The work performed in an office chair – and who does it – has shifted. Jobs at every end of the spectrum, in almost any organization involve chatting, emailing and texting, attending classes, conducting webinars and meetings, maintaining our own calendars and files, and collaborating to create and develop ideas from our chairs. Making decisions too. Many of us need to be seated in a work chair for too many hours each workday – up to a third and more of a working life. And what you are sitting in makes a difference. “The bottom line is a chair really matters to people. Their comfort, their health, the productivity – all that has a lot to do with how they’re sitting” says co-founder and President of Seating Inc. Judy Hart.
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your professional chair.
In offices across America, work spaces each have their own personality; cubicle alleys, collaborative spaces, shared rooms, private offices, etc. The fundamentals always exist however – each person who has an office job has access to a chair and a desk or table. At some point along the way of every office setup, someone (or a group of people) made decisions about how to seat and support their workers. Someone chose the color, the look and design, put together a budget and ordered every person a chair. In most cases that office chair was of a commercial grade – with warranties that supported long periods of sitting, lots of wear and tear and built with great ergonomic benefits.
Now, many find themselves working at their kitchen or dining room table, at a home office desk or even on the sofa with laptops on their laps. The height of their chair likely doesn’t match up properly to make it a great ergonomic fit, there is a good chance there is no lumbar support and the foam supporting the seat may not last long after long hours in the chair. The conditions are not ideal to support optimal working conditions- especially those who are working on a computer for long hours each day.
Material, style and fit should be on your WFH chair checklist.
A well fitted and constructed ergonomic work chair provides comfort, support and functional options that will increase comfort and help you sit correctly so that you feel better at the end of the day. This doesn’t change just because your location did – the importance of sitting correctly has long term health effects. Just like your employer thought that the commercial grade, truly ergonomic, task chair was an appropriate choice and investment to seat their workforce, you should consider this investment into yourself.
There may not be a water cooler to walk to to take your break, but even at home you want to be sure to get up frequently for breaks, stretch, and take a brain break. Having a commercial grade office chair can help you when you forget to do those things. The ergonomic supports that are built right into the chairs help you maintain better posture, support your body weight and allow you to be at correct heights and depths from your workstations.
Commit to an investment in your physical space that will lead to more productive work. Let us help you get what you need. Your seat is safe with us.