Many health issues in the workplace are caused by inadequate seating. Ergonomic office furniture is designed to support the body in the right places for optimal health and are a must in today’s office environment.
Employees who sit at a desk all day are at high risk of back injury, neck strain, lower back pain, and leg pain. We recommend alternating between sitting and standing to work using a sit stand desk in order to avoid health issues caused from sitting for too long. But when you do sit down, you can decrease the risk of associated injuries by using an ergonomic office chair. It is important that all employees who sit at a desk for any length of time have an office chair that is ergonomic, supporting the lower back and promoting good posture.
There is no one best ergonomic chair. But the best designs allow for the adjustment of support to suit each individuals needs. The following features are what you should look for in an ergonomic chair:
- Seat Height This should be easily adjustable and enable you to have your feet flat on the floor with your thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk when resting your hands on the keyboard.
- Lumbar Support Lower back support in an ergonomic chair is very important. Your ergonomic chair should have both height and depth lumbar adjustment to properly support your spine.
- Adjustable Back As well as lumbar back support the backrest should be height adjustable and offer angle adjustment back and forward, with locking mechanisms.
- Padded Seat The seat of your ergonomic office chair should have enough padding to be comfortable when sitting for long periods.
- Seat Slide A seat slide enables you to adjust your seat position forward and back to suit different heights. Having your seat more forward will offer more support to taller people, and adjusting it further back will suit shorter people.
- Armrests Armrests are optional but if you choose to have them they should be adjustable and allow your arms to rest comfortably with relaxed shoulders.
- Swivel A good ergonomic chair should easily rotate so the user can reach different areas of his or her desk without straining.
Other ergonomic office furniture
Aside from having a good ergonomic office chair, like the Roma 3 Lever Mid Back chair, and using a sit stand desk during your work day, you can use other things to ensure your body is not being strained and damaged. For example you might need a single or dual monitor arm to hold your monitor/computer screen, so it sits at the correct height so as to not cause neck strain. For tired feet, there are anti fatigue mats you can use whilst working to help support your feet.
Summary: Due to the negative impact a desk job can have on your health, ergonomic office chairs, desks and other furniture have become a necessary requirement in today’s modern office environment.