Office workstation assessments - virtual

Alexander Ergonomics (Christchurch) and Optimise (Motueka) have collaborated to provide high quality virtual consulting and education services for home based, remote or tele-workers.


Sue Alexander and Marion Edwin are veteran home-office workers, skilled in helping people to work productively. They provide many DIY solutions to improve temporary workspaces that are not ideal, and assistance for designing permanent home based workspaces that work.


They are both New Zealand certified ergonomists CNZHFE), registered with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ). 

Service options:

  • Individual Assessment (40 minutes, virtual) includes ‘My Tips for Remote Working’ worksheet, and summary report for manager - $195 plus GST per person

  • Individual Advice (10 minutes, virtual) to review where you are working, what you have to work with, and how to put it together - $50 plus GST per person

  • Team training (30-60 minutes via video conference) to learn about preventing discomfort and how to setup an effective workstation at home - $350 - $500 plus GST, maximum 10 people


Get in touch to make your booking - 


or phone Marion - 027 626 1300

Office workstation assessments - onsite

Office workstation assessments are usually completed with the worker at their work site. A new service for virtual workstation assessments is offered from March 2020 - see below for details, and contact Optimise to discuss your service needs. Onsite and virtual services vary in complexity and length depending on worker knowledge, the organisation's management of work-related health risks, the nature of the work tasks, and the worker's experience of discomfort. Travel costs may apply.


Optimise services include:

  • Physical workstation setup, where the tasks are simple and the organisation's

       processes for managing workstation related health risks is established. 

       These checks take around 20 minutes per person.

  • Physical workstation set up, and set up for specific work tasks. From 40 minutes

       per person.


  • Physical workstation set up, task specific set up, and discomfort management advice.

       From 1.5 hours per person.


  • Review of contributory factors for discomfort, pain and injury in your office workplace,

       for updating health and safety risk/hazard documentation and consideration of management

       strategies to address risks. From 4 hours per organisation.


  • Workplace design, equipment design, furniture and equipment selection, and advice for procurement decisions and processes. Time billed as required per department/organisation.

  • Staff training, and manager/governance group education and consultation quoted as required.  

Working productively from home – our ergonomist’s top tips
- How to cope with working from home during the Covid 19 crisis


1      Be realistic about what you can achieve

Trying to manage work tasks while balancing childcare or eldercare or sharing a workspace with a partner or student may be challenging. There may be additional distractions. Allow for taking more breaks as your office set-up may not be ideal. Be kind to yourself (and others).

2    Keep physically active

For physical and mental health you need to balance sedentary work with regular physical activity. Go for a walk or run, do a home-gym workout or a yoga routine, dig the garden or play with the kids. It is especially important to keep moving when your home-based work setup is not ideal, and during times of stress.


3    Be creative about your workspace

When working from home there are many ways to use household objects to improve your physical setup and to meet good practice. When things aren’t optimal you are at risk of developing muscle aches and pains. Get advice from a registered ergonomics professional to help keep you pain free and productive.


4    Sort out your technology

Know your internet capacity – consider an internet cable connection versus WiFi connectivity, the number of users accessing the internet router, and the timing of this use. Sort out the software, video conferencing and document sharing applications that suit your needs.


5    Look after your mental health and wellbeing

Working remotely can be lonely. Keep in touch with your colleagues and friends using technology, such as phones, social media and video apps to stay connected.

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