Tips for Choosing Ergonomic Office Chair

The first question that is probably playing on your mind right now is “why can’t i use normal non-ergonomic (inexpensive chairs) for my office? The answer is very simple. You should use ergonomic office furniture because that’s one important way you can boost the productivity levels of your office team. Ergonomic chairs will make employees comfortable and happy and will encourage them to perform better. Now that you are convinced about the importance of purchasing ergonomic chairs, read on to know more.

The first question that is probably playing on your mind right now is “why can’t i use normal non-ergonomic (inexpensive chairs) for my office? The answer is very simple. You should use ergonomic office furniture because that’s one important way you can boost the productivity levels of your office team. Ergonomic chairs will make employees comfortable and happy and will encourage them to perform better. Now that you are convinced about the importance of purchasing ergonomic chairs, read on to know more.

How does an ergonomic chair affect posture?

There are three major areas in the work station which contribute to good/bad posture. The seat of the chair, the desk top and the floor. A good ergonomic chair will have adjustable height well padded handles, foot rest and will allow some freedom of motion. Ergonomic chairs are becoming hugely popular and they are no longer as expensive as they were even five years back.
An ergonomic chair will reduce the chances of your employees suffering from back pain, fatigue and tiredness.

Things to look for in an ergonomic chair

An ergonomic chair should have operable controls that are controllable from the base sitting position. The chair seat should be adjusted for its height and tilt. The seat should not unduly pressurise the thigh back and the knee.
The seat should also have a front edge that rests at a downward angle to the floor.
The fabric on the seat should be breathable and non slippery. The backrest should be made in a way that the lower back is fully supported. The base should have a minimum of five pointed support.
Wheels on chairs are suitable for flooring used in your office, should be present on the chair. Ideally there should be a swivel mechanism which allows rotation. Armrests that are adjusted to elbow height when upper arms are hanging down should be used.

How will you choose the perfect chair?

Choose your furniture vendor correctly. He should be reputed and in charge of selling ergonomic office furniture for many years. The chairs should have all of the above mentioned features. The chair should also be accommodative to people of all body shapes and types.
If you are lean take along an overweight colleague to the furniture shop and choose a chair that both of you are comfortable using. Ask the furniture vendor whether he will give good after sale service and check the warranty period.

How to adjust your ergonomic office chair?

Ideally the furniture vendor should send along a store representative to teach your employees how to correctly use the ergonomic chair. If this doesn’t happen here are some tips to show you the adjustment process.
If your legs do not fit comfortably under your workstation then you should increase the height of the chair. If you regularly elevate your arms while reaching your desk then you need to increase chair height till your elbows are at the same height as your desk. If your chair doesn’t allow your feet to touch the ground then use a footrest.