Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin July 2019

July 12, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/07/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

BACK TO BASICS FOR OUR BLOGS

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You may well have read our recent articles about office chair selection. These generated a number of interesting conversations so we are now looking at the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment process. It is surprising how many organisations are either unfamiliar with this requirement or have dismissed it as irrelevant in the age of Agile Working. We still believe this is really important, even for those who hardly spend any time at a traditional office desk. A proper DSE process ensures that individuals get training about what they should be trying to achieve, why that is important and how to achieve it. They can then apply this knowledge to optimise their posture (as far as practicable) wherever they work. More here.

SIT-STAND: DISPELLING MORE MYTHS

mythsWhilst we are putting the world to rights about DSE, we thought it was about time to set the record straight (again!) about sit-stand desks and their place in a wellbeing programme. Our recent blog examines the many good reasons for choosing sit-stand as part of a broader wellbeing programme but also questions some of the claims made online and by furniture salesmen wanting to upsell from a traditional sitting desk.

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE: STILL RELEVANT?

IiP-logoLast month we asked you about the significance of Investors in People as an accreditation. Not many people responded so this month we are making it clear that you have a very good chance of winning a £200 Red Letter Days gift voucher for about two minutes of your time! The context is that we have had Investors in People for nearly 12 years and Investors in People Gold since 2013. Would that be significant if you were considering us as a supply partner? Just answer the two questions here.

VELA & MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

vela250x150We last mentioned the Vela chair series exactly a year ago in July 2018. This specialist product genuinely improves the lives of the individuals for whom it is suited and we have been delighted with the many satisfied clients we have supported. In particular, we have found that we can dramatically improve the lives of people living with MS. The manufacturer has just launched a focussed campaign for MS sufferers in the UK and we are proud to be a sponsor. Find more product information on our web page here or read more about Vela and MS here.

PROJECT CONVERSATIONS

project_conversationsAlthough our day-to-day (and better known) activities are still principally those products and services that derive from DSE assessments, our project conversations continue to become more and more diverse. At the moment, our web site still only partly reflects this so it is worth mentioning that, since the last eBulletin, we have discussed, specified, quoted and/or supplied trading desks, acoustic screens, a glass-walled meeting room, café seating, 24 hour control room seating, a reception counter, storage wall, a bespoke wood-veneer desk, stud walls, a kitchen area and acoustic screens. From a simple office refresh to a fully project-managed fit-out, we have the resources, product portfolio and contacts to meet your needs. Contact us for further information.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin June 2019

June 14, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/06/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

AGILE WORKING

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Over the last few years, we have seen some brilliant and some disastrous transitions from traditional workplace designs (and many in between). In the worst cases, employees go home Friday night and return Monday morning to discover their desk has gone! At the other extreme, employers invest in Change Management programmes with comprehensive training and communications. This ensures personnel understand the grand plan and how it will benefit them. However, we often find that ergonomics considerations are overlooked or misunderstood. One area that is not usually given enough thought is the migration to tablet use. In such cases, G-Hold can be a simple way to address issues that arise. For further ideas about Agile Working posture and support, look here.

MOTUS SIT-STAND DESK

Motus_ConsoleUseCloseUpOur Motus 3000 is now well established as one of the leading sit-stand desks on the market. Combining high specification with a surprisingly low retail price, it has become our best-selling product from the range. The popularity of Motus owes much to its simplicity, with easy controls enabling users to switch positions throughout the working day. The 4-memory controller ensures that no time is lost between height changes and that comfort, energy and productivity are kept high. The width-adjustable two-stage steel frame also adheres to EU height standards and is available in a wide range of sizes and worktop finishes. Learn more here about a sit-stand desk that brings so much more than just comfort!

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

IiP-logoWe have held Investors in People certification since 2007 and IiP Gold since 2013. Our accreditation will be reviewed under a new scheme in October and we are considering our options. I thought this might be a good opportunity to get feedback from our wider community about how IiP is perceived these days. To this end, we have created a really simple (two question) survey and I would be most grateful if you would spare a few minutes to respond. Obviously, there’s a prize draw for participants! To see the survey and find out about the draw prize, just follow this link.

