Employees Complaining Of Back Pain? 2 New, Unique Office Chair Styles Designed With Back Health In Mind

Posted on: 21 December 2016

If you own a business, then you are likely accustomed to making important office supply decisions with rock-bottom prices in mind. However, if you have employees who are complaining of back pain when sitting on those budget chairs, purchasing new office chairs designed to prevent and relieve back pain is a wise investment decision. When employees are experiencing back pain when sitting in uncomfortable chairs, they may take extra bathroom breaks just to get up and stretch to relieve the muscle fatigue the chairs cause and even miss full days of work due to the pain. Your new office chairs will pay for themselves many times over when they help relieve that pain and keep your employees in the office and on-task. 

Read on to learn about two new office chair designs made with back health in mind. 

1. Sit-Stand Office Chairs

After medical studies revealed the long-term health consequences of sitting all day, every day at a full-time office job, many office managers made the investment in standing desks to accommodate employees who would prefer to stand at work, then realized that after a brief period of standing at work for a change, many employees just preferred the comfort of sitting while working. Many even find that standing desks lead to leg fatigue that distracts their minds from their work. 

Do you have some of these desks that you feel are just "going to waste" due to your employees' preference to sit while working? If you do, then investing in a couple of sit-stand office chairs can be a great idea. 

Sit-stand office chairs help employees reap the benefits of both sitting and standing at the same time. Often called standing stools, they are designed to allow an employee to alternate between sitting down, standing, and leaning back a little as they work throughout the day. 

Sit-stand office chairs vary in design, but most come with height adjustment options to accommodate the height of every employee and tilt forward to allow an employee to rest their bottom slightly on the chair while still holding most of their weight up with their legs. 

Due to their basic design, most are actually very affordable, as well. Investing in a couple for your employees to use with those standing desks that may be "collecting dust" is a wise decision that can pay off greatly after a few employees fall in love with the standing-sitting option and become extremely productive when using them. 

2. Active-Sitting Chairs

Similar to the sit-stand chairs, active-sitting chairs are designed to reduce the back strain and general discomfort that can come with sitting for long hours every day. You may have heard of the health benefits of sitting on a balance ball when working but quickly decided that having a room full of exercise balls in your office just wasn't a great idea! Some active-sitting chairs provide all of the advantages of sitting on a balance ball without the disadvantages, such as making your office appear unprofessional when clients drop in and having to worry about balls rolling around your office all day. This active-sitting chair style has a neutral-colored exercise ball as seat of the chair, a small back rest where your employee can rest their back, and four legs that keep it from rolling around the office. 

Among the various other styles of active-sitting chairs include stools designed with saddle seats that have been shown to reduce lumbar pain; while chair backs can be comfortable when they are designed properly, studies have shown that sitting on backless chairs, such as exercise balls and stools, help increase core strength, and developing strong core muscles is one of the keys to warding off back pain. 

If more than one employee in your office is complaining of back pain due to their office chairs, then you should take their complaints seriously and provide them new chairs and to help them work pain-free. In the end, investing in a few new office chairs can pay off greatly for both you and your employees; as your employees get pain relief, you get more productive employees not distracted by pain and less call-offs due to back pain.