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The 'WELL Building Standard' & designing for health & wellbeing

Posted by Simon Wyatt on May 5, 2017 11:58:28 AM


On Thursday May 25th, Simon Wyatt, Health and Wellbeing Director at Cundall, will be joining us in our showroom for a special talk as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. A pioneer in workplace wellbeing, Simon will outline Cundall’s experience of delivering the first project in Europe to achieve WELL Certification, as well as a number of other case studies where health and wellbeing has been at the centre of the design.

Ahead of his appearance, Simon gives us insight into the current state of wellbeing in the workplace, and a brief introduction to what the WELL Certification means for the future of office environments.

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Topics: Productivity, Wellbeing, Design, Ergonomics, Sustainability, Facilities Management

Flexible work is on the rise, but at what cost?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Flexible working hours for many people is a dream come true. The ability to decide when and where you do you work is very appealing, and if disciplined, has been shown to increase productivity, efficiency and happiness.

However, with more and more people turning to remote working, ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals not in the office will become harder to measure, and new policies harder to enforce.

In today’s blog we examine how two major trends in the workplace - flexible working & employee wellbeing – appear to be on a collision course, and what we can do about it.

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Topics: Design, Ergonomics

Annual event unites human factor specialists - Next week!

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 19, 2017 9:27:37 AM

 

Do plants improve office wellbeing? How do you effective deal with health issues in the workplace? How do you measure it? These are just some of the questions being asked at EHF2017, the annual event held by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, sponsored by RH.

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Topics: Productivity, Ergonomics

RH Mereo: All new features available from this week

Posted by Richard Ferris on Feb 6, 2017 9:09:41 AM

RH’s versatile workhorse of the office, the RH Mereo,  just got even more flexible. Launching at Stockholm Furniture Fair, the RH Mereo will be available with extra levels of customisation, so you can truly make it your own, adding extra colour and personality to any workspace.

Two Colours, Twice the Personality

For when one colour just isn’t enough, you need the RH Mereo Duo. Combining two different fabrics on one chair the RH Mereo Duo gives you an extra layer of customisation.

Using our expertly curated fabric range or even your own materials, the RH Mereo Duo can help reinforce your brand, add colour to your office or even designate chairs to zones.

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Topics: Design, Ergonomics

Workplace Wellbeing: To sit or to stand?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 30, 2017 10:06:53 AM

To sit or to stand, that is a question on many people’s minds when it comes new office installations. Almost daily, studies are published advocating the benefits of a stand desk, which are just as regularly rebutted by claims of the opposite.

So what are we to believe?

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Topics: Wellbeing, Ergonomics

Workplace Wellbeing: What does sitting actually do to the body?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 23, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Chances are you are sat down reading this, unless you happen to be on a train, in which case you are almost certainly standing up. It’s pretty much common knowledge now that sitting down for extended periods of time without moving is detrimental to the body, but do we all know why?

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Topics: Wellbeing, Ergonomics

Office Amenities: Making the right decision for your workspace

Posted by Richard Ferris on Jan 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Given the choice, most people would not go in to work today. For almost everyone, a job is a means to an end; an income source to pay for all the requirements life entails. True, a lot of people enjoy their work, and some even love what they do, but it’s not necessarily the actual work that creates this feeling, it can often be the environment the employer creates for them.

And with bleak forecasts for incomes into the foreseeable future, having the right strategy for workplace amenities could be vital in ensuring a workforce which is not only happy and productive, but one that is loyal.

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Topics: Productivity, Wellbeing, Design, Ergonomics

A throne fit for a King - Epic game developers open for business in Barcelona

Posted by Richard Ferris on Dec 8, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Every King needs his castle, and when your annual profits register in the billions, you want the best on offer, which is why mobile gaming juggernaut King chose SB Seating to supply over 600 chairs for their brand new office in Barcelona, which is nothing short of magical in it's design and features. Check out the great video of their exciting new realm below!

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Topics: Design, Ergonomics

Workplace Inspiration : It's all in the design

Posted by Richard Ferris on Nov 30, 2016 11:58:19 AM

Here at SB Seating design is a big deal. We don't just make chairs that are amazing to sit on, we create features for rooms, chairs which can define an environment and inspire new ways of thinking, new ways of being.

In a new series of blogs published every week, we will be exploring how design plays an integral role in the development of all our brands. Over the following weeks we will discuss how our chairs are created, how people are using our products, and how evolving workplace practices are redefining the role of the chair, with the aim of a deeper understanding of how we can help you make the most of your room, whatever room.

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Topics: Design, Ergonomics

How to beat sedentary behaviour at work (without even thinking about it)

Posted by Richard Ferris on Nov 9, 2016 2:54:53 PM

Inactivity is the curse of the modern world. As human activity is industrialised and computerised, manual activities involving continuous movement are rapidly being replaced by button pushing and screen watching. In our work life and our home lives sitting down and staying still is becoming the default position.

And it’s not good.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Design, Ergonomics

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