Guide to Choosing the Best Office Chair
If you, as an average desk-bound office worker were to determine the amount of time you spend in your office chair, you might be surprised. For instance, if you work 40 hours in one week, that’s about 1900 hours in one year! If you multiply that number with the average number of years you work, it’s easy to assume that a large part of your life may have (or will be spent) sitting in an office chair.
While these numbers are significant, most offices spend more time and effort in choosing office desks than chairs.
These numbers can also be said for most home offices. People spend more time working in front of their computers, than they spend sleeping. Considering this, it makes sense that office chairs are comfortable, sturdy, and provide ample support for users.
Offices should start investing in good quality chairs that promote good health, thereby preventing employees from missing work because of injuries and body aches.
Apart from its functionality, offices consider the aesthetics of an office chair.
Here are some of the things that people should consider:
- Lumbar Support –
Look for a chair that provide ample support to the lower back. Good quality chairs have adjustable lumbar support, allowing a comfortable fit. This helps prevent straining the back, which can lead to a debilitating back injury, sciatica.
- Adjustability – Most office chairs are adjustable, but the best ones are those that can be adjusted in different heights and levels to perfectly any type of user. Aside from the lumbar support, parts that are adjustable include tension control, arm and seat heights, arm width, and back and seat angles.
- Good quality wheel base – Office chairs often have a wheel base, but there are chairs that have wheels that are designed specifically for carpeted rooms. Users should be able to move in their chairs easily when try to retrieve items or moving around the desk.
- Swivel base - A good office chair should freely swivel, allowing users to make easy movements around the desk. This will prevent arm fatigue which can stem from over-extending the arm when trying to reach things.
- Good quality fabric – Choose a chair that is made of “breathable” fabric because it can get hot and uncomfortable when users sit on their chairs for hours. There should also be enough cushion that provides ample support and comfort for users.
Why do offices need to find good quality chairs for their employees? For one, to ensure that employees function at their best, they should feel comfortable in their work stations.
Investing on office chairs mean offices are concerned about the health and well-being of their employees. In return, comfortable, happy, and healthy employees are more productive, thus resulting in increased profits for the company. When they are comfortable, they work faster, able to concentrate more on tasks at hand, and they are more appreciative of the concern.
Having a comfortable chair may help reduce the number of breaks that an employee needs to take because of discomfort. Healthy employees mean reduced absences.
Use the above information when your office begins making bold changes in your company.