Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin October 2020

October 14, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/10/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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MUSCULOSKELETAL ISSUES ON THE INCREASE

As the HSE announces a Zoom support facility for homeworkers, it is clear that prolonged work periods with inadequate equipment provision are starting to take their toll. Over the last several months, we have seen employers adopting all sorts of approaches to the ergonomics needs of their homeworkers but comparatively few are really getting to grips with the growing numbers of back, shoulder and neck issues. This has not been helped by inconsistent government policy about returning to the office or working from home. [more]

WORKPLACE TRENDS

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I am speaking at the latest Workplace Trends virtual conference on October 15th. By the time you read this, it may well be too late to attend but you will be able to find out more on the WT web site or Vimeo channel. This is the first time I have been involved as a presenter, but I have attended a number of events and they provide real insight into changes and developments in the workplace.

It is an honour to be part of another very impressive panel of speakers. Obviously, ‘Success in Uncertain Times’, this month’s event, is an especially pressing topic and the experts will be looking at the changing role of the workplace and corporate responses to current demands.

TIPS FOR HOMEWORKERS

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We have not offered this webinar for a while because we have been busy running online versions of our in-house training sessions with our corporate clients. This 45 minute session is our most popular topic and looks at ways to improve posture and comfort in the home by simple setup adjustments, whether using an office chair or domestic furniture.

Find out more about the webinar and register here or contact our Training Manager for more information about corporate delivery.

HOMEWORKER.UK.COM

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It is very clear to us that not everybody wants home furniture that looks like it was stolen from the office! Equally important, many people do not have space at home for the sort of desk they use at work. We have, therefore, been beavering away quietly at a new web site, specifically targeting homeworkers and their needs. Whilst good employers provide suitable equipment for their homeworkers, not everyone gets everything they need and not everyone wants what is offered!

The new site aims to fill those gaps. It is very different from ergonomics.co.uk, offering VAT-inclusive pricing, more focus on aesthetics and a consumer, rather than commercial, experience.

NEW PRODUCTS

new_productsFrequent readers will know that new products appear in this eBulletin from time to time but are not a regular feature. I have taken care over the years to ensure that this medium contains useful information and is not just an email brochure once a month. However, various clients have suggested that a dedicated New Product email would be useful and the current pace of change in the workplace corroborates that.

As you may have seen in recent newsletters, we have launched the separate Product Radar email for those who want to ensure that the latest and best is ‘on their radar’. Of particular value to DSE assessors, Occupational Health and Health & Safety personnel, the registration and archive link page is here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin September 2020

September 9, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/09/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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WHAT NEXT FOR A HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE?

Before suggesting ways to address the needs of individual workers in the future, it will help to define the context of how I see the current situation. It is superfluous to point out that COVID-19 took everyone by surprise and even employers with comprehensive Business Continuity Plans were overwhelmed by the scale and precipitousness of events … Click here to read my holistic approach to the challenges of future personnel engagement and productivity.

LIVING SCREENS

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As employers start to bring people back into the office, we are excited about this very different approach to protective screens for workplace receptions, canteens and open spaces. No more acrylic, no more bulky obstructions or blocked sightlines: now you can encourage social distancing whilst offering an attractive, maintenance-free, biophilic addition to your work environment with our hand crafted arrangements. They are easily positioned, readily relocated and made from 100% recyclable materials.

Furthermore, we can offer bespoke designs, branding and display content to reflect your corporate brand or culture. View more here or contact us for further information.

PRODUCT RADAR

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If you need to be aware of all the latest and best products in the world of workplace ergonomics, you should be receiving our new Product Radar emails. Make sure they are on your radar by simply subscribing to the service here. Each time we add a new product to our own portfolio, we shall be sending out a one page summary with links to further information, thereby offering you instant awareness of the goods we rate. We shall also be saving each email to create an archive which you can access at any time.

To get things going, we have added a couple of not-so-new items and fresh product information is ready to go out over coming days and weeks. You can check out the archive, see what to expect and find out what you have missed here. There’s no time to waste!

