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Desk and chair set up with laptop on a laptop riser surrounded by various paperwork and noticeboards

I was recently asked to do a workstation assessment for some who is based in another city and who works from two different locations, one of which is a home office. Travelling from Christchurch to Wellington to assess this one person would have made the process ridiculously expensive, however having had recent experience with low ...

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men playing table tennis in an office setting

Recent research by Prof Kim Burton, an independent occupational health researcher in the UK, has shown that despite businesses reducing serious workplace injuries over the last century, that there are still a significant number of common health problems such as depression, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and anxiety, which affect people at work. These conditions may ...

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Everyone enjoys a welcoming reception. How good does it feel walking into a light inviting space, maybe with a splash of colour, some flowers or artwork and a cheerful smile from the receptionist? Your reception area creates an instant impression for visitors and sets the tone for their visit. Despite the obvious importance of this ...

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Photograph of the outside of the Geyser Building, WELL Certified Office, Auckland

The built environment, new technology and the way a workspace is laid out all impact on workplace wellness. In my previous blog, I wrote about a speaker I heard talking about mobile technology use when I was up in Auckland at the Workplace Wellness symposium in June. In recent months I have also written a ...

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A view out of a window overlooking a green landscape

If you spend time working on a computer, the chances are that your eyes could be working harder than they need to. If this sounds like you, then read on…  I have some tips on how you can take care of your vision. “But my eyesight’s fine…” Until something happens which radically affects it, I ...

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Well designed open plan office with plants inside and plenty of windows overlooking trees outside

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to catch up with time management and productivity guru Robyn Pearce.  Robyn has been specialising in workplace productivity for more than 20 years and having seen various pieces she’s written during this time, I knew that should we ever cross paths, we would have much in common. When ...

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Man playing a piano painted in bright colours outside in an empty section

What’s it like outside your workplace? What’s your view and what’s to do? Lots? Not a lot? If not, what can you do about that? When looking at creating inviting and user friendly workspaces, it can be just as important to consider the wider surrounding environment as the interior of the workplace. The experiences of ...

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Melbourne street art sculpture, Deborah Halpern

I was recently over in Melbourne for a most enjoyable stay – I love Melbourne for its vibrancy, open spaces, use of art work, reclamation of the docklands area and, more recently, its alleyways. There was a fascinating insight into this reuse of alleyways on Andreas Dalgaard’s documentary, ‘The Human Scale’  which showed how urban ...

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Green ergonomics; it’s a bit of a trendy term these days, but what does it actually mean?  And why, when the term alone sounds suspiciously expensive, would a business bother? Well, despite sounding costly, green ergonomics promotes good health and saves money. Recent research from industrial ergonomists and members of the US Green Building Council ...

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