Things to consider before choosing workplace seating
Whether you’re manning a desk, running a meeting, or hosting an event, seating is important. When you’re entertaining clients or colleagues in the office, the last thing you want is for your guests to be uncomfortable. Likewise, if your employees spend most of their days at their desks, having a comfortable chair is essential to keeping them motivated and productive.
If you work in an office, you’re familiar with the concept of office seating. You probably have a desk or table where you do your work, and there’s a chair for it. Maybe you have a couple of chairs for meetings.
Treating the physical space around your workspace as another kind of “office seating” is important to your comfort while working and staying focused. While you may not be able to change the furniture layout at work, or get rid of the cubicle walls to give yourself a big open space, you can make some changes that will increase your productivity and comfort.
You should think about your workplace layout as a whole, but we’ll talk about how to best use particular pieces of furniture such as chairs, tables and even standing desks here. We’ll also talk about how to arrange those items in relation to one another so that they maximize your productivity and comfort.
Having a work space that is ergonomically correct is absolutely essential to staying healthy while working. Staying in an uncomfortable position can cause all kinds of health problems and can also increase stress levels.
Workplace seating should be arranged in such a way that people are comfortable and have room to move around. It’s important to have the option to stand up and walk around when needed, as well as sit down. If you have a desk job, it’s not always easy to get up to walk around, so make sure you take frequent stretch breaks and exercise throughout the day. Even if your job doesn’t require a lot of movement, getting up every hour or so will help keep your circulation going and prevent stiffness in your muscles.
If you work at a computer for long periods of time, make sure your workspace is comfortable for you. Your keyboard should be at elbow level, your monitor should be directly in front of you; you should be able to see it easily without having to turn your head. Your chair should support your back and bottom so that you’re not slouching or sitting too straight or rigidly upright. You may find it helpful to use an ergonomic pillow or cushion while working on the computer. Make sure there are no cords hanging over the edges