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COVID causes rise in demand for well-being office furniture

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Business is booming for a company which specialises in creating healthy environments in the workplace, despite Covid 19 having driven more people to work from home.

London-based WellTek which sells a range of design-led office furniture aimed at promoting well-being in the workplace, has seen increased demand during the pandemic. This has come from the NHS and businesses which have been made more aware of employee well-being during the crisis.

The company’s products include air purifiers, soundproof meeting and phone booths and the neuron activation pod, which uses neurosonic technology to increase the user’s wellbeing by helping to improve sleep quality, reduce migraine problems, relieve stress and other physical and mental ailments.

Another product, a piece of smart furniture, Naava, combines nature and technology to naturalise indoor air, reducing harmful chemicals and optimising humidity. It is an indoor vertical planter that houses green leaved plants specified for their non-allergen properties and their high performance biophilic air purification.

Founder and managing director Neil Jenkins said: “We are dealing with the NHS a huge amount now, which is a big new client for us because we are able to save them time and money, particularly through the pods and technology and the go sleep pods for doctors to rest and we have done a lot with the neuron activation pods, which has been great for hospitals during the lockdown in their wellbeing rooms to help people to recover.

“In commercial offices we are now seeing more of a return to individual pods and especially conference calling has been a massive driver for us with people needing somewhere to make a private conference call.’’

WellTek is now the biggest distributor globally for Finnish company Framery which makes the soundproof meeting and phone booths. It has also developed partnerships with several other Nordic companies, including Loook, Naava, Light Cognitive and Go Sleep.

“We are getting asked more and more by clients for an ability to monitor. We offer monitoring of air quality, particularly of particles in the air. You can also measure stress levels and understand your own individual stress. It’s about data monitoring for clients and that’s a big driver at the moment,’’ said Jenkins. “We are doing live monitoring tests in architects’ offices at the moment and we also monitor the outside air because the two are extremely linked. Right now the indoor air quality is really good because it’s much better outside because of less traffic and aeroplanes. When we do get back to some sort of normality, you’ll notice the difference because we have grown used to having good quality air.’’

The neuron activation pod, NAP, is based on sensory tissue stimulation. Built-in elements transmit a low-frequency (20-100 Hz) sinusoidal vibration, which is targeted simultaneously to the whole body. As a natural mechanism, vibration affects the body via the autonomic nervous system and the mind. WellTek says the treatment brings a new dimension to fixing stress-based symptoms and is used to enhance quality of sleep, to ease stress, muscle tensions and swelling. It activates metabolism and assists in both physical and mental recovery.

Jenkins added: “Our product portfolio is committed to supporting healthy and stress-free office environments and NAP is an inspiring addition. When your mind is full, it is difficult to find the mental capacity to help relieve the stress from hectic lifestyles.  A research based proven and safe treatment with no side effects, NAP is a truly remarkable product with transformative effects that will help employee wellbeing whether mental or physical.”

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