Getting You Working Well For Life

People are your priority. You need them to be talented, healthy, productive and loyal. Organisations that focus on health and wellbeing are attracting the best employees – and retaining them.

Adopting good posture, sitting comfortably and being active at work not only makes everyone feel better, it also helps them to work better and stay healthier for longer. By turning everyone’s workspace into a healthy zone, you’ll all work to your full potential and enjoy your lives outside of it.

As workspace wellbeing experts, we understand that bad working habits when using devices are a major cause of discomfort, poor performance and absenteeism in the workplace. That’s why we’ve designed a host of intuitive products and solutions to make sure you’re active, productive and making the most of your day.

From FIRA accredited monitor and laptop supports, back supports, foot supports and wrist supports with Microban® antibacterial protection – to a new range of Sit-Stand solutions and monitor arms, we’re actively helping more people to be working well.

Get Ready for a healthier workspace with Fellowes 4 Zone Approach®

As the healthy workspace experts, we’ve developed the unique 4 Zone Approach® to healthier working for desk-based workers. It’s the ideal guide for ensuring good posture when working at a desk – and the perfect introduction to the benefits of Fellowes ‘head-to-toe’ solutions.

The workstation layout should fit around the user rather than the user trying to fit around the workstation. By introducing Fellowes ergonomic solutions, you’ll be proactively reducing the risk of workstation-related pain or injuries, and helping everyone work so much better.

Why Purify Your Indoor Air?

The air inside your home or office can contain up to 5 times more air pollution than the outdoors. Studies show that indoor air pollutants are responsible for half of all illnesses. Cleaning the air in your home and office can provide the solution to these invisible problems!

Air Purification is made easy with a Fellowes® Air Purifiers that can safely remove 99.97% of airborne pollutants, as small as 0.3 microns using a 4 stage Purification System. As well as this there are many other ways in which you can help to reduce the amount of air pollutants in your home and Office.

Common Pollutants In The Air:

Viruses

A cubic metre of air may contain 15,000 flu viruses.† Research from Fellowes shows that more than one-third of Europeans reported that they felt they should go to work even when sick.* Thus polluting the clean air around the office with their germs and viruses.

Floating Dust

Just 437 grains of dust contain nearly 42,000 living dust mites. Each mite is expelling 20 fecal pellets every day into the air you breathe.

Allergens

Almost anything can be an allergen for someone. The most common allergens are pollen, house dust mites and moulds* An allergy to these substances can cause anything from a runny nose, itchy eyes and palate to skin rash. It aggravates the sense of smell, sight, taste and touch causing irritation.

Office Chemicals (toner, inks, etc)

Odours from felt markers, inks, glues, correction fluid, toner from printers and other office chemicals can emit vapours at room temperature that over time, can cause symptoms similar to inhaling formaldehyde.

Pet Dander

An estimated 10% to 15% of the population may be allergic to animals. Short-haired or hairless animals contribute dander and allergens to indoor air pollution just as effectively as longhaired animals do. There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog or cat.

Where These Airborne Pollutants Can Be Found in your Home and/or Office:

Air Vents

Central air conditioning systems can become breeding grounds for mould, mildew and other sources of germs such as viruses and bacteria, which can then distribute these contaminants throughout a home office or any office.

Furniture

Formaldehyde is found in office furniture, particleboard, plywood, and many other products. As it deteriorates, formaldehyde gives off vapours that can cause sensitisation and irritation of the eyes and respiratory system, even at low levels.

Upholstery

Upholstered chairs contain dust mites which worsen asthma symptoms or allergies. These dust particles are released into the air anytime someone sits down.

Carpet

Carpet can hold 8 times its weight in dirt, pesticides and other toxins (such as automotive fluids from car parks and lawn pesticides) brought in on shoes and even bare feet. When dry, these toxins become undetectable airborne particles.

Wood Floors

Engineered wood flooring often uses adhesives containing formaldehyde which eventually becomes airborne chemical vapours.

Desk Bacteria

The average desk has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen. Eating at your desk whether it be a snack, lunchtime meal or simply a cup of coffee, increases the bacteria levels at your desk. You can also keep your workspace.

Why Use a Monitor Arm?

Fellowes Monitor Arms offer flexible and comfortable placement of your monitor to make your work more productive. customise multi-display arrangements, easily share your screen for collaboration, and adjust your monitor effortlessly for all your viewing needs.

The business and health benefits of a standing desk

The link between employee wellbeing and productivity has long been known. In fact, a whopping 71% of office workers believe their employers should do more to proactively prevent health issues in the workplace.

