If you work from a home or corporate office, you spend a large amount of time sitting down. By now, you’re probably already aware that this is terrible for your health, and can lead to obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
One of the biggest problems many people have when they sit all day, is poor posture, which can lead to an aching neck and back, and you may even find you’re continually tired since you’re slumped over, your breathing is shallow, and you’re not getting enough oxygen for hours at a time.
If you’re not yet aware, the most important piece of office furniture is your chair. Furniture at work has some of the best , and they recently put together an eBook based on a survey of 750 people. These people were asked about their thoughts on the office furnishings they’re using each day, and the insights were interesting.
It turns out that your office chair can also say a lot about the status of different people within an organisation (this is something to think about if you work from home as well). If you’ve got the worst chair in the office and you’re continually eyeing up your coworkers’ luxurious chairs, it may be time to eye up that promotion. It turns out that 48% of those polled said that the type of office chairs that people are using relates to their position within a business. Almost 45% also said that if one person has a better, bigger office chair than their colleagues, it’s likely that they’re the most important person within an organisation.
While chairs were voted as one of most important pieces of furniture within the office, almost half of those surveyed also said that desks were the most important (44.3%).
If you’ve ever sat in a chair that’s poor quality for hours at a time, you’ll already know that it can cause quite a few aches and pains. It turns out that it can also have an impact on how you feel as well, and could be knocking your confidence.
96.7% of those surveyed said that the quality of an office chair affects posture. Interestingly, research conducted by Ohio State University also found that sitting up straight instead of slouching is also a way to make people feel better about themselves and their abilities. In fact, those who sat upright were more confident compared to those who were slouching.
So what are the qualities of a good office chair? Firstly, it should be well-padded, have a rounded front, and also be height adjustable. It should also have a backrest that firmly supports the lower and middle back, and a swivel function so you can enjoy greater flexibility. Ideally, you want to have a tilt feature as well, so you can reduce neck discomfort, and the adjustment controls should be easy-to-use.
If you know that your office chair is missing one or more of the above features, it’s time to talk to your boss. Since your office chair can have such a big impact on your health, it’s crucial that you’re sitting comfortably while you’re at work every day.