If you are considering buying new office furniture, investing in a new office fit-out or moving to a different location you need to make sure that you do not forget one of the most important part of your office, the chairs. Contrary to popular belief, chairs bring much more to the table than simply a place to sit in the office.
With office hours extending, people working in offices may find themselves sitting behind a desk for up to eight hours on an average working day. You want your staff come to work knowing they will be sitting on comfortable chairs, and are able to get on with their work without worrying about their backs hurting or their posture suffering because of the chairs they sit on.
Studies have shown that sitting at your desk for long hours at a time can put a lot of strain on the body. Office chairs are one of the biggest reasons for musculoskeletal injuries. Uncomfortable office chairs also affect the blood flow in the body. If the chair isn’t adjusted properly, it can cause nerve compressions in various parts of the body especially the back, legs, shoulders, and neck.
Choosing chairs for your office isn’t just about finding something that’s going to be comfortable for your staff to sit, it’s about choosing chairs for your staff that keeps them healthy.
Ergonomics is the study of individuals in a work environment, and includes evaluating function and movement to create efficient working practices. Ergonomic office furniture is designed to lessen the impact that office work can have on the body, to promote healthy and natural body positions, and to reduce loss of time and energy through inefficient practices.
Ergonomic seating is a major factor for creating a productive workplace. In addition to comfort, work chairs provide proper support for the body’s natural alignment, increase attention spans, and enhance thermal comfort, which results in happier employees.
There are now a huge variety of office chairs on the market. High back, low back, with or without arms, on wheels or static – how do you know which solution is best for your business and best for your team? We are all built differently and therefore there may not be a ‘one size fits all’ answer.
However for jobs that require extended periods of sitting and working on the computer, it is advantageous for the employee to have a good work chair, with lower back support in various positions. The chair should adjust to your body’s needs and spontaneous movement so your weight is distributed evenly.
Take a look at our infographic that shows what you should focus on when it comes to choosing new office chairs. Click here.
Over the years we’ve had companies come to us with unusual requirements for chairs. For example, one client had staff that were finding standard operator chairs uncomfortable. We worked with our supplier to create a chair with a shorter base that allowed staff affected to sit in the chair properly, with their back supported and their feet flat on the ground. Another client required their staff to sit at higher tables to complete their work. For this client we worked with our supplier to develop a bespoke chair with a longer gas ram so that the chair could be raised to greater heights and provide comfortable seating for the team.
At most. we can always present a solution to any seating problem. If you are interested to discuss your requirements for office seating we would be happy to hear from you to give you more information, so please feel free to contact us.back to blog.