Product Radar – Desire2 Supreme Sit-Stand Laptop Stand

February 2, 2023

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 01/02/2023. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

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The Desire2 Supreme Sit-Stand Laptop Stand allows you to take standing breaks from sitting at your computer all day. Laptop height can be adjusted easily, by up to 50cm, for short standing breaks which enhances healthy posture. Precision engineered from refined aluminium, the laptop stand offers sturdy support for all laptops 10” to 17.3” (up to 6kg). 

Please note that, as separate keyboard and mouse are not used when standing, the times in Hedge’s 3S’s Ideal Work Pattern are advised.

 

Features & Benefits 

  • Quick release mechanism for easy switching between sitting and standing positions.
  • Adjustable height settings enables the screen to be raised for a comfortable viewing level which improves posture.
  • Adjustable angle helps to promote healthy posture and reduce eye and neck strain.
  • Non-slip rubber feet provides stability for the laptop.
  • Increases air circulation to keep your laptop cooler.

More Information

 

 


Product Radar – DXTMouse 3

January 26, 2023

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 26/01/2023. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

_MG_0007Available either wired or wireless, this compact, ergonomic mouse is ideal for all user applications and is well suited to detailed work. A truly ambidextrous mouse with instant adjustment, offering 6 programmable buttons, low click force, easy cursor speed adjustment (4 settings) and integral USB dongle storage (wireless version). Particularly suited to users with larger hands.

 

Features & Benefits 

  • Unique pen grip action to ensure relaxed hand and neutral wrist positioning
  • Ambidextrous. Can be used right- or left-handed (instantly switchable) to adapt to user preference and/or spread the load
  • 6 Programmable buttons to enable user customisation (App required)
  • Zinc base plate for increased accuracy and stability
  • Instant cursor speed change to meet user preference
  • Integral dongle storage (wireless option) 
  • Compact design, ideal for transportation

More Information

 

 


Product Radar – Kinesis Advantage360 Keyboard

January 19, 2023

This update was originally emailed as a Product Radar posting on 18/01/2023. You can register here to receive them directly by email.

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Introduction

KB360-PRO_1832x1366The Advantage360 keyboard is the latest model in the Kinesis Advantage range.  The fully split, contoured design maximises comfort and boosts productivity.  Separate concave keywells position the arms at shoulder width to keep wrists straight and perpendicular. Fingers are placed in a neutral, relaxed position to reduce over-extension and thumb clusters are used to access frequently used keys. Available in US Layout only. Fully programmable using the SmartSetTM app (Advantage360) or open-source ZMK Firmware (Advantage360 Professional).

 

Features & Benefits 

  • Adjustable Split to keep wrists straight and reduce ulnar deviation.
  • 3 way adjustable tenting, 5 10 and 15 degrees.
  • Integrated palm support
  • Optional premium palm pads, magnetic (not included).
  • Compact layout.
  • Proven contoured shape.
  • Vertical key configuration mirrors the natural movement of your fingers.
  • Advantage360 Professional connects wirelessly with up to 5 devices.
  • Fully programmable.

More Information

 

 


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2023

January 11, 2023

This article was originally emailed as issue 158 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/01/2023. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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DXTMOUSE 3

We rarely use the eBulletin as a product platform but the imminent arrival of the new DXTMouse 3 ambidextrous mouse is something I am keen to share. I was involved in discussions about the DXT as far back as the first design outline, cut from a piece of wood from the designer’s garden shed! It was the first truly ambidextrous mouse with strong ergonomics credentials and a radical departure from the traditional ‘power grip’ of most vertical mice. The DXTMouse 3 extends the capability of the ‘precision grip’ concept to include programmable keys, enhanced performance, increased resolution and a slightly larger size. Our first deliveries are on the way from the factory now. Pre-order yours here and get a 10% discount with code DXT3TEN.

STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR

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My October visit to Orgatec in Germany reminded me why I used to attend so many overseas events (in a far-away time pre-Covid). I believe it is important to see the market from different national and cultural perspectives whilst examining new products and concepts that may not yet be known in the UK. In the still-fluid world of Hybrid Working, it is also valuable to see and hear different international attitudes and approaches to homeworking and redesigning the traditional office. I shall be at Stockholm Furniture Fair at the beginning of February and blogging about it soon after.

