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Creating a Healthy Workplace

Healthy Workplace
Businesses now have an increased desire to improve employee wellbeing by creating a healthy workplace. Science tells us physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing are linked, and improving holistic wellbeing in the workplace will lead to a better workday and better work performance.

Tips to Create a Healthy Workplace by Steelcase

Get on your feet

Some have said sitting is the new smoking, but it’s not sitting that’s hurting you, it’s how you’re doing it. The bottom line is it’s a positive for your physical wellbeing to get out of your desk chair at frequent intervals throughout the day. Take a walk around the office, go visit a friend in a different department, simply stand up and stretch; all are good for giving your mind and body a break. One way to combat the hazards of sitting? Try out a standing desk or make sure you’re using a variety of postures throughout the day.

Get moving, seek out nature

It’s true that a brisk walk outside or a little jog can boost your physical wellbeing. But, if you don’t have time to sweat, shower and get back to the office, just getting outside for a few minutes can improve your cognitive wellbeing. Research shows us nature has the ability to help us refocus, reset and lessen stress. So, take a meeting outside or instead of sitting in a small conference room with a colleague, consider taking a few laps around the parking lot while you talk.

If you don’t have a chance to get outside, you can get your steps in by taking the long way between appointments. You can also find ways to stretch your legs while working with a Walkstation treadmill desk and look for spots to work near natural light to bring some of the outside world in. If you can’t leave your desk, don’t give up. The Washington Post illustrates 12 ideas for how to work out in the workplace including how real employees felt while doing the exercises.

Get social

Your desk can likely serve several purposes, but it was not meant to be a dining table. Some 80% of Americans report eating several meals per week at their desk. Taking a lunch hour or a water break can allow you to do more than grab a snack. Finding times to socialize is an important part of today’s experience at work. Social connections and relationships allow people to feel a sense of belonging and see their relationship to the organisation leading to a sense of purpose in their work.

Get focused

A healthy person at work needs to balance social and collaborative activities with time to focus. By finding a private space to get away, we give ourselves the opportunity to practice mindfulness, to concentrate and to come up with new ideas. It’s only when we remove ourselves from the group and find solitude that we can absorb information, generate our own point of view and become better collaborators.

Get rejuvenated


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Before Investing in a Fitout

4 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Your Workspace by Steelcase

New ways of working are driving the demands for different kinds of spaces at work. People are looking for more informal, comfortable places to get work done. Workers want to feel like they can be themselves at work leading them to seek out spots that remind them of home. But, while a couch and a coffee table might look inviting, they don’t all survive the rigors of the workplace.

There are four questions you need to ask before investing in casual spaces. Whether it’s a bench, lounge chair, coffee table or something else — what works for a seating area at home doesn’t always work at the office.

Does it feel good?

Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it feels good. But, at times, the lure of a cool vibe or a relaxing setting can cause people to set aside their physical wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be that way.

“Design, engineering and ergonomics need to all work together to make something beautiful that also performs,” says Rob Battey, Steelcase engineer. Battey and his colleagues spend a lot of time focused on improving performance.

A global posture study conducted by Steelcase sent people out with cameras to a number of cities including Munich, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. The images gathered allowed engineers and designers to see how people were using different spaces without any preconceived notions. As Battey tells it, people always surprise you.

“We went out to try to understand people and space. We wanted to let user behaviors inform the space solution.” The results of these global observations helped inform solutions for a variety of workplace behaviors such as collaboration.

Engineers also work with ergonomists to evaluate chairs, lounges and bench seating. Ergonomists live in the realm between doctors and engineers and are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating the best comfort and fit. It’s one thing to create a nice sitting area where someone can host a quick, informal conversation. It’s quite another to create a work area where people can gather, spend time together and get real work done.

By applying the science of ergonomics to the new ways people want to work, it takes these settings up a notch — allowing them to be both beautiful and comfortable.

Can you plug in?

Is the area you’re planning to add to your workplace designed for working or waiting? If it’s for working, people need to be able to use the right tools to get their job done. On average, people carry three devices with them during the day. As mobile devices multiply, power needs escalate. If an area isn’t designed with the person in mind, you’ll end up finding people stuffed in a corner or sitting on the floor to get closer to power.

