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The standard work day consists of following a nine-to-five routine – as well as sitting down for a good eight hours. With back pain a growing concern among many businesses, more employers are actively seeking out ergonomic solutions in an attempt to promote a healthy working environment – through the use of back-friendly office chairs. Money can no longer be an object when it comes to ensuring the well-being of the work force, with many businesses carrying out health and safety training workshops on a regular basis – covering all bases including a work-friendly desk space as well as optimally-placed keyboards and monitors.
I was recently discussing this issue with a client:
“While some suppliers offer trial periods, they tend to be for more expensive executive-style chairs and involve quantities. At We Know Office we can be easily persuaded to let you try any chair before you buy”
I also make this point regularly:
“You should also remind your bosses that a “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t necessarily the best option — if you already have back issues, buying a better chair for you will be cheaper than subsequent H&S fixes”
Whilst style is considered a crucial factor for many businesses, many chair manufacturers are incorporating this feature along with a plethora of health benefits, including:
- Arm rests – A critical aspect as they help prevent against Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), and are much-needed when not actively typing. Ensure they are low enough so your shoulders remain relaxed, while your elbow can bend at a comfortable 90-degree angle.
- Seat heights – Adjusting your seat is also another important element, as it is much harder to adjust your desk height. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor with your arms at the height of the desk.
- Comfortable cushioning – A hard chair will wreak havoc on your posture, but combining breathable fabric with soft seating will assist especially when being seated for long hours.
- Adequate lumbar support – As our backs are naturally curved inward, the chair needs to support the lower back by projecting forward – which can be done with a specially designed lumbar accessory.
Health is Wealth
Having a properly adjusted chair can make all the difference to a positive and healthy working stance – both mentally and physically. Make sure when shopping around for an ergonomically designed chair you take into account important tips such as adjustable seat height and lumbar support.
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