Most of us spend more than fifty percent of our day at work sitting in the office chair. Of course, most of the jobs require us to sit in a place and work. Just image, most of us work for 8 hours per day on an average and work for 5 days per week. This contributes to 48 weeks per year. Out of the 8 hour job, even if we sit for 5 hours a day, we will be spending 1200 hours sitting in the chair. This is equivalent to 50 days as well as nights together. So, don't you think the employers must value the office chair? Office desks are valued more than the chair. Though both the furniture is unanimated objects, office desks helps you to keep the computer, photos, paper work etc in an organized way away from the floor.
In any organization when budget is allocated for furniture, the office desk takes the majority of the budget. Office chair is thus dictated by the remaining fund only. Based on the math calculated above, now you know why it's important to check on the chair that you use. Office chairs are available in the range starting from £30. Though most of them have a solid construction and come with a maximum of 5 years of manufacturer's warranty, they are still not ergonomically sound for extended usage.
It can be derived clearly that employers who value the health of their staff would definitely go for better seating arrangements that is, a good office chair. This is definitely not a myth. This can be proven by the research done in the U.K. where it's found that more than 16.5 million people suffer due to back pain caused due to bad office chairs and furniture. The recent studies as of 2005 reports states that it's now stress that has over taken back pain. Stress is the primary reason for missing work. As per the HSE, as many as 5 million people who live in England are very stressed out by their work. Though stress can arise due to many reasons, one cannot deny that uncomfortable posture is also a certain reason for stress at a work place.
Thus, it cannot be concluded that with a good office chair, employees can over come stress and can take up challenges. However, people sitting on comfortable chairs will definitely be away from the trouble mentioned above and also be motivated at work. In the present market, office chair suppliers have good orthopedic seating based on physical comfort. However, these orthopedic chairs are not a great success in the price driven market due to the quotes and tenders. No one is willing to analyze the impact or consequences of inappropriate seating arrangements due to these reasons.