A well designed seating area considers how people need to work with technology. Power can be embedded in the furniture or stationed conveniently nearby to make sure people aren’t having to stoop under a bench or awkwardly reach behind a chair to access an outlet. In addition, there should be considerations given to the accessibility and ease around using the right technology. For example, is there a place for a laptop at the right height so that someone can comfortably sit, type and see the screen? These are some of the details that make the difference between creating an area for work versus an area to sit.

Will it hold up?

Never underestimate the creativity of the user. True, some people use spaces as they were intended. But, every time something new is developed, new user behaviors are discovered. That’s why Steelcase engineers turn to heavy users to do vigorous testing.

Field testing is done in college common areas and 911 dispatch centers. These kinds of places, like a workplace, get extreme use in a short period of time.

“Users can almost never tell you what they really want because they don’t even realize they have a problem,” says Battey. It’s only through years of observations and testing that designers and engineers can understand the problems they are trying to solve and provide solutions that will last.

Can you be proud of it?


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The Ergonomic Workplace

Most office staff spend a good portion of their waking hours sitting at a desk or working at a computer. Take the right steps to create an ergonomic workplace, and make your business buzz through increased productivity.

Tips for an Ergonomic Workplace

Your work area

  • make sure your work area is large enough that you are comfortable
  • check that it allows for a full range of motion
  • make room for the items you use most often
  • ensure you do not have to strain to reach the items you use most often

Your work habits

  • think about your work habits and ensure you are not putting unnecessary stress on your body
  • change positions frequently so repetitive tasks do not wear you out

Your desk

  • make sure you have the right type of desk for the work you perform (size and shape)
  • keep your desk uncluttered—on top and underneath (ensure nothing interferes with your ability to sit properly)

Your chair

  • push hips as far back as they can go in your chair
  • adjust seat height so feet are flat on the floor and knees are equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips (use a footrest if your feet dangle)
  • adjust armrests (if fitted) so your shoulders are relaxed
  • if armrests are in the way, remove them
  • make sure your lower back is supported (adjust lumbar support)
  • do not maintain any one posture for more than an hour
  • finetune your chair every so often

Your keyboard

  • select the correct size and shape of keyboard for the type of work you do (many ergonomic styles are available)
  • pull up close to your keyboard
  • position keyboard directly in front of your body
  • adjust keyboard so the section you use most frequently is centred with your body
  • adjust keyboard height so your shoulders are relaxed, elbows are in a slightly open position and your wrists and hands are straight

Your mouse

  • select the correct size and shape mouse for the size of your hand (many ergonomic styles are available)
  • make sure your mouse is within easy reach
  • do not grip it too tightly
  • if the mouse bothers you, try another type of device such as a trackball or a touch pad
  • alternate hands when using your mouse (takes some time to get used to, but worth it)

Your typing habits

  • keep your wrists elevated
  • avoid hitting the keys too hard

Your monitor/screen

  • adjust your monitor/screen so it is directly in front of you, in line with your keyboard
  • adjust it so your neck is in a neutral, relaxed position
  • position the top of the monitor so it is approximately two to three inches above your eye level when seated (if you wear bifocals, lower the monitor to a comfortable reading level)
  • sit at least an arm’s length away from your screen
  • reduce glare by positioning your monitor well—at right angles to windows, out of direct sunlight etc.
  • adjust curtains or blinds as needed
  • adjust screen controls to minimise glare from overhead lights
  • use optical glass glare filters, light filters or secondary task lights to reduce glare

Your documents

  • position documents directly in front of you, between the monitor and keyboard
  • if insufficient space, place documents in a document holder positioned adjacent to the monitor

Your laptop

  • it is best to use your laptop on a table, not on your lap
  • if you use it frequently or for long periods it is best to use a separate keyboard and a mouse, rather than the in-built keyboard and mouse Your telephone
  • place within easy reach
  • use headsets and/or speaker phone so you don’t have to cradle the phone receiver between your neck and shoulder
  • avoid multitasking when on the phone

Eye fatigue

  • rest and refocus your eyes periodically by looking away from the computer monitor and focusing on something in the distance
  • rest your eyes periodically by covering them with your palms for between 10 and 15 seconds Take breaks
  • take short breaks (1 to 2 minutes) every 20 to 30 minutes
  • after each hour at work, take a break or change tasks for between 5 and 10 minutes
  • leave your computer during lunch

Take breaks

  • take short breaks (1 to 2 minutes) every 20 to 30 minutes
  • after each hour at work, take a break or change tasks for between 5 and 10 minutes
  • leave your computer during lunch
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Personality by Steelcase

Looking for an affordable ergonomic task chair? 

