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Thank you so much to Peter Crush for including me in his comprehensive article on Stress relief for the new homeworkers.
He discusses how the ongoing situation means many people are working from home for the first time, with all the challenges that brings. He Looks at how small business owners can go about protecting the mental wellbeing of themselves and their staff
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Stress Relief. Article in FSB Magazine, The Voice

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Thank you so much to HR Director Magazine for including my article on Transitioning back into the Workplace

In this article are top tips for health and wellbeing, particularly back health, as people return to work. However, with some sort of blended working (homeworking and office working combined) continuing for the foreseeable future, do ensure that homeworkers are looked after.

If you need assistance with this, we offer online Ergonomic workshops and expert one to one assessments. For more information, just contact us at info@inspiredergonomics.com.

To read the full article see:
https://www.thehrdirector.com/business-news/covid19/experts-10-tips-for-businesses-workers-to-transition-out-of-lockdown-as-some-offices-reopen/
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10 Tips For Businesses Transitioning Employees Back Into Work

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A BIG thank you to Barbara for including the below article on her back pain blog. To see the full article see the following link

https://backpainbloguk.com/2020/06/24/experts-10-tips-for-businesses-workers-to-transition-out-of-lockdown-as-some-offices-reopen/

10 TIIPS FOR BUSINESSES & WORKERS TO TRANSITION OUT OF LOCKDOWN AS SOME OFFICES REOPEN

Employers: Consider ditching 'hot-desking' trend as Coronavirus deep-cleaning priorities kick in

Employees: Get ready for 'the new normal' - desk-working back-to-back (not face-to-face)

Home workers: Avoid awkward makeshift workstations like ironing boards, top back expert warns

All workers: Become accustomed to 'blended working', part-time office, part-time at home

Homeworkers are risking back pain, migraines, sciatica and RSI by creating makeshift workstations from domestic appliances like ironing boards, sofa armrests and rickety garden furniture

That's the finding of one of the country's leading health ergonomists and back-injury-prevention experts, who has conducted hundreds of home workstation assessments since lockdown began on March 23.

Nichola Adams normally tours top British companies' offices around the country advising them on how they can minimise the risk of back injury in the workforce. Her top ten tips are -

FOR EMPLOYERS

  1. CONSIDER DITCHING 'HOT-DESKING' It's going to be essential when we return to the office to implement a new 'single-desk-per-day' regime, and to clean work surfaces, like desks, chairs, monitors, keyboards and mice, at the end of every individual worker's shift. So, this does sound a death knell for the widespread cost-saving practice of 'hot-desking'. If workers are nervous about continuing to hot-desk, you'll need to respect their concerns.
  2. DOWNSIZE TO LOWER CAPACITY Because of the continuing rules on social distancing, companies with, say, 100 staff, will now only have capacity for 20-40 employees in the office at any one time. Businesses should plan ahead for this lower capacity. The need to radically reduce the amount of people in the office has already prompted many companies to rotate staff by day or by the week, to widen the spread between teams. A mix of homeworking and office shifts looks likely for the foreseeable future.
  3. GET BUSY SCREENING & CLEANING Screens or barriers may be needed around desks. Pods or self-contained units for workers will have partitions on all sides of the desk to stop the virus spreading when we cough and breathe. Covid-19 lingers longest on plastic, so the more porous your partition fabric, the more the virus is absorbed, meaning there's less likelihood of transference. Workstations should be cleansed after every shift, also chairs, tables, monitors and office break-out furniture as the virus lands on many surfaces. If used, reception sofas should be cleaned after each arriving guest.
  4. INCREASE SUPPORT FOR YOUR WORKFORCE A new Institute for Employment Studies (IES) survey of 500 homeworkers, found 75% said their employer had not carried out a health and safety risk assessment of their homeworking arrangements in lockdown. People are confused, need help, guidance and want to feel safe. Good advice is scarce. I recommend employers host health and wellbeing workshops, support employees' mental health, and conduct fresh office ergonomic workstation assessments, which they're legally obliged to if workstations move. Some staff may feel keen to return to the office, others nervous. Talk to individuals about their concerns.
  5. EMPLOYEE ALLOWANCES Musculoskeletal issues like back pain and injuries, and neck and upper-limb problems, cost UK plc nearly 7 million working days a year. Part of the problem of homeworking is few people have the right equipment to work comfortably in the long term. In lockdown, many companies are offering homeworkers an allowance . It is important to get professional advice on what equipment to buy, or consider sending their office equipment home.


