Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin February 2021

February 10, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/02/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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THE PROTEAN PROJECT

As you are probably aware, we have been very busy behind the scenes since the first UK appearance of COVID-19. Once we had arranged for all but the Logistics team to become homeworkers (within a couple of days), we set about a rolling programme of change and evolution. Key stepping stones have been the transfer of our website to a new platform and the creation of an additional consumer website for homeworkers. We redecorated our main office, complete with a fabulous biophilic image along the whole of the end wall. We have revised all our training to be suitable for in-person or virtual delivery. We have extended our product portfolio and logistics capability to meet the needs of homeworkers, especially the demand for prompt delivery, and we have extended our Partnership Services to meet the changing workplace landscape. We have created a small, full-time marketing team and supported all our homeworkers with appropriate furniture and equipment (as you would expect!), together with a new wellbeing programme.

Now comes the big challenge! Named The Protean Project (after Proteus, the mythological Greek sea god), we have embarked on a full cloud-based integration of all our software systems to streamline our processes, enhance our communications, improve response times and extend transparency. We fully recognise the scale of this endeavour and have arranged for Steve Gilday, our Logistics Manager, to step out of his day-to-day role so that he can focus entirely on the management of this project. It will be some months before the first benefits of this new platform become evident but we look forward to keeping you posted!

CIEHF CONFERENCE

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The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors was one of the first organisations to hold a very successful virtual conference in 2020. Since that time, its reputation and relevance have been significantly enhanced with papers, research, guidance and events that directly relate to the dramatic and unprecedented changes in our daily lives, whether at work, at home or at the (often blurred) interface between the two.

The 2021 conference on April 19th – 21st provides three days of varied and stimulating content with a global array of speakers addressing many of those changes, including a complete stream entitled ‘Perspectives on the Pandemic: shaping the way ahead’. Find out more and register here.

PRODUCT & COMPONENT SUPPLY & PRICING ISSUES

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I want to make you aware that the pandemic is beginning to impact our supply chain and matters are further compounded by Brexit-related import confusion. Manufacturers are now experiencing disruption due to high levels of absenteeism (as high as 20%) as a result of sickness and self-isolation. This is increasing lead times. With regard to Brexit, documentation errors that used to be easily corrected are now being rejected outright and some of our suppliers are having goods turned back. An example of how this can happen was a recent delivery which was delayed when the lorry broke down. A replacement vehicle was sourced promptly but it took 24 hours just to update the documents with the registration number of the alternative vehicle! These issues and more admin are also increasing shipping costs. Some of these rises are significant.

None of the problems are of our making and we are doing everything possible, including adjusting stock levels, to minimise the impact. If you have any particular concerns, our Customer Service team or your account manager will be happy to advise about specific issues.

IIRSM RISK EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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As part of our ongoing relationship with IIRSM, we are pleased to encourage nominations for their 2021 Awards, celebrating risk excellence – protecting people, reputation and profits.

Open to members and non-members alike, the awards recognise innovative individuals, teams and organisations who are responsible for implementing best practice in managing risks and opportunities. They are independent and free to enter. Information about the awards, categories and application process can be found here. The application deadline is February 19th, 2021.

RECONNECTION DAY

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If you tried to contact us on Monday February 8th, I apologise for the delayed response but we had a really good reason! (We did provide advanced notice in my last eBulletin, through social media and on our web site). We had closed the business for the whole day to reconnect the team and it proved a very worthwhile exercise. You may know of my obsession with retaining our DNA – what makes us different from our competitors – and I am determined to ensure this does not become diluted. Prolonged homeworking was bound to have had some impact and we also have a number of staff who have joined us since the first lockdown.

We took this opportunity to get everyone together, give them a chance to meet and chat (albeit virtually), split them up into various small groups and let them explore personality traits and human interactions. This was all facilitated by our friends at The Colour Works to great effect. If you would like to know more about what we did and what we plan to do to maintain our DNA, I would be happy to chat.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2021

January 13, 2021

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/01/2021. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As UK citizens stay at home in Lockdown 3, you may find it hard to feel as positive as this image suggests! However, our team continues to offer a cheerful, willing service and a full range of products. We have been here for you throughout the pandemic and will continue to source the best solutions and offer outstanding Customer Service beyond the coronavirus threat. We constantly review and enhance our procedures to meet client needs, maintaining our own efficient homeworking arrangements and using an array of technologies and robust practices to deliver our expertise. As growing numbers of homeworkers display mental and physical health problems, it is more important than ever to consider their needs and take action.

