Poor posture when using computers, laptops and tablets is one of the biggest causes of neck and back pain, and it’s having a serious affect on productivity at work and on personal life in general.
People who experience pain or discomfort are unlikely to perform to their full potential, and this often leads to sickness absence – and, in some cases, long-term injuries and disabilities.
Research undertaken by ergonomic workstation specialists Fellowes reveals that 79% of us admit to slouching at a desk1. Add to the fact that most people spend over 7 hours a day sat at a desk2 and you begin to realise the full extent of the problem.
At Viking Direct, Fellowes offers a comprehensive range of head to toe ergonomic solutions - from FIRA accredited monitor and laptop risers, back supports and foot supports, to wrist supports with Microban® antibacterial protection. NEW for 2017, Fellowes introduces movement to your working day with a new range of Sit-Stand Workstation solutions, helping you to be active, focused and energised.
FIRA International is an Independent Ergonomic Consultancy. Products with this logo are accredited to EU Health and Safety Legislation: BS EN ISO9241/1995/Part 5; EC Directive 90/270 EEC and amends 2002.
Look for the Microban® logo for products which contain Microban® antimicrobial technology for powerful, continuous product protection against bacteria.
Take the Fellowes 4 Zone Approach® to healthier working
To make it easier for you to choose the right ergonomic solutions for you and the way you work, Fellowes has developed the 4 Zone Approach® to healthier working.
In four simple stages you can identify the most common bad habits, the potential risks and the most effective solutions for workstation-related pain and injuries – wherever working is taking place.
By adopting good posture and ensuring your eyes, neck, back and legs are positioned correctly, you will discover a world of difference to the way you feel, both physically and mentally. This in turn ensures that you are much more engaged, motivated and productive.
Fellowes and Viking Direct have joined forces to offer free Working Well Days to help businesses look after the health and wellbeing of their staff - and to reduce sickness days. If you’re interested in this free service, please click here to request further details.
of employees believe workplace health and wellbeing should be more of a priority in their company1
It’s a legal requirement for all businesses to undertake regular workstation risk assessments to ensure its employees are working in safety and comfort. You can find out how well you are working right now by taking a Fellowes Working Well Assessment right here
Ergonomics is good for personal life, helping you to:
Keep fit for sports and hobbies
Stay healthy for family activities
Feeling great in everything you do
of us agree that being comfortable when working improves our quality of life1
86% of people admit to being creatures of habit1
Don’t let bad working habits ruin your life. Find out how well you are working right now by taking a Fellowes Working Well Assessment right here.
1. Loudhouse Research commissioned by Fellowes, 2016, 2. Arkenford Research commissioned by Fellowes, 2014
How To Get Working Well For Life In One Day
Bad working habits are bad for business. And as 90% of all company costs are people costs, it’s essential you look after your greatest asset - your employees.
Ensure your employees are working well for life by arranging a Working Well Day with Viking Direct and Fellowes – the ergonomic specialists.
The event will be run by a DSE trained assessor who will be available to undertake FREE and qualified Workstation Risk Assessments for you and your staff – in accordance with the legal requirement outlined in the EC Directive 90/270/EEC.
As the day will be professionally organised by us, all you’ll need to do is confirm a suitable date for your Working Well Day and reserve a suitable
Area within staff cafeteria
We will then provide you with posters and e-mails to promote the Working Well Day to your staff.
Example Itinerary of a Working Well Day
Demonstration of Workstation Risk Assessments undertaken by a DSE Qualified Assessor
The 4-Zone Approach to the Complete Workstation Solution
The Pro-Active Prevention Plan
Workplace Diagnosis Charts
Fact File on Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace – and its Impact on business
Products showcase featuring the latest ergonomic solutions
FREE information leaflets, posters and videos
Be Healthy. Be Legal.
It’s the employer’s legal obligation (EU Directive 90/270/EEC) to organise annual Workstation Risk Assessments to ensure their employees are working safely and comfortably, whatever their location.
A Working Well Day is free, informative, and fun for all employees. It will ensure you are abiding by the law and helping your staff to change bad working habits that are affecting their health and productivity.
