Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin July 2020

July 8, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 08/07/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

PHASE 4: THE FUTURE
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In last month’s eBulletin, I outlined the Three Phases of Workplace Accommodation being addressed by employers seeking stability during and after the COVID19 pandemic. This month, I look to the future to consider the issues all employers need to address. I also look at ways to accommodate the very different needs of a dispersed workforce. Of course, there will be some organisations who bring everyone back into their original workplace but we expect this to be a small proportion. Most businesses have been pleasantly surprised by the ease with which home working has been adopted and behaviours adapted. [more]

HOME WORKER CHAIRS & ACCESSORIES

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Our rapid-delivery portfolio continues to grow. We can now deliver an Orangebox Do chair to you within 3 working days. This includes a choice of black or white frame, 9 different seat fabric colours and, if you want them, a laptop kit and/or sit-stand adaptor. A wide selection of other chairs and accessories are also available with 7-14 day lead times.

From a corporate perspective, we have now agreed ‘standard home worker’ chairs with a number of clients and we are positioned to meet your volume requirements. We know that large employers spend less on chairs for home so we have optimised the price/specification ratio at a variety of price points to meet all needs.

ASSESSMENTS & INSTALLATIONS

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Our installation service is now gaining momentum and we have fulfilled a large number of successful home and workplace appointments whilst maintaining social distancing and following government guidelines. We have also tested our processes for workplace and home assessments and created a protocol that is safe for both the assessor and assessee.

Not everyone wants us in their home at the moment but, for those who are happy for us to proceed, we are now working through the backlog of assessment orders as fast as we can.

PHASE 4: THE WEBINAR

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I shall be delivering a free webinar to expand on the thinking around Phase 4: the Future. This will be on Thursday August 6th at 15:00. I have deliberately scheduled this some weeks away so that I shall also be able to incorporate some of the insights gained from our first client discussions about this topic.

You can register here. After the live session, a recording of the webinar will be available through the same link

ANOTHER WORKFIT-Z PRIZE DRAW!

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Following the success of last month’s Ergotron-sponsored giveaway, we have decided to offer a further Workfit-Z ourselves. If you have tried working at home standing at the ironing board, you will have thought many times ‘there must be a better way’ – and you would be right!

Workfit-Z is compact, easily moveable (less than 15 kg) and finished with a more domestic woodgrain look. Just complete the form here for a chance to win one. The winner will be announced in the August eBulletin. Our June winner was Kathy Nowell of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin June 2020

June 11, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/06/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

COVID-19 RESPONSE: PHASE 3
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This is my fourth eBulletin since the pandemic began. Each month, I try to provide my perspective and some pointers about how employers are responding, what looks to us like best practice and what we predict on the near horizon. Most of our customers are now in Phase 3. This phasing has nothing to do with government guidelines but is about the actual state of development of systems and processes within the organisation. We describe these three phases as 1. Rabbit in the Headlights; 2. Getting a Grip; and 3. Command and Control. To see how we define these stages and find out more, please click here for our blog page.

PHASE 3: THE WEBINAR

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In case, there is a window in your constant regime of home schooling, virtual meetings and webinar attendances, I shall be talking about the three workplace phases of the pandemic for about 50 minutes at 15:00 on Wednesday June 17th. You can book your place here.

If you have already seen the CIEHF guidance ‘Creating a safer workplace during COVID-19’, you will have noticed that I am already observing two of their Video Etiquette recommendations (about timing and duration). I shall be referring to this excellent document alongside some of the best practice ideas we have encountered. If you are unavailable (or just too knackered after a day of home schooling!), I shall also make the recording available soon after the event.

HOME WORKER PAGE UPDATE

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Our Home Worker page is constantly evolving in response to customer demand. We now offer chairs at a range of prices to balance your ergonomics requirements and your budget. Most of the chairs are stock items readily available in black for delivery to your door in 7 days or less. Others are made to order with a choice of fabric colours but still available in a couple of weeks.

We are most grateful to our manufacturing and logistics partners for making this all possible. The Home Worker page has accessories too, so you can configure your own laptop kit (stand, keyboard and mouse) from our best-selling models or add a sit-stand adaptor or lamp.

ZENTOFIT BESPOKE CHAIR SERVICE

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One of our new rapid-response chair choices is zentoFit from Ergochair. We are proud to be one of the selected partners to offer this opportunity for home workers to specify their own bespoke model using the downloadable configuration process.