RULA

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LinkedIn and social media are now full of stories about growing musculoskeletal issues amongst homeworkers and the need to address the assessment process. We are seeing this with our own clients too and I mentioned it in last month’s eBulletin. Obviously, we are here to help with a range of service options to reinforce or extend your own resources but remember that we also have a tool that can help you prioritise needs in a measurable way.

RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) is a validated online tool that is completely free to use. It is based on the work of Professor Nigel Corlett and Dr Lynn McAtamney published nearly 40 years ago – so it is fair to say it is tried and tested! Help yourself – it’s here!


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin August 2020

August 12, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/08/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

HOME WORKER ASSESSMENTS

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We are now beginning to see a rise in musculoskeletal issues amongst home workers because many organisations have failed to take consistent action since the beginning of lockdown. Whilst some have been quick to update their existing processes to accommodate the dramatic rise in personnel working at home, many employers have been slow to address the need for an assessment and training process. Providing chairs, laptop stands and/or spare monitors is only part of the solution and, even with a new chair, health issues can arise because individuals have not had proper setup guidance or understood the sort of postures they are trying to achieve (and avoid!). We are now offering both virtual and traditional face-to-face services and we have also extended and adapted our posture training tools to meet the needs of home workers.

HOME WORKER LOGISTICS

home worker logisticsGrowing numbers of organisations now have a plan in place for the call-off provision of approved home worker chairs and other products. We continue to expand our portfolio of rapid delivery products and have learned one really important fact: when it comes to delivering individual chairs in large numbers, it’s all about the logistics!

Some of our clients are realising that their established Agile Working programme offered home working by default, rather than by design, and their mainstream office furniture supplier does not fully understand the needs of consistent home deliveries and support. We have been supplying home workers, their equipment, installations and training for over a decade and our hybrid mix of own transport and logistics partners ensures consistent and punctual delivery. Let us know if you need help meeting home worker needs.

CURRENT & FUTURE THINKING

current and futureOur recent two-part series of webinars covers the 3 Phases we see employers going through since the pandemic began as well as how we think they need to respond in the future (Phase 4). Depending on your preferred consumption mode, you can now see the content either in our recent blogs or on-demand webinars.

The need to respond quickly continues to be a key issue but employers must be taking a multi-disciplinary, holistic view when creating their forward strategy. Maintaining culture will be a key issue for generating innovation and growth in a difficult commercial climate. Enterprises that sustain and support the essential interactions between workers, wherever they are, will rise to the challenge. We can help with that too!

PRODUCT NEWSLETTER

product newsletterThis eBulletin has provided a general overview and broad mix of news for over ten years. We now plan to introduce an additional email bulletin service that will only be product news. The intention is to provide a complete overview with images, description, specification, dimensions, sustainability criteria and literature downloads all in one place.

There will be one newsletter per product and, unlike this eBulletin, which arrives at the same time on the same day each month, the new service will be delivered as and when we have a new product to tell you about. We expect this to be particularly useful to assessors but there will be many others who will find it useful. To register for this free service, please provide your details here.

NEW DESKS FOR HOME

secretair homeWe have always known that not everyone wants a home-office that looks like the office-office! In response to this, we have been seeking out a table selection that is not only more domestic in appearance but also more compact than the sort of desk we have sold in the past. This is a slow process because, whilst some of our UK suppliers are responding to the new requirements, we are also having to look outside the office furniture industry, find products, talk to new suppliers, set up accounts and resolve logistics.

We have now added a compact oak-legged table (1100m wide x 700mm deep) and a Secretair desk (824mm wide x 612mm deep) with delivery times of less than 7 days and 2 weeks respectively. More designs are on the way.

WORKFIT-Z DRAW WINNER

workfit-z-drawI am delighted to announce that our latest winner of an Ergotron Workfit-Z is Phil Nartey of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. He will have received it by the time you read this.

Many thanks to all those who took part in the draw and a warm welcome especially to those who are reading this eBulletin for the first time because of your entry. I hope you find it worthwhile!


VIRTUAL MEETINGS – ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE

April 7, 2020

This article is a spoof! It was created as an April Fools’ Day joke on April 1st, 2020

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We have been working with organisations deploying Agile Working programmes for several years. Obviously, in the current pandemic, thousands of employers have become more or less agile almost overnight. One of the key issues addressing communications with, and between, home workers is the need to maintain communications and minimise isolation (ironic in a national state of self-isolation).

