If you spend hours sitting in an office every day, you may be unaware of just how important it is to have good quality office furniture, and how it can impact both your emotional and physical well being.
Furniture At Work has recently released an eBook, which includes interesting results of a survey featuring 750 people who gave their thoughts on their office furnishings. It’s also jam-packed full of surprising facts which may impact the furniture you choose for your next office.
Furniture At Work office furniture has a reputation as some of the best furniture in the industry, providing comfortable, supportive furniture for those working in offices. But what does this mean for the health of employees?
Firstly, a large part of our emotional and mental wellbeing is dependent on how we’re perceived by others at work. And the type of office chair we have can reflect our importance within our workplace. 48% of the workers polled said that the type of chairs used is related to positions within the organisation. 44.9% of people also agreed that if one person has a larger and better office seat compared to their colleagues, it’s likely that they’re the most important person in the office.
Consider Barack Obama’s chair, which (much like the man), was both slick and understated, and had a tilt feature with a wooden base, and padded arms to ensure he was kept comfortable.
Both desks and chairs were deemed to be the most important pieces of equipment by those surveyed, with 44.3% saying that desks held the greatest importance, and 41.6% saying chairs took out the top spot.
You probably already know that if you’re using a poor quality office chair, you’re likely to experience aches and pains. But did you know that it can also have an impact on your level of confidence? We all know that an uncomfortable chair can affect our posture, with 96.7% of respondents agreeing that this was certainly true, but did you know that people who sit up instead of slouching are often more assured about both their abilities and themselves?
Ohio State University conducted research that showed that students sitting upright had more confidence compared to those who were slouching. For this reason, if you know you need a little more confidence at work, consider sitting up straighter in your chair. You’ll need to make sure your chair supports your lower and middle back, but this is a great way to make sure you’re coming across as more self-assured in the workplace.
Did you know that the standard of the furniture in your office can greatly impact your health? In fact, if you’re spending hours sitting at your desk with a poor-quality and unsupportive chair, you’re more likely to develop aches and pains. You’re also more likely to develop a musculoskeletal disorder, and approximately 9,446,000 work days were lost in 2015 due to this type of medical problem in 2015.
As you can see, it’s crucially important that you’re sitting in a good-quality office chair at work.