WEB SITE

web_siteIt is just over a year since we launched our current web site. Obviously, detail changes take place daily but we have just completed a major simplification and configuration exercise with the Healthy Working section. Targeting new furniture projects, it demonstrates that we are so much more than the ‘bad back chair people’! In recent years, we have taken the specialist thinking, methodology and innovation that we have developed over the last 27 years and applied it to the project market. From a simple desk-for-desk replacement to a full agile working redesign with ancillary trades and project management, we are happy to apply our unique insight and skills.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin May 2019

May 10, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/05/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

STUNNING NATURAL WORLD IMAGES AND DISPLAYS

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As we continue with the expansion of our biophilia product range, we are delighted to introduce Argenta Wellness, enabling us to offer an extensive portfolio of beautiful fine art images. Argenta Premium uses a dye sublimation process on aluminium sheets to create intense, vibrant images that are waterproof, fadeproof and ideally suited to the rugged demands of commercial premises. Images can also be recreated on vinyl and almost any flat surface, including acoustic panels and furniture. Alternatively, a variety of bespoke options also allow us to offer a custom answer to your corporate needs. You can see some of the beautiful images hereContact the Customer Service team for further information.

RH NEW LOGIC PREVIEW

new_logic_250X150As mentioned previously, the arrival of a new Logic chair from the RH division of Flokk is a very significant event. After more than 20 years, this is only the third incarnation of this iconic design. Full production and our own stock samples are still several weeks away but you will be able to view and try the range at Flokk’s Clerkenwell showroom by the end of this month. If you missed our sneak preview at the Physio First Conference, you can still be one of the first in the UK to see it. Just contact the Customer Service team to make an appointment.

BS EN ISO 27500: 2017 – THE HUMAN-CENTRED ORGANIZATION

iso-27500As employers become more and more focussed on staff wellbeing, I keep suggesting this ‘hearts and minds’ standard as an excellent basis for a strategic approach. Many of the organisations we encounter have an evolving piecemeal wellbeing programme (a bowl of fruit here, a cycle-to-work programme there) and are seeking a way to step back and be more tactical. At the recent CIEHF conference, I attended the ISO 27500 Masterclass, facilitated by Tom Stewart, one of the originators of the standard. If you would like more information, download the overview from our secure server or contact me.

WORK & MOVE: STIMULATING SIT-STAND DESK USE

work-move-researchThe effectiveness of nudge techniques was another topic at the CIEHF conference. Coincidentally, recent research circulated by our friends at Bakker Elkhuizen demonstrates one successful application. We often discuss how to motivate personnel to take full advantage of their equipment. In particular, finding ways to encourage sit-stand desk users to stand and move can be challenging. Recent research at Texas A & M University used a longitudinal study of two groups to demonstrate the effectiveness of Work & Move software. You can download the paper here or contact us for further information.

SPS PROMOTION STILL RUNNING

sps-promotionIn other conversations about sit-stand, we like to introduce the perch option into the discussion. This concept is long-established in Scandinavia where the Capisco chair is very widely used. Our SPS (Sit-Perch-Stand) promotion offers an outstanding and highly competitive package. By combining our Motus sit-stand desk, a Capisco chair and a Viewlite monitor arm, we have created a compelling work environment suitable for office or home use at an outstanding price. Contact us for further information or visit the offer page here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin April 2019

April 12, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/04/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

SIT-PERCH-STAND

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Alongside workplace demand, the interest in sit-stand desks for home use continues to grow and a surprising number of purchases begin as an unsolicited web order. Following Scandinavian thinking, we have created the SPS Productivity Pack comprising a Motus 3000 Desk, Capisco chair and Viewlite monitor arm. This combination provides the optimum, adjustable environment for comfort and productivity. Combining these three items also enables us to offer a substantial bundled discount. Multiple desktop sizes are available and we have a choice of desk frame colours and chair fabrics. We can also have options to accommodate further variants such as dual monitor setups. Find out more here.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE ROADSHOW

showcase1As mentioned last month, all the arrangements are in place for our next two events. Bristol, at Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, is on May 21st. London, at Goodenough College, on June 18th is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross St Pancras and Chancery Lane tube stations and only 5 minutes from Russell Square. Whether you are interested in seating projects for multiple staff or specific needs for individuals, this mobile showroom is the ideal opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with the latest and the best-selling products from more than 25 manufacturers. The showcase also includes short seminars about key topics – and it is all free! Follow the city name hyperlinks above for full details.

DSE ASSESSOR TRAINING

training4Linking some of our one-day DSE Training events to the Product Showcase has proven very popular with delegates. They really appreciate the availability of so many products during the training. This ensures a much more hands-on experience with plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice. The Bristol course is at the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel on May 22nd and the London session is on June 19th in the historic Churchill Room at Goodenough College.

GUEST BLOGS

guest_blogWherever and however you interact with us, you have probably noticed how much our product and service portfolio is evolving. This is because almost all our conversations with clients now start with wellbeing as the headline topic in one form or another. Whether we are talking about improving the posture and comfort of an individual or addressing the workplace needs of an organisation, mental and physical health and wellbeing underpin the discussion. It is therefore important to us that we share with you the latest thinking, keeping you abreast of the conversations that are taking place globally about workplace design and staff wellbeing. To help me with this, we shall be introducing a number of guest bloggers to provide their own expert view on a variety of topical issues. The first of these blogs comes from Coll Smith and provides a good foundation for understanding biophilia and why it has become such a hot topic.

