Office furniture should do more than just provide staff with places to sit. It should be comfortable, safe, ergonomically sound and long-lasting. All too often, companies opt for the cheapest furniture they can find, only to incur greater costs down the line. These costs relate to having to repair or replace furniture, as well as to lower productivity and even lost days of work due to employees suffering from back pain.
Many modern office jobs involve sitting for hours on end, day in and day out, and this can have a considerable impact on employees’ health and wellbeing.
A study conducted in the United States found that back pain and other sitting-related disorders cost an average of $90 billion a year. It also found that lower back pain is the second most common cause – after the common cold – of employees taking sick days, with an average of 100 million work days a year being missed due to strained backs.
For employers, it’s essential to provide employees with seats that won’t hamper their productivity or lead to eventual back pain and possible damage to the spine. This will benefit both employees and employers in the long run.
It’s sensible for a company to look to lower costs wherever possible, but when it comes to office chairs, it’s best to consider the benefits of investing in high-quality furniture. Although the “sticker price” may be higher, it’s well worth it.
Comfortable, well-designed chairs keep employees’ backs in the right position, leaving them feeling relaxed, boosting productivity and helping them to focus on the tasks at hand.
The Benefits of Quality
Office chairs have many components. Wheels and wheel casings, the base, hydraulic cylinders for height adjustment, and the seat shell, backrest and armrests are all parts that play an important role in the proper functioning of an office chair. The cheaper the price tag, the more likely it is that one or more of these components isn’t made to last.
Office chairs from high-end manufacturers have the longest life spans. This is clear in the length of guarantee that’s provided. Most chair manufacturers guarantee their seats only for a year or two. Manufacturers who are more confident in the quality of their products offer guarantees for twice as long or more.