You may already know the wide selection of options available with the Ergochair Adapt range. The zentoFit approach permits individuals to select a similar combination of key options and add-ins to specify a chair that fits them well and provides the necessary postural support. The process is logical, reliable and straightforward. If you have already had an Ergochair Adapt model at work, have specific needs a standard chair will not accommodate or just want a home worker chair that fits, this is the answer!

WIN A WORKFIT-Z!

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The Workfit-Z mini sit-stand adaptor has been a consistent seller throughout the lockdown period (and before). It is compact, easy to adjust and light enough (14.5kg) to lift on and off a table at home. Unlike other adaptors, it is unobtrusive, designed to blend with domestic décor and fits on the sort of compact table that so many home workers use.

In a joint promotion with our friends at Ergotron, we are delighted to be offering one of these as the prize in our home worker raffle. Simply provide your details here to take part in the draw. The closing date is June 30, 2020 and the winner will be announced in the July eBulletin.

FOLDINEX LAPTOP STAND

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One of the biggest corporate issues we have faced in recent weeks has been the need for employers to meet their health & safety obligations in an unplanned scenario for which no budget has been allocated. As our Home Worker page shows, we have been able to offer some outstanding offers on a variety of products but finding a budget laptop stand that meets our ergonomics and quality criteria has been particularly challenging. Until now!

Our new FoldineX laptop stand is available from stock with a retail price of just £24.95 + VAT. It is stylish, compact, lightweight and easy to adjust. Find out more on the product page or contact our Sales Manager, Kevin Webb, for bulk enquiries.

HOME INSTALLATIONS

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We are just beginning to clear our backlog of postponed installations. We shall focus on sit-stand desks in the first instance but we shall also be offering chair installations again where a doorstep or kerbside delivery is not suitable. We appreciate that many people will still not want anybody in their home but, for those who do, and those offices that are also ready for us to install, we have the required PPE and procedures in place and will be contacting you shortly.

This will be a slow process in the first instance but we shall gain momentum as we gain experience with the help and co-operation of our valued clients. If you have an urgent need, please email planning@ergonomics.co.uk to check the current viability in your area.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin May 2020

May 13, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/05/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

RESILIENCE & AGILITY

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This month’s eBulletin follows on from April’s Home Working issue as we see the evolving landscape from a national, corporate and individual standpoint. I have outlined our view of the way employers are approaching the various issues and provided links to a selection of useful resources, as well as the products and services we offer. In the last month, we have made significant changes to how we operate in order to meet customer demands. This has resulted in new suppliers, new products and new logistics partners as we constantly seek new ways to meet the changing needs of our clients.

HOME WORKING EVOLVES

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Last month, I indicated that some clients were adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach to homeworker health whilst others were being much more proactive. Despite the lack of time to prepare, most organisations are finding that their enforced homeworking programme has been largely successful but this means everyone now needs to recognise that it is no longer a temporary solution. It is not going to be viable or even desirable to bring people into the office unnecessarily for several months so employers are creating a strategic sourcing plan for essential home worker equipment.

There is already a need to tackle pre-existing injuries and MSK issues. Now employers are realising they need to prevent further health impacts in domestic environments over which they have a duty of care but no direct control. Let us help you create the optimum homeworker support programme to future-proof your talent.

WORKPLACE CHANGES

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on May 10th, we are all being inundated with messages about safe travel and minimising risk in the workplace. Amongst the guidance I have found most useful, the government’s own information is a really good place to start, Nigel Oseland’s Workplace Trends piece encourages us to look at what we already know before reinventing the wheel and Peter Kinselley of Cardinus provides a good strategic overview.

The big questions, of course, are how many staff will actually be comfortable to return to an office and in what circumstances? Most of our clients expect to accommodate no more than a third to a half of their regular personnel in the workplace as long as social distancing exists in its current form. We see most employers developing Home Working and Workplace plans concurrently and providing physical separation tools as part of their approach to keeping their people safe.

WELLBEING

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The impact of home working and lockdown on the mental health of many workers has (rightly) received even more attention than that of physical health in recent weeks. As employers come to terms with all that is and has been happening, it is clear that a truly robust wellbeing programme is essential for every employer, large and small. Whilst some organisations have already mastered this, it takes very much more than an EAP and a rolling programme of monthly highlights.

