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What to look for in an Ergonomic Office Chair?

Jan 12, 2017

When you’re sitting at a desk, day in day out, regardless of what you’re doing you still want to be working efficiently and effectively. Now many things will have an impact on your capacity to do this, of course, however one key influence will be your comfort.

When you’re sitting at a desk, day in day out, regardless of what you’re doing you still want to be working efficiently and effectively. Now many things will have an impact on your capacity to do this, of course, however one key influence will be your comfort. And the primary factor affecting that is your office chair.

So, what can you do about it? The best thing is to have an office chair that’s been ergonomically designed.

What should you look for in an ergonomic office chair?
Everybody is shaped differently, so a well-designed ergonomic office chair will offer you the following adjustment mechanisms:

Seat height
Seat tilt
Seat rest height
Lumbar support
Back rest tilt
Back rest depth
Adjustable armrests
The ability to swivel
Synchronised back & seat
Stability
Adequate padding in the seat and back
It looks like a long list of nice-to-haves, but it really isn’t. The above adjustment mechanisms are actually critical for ensuring an individual’s back gets the necessary support it needs. And that’s not all there is to it. An ergonomic office chair will also encourage a person to have better posture too. Get both these aspects sussed, and you’ll be having a positive influence over the health and wellbeing of your employees at work. And that, in turn, means you’ll be helping them to be the happy, efficient and effective people you want them to be in the office.

When choosing an office chair, what other considerations should you have?
 

Different chair design suits different activities 
A call centre operative will need a different seat to a personal assistant. Someone who is up and down in their chair all the time will have different seating needs to someone who doesn’t leave their desk except for lunch. Ask your supplier about this when you’re looking.

We are all different shapes and sizes 
No one office chair fits all. Some people have long bodies, some have short arms… you see what we’re getting at here. Therefore, though an ergonomic office chair will facilitate adjustments being made, an individual’s stature and shape must still be taken into consideration when picking the best design for them.

The height of your office desk
Ideally the height of an office desk is adjustable, however that isn’t always the case. It’s important that an ergonomic office chair fits under the desk at the right height for the individual. This will help ensure that their comfort and posture are optimised.

How can CamHam Office Furniture help?
You’ll know by now that we’re committed to helping businesses provide the best furniture to their employees. To this end, therefore, we offer a wide range of executive and operator seating, always with ergonomic design at the forefront of our minds.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can improve the health and wellbeing of your staff simply by changing their office chairs, then please get in touch!

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