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Ergonomic Chairs

5 Strategies You Need to Know Before You Invest in New Office Chairs

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 23, 2018

When your employee tells you they have back pain from sitting, do you immediately think you need to replace his/her chair? And if you do replace it, do you worry about whether their cubicle neighbor to the right and left will want one too? Then before you know it…many employees are reporting the same; bringing in therapy balls or asking for ergonomic evaluations to justify replacing their ergonomic office chairs.

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Sitting Preferences Aid in Chair Selection and Fit

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 13, 2017

Are your employees constantly complaining about their chairs? Are you routinely guessing at what chairs to buy employees, using cost to drive your selection? Or perhaps you’ve experienced a high volume of seated work injuries?

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Rethinking the Ergonomic Chair for the Chair Addict in All of Us

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on February 3, 2017

I know we have come a long way in ergonomic chair furniture design. The mechanisms are smoother, more intuitive to our bodies, improved fabric and cushion comfort, more sustainable, but when is someone going to make a "smart chair" for all us chair addicts?

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If you can’t measure it, you can’t quantify it, therefore you are guessing!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 9, 2016

The purchase and implementation of your ergonomic chairs shouldn’t be a guess! Yet, I’ve seen over and over how many employers seem to do just that… guess. Random selection based on pictures in a catalog or based on an arbitrary budget and no objective criteria seem to be the drivers behind choosing standard chairs at most workplaces.

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Chair Misfits

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on January 21, 2016

Oxford Dictionary defines a misfit as something that does not fit or that fits badly.

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To Arm Rest or Not to Arm Rest… This is the Dilemma!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on November 19, 2015

During my presentation last week at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition where I presented “Chair Fit or Failure”, an audience participant asked me what my opinion was on the use of armrests while I was demonstrating how to measure a person in a chair for best fit. Before I could answer, he gave his opinion. “I usually remove them. Don’t they discourage leaning on them and isn’t that unsafe?”

I wasn’t surprised by his comment because many people think the same way and I have heard this from others over the years. But is this really true? Is it bad to use your armrests? I call this an “ergonomic myth or half-truth”. Let’s break down the history and research on chair armrests and the validity on whether they are good to rest on and use or not.

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Are Your Ergonomic Chairs an Asset or a Liability?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 18, 2015

Do you know what you’re sitting on these days at work? What if the chairs your organization provided could give you a boost in energy and productivity? Or on the flip side, contribute to your aching back or neck? How would you know and what would you do?

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Are Your Employees “On the Ball”?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 15, 2015

Have you noticed your coworkers sitting at their workstations on large round balls? I’m often asked what I think of using a ball at work. With recent attention to the active workplace, more and more people are seeking alternative postures to work. One such strategy some employees and employers are turning to is exercise balls in place of their ergonomic chairs.But is the stability ball really a good idea in the office?

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