How Important Is an Ergonomic Workplace?

Did you know that  the majority of common health issues that people can suffer from today are brought on by an unhealthy or hazardous conditions at the workplace?

I’m not even talking about obvious issues at work such as workplaces where employees handle toxic substances¬† or where they need to perform strenuous labour on a daily basis.

ergonomic-computer-chairMost of the time, it’s the more subtle things at work that can be the cause for many health problems.

Among those things would be improper and non-ergonomic office furniture that over time can lead to all types of health problems, from back pains to joint and wrist paints.

It is often those typical, average office jobs where people work on computers and monitors that can lead to lasting health problems down the line.

Because of that, knowing about proper ergonomics at work should be very important.

Insurers and employers all across the United Kingdom could save billions of expenses every year if workplaces would confirm to ergonomic standards. Expenses that otherwise go towards hospital stays and rehabilitation and of course those expenses that occur due to sick days and employees not being able to work at their optimum.

For any type of company, a workstation assessment can be a worthwhile investment. With a workstation assessment, companies can quickly see were ergonomics can be improved. Only with a workstation assessment, all the relevant factors that can make a proper ergonomic workplace can be uncovered and subsequently be fixed.

Depending on the size of a business, there are two types of work station assessments available. There is the type of workstation assessment were professionals will come to your company to inspect all workstations in person. The other type of workstation assessment can be performed online. This is suitable for those large companies where the inspection of each individual workplace would not be practicable.

2016 Furniture & Design Trend: Reclaimed Wood

Living “green” and being conscious of our environment isn’t just limited to recycling cans or bringing your own bag with you to the grocery store.

Recently, a new trend about more ecologically friendly materials for home furniture has emerged. For 2016, it’s all about stylish designer furniture made from reclaimed wood.

mac-and-wood-large-table-730x480Reclaimed wood (or: recycled wood, if you will) is not only the perfect choice for those who want to do something for the environment. Unlike standard furniture from the furniture discounter, furniture made from reclaimed wood radiates class and style and has a very unique charm to it.

Desks, tables and benches from reclaimed wood are perfect for any type of setting where the furniture piece might undergo the one or the other rough treatment. It is for that reason very popular among restaurant owners but recently has also gotten a lot of attention by the ordinary homeowner.

It’s resistance against scratches and dings makes it a very good material for kitchen or dining sets. Recently however, more folks discovered the charm of reclaimed wood also for areas is such as offices or meeting rooms.

Several British furniture makers are at the forefront of manufacturing furniture from reclaimed wood. Mac & Wood from London UK is one good example for success with this exciting new trend. The picture above shows their custom made reclaimed dining table that comes with frames made from brushed steel.

A Better School Can Mean Better Education And A Better Career For Many

private schools in the UKEducation experts in the United Kingdom agree that it is often the choice of school that can have the biggest impact on children’s future career options.

In a still difficult economy where several applicants often compete for one particular position it is not uncommon that employers take a particular keen eye on someone’s education history.

In many cases, those applicants who attended renowned schooling institutions will be preferred.

Recent studies have shown how private schools in the United Kingdom can often be attributed to that job seekers will have better career options later on including higher pay average.

Analysts explain this with the fact that those who attend private schools will most often also visit better and more reputable universities. The average difference in pay for those who come from private, independent schools is as much as £100,000 per year.

Parents are not always aware that education options that are available in most public schools in the UK may not necessarily be sufficient for a proper education for the children. It can therefore be advised that parents way off the costs of sending children to private school against the various benefits. By and large, the later advantages would offset those costs, making private independent schools a better option. With prep schools in Hertfordshire and other renowned British private schools your children will get everything they need for a bright future.

Labour Warns Not to Lose Important Modern Languages

The British Labour Party warns that losing some modern languages from schools could negatively effect the nation’s economy.

Recently, exam boards in the United Kingdom announced plans to remove qualifications in languages including Portuguese and Turkish.

While shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is now urging to make sure those languages are not lost from curriculum, the British government says that the reforms do not stop school boards developing qualifications in any language they chose.

Labour in recent announcements by OCR and AQA pointeed out the subjects they would still offer at GCSE and A-level and those they would discontinue.

The OCR is considering to drop GCSEs and A-levels in Turkish, Portuguese, Persian, Gujarati and Dutch.

Mr Hunt to the press: “Precisely at the time we need to be harnessing our entrepreneurial capital and soft power in the new emerging economies, the government’s actions will lead to fewer young people being able to take A-Levels in Portuguese, Turkish, Gujarati and Punjabi”.

He is urging that those subjects are not to be last from the education system in the UK.