When was the last time you really gave some thought to office chairs? What, you haven't ever given them any thought? Wow, what a shocker! Seriously though, these just are not something people really think about. But they should, because the chair you or your employees use day in and day out has a direct impact on how productive and healthy you or they are.
Many physical problems can be attributed to a bad chair. If your office chairs are lame, then your people are going to be unhappy and agitated. They may not even realize why, but they will be uncomfortable and probably irritated. I discovered that once I put out for a decent chair, my day went a lot smoother. I wasn't as fidgety and annoyed, and my back and neck could not thank me enough.
The thing about good office chairs is that they have lots of adjustment options. Being able to adjust for vertical height is a nice start, but isn't really enough. Once the proper height is set, it's really nice to also be able to adjust the back for forward and back. If you have a chair that doesn't allow for this basic level of adjustment, then you are just asking for trouble. Sitting too far back for hours on end in a chair can create real chronic issues in the neck. Similarly, sitting for a long time in a chair that is too far forward also causes many problems in the lower back and hips.
Something you may not have considered beyond the basic adjustability of up and down and forward and back, is the angle of the seat itself. Good office chairs will give you additional options for setting the seat how you want it. Tip it forward if you desire a greater tilt to the front, and back a bit if you would rather feel more "in" your chair. That's the setting I prefer because I don't like feeling as if my chair is going to tip me out on my nose. Paying attention to preferences like these can only be done if you have the options. Once you are able to try different settings, you will soon discover what a wonderful difference the right chair can make in your day.
Imagine working at your desk all day without feeling irritated or pained by your chair! You come home and don't yell at the kids as much. You sleep better. You feel more in control and powerful while at work. The right chair can be your own little private throne in your own little kingdom. You don't have to settle for some lame chair meant for the common folk. Oh no, you deserve, and can have, more. Celebrate this and absolutely demand that you be given the right chair. You will never regret it, and will have more energy, be more productive, and live a happier life. Office chairs may not be something you think about every day. But you do spend a lot of your day in one, so go for the best one you can find and afford.
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