Smart Office Chairs – Is Ergonomics Out-Dated?
As specialists in contemporary office furniture, we talk a lot about the importance of ergonomics – the ability of your office furniture to support you while you work and not strain your back and neck. Of course, innovative technology and designs are constantly introducing new and exciting ways to create a healthy and productive office space, and the smart chair is the latest of many contemporary office furniture ideas to extend our understanding of a healthy workplace. Here’s what the smart office chair is all about, and how it can fit into your workplace
The Cost of Posture Problems in the Workplace
The human body is not designed to sit, especially for the long hours that an office job requires. With the average office worker spending 9 hours a day sitting in front of a computer, we are getting more sedentary every day. The result is that common and often serious ailments are spiraling out of control, from repetitive strain injuries and neck or back pain to increased risks of obesity and hypertension. As a result, 86% of workers are overweight and have at least one chronic health condition, and absenteeism is on the rise – and costing companies in the USA $153 billion. The solution may be the smart office chair.
What is the Smart Office Chair and How Does it Work?
A smart office chair is one that makes use of innovative technology and connectivity to create a more integrated and effective solution to everyday office tasks and challenges. The Allsteel Mimeo is a good example of this design – a compact, stylish office chair that takes ergonomic design to new heights. It offers dynamic support while allowing you to move unrestricted as you fulfill different tasks through the day, supporting you by providing personalized comfort through resistive tension and IntelliForm back technology as you lean back, height-adjustable arms, weight-activated motion technology and more. It’s lightweight and scaled design means it fits seamlessly into collaborative office designs.
In the near future, we can expect this smart technology to get smarter and become more connected, allowing organizations and individuals to monitor how long a chair is in use and how often in order to help managers design a more efficiently furnished space, to use sensors to monitor seated posture and make incremental, personalized adjustments in response, and even encourage you to move around, stretch or take a break if you have been seated for too long. Rather than relying on individual users to make ergonomic adjustments, smart chairs will even adjust itself to the ideal ergonomic position for the individual, which is always a challenge when fitting out an office for ergonomics – especially in a hot-desking environment.
With advanced ergonomic capabilities that directly impact employee performance and wellbeing, smart office chairs are sophisticated pieces of technology that bring together the best of ergonomics, sustainability and technology for impressive results.
Create a Healthy Office Space with Innovative Ergonomic Contemporary Office Furniture and Design
Interested in taking a stand for wellness in the workplace and creating a stylish, productive, and enjoyable work environment? BE Furniture is the right team for the job!
As specialists in contemporary office furniture, we can assist you with every phase of your project, from design concept through to remodeling and furnishing your space. Whether you are looking for an ergonomic solution to support your staff or protective furnishings to make your space compliant with COVID-19 regulations, we can assist you.
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