Friday, January 11, 2013

Promoting healthy chair movement

Just because employees often sit for most of the day, it doesn't mean they're not moving frequently. Periodically shifting one's posture and repositioning the body keeps employees comfortable, because it promotes blood circulation, muscle engagement and joint and spine health.

In fact, people move around so much at their workstations that they rarely sit completely still, according to  Herman Miller in "The Kinematics of Sitting: Ergonomic Criteria for the Design of the Aeron Chair."

The business furniture manufacturer identified three modes of sitting at work that people tend to adopt. When employees are doing work on the plane of the desk, such as writing, reading a book or using a touch-screen, they're usually sitting forward. Meanwhile, when people are on the phone, or typing and "mousing," they sit in a slightly reclined position. Workers who are resting, reading a handheld book and sometimes typing are most often deeply reclined.

Because people change their seating position throughout the day, it's a good idea to choose furniture that adapts to their movements. Adjustable ergonomic chairs support these bodily shifts, which makes them a healthy choice for office seating.

When employees feel good working, they're about to concentrate for longer and ultimately be more productive.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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