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How A Simple ‘Office Chair’ Can Affect Your Productivity

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On average one spends 40 hours a week at workplace, and the majority of those at desk – in fact, the average office worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes every single day sitting down at work.

Piles of clutter at workplace, and things like cheap and uncomfortable sitting chair is indeed a disorganization that can lead to frustration, lost productivity and difficulty completing tasks. In fact, one study found that employees spend an average of 4.3 hours a week searching for documents. The proper office furniture can keep important files and documents managed and organized. Employees can better meet deadlines, be prepared for meetings and answer phone calls efficiently.

Lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and it’s one of the most common reasons for absenteeism on workplace, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Therefore, any company especially a startup can’t keep production rates up if someone is always out of the office. Ergonomic furniture reduces pain and injury, plus makes employees more likely to come to work because they know they will be comfortable.

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Many studies have found that employees’ productivity can be increased by 17.5% simply by providing them with the right chair and training.

As surprising as this may sound, the chairs that you sit on at workplace affect your total output aka productivity.

You have to know that there is an undeniable connection between the chairs in your office and your level of productivity.

According to Adeyemi Adetilewa, your state of health and overall wellbeing as an employee or an entrepreneur considerably affects your productivity. Traditional office chairs that don’t give room for flexibility hinder proper blood circulation. When you crouch into an uncomfortable chair for several hours, it hinders the flow of blood to your body parts.

This hindrance could prevent your vital organs – the brain and heart for example – from being properly oxygenated. A heart or brain that isn’t well oxygenated induces a foggy sensation in your system, which would affect your productivity in a great measure.

Also, not having proper blood circulation could cause various degrees of numbness. Numbness of certain parts of your body slows you down and could keep you from being able to work.

Another thing here to mention is Balance Balls, which were originally developed in the 1960s for physical therapy purposes. Nowadays, using these Balance Balls as office chairs seems to be taking off as the latest strategy aimed at reducing fatigue, discomfort and sitting disease.

Besides office use, Balance balls might also be just what the doctor ordered to help kids reach their full potential in the classroom, especially for those with sensory processing disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or just a strong need to fidget. These balls, along with the adults, can be purposeful for their kids as well, which working parents can find quite handy along with Kids bedroom furniture at Urban Ladder. Notably, according to a report having children in the workplace can also boost your productivity.

Coming to office chairs and its relation with productivity, a study which took in hundreds of university students, showed test subjects a series of computer generated pictures of rooms. Some with rounded furniture and layouts, some with straight edged furniture and layouts. The results showed that the curved arrangements were found, almost unanimously, to be seen as more pleasing and inviting.

Furthermore, there was another study carried out, which showed that office environments with rounded furniture and more curvilinear furniture arrangements triggered more activity in the brain than offices with straight edges.

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Suman Chaudhary
An engineer by education and writer by profession, Suman keeps tab on startup ecosystem of India and leads the research team of IndiaWeb2 for covering funding deals, merger & acquisition and market reports.

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