Are you sitting comfortably?
We’ve all had that frustrating feeling when we’ve sat in an uncomfortable office chair. It’s off-putting and annoying and often adds to our already excessive stress levels. But it is more than that – it’s also bad for our health. If we repeatedly sit in an uncomfortable chair, we could end up with all sorts of back and neck pains – a major cause of sick leave.
When our bodies tell us we are uncomfortable, mostly the remedy is very simple – get moving! However, when we are sitting at a desk, it’s often not that easy.
So how do we make sure we are sitting comfortably?
Flexibility is top of the list. At work we are increasingly hot-desking and job-sharing and may well have to share a chair with others. As we come in all shapes and sizes, being able to adjust office seating easily for different body shapes and heights is essential.
Freedom of movement is also important. A good chair should move with you as you work, providing constant support and encouraging a good posture.
Simplicity is key. Many office chairs are over-complicated by unnecessary features, which can make them difficult to use. If you don’t know how to work a chair, then the chances are you’ll end up not bothering to adjust it, making all those features useless anyway!
You’re likely to be spending many hours in your office chair – so it’s vital to try before you buy. At CBS, we like people to come into our showroom where we can talk through and show them the options available. Where this is not possible, we’ll visit a client’s premises so that staff can try out different models.
Insist on a demonstration when your new chair arrives. At CBS, we regard this as so important that if you don’t insist on a demo – we will!
What are your office seating bug bears?