of furniture designed to fit in tight corners and restricted spaces. The Goal Post desk allows good ergonomics in the smallest of spaces to support homeworkers.

This product offers a cost-effective solution that is perfect for home use. We also recommend a monitor arm and/or laptop stand to optimise the usable space and enhance your posture.

Features & Benefits 

  • Compact and stable design to fit into constrained spaces.
  • White frame with a choice of worktop colour to blend with the surrounding environment.
  • Designed so that the rear legs are positioned away from the wall to avoid touching the skirting board or any mains sockets.

Enter the code COMPACT10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount on this product.

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