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: Agile working- who benefits?
Speaker: Katharine Metters, MCSP, CMIOSH, MSc.Erg, Lead Consultant, Posturite Ltd
Overview: Katharine will be discussing the rising trend of 'agile working', explaining what it is, what benefits can be gained from it, and what you as an employer need to consider when moving to an agile working culture. You will have the opportunity to see real-life examples of businesses that have taken up agile working cultures, examining both the benefits reaped and the challenges faced. This must-see for anyone interested in the future of office working in the modern age.
Presenter Bio: Our lead consultant Katharine Metters is a Chartered Physiotherapist, holds a Master’s Degree in Ergonomics and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Safety and Health.
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 a 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 will be presenting the risks and problems associated with a 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.
Session 3: Support for employees experiencing mental health difficulties/conditions
Speaker: Andrea Youngman, 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: Andrea Youngman is a national business development manager at Remploy. Andrea brings over 10 years experience of working within welfare to work and has specialized in building mutually beneficial partnerships with large employers in the disability and diversity space.
Session 4: The Future is Wellbeing, Health and Safety.
Speaker: Sarah Piddington
Overview: How Health & Safety and Occupational Health professionals can influence the success of their organisation.
Presenter Bio: Sarah has been pioneering Health and Safety cultural change for well over a decade and runs a global consultancy, currently covering 3 continents. A highly skilled trainer, public speaker and writer, Sarah's passion is to influence change within the industry, making Wellbeing, Health and Safety an integral part of a successful business. She is currently writing a book, due for publication in 2017. Amongst other industries, Sarah has worked within property, construction, finance, aviation and policing.
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