Our conversations with employers and other interested parties suggest that many wellbeing programmes may be well-intentioned and enthusiastically promoted but lack focus or direction. It is essential to identify where the principal pressure points are and develop a responsive programme to ensure both effectiveness and return on investment. As I outlined in this blog, we have partnered with Champion Health to provide exactly this service. Find out more here.

FINANCE

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The plethora of government programmes and financial support packages are indicative of the commercial demands on employers in the current pandemic.

Whilst many furnishing programmes have been moth-balled or are being completely re-evaluated, other organisations see an empty office as an ideal time to carry out refurbishment or reconfiguration programmes. Where cashflow is a major consideration, asset finance can manage an immediate issue with a longer term solution.

If you completed a furniture project a short while ago and now need liquidity, it is even possible to sell and lease back your existing furniture. This is a topic for specialist providers so please request an introduction if you want to discuss it with our finance partner.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin April 2020

April 8, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 8/04/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

WORKING FROM HOME – A GLOBAL PREOCCUPATION

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Government guidance (or insistence) to work from home if possible makes this a significant topic across the globe. As you already know, there is endless information available through social media and, as always, the quality is variable. As a consumer, separating the valuable insights from the regurgitated press releases can be a time-consuming activity in itself. Equally, as an author, I try to offer useful content and get it heard above the noise. For this month’s newsletter, therefore, I have just written about what we know, what we are finding, what we have experienced and what we anticipate. Reporting is of little value without drawing conclusions or offering  suggestions so follow the links below to find out more.

WORKING FROM HOME – IMPACT ON PHYSICAL HEALTH

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The universal implications of COVID-19 are hard for any of us to grasp fully. In the workplace, we observe a domino effect with new demands appearing week by week. We are seeing employers sending people home to work in very large numbers. This is an inevitable response to government instructions but the needs and productivity of each homeworker are proving very variable.

Obviously, home working is not new and many employers have been developing home working capability as part of a broader Agile Working plan for some time. The differences currently are the pace, the scale and, most significantly, the lack of comprehensive preparation.

[read more on our blog page]

[read more on LinkedIn]

WORKING FROM HOME – IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

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Unusually, I have similar experience to the current lockdown.

I was staying with my brother in Houston, Texas when Hurricane Harvey landed in 2017. By the time I arrived, shops and restaurants had already closed and, by the following morning, only very large stores were open.

Within hours, supermarket shelves were bare and we were on an island about 3 miles in diameter. Flood water blocked roads in all directions. Thousands of people were stranded upstairs in their homes. The overwhelming power of water was in evidence everywhere and it was frustrating to feel so helpless.

[read more on our blog page]

[read more on LinkedIn]

CHAMPION HEALTH

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As mentioned in one of the blogs above, Champion Health is now a collaboration partner.

I shall be posting more about them in due course but I wanted to draw your specific attention to their Online Mental Health Training which is now available completely free during the COVID-19 pandemic. In less than an hour, participants can learn about self-care and healthy working at home; boosting resilience; understanding stress, anxiety and depression and supporting others.

For the longer term, their unique digital survey tool reviews physical, mental and lifestyle health and provides anonymised data that enables employers to focus resources on the areas that really need attention, ensuring maximum benefit for staff and maximum ROI for the organisation.

WEBINAR TIPS FOR HOMEWORKERS

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I seem to have received more webinar invitations in the last week than in the last three months. Interestingly, only one invitation offered a choice of times. Maybe this is just my interpretation, but there seems to be a widespread assumption that we are all sitting at home staring out of the window and waiting for something to do!

We have decided to take a different approach so our ‘Tips for Homeworkers’ has been recorded by Stuart Entwistle, our Training Manager.

It is available here to view whenever it suits you.

GLOBAL RESEARCH

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Workplace Evolutionaries, a cross-disciplinary global community, is using this unique opportunity to carry out worldwide research about the work-from-home (WFH) experience.

The research objectives include finding out what is and isn’t working, the potential impact of WFH on employers, employees and the environment and the likely impact of COVID-19 on future workplace designs and practices.

You can find out more about the survey and participation, either as an individual or as an organisation, from this download or go straight to the questions here.