IIRSM APPROVAL

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Our 2021 training courses, including virtual options, have just been approved by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management and the institute’s reviewer described our programme as ‘one of the best I have seen and reviewed’.

Stuart Entwistle, our Training Manager, has been very imaginative in converting our (usually very hands on) courses into a viable virtual format so we are delighted to have received this recognition.

FREE DSE ASSESSOR TRAINING COURSE

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To celebrate the new recognition, we have decided to offer a limited number of FREE places on our IIRSM-approved one day DSE Assessor Course on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021.

After this, the cost will be £220 + VAT per delegate. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t delay if you want to book! Full information and registration can be found here.

RECONNECTION DAY

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It is our proud boast that we have continued to trade without interruption since the start of the Covid pandemic. To celebrate this, we are going to close the business for a day! You may know that I am very proud of our company ‘DNA’ and I know that this can be jeopardised by a prolonged lack of spontaneous and serendipitous events and conversations.

To put this right, our friends at The Colour Works are facilitating a full day of team events and games on Monday February 8th, 2021. We shall therefore be unavailable on that day only.

CIEFH CORPORATE MEMBER

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We are delighted to announce that we have become a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. CIEHF has raised its profile dramatically in the last twelve months, contributing valuable research, expertise and numerous publications to assist the global community in addressing the demands of Covid.

Whilst we have been ‘a friend of the Institute’ for a couple of decades, we are delighted to make this more conspicuous commitment at this time.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2020

December 9, 2020

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/12/2020. You can register here to receive them monthly.

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LOCKDOWN v2.0 – THE SEQUEL

Whilst plenty of research is readily available, you only have to compare lockdowns with friends or family to realise that many who found the first one comparatively easy have struggled with the second. Obviously, we now have colder, wetter weather and this makes it harder to find motivation to go outside and take exercise when you wake up and finish your working day in darkness. There is also the cumulative impact of months and months of dealing with the pandemic, worrying about family plans for Christmas, reduced work team interactions, Brexit and a host of other personal and employment issues. [more]

ANOTHER YEAR OF EBULLETINS

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It is exactly 11 years since we published our first eBulletin. Over that period, we have discussed, explored and, on occasions, even predicted changes to how and where we work. 2020 has obviously seen more rapid and dramatic changes than ever before and, with a vaccine imminent, we can start to think about the hybrid workplace that many of us will experience in the future.

You can see our Webinar plans for early 2021 here.

YEAR END SHUTDOWN

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This year, we close at 12:30pm on Thursday December 24th, 2020 and reopen at 8:30am on Monday January 4th, 2021. The last order date for pre-Christmas despatch of stock items is Monday December 21st.

Courier capacities are likely to be more stretched this year than ever before so we would strongly recommend ordering the previous week for pre-Christmas delivery of bulkier items such as chairs and desks.

HOMEFIT SUCCESS

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On the subject of chairs and desks, the HomeFit ‘sit-stand desk in a cupboard’ is fulfilling its promise as a clever concept that is very well executed. Initial UK stocks sold out immediately so we have secured the only remaining UK stock available before the year end.

We are also offering an extra £25 off our already-discounted price. Just use code HF-ERGO at checkout on our website or contact the Customer Service team and quote this eBulletin. This offer will only be valid for 2020 orders.

BREXIT

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Yes, I know we had all nearly forgotten about this amidst the pandemic mayhem. Like the pandemic, it is quite hard to predict what will happen next. At the time of writing, no deal seems the likely outcome and, on that assumption, we have made all the provisions we can to ensure continued product supply.

If you have any upcoming projects or expect changes in your usual buying patterns in the near future, please let us know promptly.