The need for more use of video instead of email and phone calls is widely recommended and this is easily done with Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Google Hangouts all readily available. In particular, Zoom meetings have appeared as a leading, easy-to-deploy technology that even the Cabinet have mastered!

As a partial home worker for many years, I have always wondered whether more might be done to enhance the sense of community and connection when working remotely. A chance encounter with application developer, Nevjerojatna Priča, a while ago led to some exciting developments which are still only at beta stage but I felt now would be a suitable time to sense check our work so far.

My discussions with Nev started around what attributes we associate with those we know. Clearly, if we have shared workspace with them in the past, we know what they look like and how they sound but is there anything else that you specifically associate with them? This led us to thinking about smell. Do they use a particular cologne or perfume? Do they bring in home baked cakes? Do they smoke? Do you work with them in a particular location or maybe go for a regular coffee in your favourite coffee shop? Do you go to the pub with them? If you stop to think about it, there may be a location-related aroma you associate with them.

So how do your colleagues think you smell? What scent or aroma encapsulates you (or would you like to be associated with)?

After intense development work, none of which I understand, Nev has developed the Olfactory App, or OlfApp, which enables you to capture your particular smell/aroma/scent. This then creates a piece of code – an olfactory avatar – which you can embed in certain applications. Beta tests only work in WhatsApp at the moment but we hope to have more soon.

If you would like to be part of Nev’s beta test team, these tips will improve effectiveness: For perfumes and colognes, choose citrus rather than musk tones. If you use Brut, you may erase all your contacts. If you choose newly-baked bread, it should not be sliced. Coffee should be beans or ground, not instant. If you want to use a particular pub or coffee shop, you will obviously have to wait.

You can get the app here.

 

 

 

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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!


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.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2018

December 14, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/12/2018. You can register here to receive them monthly.

SEASONS’S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS

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As we start our 10th year of publication and 57th year of trading, it is time to wish you all a very happy festive season and thank you for your continued interest and support. We hope you will enjoy the break with your family and friends. Both politically and economically, the New Year will bring even more uncertain times. Protecting the mental and physical health of the nation’s workers will be of paramount importance as we address the challenges of this unprecedented period. Always remember that we are here to help you face and overcome whatever comes your way!

WEBSITE FEEDBACK

web_feedback If you have not already done so, you still have a little time left to tell us what you think of our redesigned website. On December 20th, we shall be drawing a name from the feedback participants to win a £200 Red Letter Day voucher. We have put enormous resources into designing, creating and populating the site and the work is ongoing. However, the best ideas for its development come from you, the users. It will only take a few minutes to complete the feedback form, which can be found here. Many thanks.

YEAR END SHUTDOWN

shutdown2018Please note that we shall be closed from 17:00 on Friday December 21st, 2018 until 08:30 on Wednesday January 2nd, 2019. Our last despatch date for pre-Christmas delivery will be Thursday December 20th, 2018. All enquiries during the shutdown period, including any orders placed on our website, will be handled as quickly as possible after we reopen in the New Year.

NEW VAN – NEW LOOK

van-2018Over the last year, you have seen our Healthy People – Healthy Thinking – Healthy Workplace brand extension appear on our web site, in our social media and on our literature. This month sees the arrival of our first van in the new format. As you can see, it’s striking! Our other vans will be updated in the same way as they are replaced.

SIT-STAND E-DAPTOR

e-daptorFor the last couple of years, the sit-stand adaptor market has seen a deluge of me-too products, primarily from China, offering no significant new features and often of poor quality. 2019 looks set to disrupt the market with some much needed innovation. Our first new product is the E-daptor which is the first electrically adjustable adaptor to meet our quality and function criteria. This fills a gap in the market where an individual needs sit-stand because of a back injury but cannot accommodate a free-standing desk. In these scenarios, users often struggle with manually adjustable adaptors because of the stress to their back when adjusting the height. Electrical adjustment solves that problem.

