How your office chair affects your productivity


A good office environment involves good air quality, adequate lighting and low noise levels. Studies have consistently shown that physical office environments can substantially affect employees’ behaviour, perceptions and productivity. Furniture plays a large part in making an office more productive, so an uncomfortable chair can have detrimental effects. People with desk jobs spend most of their time sitting in their chairs, and a chair that is uncomfortable or not fit for purpose can result in lost productivity.

Purchasing comfortable chairs for the workplace can boost the productivity of yourself or your team. As an added benefit, ergonomic chairs can significantly improve posture, reduce back pain and improve employee productivity. In short, having an ergonomic chair at your desk is good for your body.

The longer you sit stationary in your chair during a work day, the greater your risk of chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It is also likely that too much sitting can depress your mental state. As the natural tendency for most people is to slouch,  spinal ligaments can be overstretched and strained, which may ultimately result in issues with your discs.

A good office chair can mitigate some of the issues associated with a sedentary desk job. When seated properly, a good chair helps reduce back pain, so you are less prone to abnormal strain on the body. This prevents poor posture, such as slouching. Your back and neck muscles benefit from having a good office chair: it relieves back pain, reduces hip strain, and strengthens the posture.

Find your perfect fit

Using an ergonomic office chair means a quick, comfortable adjustment of the seat so that the user fits into chair.

Look for a chair with:

  • Good spinal column supported
  • Mesh for breathability
  • Good cushioning
  • A high, supportive back
  • A simple design

It’s important to ensure you align your chair and your desk to your height. Be sure that your feet are flat on the ground and your knees are in a line (or lower) with your hips at the seat height. Do not sit back into the chair with your hips. If you are using a keyboard, be sure it is close to you and straight in front of you.

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