Sit-stand seminar at the University of Chester

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We’ve already held several events on subjects such as sit-stand working, staff enablement, reasonable adjustments and the use of defibrillators, in different parts of the country and each one has been very well attended and enthusiastically received.

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Our most recent seminar, on sit-stand working, was held last month at the University of Chester and was attended by more than 50 people from a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

As we reported a couple of months ago, the university is currently running a major study into the health benefits associated with sit-stand working in association with Virgin Media. We have supplied each of the 24 Sheffield call centre workers taking part in the year-long study with height adjustable Varidesks.

Professor John Buckley, who is leading the research team investigating the impact that a less sedentary working environment has on health, wellbeing and productivity, was one of our keynote speakers alongside our own chief ergonomist Katharine Metters. They respectively discussed the cardio-metabolic and musculoskeletal benefits of sit-stand working.

Our third speaker was Deborah Sheath from Virgin Media who explained more about the study they are undertaking with the university, the results of which they will use to inform future decisions about ways of working and the physical workplace environment across the whole company.

Andy Rigby, our North of England sales manager, said: “There’s no doubt at all that sit-stand working is the hot topic of the moment and the interest it generated was tremendous. As well as three top speakers, we also had several height adjustable workstations set up so that delegates could try switching between sitting and standing for themselves.”

“Feedback from the seminar has been excellent with several people telling us that it enthused them for the subject and got them thinking about how they could adopt sit-stand working in their own organisations.