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Why ergonomic working at home is so important!

Blog, March 2021. As an internationally operating company, it has always been necessary for us to be able to work remotely so that we can work alongside other overseas colleagues without any problems. Thus, we were able to send all our employees to their home offices within a day, without any issues regarding technology.

Unfortunately, the swift transition to home offices has meant that many of us have been working from our dining room tables or the couch for almost a year, with the added interruptions and distractions that family members and domestic demands bring. Others, however, may have already built an office space at home and are thus at least able to create a geographical divide between office and living spaces. Nevertheless, a separate office space alone does not necessarily mean that an ergonomic workplace has been set up. The same applies to temporary workstations in the living space.

What does science and law say about this?

A home working space should be just as well set up as your office working area. This is backed up by the German Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition to possible tax advantages, at least in Germany, an ergonomic workplace also has positive effects in later life. Currently, an alarming 20-25% of sick leave taken by employers is due to musculoskeletal disorders caused by a less than ideal workspace. Here are a few tips and tricks to make for a more efficient and functioning home working environment. If possible, a height-adjustable table and an ergonomic desk chair should be available. In addition, make sure there is enough fresh air and daylight in the room. If there is no daylight available, or the room is too dark, make sure there is sufficient lighting both overhead and on your desk. In addition, you should get enough exercise in the home office. Regularly getting up and stretching your legs or even taking a short walk during your lunch break can work wonders.

Ergonomic working at NT-ware!

We at NT-ware pay a lot of attention to the health of our employees and will continue to look after the wellbeing of our employees in the home office even after the pandemic. In order to promote ergonomic working we can provide additional IT equipment free of charge e.g. height adjustable monitors. Individual IT equipment can also be purchased from a personal IT budget. You can also take advantage of an electric, height-adjustable desk whether working from home or in the office. For those who still have individual problems such as sheath inflammation, NT-ware can also provide supporting gel cushions and/ or an ergonomic mouse and keyboard. So, apply now to an employer who promotes your health!

Sources: dguv.de/ifa/fachinfos/ergonomie/index.jsp & www.arbeitsrechte.de/home-office/

NT-ware Donations for 2020!

News Dec, 2020. This year we supported the efforts of three organizations with a donation:

Médecins sans frontières (MSF)/Ärzte ohne Grenzen (cross-border medical help): In addition to numerous other activities, MSF is involved in the fight against the coronavirus. Helping people in more than 70 countries significantly affected by the pandemic, they work in health facilities and treatment centers and run hospitals for Covid 19 patients.

Kinderschutzbund Osnabrück (agency for the protection of children): This association is committed to children's interests and rights by providing child protection systems in the city and district of Osnabrück. In addition to counseling and support services, they also offer outpatient therapies.

NDR - Hand-in-Hand für Norddeutschland (hand in hand charity campaign): The German broadcasting company's charity campaign is all about helping disadvantaged people in particular need due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Team PACKOSEL wins OSNAHACK 2020 hackathon

News Jun,2020. This year’s edition of the OSNAHACK once again proposed to boost digitization and make life easier in Osnabrück. Carsten Pape, employee at NT-ware, mentored a young team of highly motivated designers, developers and innovators. 

Together they developed their vision for a smart and relaxing shopping experience in the city center. PACKOSEL was born, a system for conveniently delivering purchased goods to the parking lot or train station, so shoppers don’t have to carry bags and boxes around and reducing traffic density in the city. This year the hackathon had to be conducted online so various communication channels were used to discuss, collaborate, coordinate then present the idea. The closing event was streamed live, showing video submissions from all teams. The concept around PACKOSEL won Carsten’s team first place. Within the next couple of weeks, we will see the PACKOSEL team realize their vision for Osnabrück’s digital future. If you are interested in further information and videos of the final event klick on www.osnahack.de!

NT-ware donated 5000 Euros to support the German Red Cross within the Corona Crisis

News Mar, 2020. 'This crisis connects and affects the whole of society.' Over the past few weeks the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK) has been helping to fight the coronavirus and to limit its further spread.

