As the return to offices gathers momentum, employers are looking towards creating healthier environments for their staff. That includes being active when working at a desk – whether it’s in the office or at home. Sit-stand solutions (such as height-adjustable desks and desk converters) offer 4 key benefits:
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The Fellowes Professional Series™ Dual Monitor Arm is the ideal ergonomic office solution to elevate LCD monitors from 89mm x 419mm above the desk, with a minimum reach of 63mm to a maximum reach of 686mm, with each arm holding a monitor of up to 10kg. These monitor arms are fully adjustable for optimum viewing control. Their innovative functionality allows the desk arms to tilt up or down +/- 37 degrees and freely swing left or right; with 360° rotation capability, helping to relieve neck and back strain. The monitor arms are convenient, easy to mount and come complete with clamps to attach to either the desktop work surface or through grommet holes, fully meeting VESA mounting standards.
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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.
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Two thirds of UK workers irritated by co-worker’s messy desks, despite less than half tidying their own workstations daily.
As ‘Tidying Up’ star Marie Kondo’s decluttering crusade on Netflix continues to inspire the nation at home, when it comes to organisation at work, it seems the UK isn’t quite as organised, according to research released today.
The study, which looked into organisational habits at work, found that almost two thirds (59%) of those surveyed said they regularly procrastinate over organisational tasks, with less than half of UK office workers (45%) tidying their desk daily. Ironically, 63% admitted they get annoyed when nearby colleagues’ desks are messy.
Despite these recent revelations, nearly all (94%) respondents said that being more organised in the office makes them more productive, with 61% who claimed it also makes them a better worker.
The study of 1,250 office workers, conducted by Bankers Box by Fellowes, also revealed that one in ten people admitted to keeping documents for up to two years on their desks.
Fellowes UK & Ireland Sales and Marketing Director, Darryl Brunt, comments:
“Our study shows how offices across the country are crying out for better organisation, as years of paperwork and records pile up, making it difficult to focus and find important information.”
“What’s worrying is that although people are aware their productivity is being affected, many office workers still aren’t regularly organising their workspace, which our research shows is to the detriment of productivity and success.”
Following the study, Bankers Box by Fellowes took a leaf from Marie Kondo’s book and developed a five-step guide to decluttering and organising things at work.
Here are five ways to do a Marie Kondo job on your office.
- Sort through your papers: Put all the loose papers you have together on your desk, then take just fifteen minutes to sort through each one, deciding if it’s active, semi-active, archivable or disposable. Everything semi-active or not needed to hand can be archived and should be stored in your storage system. Anything you don’t need should be disposed of correctly, making sure to shred anything confidential.
- Find storage that works: Start organising your workspace by investing in a good storage system. As you clear your desk, knowing where your documents are will help you save time searching for them in the future and boost your productivity. Bankers Box by Fellowes keeps documents organised and secure without taking up too much space.
- Create a Records Management System: This can be used for any files you have on your desk that you use on a more regular basis. By sorting into a clear system, papers can be located easily, and you can free up desk space (and feel better for it!). Decide between storage units, transfer files and storage boxes, depending on how much space you have and how often you need access.
Organise office objects: After your paper documents are sorted, move on to miscellaneous and sentimental items. Firstly, any office equipment you use daily should be kept somewhere the whole office has easy access to. Other office equipment can be stored elsewhere to free up desk space and allow more space for any sentimental items like photos you want to keep, without feeling too cluttered.
- Stick to your new rules: Once you’ve put all this time into organising your desk, make sure you don’t return to old habits. By dedicating just five minutes at the end of your day, you can keep your systems working and keep your documents in order. It’s also worth planning when the next tidy session should be, to ensure you stay on top of all documents and everything is stored correctly.
- A good filing and storage system enables you to be more productive and organised– whatever kind of business you work for. Not only will it help you keep your desk clear and tidy, but you’ll also find it much easier to locate important information quickly.
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