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CMD Ltd Adds Reach Plus to its Reach Monitor Arm Portfolio

CMD Ltd has added to its range of industry leading Reach monitor arms with the launch of Reach Plus.

 

 

Available in single or dual screen options, the Reach Plus is suitable for a total combined screen weight of 6kg to 15kg and is perfect for the next generation of curved large screens. With a quick release VESA and top-fixing C clamp for ease and speed of installation, Reach Plus an ideal ergonomic workstation layout. It comes in a choice of silver, black and white.

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CMD Ltd’s Chip is Ideal for Adding Charging to the Workstation

Perfect for upgrading workstations with USB charging, the Chip unit from CMD Ltd provides rapid and convenient charging for devices, leaving sockets free for office equipment.

Available in black, grey or white, the Chip 4 Amp USB charger unit provides 2 Amp of dedicated charging per USB socket, enabling fast charging of two devices at the same time. The compact unit fits easily and securely to the desk with a C clamp fixing provided with the unit.

Independently tested to IEC 60950-1, the unit has thermal cut-out and short circuit protection to protect the user and contribute to electrical safety in the workplace or home office.

www.cmd-ltd.com

Century Office Appoint New Commercial Director

 

Century Office, a leading office furniture supplier in Essex and UK, has announced the appointment of Conor Bays as its new commercial director.

Based out of Century Office’s headquarters in Essex, Conor will be responsible for building partnerships with dealers across the UK and European markets, as well as leading sales and new business growth across multiple sectors.

Conor Bays comments, “Over the last 10 years Century has undergone a huge amount of change which has made the business and team much closer, stronger and adaptable.  I am excited to work with the team on taking Century onto the next chapter.”

 

www.century-office.co.uk 

Century Office’s New Sit/Stand Desk Will Rise to the Occasion

Century Office will soon be releasing their new Autonomy Pro Rise sit/stand desk. But this time, it’s different. This desk can be used for a multitude of purposes including a podium, a reception desk, and even a breakout or hot desk.

Autonomy Pro Rise is the newest addition to the Autonomy Pro family and uses the latest technology to adjust the height from 650mm to 1270mm. The desk can be specified in 3 different shapes and the static maximum load weight is 50kg, which is more than enough for all of your presentation or reception requirements.

Pre-order now. Stock available from July 2019.

www.century-office.co.uk

Century Office Launch New Non-Electric Sit/Stand Desk

Raiz It manual sit/stand desk is operated by a crank mechanism, meaning that it doesn’t require any electricity to change its position from seated height to standing height. This therefore makes it more convenient and eco-friendly to run.

If you’ve been searching for a sit/stand desk that will improve comfort and wellbeing, as well as being cost-effective, then Century Office’s new manual sit/stand desk, Raiz It, is the perfect solution.

Like the Liberty electric sit/stand range, Raiz It has two-part telescopic legs, and can also be specified in the same stylish finishes. The frame itself is available in white or silver. 

www.century-office.co.uk

80% of Office Workers Use Makeshift Solutions to Fight Aches and Pains at Their Desk

 

New research released today has revealed that 80% of UK office workers have spent money on their own makeshift solutions to make their workstations more comfortable, with one in five admitting spending over £75 on their own equipment.

UK office workers admitted they were using cushions to make their office chairs more comfortable, objects to help lift up their laptops to the right height and boxes or storage under desks to support their feet. Furthermore, 60% even admitted to buying ergonomic equipment themselves including back supports, wrist supports and laptop risers.

It’s no surprise that workers are investing their own money into solutions with nearly 75% of the 1000 UK office workers questioned by workspace solutions specialists Fellowes, suffering physical pain from their workspace set-up. The most common symptoms include:

  • Backache (32%)
  • Headache (23%)
  • Neck Pain (20%)
  • Eyesight Problems (18%)
  • Wrist Discomfort (17%)

And it’s not just the physical symptoms that are affecting employees, 74% of people are worried about the amount of time they are spending sitting at their desk for long periods, with 25% even saying it is a constant worry.

Although employees are concerned about the effects of the workplace on their health, half haven’t made a complaint to anyone about their uncomfortable office equipment. For those that have complained, 20% have spoken to their line manager, however, 18% just discussed problems with their colleagues. Perhaps most worryingly 67% of people think their employer doesn’t care about their long-term health and wellbeing in the office.

 

 

One solution for wellbeing in the workspace is for employers to implement a Display Screen Equipment assessment which can help workers combat discomfort in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and wrists as well as fatigue and eye strain. However, when asked over 50% of people said they have never had or couldn’t remember having a DSE assessment and over a third of office workers said they had never heard of the regulation even though it’s a legal requirement for employers to carry out.

Stephen Bowden, Ergonomic Expert from Morgan Maxwell said; “The findings are concerning and show a clear need for businesses to improve their policies to ensure employees are comfortable in the workplace. People are rightly concerned about the long-term health issues that can arise from sitting for long-periods and are clearly looking for help as they are willing to spend their own money on makeshift solutions. Employers should consider identifying the necessary ergonomic equipment such as back supports, wrist supports and monitor arms which are available for employees to prevent aches, pains and mental distress.”

Fellowes unique 4 Zone approach is the ideal guide for ensuring good posture when working at a desk. It breaks down the office workstation into different sections to help office workers and employers understand what can be done to prevent specific aches and pains – and work healthily.

To help with employees suffering in the workplace, Fellowes have put together top tips for Ergonomic solutions using its 4 Zone approach:

Backache – Sitting in a chair all day without the proper support can cause poor circulation and back discomfort. By investing in a back support, which is designed to help eliminate aches and improve back posture by ensuring the spine is correctly aligned when in a seated position you can minimise discomfort. Choose between different support types, attachments and materials depending on your working environment.

