Safe workplace: Are you ready for your employees to return to work?

As lockdown restrictions start to ease, you may be getting ready to welcome employees back to the office. But is your workspace ready? Are you offering a safe workplace?

For some staff, transitioning back to the office may be daunting. Sitting at a desk for longer periods of time and the pressure of a more formal working environment. Combined with the anxiety that many may still not have received even one vaccination, let alone both. Your employees might be going from working in a tracksuit at their kitchen table on and off all day to potentially wearing a suit and sitting at a desk for 6-8 hours per day. Open plan workspaces will have to adapt and floor plans rearranged to comply with new COVID guidelines.

With all this change, it is vital to ensure that your employees’ workstations are set up correctly.

A DSE Assessment can ensure that you are ready to welcome employees back to a healthy and productive space. These DSE Assessments can be completed on site or remotely, covering an employee’s workstation, chair, equipment and environment. You then receive advice and recommendations on any improvements required.

As an employer, you must meet your obligations to your staff. But you can do so much more than that. Investing in their wellbeing at work is also a preventative measure to avoid issues such as neck, back and shoulder pain through incorrect setup.

“With staff finally able to come back to work, the last thing any employer wants is to lose them again. Especially due to health issues that could have been avoided. Our workplace wellbeing services can keep your staff at work or help them return to work quicker. From treating work-related musculoskeletal conditions and injuries through fast access to physiotherapy, to proactive wellbeing initiatives with DSE assessments combined with regular exercise classes and massage therapy services, we offer both standalone services or complete wellbeing packages.”

Paul O’Connell, physiotherapist and co-founder of Bridge Health and Wellbeing

Tailored solutions for business

Based in Christchurch, Dorset, Bridge Health & Wellbeing offer a range of workplace wellbeing services. These include Physiotherapy, Sports Massage Therapy, Back care programmes, Rehabilitation classes, Exercise classes, DSE Assessments and management of chronic conditions.

To find out more or book your workplace DSE Assessment today please call Paul on 01202 473800 or email

Paul O'Connell, Physiotherapist at Bridge Health & Wellbeing in Christchurch, Dorset

Paul O’Connell (MSC, BSC, HCPC, MCSP) is a physiotherapist with two decades of clinical expertise. He has worked right across the UK, from North Yorkshire and London to Hampshire and Dorset. Sports medicine is one of his areas of special interest: he has worked both on the touchline and in sports injuries clinics, and now lectures on the Sports Therapy programme at Bournemouth University. Having spent several years managing physiotherapy and health assessment teams in two key Nuffield Health hospitals, Paul also has an extensive understanding of orthopaedic surgery. 

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