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Office Ergonomics

Employee performance in the office is critical to how decisions are made and executed throughout the business. The health and productivity of the office worker is dependant upon physical, cognitive, psychosocial, environmental, and organisational factors.

ViOffice addresses essential workplace factors including job and task analysis, design for health and productivity, equipment procurement, and work-from-anywhere management (hybrid work). We help with pre- and post-occupancy fit-outs, training to large or small groups, and 1:1 service consultation. We help, also, with advisory services that support a distributed workforce (how is work managed when work can occur anywhere, anytime?)

The ViOffice program considers:

  • 1:1 Office Workstation Assessments for comfort, productivity, and health, including early intervention to prevent musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational diseases and ill-health arising from sedentary activities at a traditional computer workstation
  • Office Workstation Equipment specifications and decision-making for procurement and design fit-out
  • Distributed workforce management: We ask, “Are workers working from home or living at work”? And examine the implications of these new work-from-anywhere arrangements
  • Strategies to achieve accreditation – such as the Green Building Council ergonomics credit or the IWBI Well BuildingTM accreditation
  • Change management strategies to assist workers during a fit-out or refurbishment
  • Training office workstation assessors and office workstation users
  • Office or control room ergonomics

What is the look, feel, and function of the office environment? Does it imbue the brand and spirit of engagement that is intended? Is it conductive to productivity and positive relations? Can people move well and work productivity at their workstations or when they work-from-anywhere?

  • Job and task analysis for the office or industrial control room setting
  • Office workstation pre- and post-occupancy reviews for equipment set-up, screening of workforce needs, and training
  • 1:1 individual assessment of and training for workstation set-up, health factors, and productivity
  • Control room design assessment
  • Readiness and needs to support the implementation of distributed work management (agile, activity-based, or hybrid work)
  • Assessment and advice to support the accreditation, like the Green Building Council of Australia’s ergonomics credit or WELL Building IWBI™ accreditati

Designing good office work means that micro-workstation “fit” to users is comfortable, and macro-strategies enable productivity and ongoing support. This can include:

  • ViChairSelector: a web-based tool to help procurement and project management teams determine their selection criteria and test weighted options for office chairs. When managing a large fit-out and in need of defensible decision making to support procurement decisions, transparency and communication among work teams can be aided by multi-criterion decision making. This decision-making tool supports the evaluation of office workstation chairs
  • Pre-occupancy fit-out support to determine worker needs, procurement strategy, prepare for change, and run equipment or system trials per focus groups
  • Post-occupancy training and support to advise in the correct set-up of office workstation fit to the user to optimise productivity and health
  • Agile and activity-based hybrid or distributed work design philosophies, concepts, features, and strategies can be facilitated to support the management and work teams
  • Control room design recommendations

Realising good office work means better decisions are made, health is improved, and people feel well-connected. Ongoing training supports this, as does work with design teams and meeting accreditation standards.

  • ViOffice Workstation Practitioner Foundation Level 1 Certification training
  • ViOffice Workstation Practitioner Level 2 Certification training
  • ViOffice Jessie Case Study: an interactive office case study experience
  • Post-occupancy ongoing training and support for office workers
  • ViLearn Lecture series: lunch time or brief training talks to office workers about office ergonomics, or speciality topics such as lighting, acoustics and work performance, sensory profiles and design for neurodiversity, fatigue management, or good nutrition. Also, sedentary behaviour and low-impact physical activity, upper quadrant (upper limb) self-management strategies (“Straighten up to Power Up”), relaxation training, mindfulness training, or similar
  • Mind-body services: yoga, relaxation, meditation, flexibility, Pilates, mindfulness, general fitness, and on-site soft tissue management services
  • Accreditation support per the International WELL Building InstituteTM or the Green Building Council of Australia

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