Let's get a date in the diary...
To arrange your Working Well Day, simply click here to email us.
If you’re unable to hold a Working Well Day, here’s the next best thing...
A Working Well Day is by far the best way to engage your staff with good ergonomics, but if the organisation of one at your premises proves difficult you can still request a FREE Working Well Pack to help you promote the importance of ergonomics in your workplace.
The pack includes a range of FREE posters, leaflets, fact files and other useful tools to help you change the way you work - for the better! All of these have been specifically designed to clearly show you real solutions to bad working habits – and how you can adapt a Working Well policy to improve the health and productivity of your employees. The sooner you start promoting ergonomics in your workplace, the sooner you will start working well for life.
Too many hours sat
at your desk is
damaging your health.
Prolonged sitting is not just bad for your back, it affects your breathing, digestion and every aspect of your health and performance, including engagement, concentration and focus.
If you always work at your computer or laptop in a seated position, you are doubling your risk of obesity by the daily time spent sitting*. It’s therefore essential for you to add movement to your working day.
Moving to work in a standing position increases your blood circulation, concentration, metabolic rate and energy, which in turn help regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight and stress.
Your risk of obesity is doubled by daily
time spent sitting *
of daily sitting time occurs at work. **
Stand and move more during the working day - and integrate physical activity to achieve health and wellbeing!
Sit-Stand Workstations and Work Platforms encourage desk-based workers to work actively and move more, rather than being sat in one sedentary position for hours at a time.
A Sit-Stand Workstation or Work Platform from Fellowes takes desk working to a higher level without you needing to purchase a new desk. The systems simply fit onto your existing desk, and you can change your working position easily and silently in just a few seconds.
Add movement to your working day to help you stay active, healthy and productive. You’ll find products to help you here.
It’s not all about standing up!The key is to alternate between sitting and standing
in order to move more.
By alternating between sitting and standing at your desk you’ll engage in a healthy cycle of motion and actively reduce the risks of sedentary working such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
There are plenty of things you can do to be more active, like using the stairs instead of the lift, visiting a colleague at their desk instead of emailing them, or standing up when using the phone. But by far the best way to encourage a disciplined cycle of motion is to consider a Sit-Stand working solution.
Fellowes Lotus™ Sit-Stand Workstation
Fellowes Extend™ Sit-Stand Work Platform
Fellowes Easy Glide™ Sit-Stand Work Platform
*Bullock et al. 2016 **Clemes et al. 2015
Changing Bad Habits
Does this look familiar to you? We're all working longer, with most people spending a large portion of their day staring at a computer screen - be that in the office, at home or the move. Whilst we now can't do without our computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones in our lives, we can do something about the bad working habits associated with them that are causing so many health problems.
Have you been aware that a staggering 75% of European businesses are not fully aware of their legal requirements regarding Workstation Risk Assessments? (Arkenford Research 2014)
The Ideal Office
Increasing flexibility around working needn't risk reducing workers comfort, health and wellbeing. True flexible working shouldn't fall short of fitting around the individual and compromise realising maximum potential and productivity. The location and environment of the modern workplace may be ever-changing but the individual is constant - and the perfect workstation, wherever it may be, should still be designed to fit around them.
Unbelievable, but true: 85% of European organisations report use of make-shift ergonomic solutions (Arkenford Research 2014)
Like the vast majority of people today, Leah spends over 7 hours a day working at a computer. It's therefore essential to have a desk layout that meets her specific needs to ensure she's comfortable, productive and healthy. A complete workstation solution offered by Office Depot is designed for employers who know that healthier employees will come to work, perform at their best and go the extra mile.
25% of European workers mainly work from home. (Dynamic Markets Research 2012)
Improve the home working environment with an inspiring range of smart looking ergonomic solutions – such as the new I-Spire™ Series, boasting both comfort and style for the home office. Where space is at a premium and flexibility is key, Fellowes range of ergonomic products not only look good but perform superbly for working around the home and in the home office environment.