DSE ASSESSORS’ EVENT

dse_ergochairFollowing the significant success of our 2022 events at Orangebox, we are now working on our next event in the Bristol area with our friends at Ergochair. Plans are well under way and full details will be circulated via social media and the February eBulletin. Expect excellent content, a brilliant location, fine food, great networking, a CPD certificate and, as always, a noteworthy goodie bag! Watch this space.

ARTICLES & PODCASTS

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As regular readers know, 2022 was our Year of Knowledge Sharing. During the year, we introduced several new features, including our Top Tips videos and the events referred to above. We also had several articles circulated in on- and offline publications. The significance of published articles is they all have to be approved by the editor and they are often on topics they suggest, unlike blogs which, of course, are self-published. Access to all of these has now been consolidated, together with two podcasts in which I was interviewed. Others will be added as they are published (We already have two more on the way). Find them here.

CHAIR & EQUIPMENT MEASUREMENT

measureWhen specifying chairs and furniture for homeworkers, one problem that has arisen many times is the leg clearance under the desk or table. This has never been an issue in the office but many homeworkers use dressing tables and other domestic furniture with central drawers that cause posture issues. When we decided to add this data to our Chair Measurement Form, we also decided it was time to completely refresh it and add a few more key questions. The new format is also available as an online form here.

 


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2022

December 21, 2022

This article was originally emailed as issue 157 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/12/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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ANOTHER YEAR OF EBULLETINS

Compared to our other anniversaries this year (company 60th and 30 years in ergonomics), 13 years may not seem very long but we believe delivering our email newsletter consistently, at the scheduled time on the same day each month for 156 consecutive months is quite an achievement! The appearance has evolved over those 13 years but the intent remains unchanged: to deliver useful, interesting and valuable content in a professional but casual format. Our steadily growing audience in a world of email bombardment is reassuring and very much appreciated. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

YEAR END INFORMATION

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As we approach the festive season, please note that the order deadline for pre-Christmas delivery of stock items is 12:30 on Tuesday 20.12.22. We shall be closed from 12:30 on Friday 23.12.22 and reopen at 08:30 on Tuesday 03.01.23. As usual, we are making a donation instead of sending Christmas cards. On behalf of all of us at Osmond Ergonomics, we hope you are able to have an excellent break, spend quality time with your loved ones and recharge your batteries.

OUR YEAR OF KNOWLEDGE SHARING

3d,Illustration,,Shelf,In,The,Shape,Of,A,Head,StockedAt the start of 2022, we committed to a significant increase in the valuable content we create to educate, inform and advise our clients, friends and influencers. To that end, we have published 12 blogs, hosted three full-day seminars with our partners at Orangebox, run free monthly webinars, trained umpteen DSE assessors, had articles in 14 publications, participated in two podcast interviews, created 19 Top-Tips videos, countless social media postings and, of course, published 12 eBulletins! Watch for more new ideas in 2023.

STOCK AND LOGISTIC ISSUES? WE CAN HELP

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I know I mentioned this last month but it is now even more apparent that conscientious employers are being let down by furniture dealers who have made homeworker supply promises that they can’t deliver. Either the supplier can’t cope with the demands of homeworker deliveries (it really isn’t as simple as it sounds) or they have agreed terms on products with growing lead times or that are simply not available. With years of experience in homeworker supply, we have the stock, processes and logistics that just make your life easier. Try us!

PRIZE DRAW WINNERS

Draw,Lots.,Folded,Colorful,Papers,In,BowlWe don’t take part in many exhibitions these days but, when we do, there’s always a prize draw. We also give away a £180 voucher code every two months to one of the people who has provided feedback about our products or services. Recent winners have been Louise Weald of Wokingham (Mid Downs OH Group), a customer in Oxford (Sept/Oct feedback draw) and Debbie Martin of BWT Physio (DCCI Business Exhibition). You would be amazed how difficult it actually is to give things away. We usually have to send an email, a separate explanatory text and sometimes even a LinkedIn message so that people don’t think it’s a scam!

 


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.


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