The easiest and most cost-effective way to make it better for your employees to sit in an office 8+ hours a day, is by giving them a great chair. There have been many ergonomics studies done, and it has been proven that a well-designed office chair increases productivity not only throughout the day, but throughout the year. This is evident with reports of less sick days due to back related injuries in employees with proper seating. There are thousands of office chairs on the market that claim to be the best, so how do you choose the perfect office chair? Here are a few tips for picking the best chair for your staff:

Lumbar Support

An office chair with lumbar support helps alleviate back pain, which is a common complaint of many employees. Look for a model that has adjustable support, allowing your employees to fit the chair comfortably to their bodies. The lower back has a natural inward curve, and chairs without proper lumbar support will have a damaging and flattening effect on the lower back.

Fully Adjustable

In addition to adjustable lumbar support, the best office chairs have a variety of adjustable controls that allow employees to easily customize their chair to meet their physical requirements. Office chairs should be able to tilt, go higher and lower, and the armrests should be adjustable as well. Once fully adjusted to the individual, the chair will take some of the strain off the neck and shoulders, and let your arms rest comfortably, making you less likely to slouch. Make sure all adjustment controls can be reached without straining from a seated position.

The Base

The ability to move around in an office chair adds to its functionality as well as ergonomics. Make sure the chair has a syncro-tilt and wheeled base. Rolling and swiveling are important in preventing arm and back strain due to reaching across a desk. Choose a base with casters designed for your office’s floor. There are casters available for carpet, hard surface, or a combination.

Materials

Select an office chair that has breathable fabric or mesh on the back, to prevent your employees from becoming overheated. The seat fabric should also allow for airflow but provide sufficient padding for comfort. The padding shouldn’t be too soft, as that will not offer enough support. There are many chairs on the market that don’t have a padded seat, but are still comfortable to sit in all day due to their ergonomic design.

Test Drive

Although you can learn a lot about an office chair online, it’s still a good idea to test it out in person. Actually sitting in a chair will allow you to feel how comfortable it is and experience the adjustability firsthand. Here are some tips on how to test out an office chair.

Choosing the best office chair for your employees may seem difficult. With these tips, however, you can start your search and ultimately choose the chair that will benefit the comfort and productivity of your staff (or take a look at the 5 most popular ROI office chairs).