At the request of several clients, we now offer ergonomic training courses by cam. Your colleagues can also benefit from personal coaching sessions to improve their workplace at home.
Many of your are currently working from home, and many of your start having back and neck pain. To help you dealing with this new reality, we have updated our advice on office ergonomics, and added fresh content regarding ergonomics and posture at home.
On Feb. 17th, Forbes published a listing of 6 companies that offer outstanding services in Switzerland. We are proud to be among them, thanks to our expertise in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
Logitech and Olivier Girard join their expertise to talk about the stakes and opportunities of screen work fatigue. A webinar also published on the ErgoExpo website.
Logitech and Erg'OH Conseil join their expertises to talk about fatigue for computer users. To register for free, please click here.
At the 50th Congress of the Nordic Ergonomic Society (25-28 August 2019), we will have the pleasure of presenting the OH'Seed approach, which makes it possible to better integrate occupational health into corporate strategy. The approach is detailed in the article and presentation below, also published in the conference proceedings.
A recent meta-study by the London School of Economics and Political Science provides economic data that is often missing for actors on the field. By measuring the correlation between workplace well-being, staff turnover, profitability, employee productivity and consumer loyalty, the authors observe:
It can be hypothesized that in professions that are often paced by machines, where lean management and six sigma have largely eliminated the sources of human variability in the productivity, the drop in performance is due more to quality defects and unplanned machine downtime: when at work, employees work at an imposed level of productivity. On the other hand, they are more often absent because work is difficult: the impact of his well-being is therefore visible on profitability, provided that HR costs are allocated at the level of each unit.
This last point shows us that productivity is not necessarily the most appropriate indicator to assess the return on investment of occupational health programs, even if it is obviously the easiest to document. Profitability, a broader concept that takes into account the impact on absenteeism and turnover, is also of greater interest to managers.
On 26.08.2019, Olivier Girard will speak at the 50th Conference of the Nordic Ergonomic Society. He will discuss the most macro level of our activities: how to realign occupational health and business strategies.
The presentation will cover the two main aspects of the OH'Seed approach:
After the conference, an article on these topics will be published by the organizers, to be downloaded from this website. Until then, you may wish to download the program of the conference.
Our method is distinctly global: we teach how to preserve and health our body by improving our posture and ergonomics at work as well as at home. Hence, both employers and employees are rewarded.
To share with you the advice underlying his success, Olivier Girard has written a posture manual for everybody and every day. Very illustrated and didactic, it describes a posture training road-map over 3 months. Each week, a daily goal and an exercise are suggested so that all themes of our daily life are discussed: how to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, relax, sleep, breathe, choose ergonomic furniture, etc.
Working from home is now common, in Switzerland as well as abroad. Many companies encourage their employees to stay at home, whilst more and more solopreneurs start their own business. What are the ergonomic recommendations for preserving your health when working from home?
Your body is the same in every context: the advice that we provide on our DSE training (Display Screen Equipment) is valid under every circumstance. Furthermore, you should beware three hazards specifically related to working from home or a remote location:
The ergonomic risks related to the seat are illustrated below: an ergonomic office chair with a good lumbar support, a kitchen chair with just a high backrest, and a couch. To work in good conditions, you need to invest in a good office chair, which you can purchase from approx. CHF 450 ($450). Make sure that you read this article before buying.
Regarding your neck, now: the lower and the more horizontal the screen (e.g., a tablet lying flat on the table), the more you flex the neck. When you work on a laptop from a fixed location (e.g., from home), you can choose between two ergonomic solutions:
The pictures below show how you can create an ergonomic workstation in an Ikea closet. If you do not have a proper office chair, use a lumbar cushion on your kitchen chair.
If you use two systems (e.g., a desktop PC and a laptop), you can consider a connector to share a keyboard, a mouse and a screen which allows you to flip from one system to the other with a mere switch.
Regarding the breaks: to protect your lumbar discs, you should stand at least every 30 min, be it for 2-3 minutes only (coffee break, bathroom, phone, chat). Your neck and eyes need to relax even more frequently, but for a shorter duration. These breaks seem frequent; however, bear in mind that they are simply biomechanical breaks. They do not force you to take an intellectual (or psychological) break, which would suppose that you take time to re-focus on your task. With a biomechanical break, you don't waste any time...
If you can install it, I recommend the Workrave (Windows) or Time Out (iOS / Mac) freewares, which will prompt you to take breaks if you don't take them naturally.
If you want to receive personal advice on your workplace ergonomics, please choose between the two modalities below.
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