It's time we all valued the future health of Britain's office workers. For many years we've known that our sedentary working culture is damaging us, not only by raising the risk of disease, musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain, but also by making us stressed, depressed and unhappy at work. The cost of absenteeism and lost productivity to our businesses is debilitating - but not nearly as debilitating as the cost to human health and potential.
Now it's time for us to act.
This April we're staging six free workplace health symposiums across the country. Each symposium will feature four leading experts giving talks on workplace health and happiness, discussing the latest research, revealing ways to improve working environments, and answering your questions.
Come along and learn about the active working revolution, network with likeminded people and keep abreast of the latest government regulations and trends in office working.
This symposium will open at 10.30am, with two talks in the morning, followed by a free lunch and two afternoon talks. All-day refreshments will be provided, and doors will close at 3pm. You are welcome to attend all of the talks, or pick and choose the ones that interest you.
Spaces are limited and highly coveted, so to secure yours, please register now.
10:30 Event opens
Session 1: Enablement – the case for providing reasonable adjustment to enable our colleagues
Speaker: Geoff Thompson, UK Sales Director, Posturite Ltd
Overview: Overview of what’s available for employers to enable staff with challenges such as dyslexia, hearing, or visual Impairments.
Presenter Bio: Geoff is the UK Sales Director for Posturite and deals with many of the UK’s leading organisations. Geoff is passionate about why reasonable adjustments should exceed minimum requirements and the positive effects they can have on both individuals and employers.
Session 2: Active working: how sit-stand desks will improve your business
Speaker: David Kirtley, Sales Manager, Office Environments
Overview: David will be presenting the risks and problems associated with prolonged sitting, providing up-to-date and reliable research on its impact to the individual and the business as a whole. He will also present the concept of active working, including ideas and methods to promote an active working culture in your business, and how sit-stand desks can support this change, again supported by relevant research on the health benefits of sit-stand working, both from a health and a productivity perspective. Lastly, he will present the costs of investing in sit-stand desks in your office, which may be a lot less than you think.
Presenter Bio: David Kirtley is the Sales Manager for the Office Environments division of Posturite. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, and has been a proud member of the Posturite team for thirteen years. David is part of our Senior Management team, and has been since its inception in 2006. In his current position, he heads up the Office Environments team and works closely with customers and suppliers nationwide, resulting in an excellent knowledge of the issues found in offices all over the country and how to prevent and solve them. Working with Health and Safety managers, OH managers, FMs and HR over the years has given David a broad knowledge of what companies want from a number of different perspectives.
Session 3: A Matter of Minutes - The value of defibrillators in the workplace & community
Speaker: Brendan Mahood, Workplace & Community Territory Manager, Physio-Control
Overview: Seminar discussing sudden cardiac arrest and the value of defibrillators in public places, the workplace and community.
Presenter Bio: Brendan has been working with the medical device business for over 8 years and holds a B.Sc. in Genetics. For the past 4 years Brendan has been working within the workplace and community environment educating customers on sudden cardiac arrest and the value of the defibrillators in public places and the workplace.
Session 4: Support for employees experiencing mental health difficulties/conditions
Speaker: Nathan Malley, Remploy
Overview: Maintaining the mental well-being of your employees is one of the biggest challenges facing UK business. Remploy, the UK's leading provider of disability employment and support services for employers discuss the options available to make a positive change.
Presenter Bio: Nathan Malley is a Regional Account Manager at Remploy. Nathan brings over 7 years experience of working within welfare to work during which time he has worked with many National & Regional employers to help them to recruit, retain & sustain disabled talent.
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