NATIONAL ROADSHOW

roadshow2019Our product showcase format is being enhanced for 2019 and comprehensive details will follow shortly. In the meantime, we have set dates and locations with exact venues now being finalised. Each showcase date will also be followed by a One Day DSE Assessor Course the next day. Booking will become available early in the New Year but you can pencil any relevant date(s) into your diary now: February 26th: Southampton, March 26th: London, May 21st: Bristol, June 18th: Birmingham, July 16th: Manchester, September 24th: Edinburgh.

BLOGS

blog2018Since we started to publish them, I have been writing all our blogs. This is time consuming and, with a simultaneous need to address all three of our Healthy sectors, I am simply not productive enough! We have therefore introduced additional staff writers who will help me to keep interesting and informative copy flowing. The first article – Is Health & Wellbeing linked to the Office Environment? – has already been published and we have several more already in the pipeline alongside my own planned pieces. This eBulletin will continue to be written by me (with highly critical editorial support from my office colleagues!).


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin November 2018

November 16, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/11/2018. You can register here to receive them monthly.

PODS, PLANTS & PLASTIC – ORGATEC 2018

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I first attended the biennial Orgatec exhibition in 1992, the year the Aeron chair was launched. This was the first ever mesh chair, replacing traditional upholstered foam, and, in terms of radical design, it remains the most dramatic and significant product launch I have witnessed. In the main, furniture shows today are rather like motor shows: everybody seems to be doing a variant of the same thing but some are applying more recent technology.

The most striking development since the last event two years ago is the emergence of the pod. This concept – a room within a room – is an exquisite irony of workplace design. Having created open plan offices by removing partition walls, we are now creating rooms to install within the open spaces! [more].

WEB FEEDBACK REQUITED – WIN A RED LETTER DAY!

win_red_letter We would really like your feedback about our web site. Simply click here to participate in our survey and you could win a £200 Red Letter Day voucher in time for Christmas. Since we replaced the web site a few months ago, we have continued to make lots of enhancements to all the three linked threads: Healthy People-Healthy Thinking-Healthy Workplace. We are increasing the video content, extending the image galleries and continuing to add new products. See for yourself at ergonomics.co.uk.

ACOUSTICS GALLERY 

acousticsFollowing our Sound Ergonomics feature in last month’s eBulletin and my recent visit to Orgatec referred to above, we have created a new image content page to accommodate the enormous variety of products available to address acoustics issues in a host of scenarios. The workplace problems arising from excess or inappropriate noise continue to grow. There are lots of ways to address these problems and some are very simple. It’s as easy as ABC (Absorb, block, cover)! Contact us to start the conversation.

NEW YEAR PRICE RISES

price_rises_2018As we approach the year end it is time, once again, to remember that many manufacturers start the New Year with a price rise. We are now beginning to receive notifications about these proposed rises so this is the best time to be thinking about any orders you may be considering. There is still (just about) time to deliver most products before Christmas and, where it is already too late, we can usually agree a dispensation for a prompt order. Contact your Business Development Manager or the Customer Service team to find out how we can help.

CHAIR STOCK CLEARANCE

chair_saleWe maintain a constant list of ex-demo and sample chairs but this is the time of year when we are asked most often about Special Offers. If you are looking for one or more quality chairs at really competitive prices, download this list. We add to it regularly so it is worth revisiting from time to time if you do not find what you want immediately. Some of the products listed are offered at less than our purchase price.

CONFERENCES & EXHIBITIONS 2019

exhibitions_2019As well as new price lists and stock clearance, it is the time of year to start thinking about next year’s events. At Health & Wellbeing in Birmingham (5-6 March 2019), you will find us on Stand 67 (a change of position from the last few years) and the following month (5-6 April 2019) we shall be at the PhysioFirst Conference in Nottingham. Our National Roadshow tour dates will also be confirmed shortly. See our Conferences & Exhibitions page for further information.

WEB PORTAL

osmondgroup_web_portalWhilst we continue to focus on ergonomics.co.uk as our primary web site, many of our clients also use osmondgroup.co.uk as a quick-link location for all our social media and some of our key online resources. This has just been updated to add Instagram and enhance some of the other links. Using this one page is so much easier than bookmarking several others! If you have any other pages that you access frequently, let us know and we will consider adding them.


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