Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin February 2018

February 19, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/02/2018. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

HEALTH & WELLBEING 2018

HeaderImage02-2018We shall be exhibiting again at the NEC in March. We have changed location this year since we found our position by the entrance was easy to locate but too much of a thoroughfare. Find us at our new location on Stand 75. As well as key new products, we shall be discussing our latest IIRSM-approved training offers and free regional roadshows. We shall also have our new brand extension to discuss and how that fits with our plans for the future.

REGIONAL TRAINING & PRODUCT SHOWCASE ROADSHOW

roadshow_mapThe first three dates and locations – Leicester, Southampton and London (Barbican) – are now in the diary. More will follow in due course. All venues are close to train/motorway connections. On the first day at each venue, we shall be offering a free Product Showcase. This will give visitors the opportunity to handle and compare the latest innovations alongside established best-sellers. To accommodate as many people as possible in each region, the Showcase will be available from 2pm until 8pm. On the second day in each region, we shall provide two half day training sessions. The training will include practical workshop sessions. Discounts are also available for members of various professional bodies. Full details at ergonomics.events.

SIT-STAND DESKS – TRUTH OR SALES PITCH?

sit-standMany of you will know that I am both an advocate of sit-stand desks (with proper training) and a critic of some of the publicity surrounding them. Our friends at Cardinus asked me to write an article about this for the Winter/Spring edition of their Connect magazine. This gave me the opportunity to explore the history of the current interest in sit-stand and suggest ways employers can help to improve wellbeing with or without them. The article is now available as a blog.

WEB REDESIGN & OUR BRAND

rebrand250pxThe design of our new website will be central to our future marketing. The development has been a long and demanding process because it has included a strategic review of the current business and our future direction. As a result, we shall be announcing a further extension of our brand over the coming weeks. This is an exciting development for us, encapsulating what we have always done, focussing what we have already started to do and creating a platform for what we plan to do. If you are not attending Health & Wellbeing, expect full details in the next eBulletin – our 100th issue!

RESUBSCRIBE

subscribe250pxI expect, like me, you are tired of hearing about GDPR. My apologies for raising it yet again but we still have lots of people who have not resubscribed. I know we shall lose some recipients but I hope you will not be one of them! It will only take a couple of minutes to register here and, as an extra inducement, we shall be holding a prize draw for all registrants on April 30th with a 128Gb iPad 9.7 as the prize. There will also be a monthly prize of a Contour Unimouse. (Last month’s Unimouse winner was SP of North London). Don’t worry if you have already resubscribed: you will still be in the draws! The reregistration submission will send you a confirmation email to complete the process. Please check your spam/junk directories if you do not receive it.


WDM Newsletter January/February 2018

January 22, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Management newsletter at 11:00 on 18/01/2018. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly.

ROBOTS, AI, BIG DATA
Should we be scared?

WDMheader2018-01Without even mentioning Brexit, these are uncertain times. Commentators and futurologists opine about the accelerating impact of technology on our daily lives. Depending on your disposition, this is either exciting or terrifying! Pessimists threaten job losses and changes on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution. Yet, simultaneously, governments and regions are creating Smart Cities, architects and designers are launching Smart Buildings and public and private travel planners promote driverless cars and automated mass transit systems. Surely, these developments will make our lives easier – and better? Whatever your view, these are all extra factors to consider in a workplace context which is already seeing a quickening pace of change as a result of agile working, technology and changing attitudes. My plan for 2018 is to explore some of these concepts, their interaction and impact. Happy New Year!

BIFM CONFERENCE 2018
Think (beyond) FM – adapt or disappear

think_beyond_fmIn the context outlined above, this year’s BIFM conference explores the dramatic changes in the workplace and how Facilities Managers can shape and respond to those changes. As FMs and HR managers discuss what experience and qualifications a Chief Workplace Officer might need, there are exciting opportunities for those with the drive and vision to absorb the latest thinking, harness the technology and help invent the future.

RETREAT BOOTH
Single & double units with multiple options

retreat_boothOpen plan offices need space away from the desk for individual concentration or for collaboration without distracting others. There are many approaches to these requirements and enclosed booths are a popular solution.

For an effective individual breakout booth or a more complex room-within-a-room, the Retreat range offers modules accommodating one to four people with everything they need close at hand. To complement the stylish and relaxed design, buyers can specify LED lighting, power sockets, USB charging, smart TVs and a central table to create well-equipped individual or collaboration spaces. Everything necessary to encourage productivity is immediately accessible and ready for use. Please call us for further information.