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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Osmond Ergonomics special eBulletin March 2020

April 7, 2020

This article was originally emailed as an extra interim eBulletin at 11:30 on 25/03/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

COVID-19: HOME WORKING TIPS

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We have never seen a crisis like the current pandemic so, hopefully, you will find my collected thoughts about moving to home working – and doing so at short notice – beneficial. Hopefully, frequent home workers will have already discovered many of the tips here and incorporated them into their daily work routine. For those who are new to the experience (and those who need reminding), here are lots of ideas to keep you healthy (physically and mentally). [more]

WELLBEING FOR SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

SMEwellbeingRunning 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]

CIEHF CONFERENCE

ciehf2020This year, the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors conference also incorporates the international ODAM (Organisational Design & Management) symposium. As with many similar events, it will no longer happen face-to-face. Instead, it will be curated online. There are moves afoot to encourage more workplace-related ergonomics at annual conferences and I am due to be one of the participants for an Agile Working ODAM session. This was to have been a panel discussion but, at the time of writing, the revised format is in the process of finalisation.

WORKPLACE TRENDS

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.

HEALTH & WELLBEING @ WORK

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.


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.

WELLBEING FOR SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

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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]

CIEHF CONFERENCE

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!

WORKPLACE TRENDS

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.

HEALTH & WELLBEING @ WORK

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.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin February 2020

February 12, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/02/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

RULA IS BACK ONLINE!

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After a few months of intensive development work and lots of really valuable suggestions from our very supportive review guinea pigs, the new online version of RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) is now live and ready to use. Obviously, all the calculations and outcomes are exactly as the original, validated tool developed by Lynn McAtamney and Nigel Corlett. However, the format has been updated for the 21st Century. It’s a responsive design so works on your phone and tablet as well as computers. Thanks to the excellent feedback from our review panel, it also includes several new features, including a graphical pdf report which can be downloaded for your own use. Take a look for yourself here. It’s free!

HEALTH AND WELLBEING @ WORK

H&W2020We shall be back at the NEC on March 10th and 11th. Come and see us on Stand 73 in Hall 8. This year we shall be demonstrating sustainable ergonomics with a selection of remanufactured products as well as some new additions to our portfolio (including the new RH Logic). We shall also be launching our SME Pack: with over 25 years’ experience of supporting government organisations and large employers, we are now sharing that knowledge through a portfolio of services to allow dynamic smaller businesses to actively promote and support staff wellbeing without needing all the resources of larger employers.

FREE MASSAGE

To support your personal wellbeing whilst at the NEC, we shall also be providing free massage on Stand 73 at Health & Wellbeing at Work. Hot from a premium spa in the New Forest, our very experienced masseuse will release your stress and tension (or at least make a start!) in a free 10-15 minute session. You can take a chance about availability on arrival or book a timed appointment now. To be sure she is available just for you, simply follow this link, to select your time and date. See you there!

BAKKER ELKHUIZEN ULTRABOARD 960

ultraboard960We have sold thousands of mini keyboards over the years. Many of these have been for laptop users wanting something compact to carry around but the other major benefit of these devices is the reduced load on the right shoulder by bringing the mouse closer. For those, who want this benefit but need to use the number keys on a frequent basis, we are pleased to announce the new Ultraboard 960 from Bakker Elkhuizen. This full-feature keyboard is significantly narrower than a standard full-size keyboard and has many design benefits. It even fits in most laptop bags! Find out more from the 30 second video here.

PHYSIO FIRST CONFERENCE

PFconference2020We shall be in Nottingham to exhibit at this event on April 24th and 25th. We are also one of the sponsors. At the conference, we shall be demonstrating to private practice physiotherapists the commercial opportunities available in the workplace with a little training and planning. If you are a Physio First member attending, please come and talk to us. If you are a private practice professional offering physio, chiropractic, osteopathy or massage services and you want to know more about how you could offer a more comprehensive service to your existing patients/clients, give us a call.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2020

January 8, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 08/01/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

2020 VISION

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As I write this newsletter, Brexit is still an undefined concept, much of Australia is ablaze and hostilities are accelerating in the Middle East. The future of office design therefore seems quite a low priority! However, the reality is, of course, that we all need to get on with our lives and I have never been one to vacillate over expressing an opinion! I have therefore been considering what issues I think will become (or remain) central to our thinking about the workplace, how that might impact our activities over the coming decade and what changes may come as a result. [more]

RULA UPDATE

Following last month’s request for pre-launch testers of our new Rapid Upper Limb Assessment tool, we had an excellent response. One suggestion was so good that we have rewritten much of the background code to include it! This has put us back a little but it will be worth it. There is still much to do cosmetically (especially with the PDF report) and, of course, we need to test the scoring process thoroughly. If you would like to help, we are always looking for more testers! Click here to register.