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

sleeping250pxWe did not create anything this year. We only do so when we have a suitably fun idea. Our favourite industry story for 2019 (and a particularly good one) came from Mark Eltringham at Workplace Insight: ‘British workers now entirely unproductive, claims report’. If you missed (or have forgotten) some of our previous stories, we have had ‘Get Britain Sleeping’, ‘Time to Hang Out at the Office’ and, of course, last year’s ‘Sit-Stand-Boogie’ video. Please note that some hyperlinks in these articles will no longer work.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin March 2019

March 15, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/03/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

HAS WELLBEING ‘COME OF AGE’?

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As you will see from my observations below, we had some fascinating and wide-ranging conversations at the NEC this month. This started me thinking about Wellbeing as a topic, as a process and as a profession. When properly addressed, Wellbeing within an organisation must be managed holistically and, in most organisations, this will involve lots of interactions between different departments and disciplines. Will this finally be the catalyst to break down silo cultures? Or will most employers just tinker around the edges (Cycle to Work days and a bowl of fruit in Reception!)? Many Wellbeing appointees are being promoted from within an organisation so their specific historic experience will inform their approach but may limit their scope. What are your thoughts? I have opened a LinkedIn discussion if you would like to share views.

HEALTH & WELLBEING EXHIBITION 2019

H&W2019standThis was a great success for us. Before the event, I was a little concerned that the content-packed conference would leave delegates with little time for the exhibition. As it turned out, we were busier and met a more diverse group of people than at any previous event. As always, Occupational Health and Health & Safety professionals were well represented but there were also representatives from HR, Engagement, Procurement and Contracts. Obviously, Wellbeing also featured prominently! As a result, the enquiries varied from complete office fit-outs, through biophylia and acoustics conversations to the more traditional individual DSE questions.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE

product_showcaseOur next two mobile showroom events are confirmed. We have had to relocate the London event and, as a result, change the date so Bristol is next on Tuesday May 21st at the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel. London will now be on Tuesday June 18th at the elegant Goodenough College. Both venues are conveniently located and provide an opportunity to see all the latest products alongside our most established best sellers. There is no charge and we shall also be offering a short series of free seminars. Follow the location links to find out more information and register so that we know who is coming.

THE FUTURE OF WORKPLACE

future_of_workplaceAs we explore thinking about Wellbeing, there are many concurrent discussions about the workplace, its purpose, its influence and its current and future development. During March, I am attending events including Workplace Evolutionaries, the Smart Work Network and the Workplace Trends Research Spring Summit. Collectively, these will provide me (I hope!) with insights from those who have ‘been there and done it’ alongside those carrying out workplace productivity and wellbeing research. I am particularly looking forward to the Workplace Trends debate “The workplace profession is now just pandering to fads and fancies, and the ‘workplace’ is now done: we’ve run out of meaningful things to say”! I suspect I shall be prompted to blog about some of this.

GOOGLE REVIEW

Customer review rating business concept, Woman hand using mobile phoneAs I am creating the links for this eBulletin, I have just encountered a useful ‘Google Tips’ video from our web designers and I thought I would put it to use immediately. If you have worked with us, met us at exhibitions, used our free resources, consulted our Customer Service team or interacted with us in any way and you can also spare a few minutes to describe that experience, please just follow this link to provide a Google review for us. Many thanks for sparing the time if you do. If you would like to know how to do this for your own business, take a look at this short video from Cat Gold at Intergage.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin February 2019

February 15, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/02/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

TICKING SO MANY WELLBEING BOXES

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What if you could find a product that is beautiful, improves acoustics, ‘ticks the biophilia box’ and is utterly maintenance-free? In a workplace where wellbeing is taken seriously, this may sound too good to be true. But that is exactly what we have found! Our moss and plant pictures use real plants that have been mummified so that they retain all the natural beauty they had in life but no longer require any maintenance. This is all so new to us that it is not yet on our web site but you can see samples on our stand at Health & Wellbeing (see below) or contact us and we will bring the product to you.

HEALTH & WELLBEING @ WORK 2019

FREE entryIf you are attending this event, remember to come and visit us on Stand 67 in Hall 7 at the NEC. In addition to the moss and plant pictures mentioned above, we shall, as always, have a selection of our new and recent products. If you have not yet booked your conference ticket, we have a very limited number of FREE places. These are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and only until 10am on Monday February 18th. Just email us (soon!) to make your request.