Headache/Eye Strain – When you’re using a computer for long periods you may be more likely to get headaches. Computer monitors can also put the eyes under stress and if incorrectly positioned can cause slouching which can produce tension and increase the risk of a headache. By using either a monitor arm, monitor supports or laptop supports to position your screen in-line with your eyes and at an arm’s length away, this can prevent the eyes having to strain and improves posture to prevent slouching and reduce the chances of getting a headache.

Neck Pain – Leaning forward and tilting your head up or down to view your screen can put strain on your neck and back. Similar to preventing headaches, making sure your screen is in line with your eyes is very important to preventing neck pain. Having the right monitor or laptop support is crucial to improve posture and preventing having to tilt your head.

Wrist Discomfort – Typing at a keyboard for hours at a time can cause pain and discomfort to your wrists. Investing in a wrist support helps to ensure your wrists stay in a neutral posture between typing and using a mouse, by resting the palm of your hand on them. Make sure to check the material type to avoid hard contact with the desk, and consider fabric for a softer rest.

As part of its campaign to get workers ready for a healthier workplace, Fellowes aims to help workers thrive thanks to over 100 years of experience helping businesses work better. Fellowes believes that adopting good posture, sitting comfortably and being active at work not only makes employees feel better, but it helps them work better and stay healthier for longer. As workspace wellbeing experts, Fellowes help workers to be healthy, active, productive – and the very best they can be.

Find out more at www.fellowes.com

Make Wellbeing and Ergonomics Your New Year’s Resolution

2019 has arrived and a new year means an excuse to make a change. It’s therefore the best time of the year to make the necessary adjustments that are needed to make your office work has efficiently as possible. However, in order to achieve this, you must always remember one important criterion: ergonomics.

 

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics relates to the study of working conditions and how they affect staff. Typically, this refers to equipment and furniture that can be utilised and/or adapted in order to increase levels of employee wellbeing and therefore productivity. This includes items such as chairs that support posture and sit/stand desks.

 

Why is Ergonomics so Important?

Steve Bays, Director at Century Office, comments: “In the UK today we have a very mixed group of employers. Some will buy any type of office chair, as long as it has “office chair” written in the description; some will buy cheap chairs and throw them away when broken; some see furniture as a non-profit making necessity; some recognise the benefits of good furniture over workers’ performance and staff retention.”

Many businesses in the UK have started to recognise the importance of ensuring their staff are comfortable, happy and healthy. Moreover, a 2018 study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) backs up the idea that companies that prioritise workplace wellbeing are more likely to report better employee morale and engagement, as well as a healthier culture and lower absence from sickness. However, the study also found that if an organisation was more “reactive” rather than “proactive” (they address the issue of wellbeing on an ad-hoc basis instead of having an implemented wellbeing strategy) then there was no progress realised from their wellbeing activity.

At Century Office wellbeing, health and ergonomics is the forefront of their office furniture designs. And they are starting this year by organising a Workplace Health & Wellness event, which is taking place on the 7th of February between 10:30am to 12pm at their offices in Colchester, Essex. This event is going to cover the latest wellbeing developments and successes and how to create workplaces that thrive.

 

How can Century Office help?

Century Office are advocates for office wellbeing and their range of furniture reflects this. The newest additions to their selection of ergonomic seating are the Influence and Grace mesh chairs. They both boast extraordinary comfort as well as ergonomic support and can be adjusted in a variety of ways to fit your work environment and your body posture. They are the perfect addition to any workspace as they come with height-adjustable lumbar support, with or without headrests, and seat-depth adjustment. Adjustable active tension control, lockable back positions, and 3D height-adjustable gel arms pads provide the user with the ultimate flexibility to change their chair to suit a wide range of office environments. Grace can additionally be specified with a cantilever frame instead of a task chair, depending on your needs.

Influence and Grace, as well as Century Office’s extensive collection of ergonomic office chairs, are perfectly suited to the sit/stand desks that they provide. Autonomy Pro and Liberty offer employees the chance to break up the sedentary day, thus helping to alleviate aches and pains. Each desk can also be specified to with different base colours, desktop colours and optional extras such as screens and can suit any budget.

Sit/stand desks don’t have to just be for personal workstations anymore either as the Autonomy Pro desk also comes as a meeting solution. A sit/stand table is the ideal solution for quick group meetings; you wouldn’t have to worry about squeaking chairs or everyone shifting in their seats (the amount of which will increase the longer the meeting goes on. Having the option to stand will also help staff or clients to work collaboratively in a more effective way. After all, if everyone is trying to look at the same thing at the same time, being able to stand over it instead of stretching or bending awkwardly will mean that every individual can do so in a more comfortable manner.

 

The Importance of C.A.P.S

However, making a workplace work for its staff isn’t as simple as just buying suitable desks and chairs. It is important that you know how to use the chairs and desks properly otherwise you won’t be reaping the full benefits. This is why Century Office regularly speaks about the importance of C.A.P.S (Circulation, Activity, Posture and Support). The C.A.P.S initiative includes showing staff the functions of their chairs and how to achieve the correct seating position and posture, thus maximising comfort and productivity throughout the working day.

Century Office are a leading UK office and contract furniture supplier, with over 40 years’ experience in the industry. They provide workplace solutions and offer a tailored approach for architects, interior designers & facility managers for small offices to large corporations as well as educational facilities.

Please visit the Century Office website at www.century-office.co.uk or telephone 08000 929301 for more information. Century Office offers a complete service from survey and design through to supply and installation.

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