In our modern age, it is nearly impossible to manage a business without a great deal of tasks being managed digitally, and this results in employees spending long hours in a chair at their desks. Even if your business requires more physical work, such as construction, you still have to balance your budget, contact clients, manage plans, and tend to a multitude of other digital tasks. The end result is the same: one or many workers will spend their day stationary in a single chair.
With this in mind, it stands to reason that having the proper office chair is crucial. The human body was designed to be mobile, and forcing your spine to be angled in an awkward, uncomfortable, and unsupportive position has a vast range of complications. How can businesses reconcile the need for staying seated with the needs of the spine? The solution is ergonomic chairs – specially designed to curve to the shape of your back and support all the necessary regions.
By investing in these cutting-edge chairs, you can not only prevent spinal issues, but also boost productivity in the entire workforce – and here are five ways how:
- Employees Can Work Longer
When you are confided to a chair which resembles a torture chamber more than a seat, you find yourself uncomfortable and wishing to end the workday as fast as possible. This cuts into productivity, as employees are unwilling to work longer hours to meet deadlines or put in additional time for the benefit of the company. Ergonomic chairs eliminate this issue, as they are designed to fit and support the lumbar, reducing discomfort and even long-term pain which resulted from years of work in an unsupportive chair. If employees are able to sit comfortably as they complete their tasks, then the desire to escape work and avoid additional hours at their desk is removed. This boosts productivity.
- Employees Can Work Harder
In the same way that employees are able to work longer, the supportive structure of the chair allows them to place more focus on their tasks. Rather than being distracted by the pain in their backs, or having to constantly readjust their position to alleviate the discomfort, they can focus on the workload and handle it with greater efficiency. Time which would have otherwise been spent walking around to work out their spine can now be devoted to handling that deadline, and this focus allows them to hone their abilities. The work your employees can produce with an ergonomic chair will be of higher quality.
- Employees Can Work More Comfortably
- It improves posture.
We’ve all done it – and most of us still do it. After a few hours of sitting at your desk with many tasks on your mind, you do that slow descent forwards, curving your back and slouching your shoulders until you resemble Lord of the Ring’s Gollum, hunched over your keyboard. While this may be comfortable for the time, it’s very damaging to your back and will result in long-term spinal issues which can plague you for life. By investing in ergonomic chairs, the seat and backrest is designed to naturally encourage you to sit straighter with better posture. So even if the workload is heavy, you’re tired, or you’ve had a lifetime of bad posture habits to encourage the slouch, the chair will take the initiative and compel your spine into the right form. This boosts comfort as well as long-term health, making employees work at a better rate.
- Workers feel better at the end of the day.
Once employees have spent a workday in the comfort of an ergonomic chair, their backs will feel relaxed and free of the typical strain one experiences after a long day. This allows them to return home and enjoy their time without having to “unwind” from work, making them more energetic for the next day and the next workload, rather than dreading that “Monday morning.”
- Employees Will Feel More Creative
An uncomfortable chair can be the number one tool in stifling creativity. A long day of sitting at your desk with your back aching, your neck sore, and dreading every hour that ticks away until you get to go home does not encourage you to think outside the box. Unless something outside the box lets you go home early. An ergonomic chair is designed to mold to your back so that you feel relaxed and comfortable in your seat, and with this comfort comes creativity. These small changes in mood can substantially benefit the speed with which employees work, as well as the quality they produce.
- Employees Will Avoid Injury Resulting in Time Off
Most office-place injuries are not a result of scalding spilled coffee or spontaneously exploding copy machines; instead, the culprit of most desk-based ailments is chronic back pain, which then manifests in a range of other physical issues. After months and years of sitting in a chair that compromises the integrity of their back, workers’ bodies will be unable to handle the strain. Employees will eventually need to seek medical attention for these issues, which keeps them out of the office and off work for a considerable amount of time. This lack of work cuts into your business’ productivity. Additionally, this costs businesses more than the price of a quality chair, as they will be forced to pay compensation fees and the expenses of health care. In the end, a proper chair not only helps employees, allowing them to produce more, but it also saves money.
While businesses are reluctant to invest in ergonomic chairs due to their cost, it’s important to consider the substantial benefits you are reaping for your level of productivity and for the happiness of your employees in the process. By investing in proper chairs, you will in fact make greater profits while cutting down on the discomfort of your workers, creating a harmonious relationship that each benefit fro