For advise for your own homeworkers, please contact Inspired Ergonomics for details on one to one remote assessments and online workshops at info@inspiredergonomics.com

10 Tips For Businesses & Workers to Transition Out Of Lockdown As Some Offices Reopen

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Homeworking seems as though it will be here to stay, at least in some sort of blended form, for the foreseeable future.

I have been conducting many homeworker assessments (via zoom) over the last few weeks, as well on line workshops, and the consensus seems to be a September return to the office, at the earliest. There is a very real concern of the safety of offices at the moment, although some are desperate to leave their homes and get back to a semblance of normality. This is especially true where employees have limited space or lack of privacy.

The IES survey conducted research in to how homeworking was impacting employees and found that, on average, 50% reported an increase in aches and pains. This has been clearly reflected in my assessments.

I have been seeing a lot of shoulder, neck, lower back issues, as well as migraines. This is due to many unsuitable set ups and sometimes very innovative styles of workstations. Yet this are seldom reported to the employer, it is only discovered on my call. I have seen ironing board and garden chairs being used, coffee tables and bar stools, to name but a few. The image used here actually reflects this point as this set up is less than ideal!

The good news is, however, that our bodies are very bioplastic and there are often some very simple but highly effective solutions that can make a huge difference to people's comfort levels, often without the need for any expensive extra equipment. I am delighted to report that my suggested changes often provide an instant relief from tension.

Where the issue is highly complex, I also help to identify where further signposting on is required.

If you would like to find out more about our consultancy services, please do contact me at info@inspiredergonomics.com or check our website www.inspiredergonomics.com

Looking after your homeworkers

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Angela Steel, Founder of Super Wellness and Nichola Adams discuss tips to staying healthy after lockdown

Angela and I have teamed together to provide essential steps to staying healthy, both in terms of back health and general health and wellbeing. We talk about how to boost your immune system as a defence against covid 19 as well as how to boost to back health (and prevent pain and tension build up when working from home).
For more information, contact us at info@inspiredergonomics.com. We are providing in workshops that go into each element in more depth, to provide a highly effective wellbeing intervention for your employees.

To view the video, click here:
https://youtu.be/tHgb0uOND0I

5 Steps to Stay Healthy After Lockdown

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Interview with Angela Steel, Founder of Award Winning Nutrition Business, Super Wellness.

Angela and I go in depth into how Ergonomics can help prevent and reduce back pain and why it is so important to take an individual approach. Included are some top tips on how to work from home comfortably and effectively and why nutrition, exercise and reducing stress are also important.

In Depth Interview with Nichola Adams and Angela Steel

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Barbara McLullich, multi-award-winning UK back-pain blogger

I had the pleasure of meeting (remotely) and chatting with Barbara McLullich recently. She is inspirational and she kindly agreed to share her back pain story with me, and how she came to set up her award winning blog, all about back pain. So I have pleasure in including her story below:


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Award Winning Back Pain Blogger

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As Coronavirus Changes the Way We Work, Tips and Advice On How To Set Up Your 'Home Office'

I was delighted that the Flowbird, and expert Sales, CRM and Marketing company, have included my article on their newsletter today, to help their clients stay back healthy when working from home

For more information see
https://flowbird.co.uk/as-coronavirus-changes-the-way-we-work-tips-advice-on-how-to-set-up-your-home-office/

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Flowbird

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Thrilled to be in Health Triangle magazine this month with my 2 articles on 'How To Set Up Your home Office' and '4 Back Stretches For Home Workers'. The magazine is part of UK Health Radio, which provides expert health and wellness information on demand.
To view their wonderful magazine, see

For more information see
https://www.ukhealthradio.com/magazine/

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Health Triangle Magazine

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