STILL NOT RESUBSCRIBED?
You could win an iPad!

resubscribe_4Despite my previous entreaties, many recipients have still not reregistered to continue receiving this newsletter. We have to ask this to comply with the imminent new data protection regulations. I know we shall lose many subscribers but I am hoping to retain a few more! I really do appreciate your continued interest. It will only take a couple of minutes and, as an extra inducement, we shall be holding a prize draw for all registrants on April 30th with a 128Gb iPad 9.7 as the prize. There will also be a monthly prize of a Contour Unimouse between January and March. Don’t worry if you have already resubscribed: you will still be in the draws!


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2018

January 12, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/01/2018. You can view older eBulletins  here and register to receive them monthly.

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING

HeaderImage01-2018As you can see below, we are launching a handful of new services for 2018 and there is plenty more to come. Our long-awaited web site redesign really has been (and continues to be) a monumental task and will finally be launched in the second quarter of the year. It will be much more than a simple shopfront and has involved a lot of strategic thinking about what we shall need to represent the business effectively in the foreseeable future. There will also be some slight branding changes to coincide. Exciting! More soon.

REGIONAL TRAINING

regional_trainingThis year’s regional training tour is now taking shape rapidly. The programme, featuring IIRSM-approved courses, will begin in Southampton in March, followed by London and Leicester. Further venues around the country will be scheduled to follow on promptly from the first three. For this tour, we shall be offering two half day sessions from the portfolio: Options when Considering Reasonable Adjustments and Workstation Postures & Seating. Either course may be booked individually and, for those attending both sessions on the same day, lunch will be included free of charge. Costs will vary slightly depending on the venue. To ensure you are advised as soon as dates and pricing are confirmed, register here (without obligation).

PRODUCT ROAD SHOWS

roadshowTo coincide with the training tour, we shall also be offering product roadshows at each of the venues on the previous day. This will enable you to compare all the latest products side-by-side and benchmark them against established best sellers and your existing personal favourites. These free events will run during the afternoon and into the evening to suit self-employed consultants who prefer to visit outside office hours. To express interest in these free roadshows, register here.

WE NEED END-USER REVIEWERS

reviewersAnother new service to be introduced this year is our programme of end-user product reviews. Participants will be sent a new product for assessment over a four week period. They will then be asked to complete a short online survey. On completion of the questionnaire, they will be invited to keep the product if they like it. Since all products will have already been through our internal WoW-Factor assessment process, this represents an opportunity to get one of the best new products for free in exchange for a few minutes of your time. Click here to volunteer! The first three products for this new process are UltraboardUnimouse and G-Hold.

STILL NOT RESUBSCRIBED?

resubscribe_3Despite my previous entreaties in this newsletter, many recipients have still not reregistered to continue receiving it. We have to ask this to comply with the imminent new data protection regulations. I know we shall lose many subscribers but I am hoping to retain a few more! I really do appreciate your continued interest. It will only take a couple of minutes and, as an extra inducement, we shall be holding a prize draw for all registrants on April 30th with a 128Gb iPad 9.7 as the prize. There will also be a monthly prize of a Contour Unimouse between January and March. Don’t worry if you have already resubscribed: you will still be in the draws!


WDM Newsletter – December 2018

December 22, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Management newsletter at 11:00 on 21/12/2017. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly.

SEASONS GREETINGS
Take time to appreciate your colleagues, friends & family

WDMheader2017-12As we complete two years of WDM newsletters (and 55 years in business), it is time to thank you once again for your continued support and wish you a fabulous Christmas and exciting New Year. The last quarter of 2017 has been our busiest ever, even with the inevitable December slowdown. Life is hectic on all fronts and it is gratifying to see how willingly organisations are investing in workplaces, despite the Brexit instability, resultant weakness of Sterling and general sense of uncertainty on so many fronts. Of course, whether business is easy or tough, looking after your talent continues to be the most important consideration and we are delighted to assist.

GET MOVING AT WORK
New article in FMUK

fmukThe New Year edition of FMUK magazine highlights ergonomics in both the workplace and the education sector in their ‘Get Moving at Work’ feature. This includes content about the importance of movement to avoid prolonged sitting (see my observations last month). Inevitably, Sit-Stand is part of this conversation so, to coincide with our new A4 advertisement artwork, we have created a new brochure that clearly states our position in the muddled world of sit-stand sound bites! You can download the pdf here.

