Ergonomic Office Chairs are Integral Office Design

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear about office design is “what is ergonomics?”  Sure, it’s a new concept, but it’s also one that should become common in each office.  This is because ergonomics isn’t just a way to design office furniture and equipment so that workers can work more comfortably and efficiently.  Instead, ergonomic office furniture is a way of designing the actual job to meet the demands of its workers.  In short, ergonomics is a way of designing office equipment so that it is comfortable, user friendly, and supportive to each employee.

The most frequently used piece of office furniture is the office chair, so let’s start our discussion by revising the look, feel, and function of our offices by using ergonomic office chairs.  By choosing office chairs that are supportive to each and every employee’s different body shape, an office is guaranteed to create a more productive work environment.

When shopping for your new ergonomic office chairs, ensure that the chairs are adjustable to support each employee’s back, neck, shoulders, and arms.

 

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Ergonomic Office Furniture and Arthritis

I recently found an article that discusses the links between ergonomic office furniture and arthritis.  While we’ve begun to become aware that ergonomic furniture is an important part of a healthy work environment, I had no idea of the effect it has on arthritis sufferers.  Apparently, arthritis sufferers experience a great deal of pain from manipulating their keyboard and mouse.  Additionally, they report that finding a comfortable position in their office chair is often nearly impossible.

This is yet another major reason why offices need to “go ergonomic.”  Ergonomic office chairs and keyboards will help arthritis sufferers by decreasing the amount of pain and frustration that they have to experience each and every day at work.  Often, the pain can be so severe for some arthritis sufferers that they must drastically cut back their hours or, in some cases, quit their job altogether.  

Today’s world of ergonomic office furniture provides a great deal of variety and choice.  For a healthy workplace, you owe it to your employees to go ergonomic.

 

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Space Planning Takes a New Look with Monitor Arm

The days of large monitors that fill entire desk surfaces have gone the way of the typewriter in today’s contemporary offices.  And for good reason.  First, large and heavy monitors aren’t ergonomically friendly.  They are hard to move and adjust to each worker’s individual body, therefore causing neck and shoulder pain.  Additionally, the bulkiness of large monitors take up too much space, especially in offices where saving space is a top priority.

Space planning takes on a whole new dimension with Humanscale’s M2 monitor arm.  Reception desks and workstations that utilize this new monitor arm not only free up space, but they also reap the benefits of less screen glare, better ergonomic positioning, and the option of total adjustability.

 

Humanscale's Monitor Arm

Humanscale's Monitor Arm

Haworth X-99 Executive Office Chair

It’s taken you a lot of work to earn the title “Executive.” And that high-profile title should come with an office chair that rewards you for all that hard work.

If you’re in the market for a new executive office chair, look no farther than Haworth’s X-99 ergonomic office chair. This chair is designed to be supportive to your individual body type and needs. It allows you to be active and get work done while it simply gives you the comfort you need to earn your executive status.

Haworth's X-99 Office Chair

Haworth's X-99 Office Chair

The Freedom Chair: A Name that Doesn’t Lie

Okay, so I am obsessed with office chairs.  Fine.  I’ll admit it.  But, it’s all for good reason.  I spend the bulk of my day staring at the computer screen and typing away at my keyboard, and I’ve learned that a good office chair makes all the difference.  Big deal, right?  We all know this.

Well, the big deal is that I’ve found THE office chair.  It’s called the Freedom Chair from Humanscale and it’s name certainly doesn’t lie.  This ergonomic desk chair actually fits to your body, moving with you as you transfer from back to forth positions.  And, my favorite feature is the adjustable arm rests that easily move in for keyboarding support, and then moves back out when you need the extra space for movement.

I’ve always wondered why so many office chairs had a tendency to make adjustment a hard process.  With the Freedom Chair, adjustment isn’t just easy, it’s natural.  And, that’s the way a chair should be–free and easy!

The Freedom Office Chair

The Freedom Office Chair

Leather Executive Chairs Spell Success

I’ve talked about ergonomic office chairs in the past and can’t stress their importance enough.  Sure, we all need an excuse to visit the masseuse, but our office chair shouldn’t always be the culprit.

Lately, however, I’ve been noticing that those offices that are most impressive feature leather executive chairs that are also ergonomically-friendly.  Think about it: a nice, leather chair exudes style, comfort, and success.  It makes a statement that its owner is serious and savvy.  And, this confidence can go a long way in the business world.

As you attend meetings in different offices, I challenge you to take notice of the office chairs being used.  I guarantee you’ll find that those business professionals that sit in leather executive chairs are the ones you view as most successful.  Let me know what you discover!

Ergonomic Leather Chair

Ergonomic Leather Chair

Workstations that Give you a Choice

The sheer thought of spending an entire day sitting behind my desk makes me nauseous.  But, standing is no happy image either.  I often find myself pitying bank tellers or restaurant hosts that are forced to spend their entire workday on their feet.  Guess what…there’s a compromise.

Haworth has developed ingenious workstations that allows you to choose whether you want to spend portions of your day sitting or standing with their Sit-to-Stand adjustable tables.  This modular workspace is an ergonomically-designed piece of furniture that easily adjusts between sitting and standing positions depending on your mood and the task at hand.

After all…our work requires us to multi-task and readily alternate from one job to the next.  Shouldn’t our workstation come with us?

Haworth's Sit-to-Stand Workstation

Haworth's Sit-to-Stand Workstation