Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin March 2020

March 11, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/03/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.



Running an SME is a demanding job. Fulfilling some or all of the roles of CEO, Finance, Quality, Estates, Facilities, Occupational Health, Health & Safety, Fire Officer, First Aider, Transport Manager and Housekeeper fills a long day! However, as the business starts to grow, it is possible to delegate some (and, eventually, most) of this responsibility. Even so, it might be forgiven if staff wellbeing slips down the daily agenda. Fortunately, the culture of most SMEs supports many elements of wellbeing by default (and probably by accident in the first instance). [more]


ciehf2020This year, the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors conference also hosts the international ODAM (Organisational Design & Management) symposium at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-on-Avon on 27-29 April. I first attended a conference at this hotel over 40 years ago (in a different industry and it was a Hilton in those days) so it’s an old favourite. There are moves afoot to encourage more workplace-related ergonomics at the conference and I am due to be one of the panellists for an Agile Working ODAM session. However, at the time of writing, I can’t find it on the agenda!


WorkplaceTrendsThe WT programme covers a rolling series of topical issues in workplace design. Last month, I attended the Climate Change and the Workplace seminar. This was primarily about the urgent issues for builders, developers, owners and occupiers in addressing the national and regional Net Zero Carbon commitments. The target for the UK as a whole is 2050 but some local authorities have set more urgent objectives. Whilst the really major challenges come in the building construction, the targets are so demanding that every element needs thorough consideration. Careful thought about the operational energy footprint of the furniture, fixtures and fittings should therefore be a priority as well.


healthandwellbeingBy the time you read this, we shall either be in the process of exhibiting at, or will have already attended this event. Although the exhibition & conference name has not changed since inception, last year saw a significant increase in both exhibitors and visitors who wanted to place a specific focus on Wellbeing. We expect that to continue. With that in mind, this is the ideal event for us to explore our first conversations with smaller employers about that focus. We are also bringing a greater emphasis on sustainability as climate change becomes a central theme once again.

Health & Wellbeing @ Work 2020

March 6, 2020

4H Continuous Improvement 1000px with logoWe are back at Health & Wellbeing at Work for 2020. If you are attending, please stop by Stand 73. We have plenty to show you.

As you will see from the image above, we have added Healthy Planet to our existing Healthy branding. We have been quietly beavering away on our sustainability for some while but now it’s time to start shouting about it. Reflecting this, we shall be showing a remanufactured RH Logic 400 alongside the new Logic chair. We shall also be showing a sit-stand desk with a heated top! This provides local warmth directly to the user and consumes 90% less energy than the fan heaters that seem to crop up in almost every office. We shall also be delighted to tell you about our plans for Healthy Planet scores for all our products.

Simultaneously, we shall be launching our SME Service. After more than 25 years of dealing primarily with multi-national companies and government organisations, we are now offering our vast knowledge to Small & Medium Enterprises. If you run a business, work or have clients in this sector, ask us about the many ways we can help you improve staff wellbeing.

To address your wellbeing at the event, take a break for 10 minutes on our stand for a free massage. We shall be offering this throughout both days. We expect a big demand so you can secure a slot now by pre-booking here.

In case, you don’t know about it, the organisers have created an app for the event this year. Find it by searching for Health and Wellbeing @ Work in the Apple App store or Google Play store.

Finally, we shall have a little gift for you! This year, it follows our sustainability theme and, as always, it’s eminently useful.

Don’t forget – Stand 73!

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