PARTNERSHIP SERVICES

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It has always been our belief that we can only be excellent at a limited number of activities and, for everything else, we simply find and collaborate with partners who are at the peak of their profession.

This enables us to offer a more holistic service and gives our clients quick and easy access to proven specialists to meet all their workplace (including homeworking) needs. In the past, this has been a rather ad hoc process but you can now find our key Partnership Services on this page.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin November 2020

November 11, 2020

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

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NEW WEBSITE

It has taken us just three months to create our new ergonomics.co.uk on a brand new platform and we hope you will be impressed with the outcome. The most obvious feature is the greater emphasis on homeworker products but you will also find more and more new features appearing as you find your way around the site. For buyers, there is a clearer presentation of each product and its variations, improved communications through the purchase process and immediate access to purchase history. We are also making all orders carriage-free until the end of the year.

For those who use the site more as a research tool, there is more information, more videos and enhanced navigation – and there is much more to come! Please let me know what you think, good or bad. This is an perpetual work-in-progress and all comments and criticisms help us to improve it further.

HOMEFIT – THE SIT-STAND DESK IN A CUPBOARD

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Whilst many manufacturers make game-changing claims for their products, it is very rare to encounter something that is genuinely innovative. The most successful products are those you look at and think ‘Why didn’t somebody think of that before?’. HomeFit is just such a product. We have already had significant interest and we know that there is a substantial demand for products that combine ergonomics with aesthetics.

As individuals begin to think about their longer term plans for homeworking, the need to have a work area that blends better with the domestic setting is a major consideration. For those without a dedicated work room, the opportunity to ‘close up and walk away’ at the end of the day is also really valuable. HomeFit just ticks all the boxes!

MENTAL HEALTH IN LOCKDOWN v2.0

 

lockdownv2The second UK lockdown has started in a very different context from the first. Gone are the long days, bright sunshine (much of the time) and opportunities to get out for exercise in daylight. By the time most of us finish work, it’s pitch dark and may be cold and wet too. Couple that to the fact that the gyms are closed, many of us have not had a proper holiday or much contact with our extended family and friends and we can expect the final quarter of 2020 to be pretty tough.

Our good friends at Champion Health have produced yet another free resource full of practical tips for coping with the demands on our mental and physical health. Download the 9-page pdf here.

YEAR END MEGA PRIZE DRAW

 

megaprizedrawIt has been a difficult time for all of us and we wanted to create a really significant prize draw as we approach the end of the year. The new website gives us an excuse and something to shout about. The HomeFit gives us the answer. If you would like to win a HomeFit, simply re-register for this eBulletin.

You won’t get an extra email as long as you use the same email address. You can also register for our new Product Radar bulletins at the same time if you wish (see the archive here). If you decide to go ahead and buy a HomeFit from us in the meantime, we shall even give you your money back if you win the draw!

REINVIGORATING THE TEAM

reinvigorateMany of us within the company have been working almost exclusively at home for several months and we have three members of staff who have joined us since the first lockdown. Like many senior managers, I am acutely aware of the potential impact such circumstances can have on organisational culture and staff engagement. We don’t have any issues yet and we are determined to sustain the company DNA, of which I am so proud.

For that reason, we shall be closing the business completely for a single ‘Reconnection Day’ on Wednesday December 9th. In conjunction with our friends at The Colourworks, we shall be exploring team dynamics, playing some games and reinvigorating the essential connections and interactions that bind us together. Please keep in mind that none of us will be available on that day.

CIEHF WORKPLACE SECTOR GROUP

ciehfgroup (1)If you are part of the ergonomics community, you should have already heard that Kirsty Angerer and Ed Milnes have instigated a Workplace Sector Group within the Charted Institute. It already has a LinkedIn Group and its first virtual meeting, held at the beginning of November, attracted 44 delegates and some animated discussion.

Designed for knowledge and information sharing, as well as raising awareness of ergonomics in the broader community, there are already plans for mentorship, greater interaction with architects and designers and individual training sessions on topics like virtual assessments. Contact either of the above about joining the group or Iris Mynott for details about CIEHF membership.


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

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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

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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!


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.


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