Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk – OPC Inc has recommended this since 1988

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk | Talk Video | TED.com.

 

For over 24 years all of the Consultants at OPC have been writing in their reports “we recommend employee “A” stand to take short meetings, walk during lunch & we encourage employee A to take all impromptu meetings & phone calls in a standing posture”.

Here is yet another reason why this is important physically and mentally outlined in this TEDTALK.  Hard for  us to not say we told you so!

Want to learn more about the benefits of standing and walking in sedentary workplaces? Ask Optimal Performance how we can deliver talks and lunch and learn sessions for your employees about this and other related topics INFO@optimalperformance.ca

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Got a meeting? Take a walk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

Source: www.ted.com

For over 24 years all of the Consultants at OPC have been writing in their reports "we recommend employee A stand to take short meetings, walk during lunch & encourage impromtu meetings to occur in standing". Here is yet another reason why this is important physically and mentally. OPC Inc 

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The Impact of implementing the Washington State ergonomic program in the Workplace [Am J Ind Med. 2009] – PubMed – NCBI

Impact of implementing the Washington State erg… [Am J Ind Med. 2009] – PubMed – NCBI.

Interesting result which is measureable and sustainable when employers put formal ergonomic programs into place. This includes using program guidelines, education of all employees and supervisors, measurement of outcomes and the use of validated ergonomic standards with which to assess a job.  OPC Inc has put into place programs using the Washington State, WorkSafe BC, Ontario Soft Tissue Program & the Health Canada National Ergonomic Standard (OPC Inc developed this for Health Canada in 2001).  Ergonomic Programs do work. Learn more about the ROI and how to put these in place at one of our Webinars and Seminars C.Mardonet@optimalperformance.ca or j.sleeth@optimalperformance.ca

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Did you know Ergonomics is about Preventing Human Error?

Many an OH&S Manager or Committee make the same assumptions when attempting a Root Cause Analysis. Too often the human factor is deemed to be the cause for an accident, near miss or MSI injury,…

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Ergonomics is about so much more than the chair, or posture.  In this Blog Jane Sleeth Sr Consultant with Optimal Performance describes how Ergonomics is a key piece of the puzzle in Root Cause Analysis towards prevention of Human Error.

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Did you know Ergonomics is about Preventing Human Error?

Many an OH&S Manager or Committee make the same assumptions when attempting a Root Cause Analysis. Too often the human factor is deemed to be the cause for an accident, near miss or MSI injury, product error.

To jump to this conclusion in the absence of performing a full and complete Root Cause Analysis is folly at best. Root Cause Analysis is part of the toolkit and expertise of Qualified Ergonomists. They rarely put the cause for accidents, product damage, slowed productivity, near misses on the human factor.
From this assumption follows a response by the OH&S Committee and Manager to commence corrective actions for human error in the absence of further analysis.
Ergonomists need to be part of the team which determines the actual source of or Root Cause for human error.

We should start with the proper definition of Root Cause:

Root Cause is the absence of best practice in the workplace and a failure to apply knowledge that would have prevented a an accident, near miss, human error, product damage, loss of productivity.

At Optimal Performance Consultants our Ergonomists use a Root Cause Analysis methodology to ensure that the human factor- employees- are able to apply best practice & knowledge to consistently improve human performance & reduce rates of human error.

The Root Cause Analysis methodology used in our practice includes asking questions (which can seem like obvious questions but need to be asked in every investigation) in 7 categories including;

• Procedures & SOP’s
• Training
• Quality Control
• Communications
• Human Engineering
• Work Direction & real Supervision
• Management Systems

Once this data is collected and all validated questions are answered we are then able to sit with the engineering, supervisory, OH&S managers and committees to map out a course of corrective action that is very specific, measureable and effective.

Next time you think of Ergonomics don’t just think “its about an ergonomic chair” or “this is about good posture at work”. Ergonomics, when applied by qualified, highly educated and experienced Ergonomists is about maximizing human performance on a consistent and real basis.

Ask us more about this topic or how our Ergonomists can work with your company anywhere in Canada to maximize human performance & productivity while decreasing human error and accidents.

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Employees Should Be Comfortable In The Office

Exhaustion can affect anyone in the office, and the right furniture should help your business manage it. (Exhaustion can affect anyone, but the right furniture should help your business manage it.

Source: www.qolofficefurniture.com

Prevention of fatigue, enhanced mental and physical focus all come about not just from furniture in and of itself – this occurs with a comprehensive and integrated approach with the team; the team refers to IT, Software designers, Interior Designers, Architects, Managers, FM, HR and employee representatives along with ergonomic design experts. That is how we develop human centred designs for comfort, error prevention and productivity enhancements.  OPC Inc

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For Parents who still insist on pushing kids to specialize too early in sport, music, academics; here is the Evidence

The Science Behind the World’s Greatest Athletes
Sports writer David Epstein July 2014

Sample many sports in childhood—don’t specialize too early.

As every parent knows, elite athleticism comes at a high price in the US & Canada, with many coaches pressuring talented children to start specialized practice immediately—often to the exclusion of other sports and activities. “AAU basketball has a second graders’ national championships now,” notes Epstein. “This is like kids who are over-hand heaving a ball at a 10-foot rim. They’ve convinced parents it’s like an important part of the scouting pipeline and their kids will get behind if they don’t go.”

Epstein argues that this push towards specialization—which he attributes to the popularization of the 10,000 hours rule—has been a “disaster.”

“There’s now a pretty strong body of evidence that we’ve over-specialized kids too early, and it actually makes them worse athletes,” he says. What Epstein is getting at is that there seems to be a critical “sampling period” before puberty, during which many eventual professional athletes play a variety of sports. Hyper-specialization makes it harder for kids to find the sport that is best suited to their biology. As an example for parents to follow, Epstein points to two-time NBA most valuable player Steve Nash, who didn’t start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13.

OPC Inc’s Kinesiology team also finds in their review of the literature, that when a young child gets to decide the sport or music program etc that they want to specialize in, they become self motivated and also derive more pleasure from participation in these activities.

So this summer let your kids play in the absence of adult supervision, let them develop basic, underlying skills then when they get to 12 or more let them specialize. This is the secret to real success and a happier young adult.

JESleeth & the Kin Team at OPC Inc

Let kids play, explore and allow their biology to naturally find the sport or activity they like.

Let kids play, explore and allow their biology to naturally find the sport or activity they like.

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