Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We sit more than we sleep

Many individuals, including workers in small and medium-sized businesses, spend more time sitting than sleeping, according to Herman Miller.

While employees should move around frequently throughout the day, some tasks are best performed seated. It's therefore crucial for business furniture to match the health needs of today's workforce.

When companies do not provide ergonomic chairs and furniture that can accommodate different body types, employees get uncomfortable, cannot focus and aren't as productive as they could be.

When employees sit at their workstations, their feet should be touching the ground and their thighs should be fully supported and parallel to the ground, advises Herman Miller. In addition, the chair user's back should be supported so that the angle between his or her thighs is between 90 and 105 degrees. It should be easy for him or her to tilt back, and the employee should be able to readjust frequently while maintaining good posture.

If a chair is not fit for smaller individuals, they'll feel pressure on their thighs and the back of their knees caused by the seat being too high or too deep. In addition, they tend to either lean forward to hunch or slump in their chair, which can cause significant back pain and long-term injury.

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