Are Ergonomic Office Chairs Worth The Cost?
Short answer: “YES”. Here’s why.
With all of the office chair options out there, you might be wondering what the difference is between a cheap, standard chair from a big box store and an ergonomic office chair that comes with more features and a heftier price tag. Is it worth investing in an ergonomic chair?
Let’s consider the amount of time spent in the chair. Some people spend more time in their desk chair than sleeping in bed in a 24 hour period! How quickly would you notice the poor quality of a bed? Backaches, stiff muscles, or neck pain can occur from sitting in a cheaply made chair just as easily as sleeping on a bad mattress. Research says the average person sits in a chair 5 hours and 41 minutes a day – that’s a long time to spend in a chair that isn’t supporting correct posture. An ergonomic chair allows you to get a custom fit for your body and specific work station. Just as you would prioritize comfort for sleep, you should prioritize comfort for your work day. Choosing a quality, ergonomic chair doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, though! This is not your grandpa’s office chair. The modern styling, interesting details, and metallic finish on this Proform series chair from VIA make it truly a work of art.
Be More Productive
There’s nothing worse than trying to complete a task, but having to constantly re-position yourself because you’re uncomfortable. When part of your leg is asleep, it’s almost impossible to focus on anything else. What happens if you’re stuck on a conference call and can’t take a break? Physical pain or discomfort actually decreases your ability to think creatively or solve problems. The benefit of an ergonomic chair goes beyond a cool aesthetic. Being comfortable at your desk means you can focus on the task at hand instead of your aching back.
The Genie™ series task chair from VIA is a sleek, high performance ergonomic chair. It has multiple seat options with tilt controls so you can get the perfect fit.
Investing Now Saves Money Later
While the upfront cost of outfitting your staff with quality ergonomic chairs may seem high, it will actually save money in the long run. Firstly, when employees feel like they matter, they typically stay at a company longer. You’re already investing time and resources into training new hires. Showing them you care about their health and comfort too will go a long way to earning loyalty.
Employees who are not suffering from joint pain related to poor posture at work are less likely to miss work. Studies show that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. And, it’s the third most common reason to visit a doctor. An ergonomic work chair can help prevent problems before they become chronic and cause missed work days.
The benefits of quality ergonomic task chairs over cheaper standard chairs are clear. An investment in this area positively affects both employee and employer, a win-win situation. Contact ROSI today for a free ergonomic analysis to discuss which chairs meet your unique needs.