Taking seating to task

The days of specifying task seating for completing tasks in one fixed place are on the wane. Working in a specific place for a set amount of time is no longer a necessity within most companies. Spaces are often no longer ‘owned’ by individuals; instead they are increasingly being encouraged to move between locations and utilise the space as and when required throughout each working day. The impact of this has led to the birth of a new generation of task chairs that facilitate such flexibility without compromising ergonomics and wellbeing.

Task chairs are critical for supporting employee performance and their health and wellbeing. With statistics showing that the number of employees suffering from back, neck and shoulder complaints caused by sitting and postural-related issues is on the rise, ergonomic support is more important than ever. However, providing an ergonomic solution for specific employees is no longer enough. Nomadic working dictates that task seating must be able to adapt to multiple users’ requirements too, as one seat may well be utilised by many.

Over the last ten years, task seating has become more and more sophisticated. Facilities Managers believe they are doing right by their clients and employees by specifying good quality task chairs from credible manufacturers, which come laden with manual adjustments and that confidently claim to fit over 95% of the population. However, two years of intensive market research undertaken by Boss Design confirmed that these chairs are actually doing little to improve the way that people sit, despite the high number of manual adjustments a task chair now offers, and how great a dimensional range these adjustments achieve. It appears that a task chair will only ‘fit’ correctly if users have the necessary knowledge on how to adjust it, and if they make the effort to set it up correctly.

Thankfully, the birth of a new generation of task chairs has resolved this dilemma, and has truly shattered the market’s preconceived expectations of what task chairs should be. Unlike the current market offer, this latest generation does not require any user adjustment, multiple components, complex assembly and even training. Instead, they provide revolutionary dynamic support through fluid movement, and are ideal for the modern office where seating no longer belongs to one person.

Essentially, these revolutionary chairs use three independent pivot points that combine to create a chair that ‘follows’ rather than resists the user. This promotes better support through a wide range of body movements, and has been proven to increase contact with the users’ body through the full length of the seat and back surface compared to traditional synchronised mechanisms. This provides greater comfort and encourages a more dynamic user experience.

Ultimately, they provide a better fit for a broad range of user shapes and sizes, without placing the emphasis on the user to make any adjustments. The absence of a lockable backrest also encourages users to remain dynamic; avoiding static postures – the primary cause of musculoskeletal stress.

And, if that isn’t enough; they are a visual triumph too – without the many controls and mechanisms found on conventional task chairs. Boasting a sophisticated and refined aesthetic, they are built around an aluminium cradle which can be finished in a wide array of styles. They can be specified with a mesh back and choice of mesh, fabric or leather seat, together with a choice of bases. Such a stunning aesthetic makes them ideal for doubling up as touchdown, meeting, and even conference chairs. In addition, they have the potential for employers to make substantial savings in time and money by reducing both training and absenteeism due to back and neck strain.

This latest generation of chairs is set to revolutionise office task chairs as we know them. At last, Facilities Managers now have a task chair that may be specified throughout multiple areas of the office. Combined with superior ergonomic design and good looks, they will help take flexible working to the next level.


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