On Thursday 31 May, we opened the doors to our first free agile working event at the extraordinary Dynamic Earth venue in Edinburgh. More than 70 of you came to watch our expert speakers discuss how to keep agile workers safe, healthy and productive. The morning kicked off with a presentation from our Head Consultant Katharine Metters alongside Scott Bottomer, our Key Account Manager for Scotland. Their presentation, Agile Working: A Day in the Life, explored the different environments agile workers typically encounter, and the main ergonomic, health and safety risks they might face in these environments.
"Agile working provides opportunities to manage work and life better but it can also create issues. The key is choose the right tool or workstation for the task at hand." -- Agile Working: A Day in the Life
Typical DSE configurations were set up at the front of the room to represent:
- hot desking
- home working
- remote working (coffee shop style)
The set-ups offered possible solutions to the risks, such as laptop stands and tablet holders among other accessories. Download Katharine and Scott's presentation > Next up we invited experts to discuss the challenges of training workers on the move. How do we protect staff from DSE risks and other health issues when they're often out of sight? How do we effectively manage and track the health and safety of people who are spread around the country - or even the world? Ryan Church from our e-learning and software division WorkRite gave attendees a first look at our upcoming agile working e-learning course, which aims to give agile staff the tools to protect themselves in a variety of working environments. Agile Working e-learning course coming soon. Ed Butler of dorsaVi discussed the use of wearable technology for agile workers to encourage healthier postures and habits. Download Ed's presentation > After lunch employment law specialist Amanda Deeley spoke about the legal considerations around agile working, including:
- obtaining employee agreement
- imposing change
- termination and re-engagement
- risks of claims
- professional advice in advance.
Download Amanda's presentation > Feedback from attendees has been excellent. Angharad Zara Hobson from accountancy firm Mazars said: "Great to attend the Agile Working event at Dynamic Earth today, hosted by our brilliant suppliers Posturite Ltd. Looking forward to using the inspiration from this to work towards making agile working a part of the Mazars culture." Another attendee, employee wellbeing expert Justin Eade of Glimpse Interactive, said:
"It was a great gathering of people interested in the rapidly developing agile working and active workplace opportunities, which is becoming the modern way for many successful businesses.
"I think it's excellent that Posturite is bringing light to this area, a vital aspect of employee health, wellbeing and productivity. It really illustrated the need for consistent support for employees - in all their working environments. Not only is it about getting the ergonomics right, but also discovering more about how and why a holistic approach benefits everyone.
"There is so much to learn and I believe the UK workforce stands at an exciting threshold where active and agile working bring greater harmony and healthier, happier lives. That can only be a good thing for business."
If you were too far away to attend our Edinburgh event then there's still time to sign up for our other events in London and Manchester. Sign up to our emails to be the first to know about the next batch of agile working events coming later this year.