DRK employees and volunteers support the authorities by providing mobile medical practices and fever check points across Germany. The relief efforts of the DRK also focus on the care and support of the elderly and other vulnerable persons during the crisis. NT-ware has donated 5000 euros to support the DRK’s important voluntary work and relief action. If you also want to help: www.drk.de/spenden/corona-nothilfsfonds/

NT-ware supports victims of the bush fires in Australia

News Feb, 2020. You will all be aware of record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought which have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. As part of our company social responsibilities NT-ware has made a donation to OzHarvest.

OzHarvest is Australia's leading food saving organization; high-quality surplus food is collected from commercial outlets and delivered directly to more than 1300 charities that support people in need across the country. OzHarvest is hosting a CEO CookOff, where business leaders and some of Australia's best chefs will cook and serve meals to over 1,300 vulnerable Australians who have been affected by recent fires, droughts and floods. This unique event provides an opportunity to see the direct impact of the funds raised, as companies can interact with their guests, serve delicious food and provide some hope and dignity. Our Canon colleague Ben Luke is part of the cooking crew for the first time this year. NT-ware has donated $2.510 to OzHarvest to support this great fundraising project. Ben Luke has sent a message of thanks for our support by stating that ”every donation will make a real difference to those in need”. Check out OzHarvest’s website to find out more.

LAN-party at NT-ware organized by a NT-ware colleague

News Feb, 2020. On February 22nd Norbert Bahns a colleague of NT-ware provided a chance to try out eSports and competitive gaming at our NT-ware headquarters. The NT-ware LAN-party (NTWL) was organized by Norbert Bahns’ subsidiary company together with some NT-ware colleagues.

The fourth LAN-party opened the doors to NT-ware employees and friends. Teams were built in mixed mode, based on participants’ skill level, to open up the tournament to any player and to encourage new players. Entertaining and challenging matches provided excellent experiences for all players and the worthy winners are to be congratulated. The next event is already being planned and will take place on October 24th. The next edition, NTWL #5, will be a 'special’ one for strategy games only. Hope to see you there!

The James Bond company trip 2020 to Neustadt, Germany

News Jan,2020. This year’s annual company trip adopted a James Bond/ Casino Royale theme. The whole NT-ware family, from New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Bad Iburg, came together for this special weekend in Neustadt, a city on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany, once known for its port facilities.

Today it is a popular tourist destination with its recreational facilities and culture. We stopped en route in Lübeck on the Friday to enjoy a guided tour through the historic old town and had a delicious 3 course meal at the House of the Seamen´s Guildhall with local delicacies such as tartare of herring fillet and marzipan parfait. Afterwards we went to the 30 km northern city Neustadt, were we reached our final destination and checked into our hotel and enjoyed our free time. The first evening was rounded off with dinner at the hotel accompanied by beautiful live music. Saturday was the big day. After breakfast, various activities such as speed boating, yoga and upcycling classes were organized. Employees were able to choose from a range of options from the very active to the more relaxing by enjoying the hotel’s facilities including the sauna, swimming pool and massages; some opted for a mix of both. The highlight of the trip began at 6pm when everyone went to the fitting room to find some accessories for the James Bond casino night. Everyone wore a suit or an elegant gown and spent the evening in glamorous surroundings with lots of good food, various casino games and a band playing such good music the dance floor was never empty. Following this fun packed weekend we are already curious about where the trip will be in 2021.

Our annual Christmas donation goes to “Kindernothilfe” and “wunderbunt e.v.”

News Dec, 2019. At NT-ware we take our community responsibilities very seriously. What better time than at Christmas to show our commitment?

Every December we donate funds to local charities instead of giving presents to our partners. In 2019, we selected two charities dedicated to working with, protecting and supporting children. Kindernothilfe focuses on protection, provision and participation and supports more than 2.1 million children in Africa, Asia and Latin America by providing humanitarian aid through self-help groups, food and working to conserve resources. Wunderbunt e.v. is an association that offers support and advice to parents of children with rare diseases, developmental delays or those who await a confirmed diagnosis of a disability. Wunderbunt e.V. provides advice and help to families and allows those in need to exchange experiences, ask questions and raise concerns. We at NT-ware feel very fortunate to be able to support these organizations as they provide so much for children and their families.

