Denver Office Furniture Designers Deal with Workers’ Ache, Discomfort
Written by: Allison MayorPosted on: June 05, 2014
The average American adult stands at 5'9" for men and 5'3" for women, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the workplace, these people won't have problems sitting throughout their entire shift.
For roughly four million Americans, however, the feeling isn't mutual. Sue Shellenbarger of The Wall Street Journal reports that these people are outside the average height range between the 5th and 95th percentile. This makes them too small or too big, respectively, for most office chairs built for the average Joe or Jane.
Most chairs are designed for the 5th to the 95th percentile of the population—people who are closer to average in size. That leaves roughly 4 million white-collar workers on the unlucky extremes of the bell curve—too small for their chair, with legs dangling, or too big for their chair, with knees bent up toward the chin.
Mostly, they suffer in silence. It is awkward to ask for a special chair—especially one that could cost hundreds of dollars.
Now that manufacturers are fixing the issue by designing the ideal chairs and office furniture for Denver offices, another issue arises. Shellenbarger writes:
Solving the problem can be complicated for employers. Some worry about fostering resentment if they give one employee a special chair, says Tim Springer, president of Hero Inc., a Geneva, Ill., ergonomics research and consulting company.
Managers must make it a point to explain to their employees the reason for some to receive a more comfortable-looking chair. The spine is an asymmetric organ; contrary to popular belief, it doesn't run in a straight line but an S-shape. Designing the backrest alone depends on holistic understanding of the spine's musculoskeletal structure and function.
The transition from standing to sitting position exerts immense stress to the lower back as it tries to stabilize the torso. If the weight shifts forward of the torso due to poor sitting posture, the back muscles have to exert more force. This, in turn, compresses the lumbar spine, resulting in pain and discomfort popularly known as low back pain (LBP).
LBP can seriously hamper production and quality of work; it forces key personnel to take sick leaves due to their aching backs. Buy Denver office furniture from dealers like Pear Workplace Solutions to find the ideal furniture for everyone because you believe that comfortable and cozier seats for your workers lead to productivity.
(Source: "Searching High and Low for a Just-Right Chair," The Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2014)