Thursday, December 6, 2012

Choosing the right office chair

Fostering poor posture and straining arm, neck and shoulder muscles is an unfortunate side effect of using a computer for many employees. However, when companies purchase furniture that helps workers avoid hurting themselves, employees have a better chance of being happier and more productive.

Because many office workers spend the majority of their days seated, it's a good idea to invest in an ergonomic chair at every desk, as these seats can adjust to every body type. According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are several steps to ensuring chair comfort.

1. Chairs should be low enough that workers' feet are well supported on the ground.

2. When workers are seated, the back of their knee should be between one to three fingers' length away from the edge of the chair.

3. Chairs should be adjusted so that employees maintain a 105-degree angle between the torso and thighs. Sitting too upright puts unhealthy pressure on the lower back, and leaning too far back will encourage the neck to compensate for proximity, which could lead to injury.

4. Armrests should be one inch below the elbow so workers don't have to reach or strain to use them.

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