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Office Chairs - Is Yours a Distraction?
This entry was posted on November 18, 2011.
Sitting in an office chair is a necessary part of most job positions, with some of us spending upwards of 7-9 hours a day seated in one. While sitting down is an unavoidable part of your job (for the most part), the type of chair you are sitting in should not be. With the long hours most of us are required to work everyday seated in front of a computer screen, it is important that the chair we are sitting in does not become a distraction. Do you often find yourself becoming unproductive throughout the work day or easily distracted and are wondering what is the cause of this? You may not have to look any further than down at the chair you are currently sitting on to solve this problem.
When an Office Chair Becomes a Distraction
Workers are expected to remain productive throughout the work day to earn their salary and help grow their company, however sometimes it is the company itself that is preventing employees to exercise their full potential. Curious as to how this is possible? A poorly designed/cheap office chair can dramatically decrease worker productivity in a number of ways. The first and most common reason for workers becoming unproductive is experiencing pain associated with sitting in a bad office chair. An office chair that does not offer support can be the culprit behind a number of work related injuries such as lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive stress syndrome, carpal tunnel, or even leg pain. When experiencing work-related pain, it is easy to become distracted and more focused on the pain you are experiencing rather than the work you should be concentrating on. Experiencing pain for hours on end can also lead to migraines and headaches that make it near impossible to concentrate on your tasks. A bad office chair can go so far as preventing employees from coming to work and being forced to take sick days if their pain is severe enough.
Another way an office chair can cause distractions is if it has a limited amount of adjustability. If you or your employees will be spending 4 or more hours a day sitting in a chair, it is important to have a chair that will be able to adjust to the user, not the other way around. Sitting for less than 4 hours a day, you could probably get away with minimal adjustments such as seat height adjustment and fixed arms, however long-term sitting requires more advanced adjustments. An ergonomic office chair will come with the adjustments needed to properly fit the chair to the user and the level of support necessary to provide a comfortable all day sitting experience.
A chair that is too large or too small can lead to unnecessary aches and pains that, as aforementioned, can become very distracting to your work. For example, if you are a shorter individual, sitting in a standard size office chair would not be plausible as the larger seat size alone would cut off circulation to your legs. The same goes for taller individuals who would not get the seat support necessary to accommodate their longer legs and the back height to provide support for their entire back. The lack of adjustability will make it difficult to stay in one position or even worse, stay comfortable at all.
How to Avoid a Distracting Office Chair
The best and most efficient way to avoid becoming distracted by your office chair is to simply invest in a good ergonomic office chair. While a good ergonomic chair may set you back at least $300, the benefits you and your employees will receive from it will far outweigh the purchasing cost. Not only will the chair last for many years to come, you will also find work will become more pleasant and increased concentration and focus. Just like cars, not all office chairs are created equal and if you are looking to spend the least amount of money possible you can expect to get what you pay for. So the next time you are wondering why your employees are not as productive as they could be consider taking a look at their office chair.