September 14, 2020
The number of people living with chronic pain conditions is startling.
Of course, some of those pain conditions are caused by effects and accidents, perhaps surgery in years gone by, or a condition which needs to be managed with medication. There is another type of chronic pain however, one which is entirely preventable – the type which occurs within an office simply because you’re not sitting correctly at your office chairs.
Lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and even wrist pain, these are all caused by sitting incorrectly for a long period of time. If you think about the amount of time you spend at work, and therefore sitting at your desk and typing away, it’s no surprise that this type of situation can occur.
You can educate your employees about how to sit correctly all you like, but if you don’t provide them with chairs that are suitable for their needs, it’s all a waste of precious time. Before we move on from that point, if you do need to know how to sit correctly, the infographic below will give you plenty of insight.
A good topic option here is to think about investing in ergonomic chairs.
Ergonomic furniture can be adjusted to the individual employee’s needs. In terms of chairs, that means the height can be adjusted, the seat depth, the tilt, and the height of the chair’s back. Every single employee in your office has slightly different requirements, so a chair is not just a chair. It’s not a case of giving your employees somewhere to sit so they can get on with their work, it’s a case of giving them somewhere comfortable to sit, somewhere which supports their back, their neck, and their shoulders, and allows them to follow the advice in the infographic easily, in terms of how to sit with the correct posture.
Chairs Hold The Key to Lower Sickness Rates
It’s a truth that if you invest in high quality office furniture, especially chairs, you reduce office-related aches and pains. You get what you pay for here, especially in terms of chairs.
When lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and the rest are reduced, your employees are more comfortable. They’re not going to be struggling every single day and that means they’re far less likely to go off work sick. It’s also going to affect their mood, because they’re not in pain and can concentrate and be far more positive as a result. Workplace stress is high enough, without contributing to it with an issue which can easily be avoided.
Sickness absence costs a business a huge amount over the course of a year, and that’s far more than the price of investing in high quality ergonomic chairs and the like. It also shows your employees that you value their health and well-being, therefore ensuring that morale remains high.
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