Here at SitBetter we believe that in order to be an expert, we must have substantial knowledge of all the circumstances of our trade. Ergonomics are an important part of office seating, and we have developed this area as a knowledge database with our thoughts and research on the subject that we can only hope will help you understand ergonomics better.
Ergonomics are an important part of office seating, office chairs, and a healthy workplace. Often under looked because of budget, we have the knowledge to provide ergonomic solutions for any budget. Contact us today, and help yourself and your workplace become more productive while saving money!
Ergonomics, as defined by the International Ergonomics Association (yes, there really is one.):
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
Derived from the Greek ergon (work) and nomos (laws) to denote the science of work ... ergonomics promotes a holistic approach in which considerations of physical, cognitive, social, organizational, environmental and other relevant factors are taken into account. (International Ergonomics Association, 2007)
Ergonomic features in Office Chairs
Ergonomics has become a necessitated factor for the workplace, not only because Corporate deemed it so to reduce work compensation lawsuits, but because correctly implemented ergonomics substantially key into productivity increases as well.
Ergonomics plays a key role in allowing employees to efficiently and effectively work continuous hours without pains or needs to interrupt their work. (That said, sitting at your desk for eight hours straight is a bad idea no matter the chair, so we highly suggest that every hour or so, you take two minutes to walk around, meander, and stretch. Yes, some people might laugh, but who will have the last laugh when your blood will be more evenly distributed and muscles more relaxed leading to more proactive thoughts and thus the big juicy bonus?)
As far as office seating is concerned, there are a few things one must consider when looking at ergonomic chairs. Most chairs will have some sort of ergonomic components built in, however, the combination, and the right use, of components are what make a chair ergonomic.
Some companies have unique approach to ergonomics and therefore unique, patented technology, so our focus in this piece is to give you insight into what the standard ergonomic features, and how to use them so that are.