Work yourself healthy: ergonomic workplace design for every business

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of employee health and wellbeing. There is little doubt that the workplace of the future will place greater emphasis on solutions that encourage physical activity during the workday to combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting and improve employee productivity. AJ Products can help you create well-planned, healthy work environments completely customised to every business.

Ergonomic design has been one of the cornerstones of AJ Products’ interior solutions and product development since the company was established in 1975. Throughout our range we have put a focus on functionality and ergonomics to help make workplaces safer, healthier and more convenient for staff.

At AJ Products, we think staying fit and healthy should be something that anyone can do. Given the long hours many adults spend sitting down while at work, it is essential to combat this issue in the workplace: a concept that is increasing in popularity with businesses across all sectors. We encourage workers to get fit at their desks through our range of affordable sit-stand desks and active office furniture. Moreover, our solutions extend to all types of workplaces including workshops, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. We are committed to making workplaces happier and healthier places to be.

There is extensive research to suggest that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal problems, even if the person does regular exercise. On the other hand, standing up for just a few extra hours a day can have huge health benefits. A study conducted by the University of Chester measured the effects of standing for at least three hours a day for a week. It showed that by doing this every day for a year someone can burn “about 30,000 extra calories…the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year” [1].

The active office

To effect change in the office, it is important to give employees the flexibility to choose how to work as suits their needs and tasks. Sit-stand desks will have a major impact on employee health but are even more successful when combined with other active office furniture. Active sitting chairs complement desks to keep the body moving even when sitting, strengthen back and core muscles, and improve circulation. Plus, AJ have just launched an exciting new product range that will revolutionise meetings and conferences. The latest addition to our active furniture range is a unique height-adjustable meeting table that makes it easy to switch between sitting and standing meetings, boosting both productivity and fitness. At AJ Products, our solutions make sure staff never sit still at work!

Ergonomics in the industrial workplace

While the trend for sit-stand furniture in offices is growing, AJ Products is uniquely situated to be able to help businesses across all sectors prioritise employee wellbeing. For over 40 years we have been supplying furniture and customising interior solutions for every type of workplace: from offices and conference facilities to manufacturing plants and warehouses. Our range of sit-stand workbenches offers greater flexibility for employees doing packing and assembly work to encourage a healthier way of working while our cleverly-designed trolleys and material handling solutions help prevent injuries in warehouses.

As part of our commitment to healthy and active lifestyles, AJ Products is proud to be a member of ukactive, a not-for-profit organisation comprised of over 3,500 members and partners from across the UK active lifestyle sector whose aim is “to get more people, more active, more often” [2].

Our innovative, ergonomic office furniture is just one area of expertise in AJ Products’ extensive product range. We also provide premises management equipment, materials handling solutions, lockers and changing room facilities, conference furniture, warehouse shelving and racking, workbenches, industrial matting and much more. Thanks to our 40 plus years of experience, AJ Products can provide a complete solution from free-of-charge project planning and design suggestions to quick delivery and installation. We are a one-stop shop for all workplace needs. Whether a one-off order or a large refit project, AJ Products is here for whatever you need and will help you deliver a welcome solution to any client.

For more information on how we can support your design project, visit www.ajproducts.co.uk or call us on 0800 634 4369 to speak to our sales team.

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