‘Helm has been given an ergonomic office makeover after local entrepreneur Liam Grady won a nationwide competition with Fellowes.’
Doncaster-based co-working space, Helm, now boasts a new-look, ergonomically-designed office after winning a national competition ran by office supply experts Fellowes. The contest, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of workplace wellbeing across the country, saw hundreds of entrants from small businesses across the country but was won by local social media and marketing expert Liam Grady.
The member of Helm, who has since moved to Chile, South America entered the competition in August after seeing it on social media. Thanks to his eagle eyes, Helm has now received an office equipment refurbishment after Fellowes ergonomic expert Richard Monk visited the business to evaluate how its workspace could be improved to benefit workers.
Liam Grady said:
“I was actually writing a piece for a client about office safety and during some research I came across this competition and just thought id enter whilst I was working, I didn’t actually think I would win, but then who does.
“I was delighted to win the competition. If you work in an office job, you spent so much time sitting down at a desk, in front of a computer. This is why it is so important that you’re as comfortable as possible and your business has the right equipment for you to perform your job safely.
“The members of the co-working studio, Helm that I work with have benefited from the editions, and made some of our processes smoother”.
Office equipment specialists, Fellowes, launched the competition back in July after being shocked by research results into the current state of office-based wellbeing. In a study of 1,250 office workers, Fellowes found that 45% of workers claimed they didn’t have the necessary equipment to make them comfortable at their desks.
Fellowes, whose head office is based in Doncaster, found that despite 81% of office workers spending between four to nine hours at their desks, 64% said their working environment had a negative impact on health.
Fellowes’s ergonomic expert, Stephen Bowden, said employers had an obligation to monitor the health and wellbeing of their staff. He said:
“One simple way to do this is by ensuring workers have access to the necessary ergonomic equipment, including sit-stand desks, foot, wrists and back supports, to prevent aches and pains and mental distress.”
Following Fellowes extensive ‘Working Well’ campaign, the office equipment experts launched a nationwide competition to raise awareness for workplace wellbeing. Grady, then working at Helm Studios, applied for the competition and won.
Since then, Helm has had an ergonomic revamp with Fellowes coming in to provide a full evaluation and top of the range equipment – introducing monitor stands, foot rests and back supports, – something Grady feels has improved the workplace already.
Liam Grady, a member at Helm commented:
"At Helm we have a shared office space where a number of businesses and entrepreneurs sit for many hours each day, so we were delighted to win the Fellowes competition. Sometimes you don't realise if your monitor is in a bad position or even that there is equipment out there to making sure your body is positioned right at your desk.”
“Since we received the Fellowes workspace management equipment, people at Helm now have a more comfortable environment to work in and we will keep following their advice on make sure our office stays productive.”
Earlier in the year, another Fellowes study found that UK business lost 40 million hours a year (two hours a day per worker) due to productivity issues. Fellowes hopes, better equipment, flexible working and increased awareness into office-based wellbeing will improve the UK’s productivity output.