THE YEAR AHEAD
New topics, new thinking, new processes

year_aheadIt is a truism that the workplace is changing faster than ever before. Our two most popular presentation topics in 2017 were about Millennials and Sit-Stand. The latter is really very old news to us, since we have been selling sit-stand desks for nearly twenty years. However, the confusion and misinformation continues. Worrying about Millennial management is soon to be replaced by Centennials issues. Centennial (Generation Z) employees now entering the workforce were toddlers when social media, iPhones and tablets first appeared. Like Millennials (and everyone else!), they are all individuals so there are no simple rules, but they introduce new opportunities to review our thinking and communications.
We are also racing into a world of machine learning, artificial intelligence, smart buildings and self-driving cars. These changing circumstances challenge the way we think and work and I shall be exploring these topics in the year ahead. We shall also be introducing an evolution of our brand to reflect our role in these transformations.

TIMELY REMINDERS
Price Changes & Resubscription

timelyAs you have probably seen elsewhere, manufacturers’ 2018 price lists are showing a significant uplift, with 5% rises commonplace. After years of small or zero increases, they can no longer absorb the currency issues and rising costs. If you have a project in planning, we probably already know about this and will do everything possible to soften the blow.
I’m also taking this opportunity to mention, just once more, that we shall be closing this database early in 2018. If you wish to continue to receive this monthly newsletter, you will need to resubscribe here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2017

December 15, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/12/2017. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS!

HeaderImage12-2017This edition commences our 9th year of monthly newsletters so it is time to send seasonal best wishes to all our readers and express our thanks for your continued support. It is a delight to have so many readers who have been with us for a long time and many more who are more recent subscribers. We know that hardly anybody reads every item of every issue and it is our intention that you should just pick out the items that interest you. We are extraordinarily grateful for the interaction and feedback we receive as well as any suggestions for topics or improvements in the future. If you have not yet resubscribed to join the new database, you can do so here.

G-HOLD TABLET GRIP

g-hold_gripAs you probably know, we have been concerned for some time about  pain and discomfort issues arising from smartphone and tablet use. I found G-Hold at ErgoExpo in Las Vegas in August but it is actually a British product! It provides a simple, highly effective way to hold any tablet comfortably with minimum effort. There is even a version for the Microsoft Surface Pro. You can find more information here. (Watch out for our great promotion in January!).

2018 PRICE RISES

prices_risingSince the Brexit referendum, the pound has crumbled against both the Euro and the Dollar. This and raw material price rises have impacted the manufacturing industry and we are seeing significant increases planned for 2018. After several years of 0 – 3% increases, a 5% rise appears to be about average for next year, with some products rising as much as 8%! If you have any projects or purchases planned in the next few months, please contact us before the year end so that we can log your interest and ring-fence your costs.

IIRSM APPROVED TRAINING

iirsmOur first IIRSM Approved Training Course in 2018 will be Do you want to be an assessor? at our own offices in Ferndown on Friday January 12th. This half day course addresses all the key questions for someone who is considering involvement in the DSE assessment field – or who has already done a couple of assessments and wants to learn more. The good news is that the course is completely free! The bad news is we only have a couple of places left so place allocation will be strictly first come, first served. To find out more, contact our Training Manager.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY

hopeforfoodlogoLike many companies, we make a donation each year instead of sending Christmas cards. We always focus on local charities to ensure that any contribution benefits our own Dorset community. This year, our mobile phone contract is being renewed in December so we are also contributing additional funds from the sale of mobiles that are being replaced. Our charity choice this year is Hope for Food, a Bournemouth charity run entirely by volunteers, who provide hot meals for the homeless and disadvantaged.


WDM Newsletter – November 2017

November 20, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Management newsletter at 11:00 on 16/11/2017. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly.

THE SIT LESS ISSUE
More confusion, not less, as time goes on

WDMheader2017-11Recently, I have been spending quite a lot of my time debunking myths and clarifying facts in the great debate about what we should do to reduce sedentary inactivity. Whether I am making presentations or writing articles, the first and obvious fact (to me, at least) is that ‘standing more’ is not the issue. Sitting less is what really matters and there are many ways to address this. Despite the fact that ‘the sitting disease’ has been in the news for about the last three years, the press coverage and social media noise have only served to confuse the topic rather than clarify it. And, frankly, the workplace furniture industry (in pursuit of sit-stand desk sales) has probably just made matters worse. Sit-stand desks may well be a valuable part of the equation but they are just one element and there are many more aspects to consider. We believe these are best addressed as part of an employer’s wellbeing programme rather than just as a furniture/facilities issue. To discuss this (or share more of my rants!), please contact me.

