The traditional way of working has certainly evolved and hybrid working has now become popular amongst many companies. Whether that’s part time, full time or on a rotational basis, it’s still important to provide your staff with functional yet comfortable office furniture to ensure they maintain productivity throughout their day.
Why choose ergonomic furniture?
Every piece of furniture in an office environment needs to be functional. Ergonomic office chairs maintain the correct posture for prolonged sitting which is why they’re so popular in office environments. Ensuring the padding on the seat and backrest is breathable, whilst still thick enough to sustain comfort for long hours. The ability to fully adjust the chair is also important in order to tailor the seat to the user's exact requirements, for example seat tilt, lumbar support, headrest and height. This is especially important if your office is catered for hot-desking, where a user may differ considerably from person to person.
A typical office worker will spend over 75% of their day sitting down, which means during the time your employees are required to work they should be encouraged to sit correctly. The most important use of an ergonomic chair is that they are designed to support your natural posture and reduce stressful forces on your body. When you sit with a posterior pelvic tilt, your lumbar spine flexes which means your shoulders roll forward, creating the stereotypical office worker slouch. In this position as you look up to focus on the computer screen your neck moves forward into an extension which can lead to muscle guarding, pain and headaches.
Chairs like the Herman Miller Embody is a flagship chair which allows for simple adjustments with instinctive design. Herman Miller states that the Embody chair can boost creativity by ensuring movement which promotes blood and oxygen flow to keep the brain more focused and functional.
It goes without saying that if you’re comfortable you’re going to be more productive. Office workers with fatigued muscles will inevitably spend more time away from the desk, prolonging coffee breaks and distracted from work.
Whilst ergonomic chairs will help prevent poor posture, investing in height adjustable desks can invigorate employees. According to research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine those who stand whilst working compared to those seated are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Standing also helps prevent the build up of sugars and fats in your body allowing the user to have better energy levels and concentration – leading to improved performance and a happier employee.
Long term use
Whilst refitting an office can be a big investment, choosing the correct furniture that stands the test of time is important. Cheap furniture can decrease your overall investment in the short term and you’ll soon find after prolonged use in the working environment it can quickly break and cause employees discomfort. Plus, creating a comfortable environment for your employees will help improve employee retention and prevent sicks days due to office related injuries.
Here at Office Furniture Scene we specialise in professional ergonomic solutions for offices across the UK. We can help you create the ultimate working environment with quality furniture from reputable brands. Contact one of our friendly team members today on 0845 0737230 or browse our luxury office furniture.