One simple, practical measure you can take to promote employee wellbeing, and with it productivity, is to introduce standing desks.

Research has shown that using a standing desk can increase workplace productivity by a staggering 46%.

How do standing desks improve health?

To begin with, standing desks improve posture, dramatically reduce back problems and other health issues. In turn, they cut down on sick days. Additionally, workers using standing desks stay more alert and focused every day, allowing them to be more productive during their working day.

The benefits of sit-stand desks

A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind and vice versa. The benefits of each are no longer seen in isolation. Using standing desks has been shown to significantly lift the mood, with workers reporting lower stress levels and higher energy levels. A happy workforce is a productive workforce.

A standing desk can also help shrink waistlines. Simply by standing up to complete an afternoon’s work, an individual can burn around 170 more calories than if they were sitting. During a working week, that adds up to 850 calories, which ultimately is good news for anyone with one eye on the bathroom scales.

It’s long been known that standing is good for office workers’ tickers. Standing lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease, by drastically cutting the amount of time spent in the sedentary sitting position.

Back pain can be debilitating and depressing. It can also lead to absenteeism and compromised productivity across your team. Studies have shown that using a standing desk can have extremely positive effects on both upper and lower back pain.

• 71% of UK workers say that the longer they sit at their desks the harder they find it to stay alert.

• A third of workers have suffered from work-related back and/or neck problems.

Remote Work is quickly becoming the new norm. That means your home office needs to be just as productive as the corporate office. With the right tools, you can create a comfortable, healthy and productive workspace… with a shorter commute.

The Connection Between Well-Being and Work Performance

A well-being program incorporating ergonomic best practices in any work environment helps improve employee morale and productivity. When employees who are less fatigued and are able to work without discomfort they are more productive, more alert and happier overall.

Fact: Happy employees tend to be more loyal to their companies. A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12 percent spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10 percent less productive.*

The Downside of Poor Workplace Well-Being

Looking Out For Well-Being Red Flags

Do a walk through the office and keep your eyes open for clear signs of fatigue, strain and discomfort among staff, then suggest these accessories and techniques commonly provided by professional ergonomists.

Well-Being Red Flag: Lower Back Strain

Solution:
  1. Suggest chair adjustments so employee’s thighs are parallel to the floor
  2. Feet should be flat on the floor or on a foot rest
  3. Knees should not touch the seat pan
  4. Fit the employee’s chair with a back rest that provides lumbar support
  5. Provide employee with a foot rest to relieve “pull” on the lower back

Well-Being Red Flag: Wrist Pain

Solution:
  1. Keep mouse as close to keyboard as possible to prevent over-reach and wrist strain
  2. Use a palm support to help eliminate risk factors contact stress and wrist extension
  3. Keep hand, wrist, and forearm straight
  4. Keep hand position level with or below elbow position

Well-Being Red Flag: Eye Strain

Solution:
  1. Suggest employee sit approximately 20″ to 35″ from the monitor.
  2. Position the top of the monitor screen at, or slightly below eye level using a monitor stand.
  3. Use a glare filter to reduce glare, brightness and reflection

Well-Being Red Flag: Neck and Shoulder Strain

Solution:
  1. Employee should have neck and shoulders in a relaxed position and elbows close to the body
  2. Position keyboard and mouse closer and lower to their body
  3. The keyboard should be flat or tilted away from the body at a negative slope
  4. Keep forearms approximately parallel to the floor with elbows at a 90-110 degree angle

How To Oil Your Shredder

How To Oil Your Paper Shredder For Consistent Performance

Like your car, your shredder needs to be oiled regularly to maintain optimal performance. To oil your shredder, simply hold down the reverse button. Squeeze oil across the entire paper entry while holding down the button. Hold down the reverse button for another 10 seconds to ensure the lubrication has spread through the cutters. It only takes seconds to keep your shredder running well, as regular oiling prevents cutters from locking up over time.

What Oil Should You Use For Your Shredder?

Do not use aerosol oils to lubricate your shredder. Such lubricants are petroleum-based and can be a serious fire hazard. Use only vegetable-based oils like Fellowes Shredder Oil for all cross-cut paper shredders. Also use High Security Shredder Oil for large capacity paper shredders and Fellowes commercial shredders with the Auto-Oil feature.

How Often Should You Oil Your Shredder?

When you notice the shredder is experiencing difficulty shredding, or gets jammed easily, then it’s probably time to oil. If you use your shredder occasionally, then oiling your shredder may only be necessary every two months to maintain good performance. If you use your shredder a lot, however, then your best practices are to oil your cross cut shredder every time you empty the waste bin.

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