WEB VIDEO

I am delighted to confirm that we now have four new videos for ergonomics.co.uk. As this newsletter is published, our web providers have an unresolved technical issue but, within the next few days, we shall be adding a new home page animation plus a brief overview video for each of the three sections, Healthy PeopleHealthy Thinking and Healthy Workplace. I feel obliged, however, to provide advance warning that the section overviews include quite a lot of me. I have resisted this for several years but our marketing people, inexplicably, think this is a good idea. You may know that I am not averse to the sound of my own voice but watching myself is excruciating!

CIEHF CORPORATE SUPPORTER

We are delighted to announce that we have become Corporate Supporters for the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. The supporter logo will now start to appear on our web site and marketing materials. I have been associated with the CIEHF as a member, exhibitor, activist, sponsor, speaker and purveyor of alcohol at functions for over twenty years, going right back to the days of The Ergonomics Society. It is therefore very satisfying to have a more structured vehicle for our association.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

As part of our ongoing sustainability programme, we began trialling alternative fuel vehicles as far back as 2000, when we ran three LPG cars. Our policy is to replace company vehicles with more environmentally friendly models but, with vans, this means that a more efficient diesel is still the only viable option. We are making much better progress with cars. Having tried a plug-in hybrid Passat to establish the viability, Stuart Entwistle and I are now running second-hand Tesla S models. These ‘iPads on wheels’ are great value if you let someone else take the first depreciation and also make sound environmental sense. Contact me if you are curious to know more!


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2019

December 13, 2019

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

SEASON’S GREETINGS

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As we approach the end of the year, it is time, once again, for me to thank all our customers, suppliers, friends and colleagues for your continued support and interaction. In more than 40 years of business, this is without question the most unstable and bewildering time to be running an enterprise. By the time you read this, we shall be just before or just after a General Election in a political atmosphere where it is hard to find something we can believe from politicians of any party. So let’s all take a good break with our friends and family to enjoy some personal time recharging our batteries and restoring our wellbeing!

HOPE FOR FOOD

hopeforfoodlogoWhilst celebrating our own good fortune, it is also the time of year – more than any other – when we remember those who are not so lucky. This will be the third year that we have supported Hope for Food, the Bournemouth-based charity that provides food and support for the homeless, the vulnerable and families in crisis. It is a noble organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers. We are delighted to make our own small contribution to their efforts.

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

SustainabilityAwardsI am very pleased to announce that we were a category winner in the recently announced 2019 Big Green Awards. The decision recognised our efforts to reduce consumption and minimise future waste across a broad range of activities, including fuel and utilities, service delivery and product design. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with customers looking to take advantage of the many ways to improve environmental impacts in the furniture procurement process.

RULA IS BACK!

We dropped our online RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) tool a while ago because it was a free resource and no longer worked properly with latest browsers. We have now completely updated the design and function and the new pre-release version is ready for testing. Would you help us? If you would be prepared to help us finalise the development by testing what we have done, simply click here.

A MOVIE PAINTS A MILLION WORDS

Film Clapboard SlateDuring December we are creating a variety of video content for use on our web site and in social media. In the New Year, we shall be announcing some exciting new elements to ergonomics.co.uk. These include a number of initiatives to create informative video answers to FAQs. Do you have a particular question that would benefit from a video answer? We already have our own list but, as always, we welcome your ideas. Just email me your suggestion(s)!

PRICE RISES

Hand is turning a dice and changes the direction of an arrow symbolizing that the price is going down (or vice versa)With a new year imminent, we have been advised about a number of product price rises early in 2020. Furthermore, some increases are significant, with
5%+ quite common. If you have project plans for next year or want to discuss future needs, we shall be pleased to explore how we can help. Just contact your Account Manager or the Customer Service team to start the conversation.

END OF YEAR SHUTDOWN

Back soon on sticky note on work tablePlease note that we close at 17:00 on Friday December 20th this year and reopen at 08:30 on Thursday January 2nd, 2020. Our last despatch day is therefore Friday December 20th. As always, our Customer Service team will be pleased to discuss any questions and help with product configuration for orders before we close. Don’t forget that the LiveChat facility (bottom right of the screen) is a great way to ask a simple question with a quick response.


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