NT-ware collaborates closely with the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück

News Dec, 2019. As part of a regular exchange with the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, one of our software architects delivered a presentation there about cloud application architectures shortly before Christmas 2019.

The audience comprised students on Professor Rainer Roosmann’s 'Computer Science – Distributed and Mobile Applications' Master program course. The focus was on our Microsoft Azure-based software for uniFLOW Online, elasticity and horizontal scaling, distributed data stores and messaging. Carsten also presented the 'Ports & Adapters' architectural pattern which was recently introduced into the back end of uniFLOW Online. This was Carsten’s second presentation at the university; he talked to students in April about Security Engineering, raising awareness in particular about security considerations during application development, and interactively presenting best practices in secure coding. With their in-depth knowledge and high level of skills, NT-ware’s employees are able to maintain a close collaboration with universities. Added to that, we want to share our knowledge with students and make them aware of NT-ware as a modern development company within the region.

NT-ware has been recognized as the most family-friendly employer in the Osnabrück region

News Oct, 2019. In spring, the county of Osnabrück invites companies to propose themselves as the most family-friendly employer in the region.

This certification has become more significant for businesses as the work-life balance of family and career is a primary issue today and in the future. Businesses are under pressure to offer benefits such as flexible working hours, on-site day care center and home working options. After companies had put themselves forward for the award, the judges selected some nominees for the next step - a visit by judges to assess each organization and its family friendly benefits. Judges visited NT- ware in Bad Iburg during the summer of 2019, toured the offices and our HR department answered a range of questions. In October 2019, we were delighted to hear that NT-ware was declared to be the most family-friendly employer in the region. In late October the award was given to us at an official awards ceremony. We are very proud of the award as it establishes the company as one of the strongest businesses in the Osnabrück region and as a pioneering industry for employees.

Recruiting new talents: NT-ware at pitch club developer edition Germany

News Sept, 2019. The Pitch Club Developer Edition provides a unique environment where IT companies have the opportunity to meet 60-80 preselected software developers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, in order to recruit new talents.

Companies represent their organization in short 6-minute pitches. Developers then have the opportunity to gain a more in-depth knowledge about a company through 1-on-1 talks with company representatives. These events take place in large and mid-sized German and Austrian cities several times a year. It is obvious to NT-ware that this event is a good way to recruit new talents with innovative ideas. In 2019 we therefore attended three Pitch Club events in Dortmund and Bielefeld where our project director, Peter, talked about general facts and benefits of NT-ware with a focus on what we have achieved in 20 years. As prospective candidates are especially interested in companies who have a vision and are able to point out why they need new employees the NT-ware vision was an integral part of the presentation. Using a global map, Peter showed where uniFLOW products are sold, what our market penetration strategy is and what NT-ware aims to achieve within the next few years. Afterwards Michael, our development manager , focused on working environments in the software and quality assurance departments, highlighting the benefits of working in small teams, and presented the used tool chains. During these events we met several software developers with a great vision matching ours at NT-ware and we are looking forward to participating in more Pitch Club Events in the upcoming year.

NT-ware’s Team Active participate in the business run championship

News May, 2019. B2Run, founded in 2009, organizes an annual run purely for businesses in Germany. The run takes place in 17 cities across the country.

The route is 5 - 6 km track and participants can sign up either a runner or a Nordic walker. The route in Dortmund is a particularly special experience as it runs through Germany's largest soccer stadium, Westphalia Park. On May 28th, 2019 we decided to join in on the fun. There were 12,500 runners participating including 27 NT-ware employees – our Team Active - taking part as runners, walkers or visitors. Severe weather conditions with heavy thunderstorms meant the 6.45 pm start time was delayed but, once they set off, our employees ran through the home of the soccer club Borussia Dortmund and crossed the finish line happy and healthy. Team Active then stayed on to enjoy the food, drinks and entertainment program provided. Another challenge is being planned and we are keen to compete again as a NT-ware team.