WORKPLACE WELLBEING MASTERCLASS
Supporting mental and physical health at work

wellbeing3Many of our clients focus on mental health as one element of their broader wellbeing agenda and we have been working on meaningful, valuable training to meet their needs. Our first Wellbeing in the Workplace Masterclass addresses the key issues in a lively, informative half-day session. It has been developed with our partner, The Colour Works, with whom we have been working for nearly twenty years. Using the Insights Discovery model, the course incorporates an innovative (and possibly unique) approach to the key issues, including the tools and motivation to trigger immediate action. If you would like to know more about how we can deliver this programme within your organisation, please contact me.

BLACK FRIDAY CLEARANCE
Genuinely unrepeatable chair offers

black_friday_saleAs a B2B (business-to-business) supplier, we have always regarded the big pre-Christmas sales extravaganza as a very long way from our normal business model and completely irrelevant to our large corporate clients. However, we have decided this year to experiment with a mass clearance of our demo chair stock at genuinely ridiculous (below cost) prices. We need the valuable space occupied by our mix of surplus samples and we are prepared to sell chairs at a loss to recover it! The stock list will not be of interest to corporate buyers but may well be just what you are looking for as a home purchase. Special prices will be available from 08:30 on 24.11.17 until 16:30 on 30.11.17. Most models are limited to one example so all sales will be subject to availability. Click here to see the list.

PLEASE RESUBSCRIBE
Third and final request!

resubscribe_3We are approaching 2 years of uninterrupted monthly newsletters so I am very keen to carry on! As I have mentioned previously, we are asking all recipients to resubscribe to ensure we comply with the new GDPR regulations in 2018. This is my third and final request for you to subscribe to our new database before we close the old one. To maintain uninterrupted delivery, if you have not already done so, please take a couple of minutes to register for the new database here. The reregistration submission will send you a confirmation email to complete the process. Please check your spam/junk directories if you do not receive it. Many thanks for your continued interest and support.


eBulletin – Osmond Ergonomics November 2017

November 10, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 08/11/2017. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

CREATING RESILIENCE

HeaderImage11-2017Mental health is a major issue for many of our clients and we have been exploring ways to deliver meaningful, valuable training to meet those needs. I am therefore very pleased to announce that our first Wellbeing in the Workplace Masterclass is now ready for delivery. It has been developed in collaboration with The Colour Works with whom we have been working internally for nearly twenty years. Using the Insights Discovery model, the half-day course incorporates an innovative approach to the key issues and supplies the tools and motivation to trigger immediate action. If you would like to know more about how we can deliver this programme within your organisation, please contact me.

ACCURATUS CURVE MINI KEYBOARD

accuratus_curveSince the withdrawal of the Microsoft Arc, we have been searching extensively for a quality wireless (R/F) mini keyboard. The choice of Bluetooth products continues to grow but there seems to be much less manufacturer commitment to the ‘dongle wireless’ format in a small footprint prodcut. The good news is that we have finally found a keyboard that we are very happy to promote. It uses scissor-action keys for excellent tactile feedback and scored very well in our WoW Factor review process. You can find it on our web site here.

LAST CHANCE TO RE-REGISTER

resubscribeWith this issue (No. 96), we have completed 8 years of uninterrupted monthly newsletters so I am very keen to carry on! As I have mentioned previously, we are asking all recipients to resubscribe to ensure we comply with the new GDPR regulations in 2018. This is my third and final request for you to subscribe to our new database before we close the old one. To maintain uninterrupted delivery, if you have not already done so, please take a couple of minutes to register for the new database here. The reregistration submission will send you a confirmation email to complete the process. Please check your spam/junk directories if you do not receive it. Many thanks for your continued interest and support.

A+A, DUSSELDORF

aplusaLooking back over this year, I have reported from ErgoExpo in Las Vegas, Preventica in Paris and the Furniture & Light Fair in Stockholm, as well as the Physio First and CIEHF conferences and Health & Wellbeing exhibition in the UK. Unfortunately, there is really nothing new to talk about from Dusseldorf! There may have been revolutionary new designs in protective footwear or reflective tabards but these were not areas of interest for me and the office ergonomics displays were uninspiring. Whilst there were several attractive stands and I had time to catch up with a few ‘ergo friends’, there was nothing new on the product front. I did, however, find a brilliant promotional gift for our 2018 events (more info soon)!

REGIONAL TRAINING

training_workshop_250pxWe are still formulating our programme which will now start in the New Year in order to allow enough time for advance advertising and promotion. The plan is to offer half day sessions accompanied by a product showcase at the same venue. The showcase will be available in the afternoon on the same day and will give visitors a hands-on opportunity with a wide variety of products. At the moment, London, Southampton and Bristol are the first definite locations. We are still waiting for further feedback before adding other venues. If you have not already expressed interest (this is not a commitment), please take a couple of minutes to do so here.


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