The Personality chair is designed to support the many ways people work and sit. Comfortable and versatile, you can customise it to suit your posture, the task at hand, and the way you like to work.

Simple user adjustments offering outstanding ergonomic support include:

  • Seat height
  • Seat depth
  • Back tension
  • Adjustable arms
  • Upright back lock


  • SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certified for indoor air quality
  • AFRDI Green Tick Product Certification
  • Up to 40% recycled content
  • Up to 79% recycled by weight

For more information see Personality

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+Halle Nest Collection

+Halle Nest Collection designed by Form Us With Love. 

The soft curves and fluid intersection of the seat and the backrest underlines the quality of the design and production method. The chair suits all kinds of modern spaces and provides a subtle yet distinct expression of Nordic quality and design.

The Nest series comprises chairs, sofas and tables in two heights, enabling the creation of dynamic and flexible spaces. Easy Nest, a new addition to the range has an unenclosed but somewhat secluded seat. A clean cut, high back easy chair, functioning as a comfortable and heartfelt Nest for privacy and for profound conversations. The walls humbly embrace a widened seat, leaving plenty of space for pillows or blankets.

New to the Nest Range: Easy Nest and Easy Nest Wood

Materials: High quality moulded foam. Legs in solid soaped oak/solid black stained oak or in powder lacquered steel
Fabrics: Available in all fabrics and leather types
Dimensions: 1220mmHx870mmWx840mmD, Seating Height: 430mmH

**We now have a sample in the showroom


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Sola Collection

Sola Collection by Martela, designed by Antti Kotilainen.

Careful finish, approachable form and various frame options mean that it easily fits into every type of space. There are several upholstery options including fully upholstered, seat and back only upholstered, seat only upholstered, and a non-upholstered version. The Sola Stool in grey Kvadrat Maharam Remix with black frame has just arrived in the showroom and it looks fantastic!

Range Includes: Timber Four Leg, Four Leg, Sled Base, 5 Way Castors, 4 Way Castors, Disc Base, Timber Four Leg Stool, Sled Base Stool (available in two heights). Most styles available in either medium or high back.

Martela is the largest company in its sector in Finland and is one of the three largest in the Nordic region. Their wide range of services cover the entire change process – from initial interior design and fast, efficient deliveries to product maintenance, aftercare and recycling. Martela has been working in the field of workspace ergonomics for over sixty years to ensure your office environment has been designed to reduce the risk of injury and maximize physical and mental benefits.

Click HERE to view the range of Sola Chairs and Stools


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Brody WorkLounge

The Brody WorkLounge by Steelcase creates a comfortable microenvironment by thoughtfully integrating power, ergonomic comfort, personal storage and lighting—so you can focus your attention, get into flow and get work done.

It has gained attention from the Wall Street Journal as “The Office Chair Designed to Restore Your Focus at Work” and was named one of’s ’10 Best Products of 2015′. Learn more about the award-winning product here: Brody WorkLounge – Design Story


Steelcase Inc. is the global leader in office furniture, interior architecture and space solutions for offices, hospitals and classrooms.  For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organisations, across industries. They offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social economic and environmental sustainability.

The Brody WorkLounge has just arrived in the Ninetwofive showroom, if you would like to arrange a time to view the Brody please call the office 02 6239 1683 or for more information see Brody

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Steelcase Global Report

Employee engagement is a serious bottom-line issue. It fuels organisations during times of economic growth and, more critically, when market conditions are uncertain and volatile. The key findings in the Steelcase Global Report reveal insights that can help business leaders address this growing problem.

Highlights from the Global Report include:

  • A snapshot of the state of the office around the world
  • A detailed analysis of the factors that impact employee engagement
  • Strategies to help organisations create more resilient and engaged employees

Download the report here to discover how the workplace can help boost employee engagement in your organisation.