For something you spend a large part of your working life sitting on, the office chair is often taken for granted. It really is importat to have a comfortable office chair that properly suits the user and their needs. With so many different types of office chairs, you need to try and match the needs of your staff to the attributes of the chair.
People actually look at and sit in their office chair with some emotion towards it and, if they are happy and comfortable with their lot, then the productivity will be rewarded however, if they are about to begin an eight hour stint in discomfort due to the chair being inadequate for the job in hand, your staff member will not be a happy bunny, today or indeed any day.
Chairs are expendable, good employees aren’t. Don’t keep old or damaged office chairs for staff to suffer on, buy new ones and involve the staff in their selection. Again, if the employee is not comfortable on their chair that is used daily, it will divert their attention during the day which gives a loss of concentration and results in work time lost, not least with the common back complaint.
It is not easy to keep the workforce totally happy, in an ideal world this would be your target if for no other reason than the productivity issue. Yet if you just got the office furniture in touch with the staffs needs, particularly the office chairs, then there would be no diversion of thoughts to discomfort and, their total concentration would go towards their work rather than comfort issues. In fact your staff would not even give any thought regarding the chairs because they felt so relaxed in them.