We ran our fifth Agile Working Event at London's impressive Law Society venue on Thursday 25 April, and the feedback has been so good that we thought we'd share it with you.
For the last few decades we've worked hard to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients' employees through a range of products and services. Now, with the rise of portable technology and flexible working, our focus is expanding from typical stationary DSE situations to encompass a much broader range of environments.
Organisations are becoming increasingly agile, with many employees working remotely in a variety of locations - whether at hot desks, at home, or on the go. Agile working presents a new set of challenges for health and safety staff. At Posturite we feel that more guidance is needed to keep agile workers safe in a range of different environments. Over the past few years we've been developing tools and resources to help our clients do just that. We host our Agile Events to not only demonstrate these tools, but to share the latest knowledge and research findings from experts both within Posturite and from our network of contacts in science, healthcare, law, ergonomics and other relevant industries.
It's all about inspiring people to make healthy changes at work.
We were joined at our latest event in London by Professor Vincent Walsh, who talked about the benefits of sit-stand working, explaining findings from his University College London trial using the Opløft Sit-Stand Platform.
While previous studies have highlighted the physical health benefits of increased activity - such as reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders, obesity and cardiovascular diseases - this is the first study of its kind to look at how productivity and emotional wellbeing may be enhanced with access to sit-stand desks at work.
After a week of the trial participants using the sit-stand platforms, Professor Walsh found a marked increase in performance over the following areas:
- Decision-making skills
- Concentration and vigilance
- Verbal fluency
Event attendee Joe Fullbook, from Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: "I found all of the presentations very interesting, especially the presentation on the benefits of sit-stand working."
Fellow attendee Keisha Brown of Herbert Smith Freehills said: "I really enjoyed the session by Vincent Walsh. Being a professor I assumed that he would talk in 'science' language! He was able to explain things in the most enjoyable way. I would definitely attend a session run by him again."
The practicalities of agile working
Agile working looks great in theory, but how does it actually work in practice? This is the topic Head Consultant Katharine Metters and Seating Specialist David Kirtley set out to address in their presentation 'A Day in the Life of an Agile Worker'.
What do we need to thrive at work? How do we make sure employees get what they need in a range of agile working environments? Katharine and David walked the audience through a range of typical working environments, from hot-desking to home working, discussing risks and recommending solutions.
Attendee Keisha said: "Agile working is becoming increasingly popular within our business, so I attended this event to see if there is anything more that we can or should be doing for our employees.
"My number one speaker is Katherine Metters! I could literally listen to her all day. She has a plethora of knowledge and experience that so many of us in the world of health and safety can relate to or even learn something. Amazing!"
Another attendee, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "All the talks were interesting and I took away a lot of points to discuss with my team. I enjoyed it all, but I especially like the fact that I can now talk about 'agile workers' instead of 'hot-deskers', 'homeworkers', etc.. This was an amazing discovery! The minute we mention hot-desking we get resistance, but when you talk about agile workers and give the definition, it gets much more of a warm welcome! Thank you!"
Training agile workers doesn't have to be complicated
We've remastered content from our flagship AssessRite DSE course along with new material and extra content from our other key courses (manual handling, slips, trips and falls, office health and safety, working from heights, stress awareness), and built it into a brand new e-learning experience that takes users on a personalised journey through a range of agile working environments.
Bright illustrations, memorable characters, animations and interactive elements make learning about health, safety and wellbeing engaging, fun and genuinely useful.
We can easily roll this out to all of your employees. They choose the environments they're most likely to work in so none of the training is irrelevant. To find out more, head over to our WorkRite Agile page.