If your employees are still sitting in basic fabric task chairs, your business could be in trouble. A recent study showed that 54% of American office workers believe that having an uncomfortable workstation would cause unhappiness and a lack of productivity at the office. In addition, 92% state that a workspace that is not up-to-par has a negative impact on mental well-being. What can you do to help your employees stay positive and productive? Consider these seating alternatives to the traditional office chair.
One alternative seating solution is not a seating solution at all but a lack thereof. Equipping your employee cubicles with standing desks will enable workers to move more at the office. This is not to say that office chairs should be eliminated altogether, but rather the chair and stand-up desk should be used in shifts throughout the day. Utilizing a standing desk has proven health benefits, including improved blood flow and increased employee productivity.
Active Chairs and Leaning Stools
Active seating comes in many shapes and forms for use with or without a standing height desk. Active chairs such as the Zenergy ball chair are ideal for bringing movement to a traditional cubicle or home office setup. Leaning stools like the Perch stool tilt on a long stick-like base to prop users on a leaning angle, which is more ergonomically friendly. No matter which active chair you choose, offering employees the option to bring more movement into their days is sure to improve comfort, making employees more alert and productive while they work.
Collaborative Soft Seating
Remember, chairs are all over the office, not just at your employees' desks. The same research study from Kelton Global found that one-in-four employees value flexible areas to work away from their desks, indicating a need for varied touchdown spaces. Incorporating soft seating throughout your office will enable employees to pick up their laptops and work away from their workstations when they need to focus on a difficult project or collaborate with a coworker. Collaborative seating solutions like the Gather and Touchdown collections are ideal for use in an open area of the office or in a private space.
Whether your goal is to add more meeting space to your office or increase employee happiness and productivity, offering alternative seating solutions is a great way to go about it. To learn more about how the physical workspace affects employee mental workspace, read the full study here.