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Does Covid-19 Signal the End of the Agile Workplace?

The social distancing restrictions caused by the covid-19 pandemic directly affect the principles and execution of the agile office. Significant numbers of mainly large corporations in Australia and internationally have adapted agile office principles of desk sharing and equipment sharing. Are these principles consistent with the new social distancing requirements that now have to be in place post COVID-19?

In many cases, if not most cases, they’re not compatible or consistent with the agile office. So, how will the agile office survive, and in what form? Particularly when many companies have just made substantial investments in their offices based on agile principles.

Will agile principles still exist post COVID-19? The answer is yes, but not as we have previously known them. And a lot of the answer depends on the development of the vaccine. The “silver bullet” of the vaccine is that we can go back to life as normal, but, as with any vaccine, this remains to be seen. Until it is developed, we have our existing agile principles and offices- and how safe is it now to share, post COVID-19? We can still share, but we need to be careful.

Will there be a phase out of sharing and then a phase back in of sharing? A similar predicament is public transport; “no dot, no spot”. But when can we put 50+ people back into a bus? And the same can be said in an office. When can we put 100+ people back into the office? The measured rate will be based on the degree of effectiveness in combating the virus.

The other point with agile offices, is working from home. There will certainly be an increased emphasis on the importance of a dedicated home office. Not just something in the kids’ bedroom, but a more versatile environment with good home ergonomics, so productive work can be done at home. And this is the key, productive work. In order to be fully productive you need good ergonomics. Good ergonomics = good productivity. And good productivity = good ergonomics.

Everyone likes to work in comfort. Everyone wishes to go about their task in a comfortable way; whether you’re a driver, an airline pilot, a machinery operator, or someone using a computer for hours at a time every day. And when your using a computer for hours at a time from the home office; which many, if not most of us are doing, if your comfortable you’ll be so much productive. And comfort is just a function of good ergonomics.

We can all work in a cave if we want, but who wants to. We want to work in comfort. And if we’re comfortable, we’ll work for longer and better, and this is where Uplifting Solutions and Ergo Furniture can help you. This is what we are dedicated to do, and set up to provide the equipment to facilitate your comfort so come and visit our websites, and make yourself comfortable.

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Your Questions Answered: How to Work Best at Home

The world seems to be changing faster than ever. Japan’s recently called the COVID-19 the “biggest crisis” since World War II. Businesses are sending employees to work from home as the virus continues to expand.

As many employees are not used to working remotely, there are many things that they may not be aware of. We’ve comprised this list of helpful tips to ensure that you can still work productively from home.

  1. Invest in an ergonomic chair!

2. Get yourself desktop accessories to help improve posture

Egronomics is key- whether you are working at an office, or from home. From comfort, positive physiological advantages (think digestion, respiration and cardiac efficiency), to improved cognition and function.

When working from home, how often is it that you find yourself slumped over, or losing concentration throughout the day? Workplace accessories such as laptop trays help elevate your laptop to a comfortable height; allowing you to work efficiently throughout the day.

3. Listen to the experts

Remember to take regular breaks, the benefits of posture and ergonomics, and move throughout the day!

We are here to help you through the COVID-19.

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How to Uplift Yourself When Working from Home

Uplift Yourself When Working from Home!

As COVID-19 spreads many of us are working from home. We may as well be comfortable. Some guidelines we have include:

  • Set Up A Designated Space
    The first step is to set up a designated space that differentiates your ‘work’ from your ‘home’. Set up a space away from the TV; the fridge, and the X-Box. This is key to productivity, and getting the work done.
  • Time Management
    Good time management ensures that we complete the tasks that we have to achieve. Starting at a similar time that you do at the office, organising and prioritizing your tasks. Don’t procrastinate. Maintain a routine.
  • Break it up: Set Regular Breaks for Yourself
    Take regular breaks and take regular exercise.
    Move. Sit and stand.
  • Ergonomic Furniture is your Friend
    Using quality ergonomic furniture makes a massive and monumental difference to work quality, your productiveness, as well as your wellbeing in general (for example, decreasing back and neck pain and eye strain).
  • Don’t strain your eyes – use a monitor arm.
  • Don’t strain your back – use a laptop holder.
  • Don’t strain your neck – get a decent office task chair.
  • Make a positive difference to both you and your work.