RECRUITING DSE ASSESSORS

Apply now jobs, job working recruitment employees business deskWe are currently bidding on more DSE assessment contracts and, assuming one or more is successful, we shall need to add to our existing roster of quality workplace assessors. If you are not already on our list, please provide some initial information here to start the registration process. If you are not yet experienced but thinking of becoming a DSE assessor (or need further background information), please contact our Training Manager to find out more about the knowledge required.

ROADSHOW

roadshow2019aIf you are not attending Health & Wellbeing, or want to see a much wider portfolio of products, our Product Showcase (or mobile showroom) is about to hit the road. This series of FREE events around the country provides a great opportunity to see new and established products side-by-side for hands-on (or bottoms-on) comparison. We showcase chairs from at least eight manufacturers, a plethora of input devices and desktop accessories with a handful of sit-stand options. We also offer access to three short educational sessions at each event. See the calendar and/or register to attend here.

STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR

RHnewLogicI have decided not to write a full blog about the 2019 event because, frankly, there is not much to say! As always, there was a lot of beautiful scandi-style household furniture and lighting for domestic buyers and interior designers but, for me, there was little of note for the workplace. In a country where sit-stand working is  a twenty year old norm, there were only cosmetic changes in desk design and in a region where a robust sustainability story is business-as-usual, there was a lot more ‘we’ve been doing this for ages’ than environmental innovation. As at any furniture event today, there were a hundred and one soft seating, booth and pod alternatives but they all seemed to be variants of existing products. The one significant event for me was the launch of the new RH Logic chair. There is nothing truly revolutionary in its design or appearance but what is significant is the fact that this is the third iteration of an iconic design concept that is more than 20 years old. More details about it will follow soon. I did take a few pictures in Stockholm: see the image gallery here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2019

January 11, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/01/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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2019 may prove to be the most volatile year in our recent experience. The political uncertainty will inevitably impact the economy and thereby our own individual work and domestic lives. Since it seems that even those ‘in the know’ have very little clue what is really going to happen, we have decided to adopt a cautious but positive Business As Usual approach to the range of products and services we continue to offer. The picture sums it up!

HEALTH % WELLBEING @ WORK 2019

health-wellbeing-2019This is one of the big events in our annual calendar and we hope to see you on Stand 67 (right next to our friends from Bakker Elkhuizen). The conference programme has now been published and can be found here. If you would prefer a pdf copy, just email us. Our stand preparations are well advanced and, in next month’s eBulletin, we shall be previewing what we plan to exhibit.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE TOUR

showcase2019We shall be repeating the national tour again during 2019 with some venue changes and extra dates. The first locations are already finalised and we have provisional dates for the remainder. This is your opportunity to see all the latest products and compare them alongside long-term best sellers. We shall be displaying a comprehensive range of seating, accessories and sit-stand furniture so it will be your one-stop-shop to update your product knowledge. We shall also include short seminar sessions based on our webinar series (see below). This is all completely free (but please register so that we can anticipate attendee numbers). Full details on our Training & Events page.

DSE ASSESSOR TRAINING

dse2019As well as a comprehensive understanding of the legislation and process, the best DSE Assessor Training involves hands-on experience of products and equipment that improve posture, comfort and productivity. Our national programme of one day courses colocates with our Product Showcase tour so that the training can be provided in context. Uniquely, our course is also CIEHF-Accredited and IRSM-Approved. See the schedule or make your booking here. We also run in-house courses for employers who prefer to host their own events for personnel. Contact our Training Manager to discuss your bespoke requirements.

WEBINARS

webinar2019If you prefer to broaden your knowledge from the comfort of your own workplace, we have scheduled a programme of online seminars covering some of our own in-house training sessions (such as Email Management) as well as our established ergonomics and workplace topics. All sessions are free and will last about 30 minutes including questions. Attendees will receive a copy of the presentation and we are happy to address follow-up questions after each event. See the programme and make your booking here. For details of our in-house webinar services for your own organisation, please contact our Training Manager.

CAN ERGONOMICS IMPACT OFFICE CULTURE?

office_cultureIn our recent blogs, we have been exploring how workplace design impacts corporate culture, health and wellbeing. Our long-standing involvement in the business of improving posture and comfort links directly to today’s strategic conversations about wellbeing in the workplace. Although they may often be discussed under other headings, ergonomics and human factors are a crucial element in addressing today’s workplace  mental and physical health issues. Read more here.

WEB SITE FEEDBACK

survey2018Many thanks to all those who contributed to our survey, especially those who made specific suggestions about improvements and new features. These are all either being considered or already in the pipeline. In particular, we are increasing the frequency of our blogs and (as outlined above) have extended the range and frequency of our webinars. You may also recall that we had a prize draw for the survey participants. The winner of the Red Letter Day voucher was Karen Willcock of Physiofusion Bolton.


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