How to choose the right office chair for your desk

The Office of National Statistics reports that over 1.9 million employees now work from home, enjoying all the advantages that it brings. For them, the stress of the commute is gone, freeing up extra time to improve the work/life balance; they have a more flexible work style instead of the rigid eight hours sandwiched between uncomfortable journeys to and from the office.

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The https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/adhocs/006561employeehomeworkers statistics, released in 2017, includes employees who work at home, in the grounds of their home, or use home as their primary work base. But just how productive can you be when working from home?

The homeworking office

Almost every homeworker has probably experienced the frustration of technology letting them down – the work-issued laptop can’t log on to the firm’s internal network, despite the dozens of desperate calls to the IT support department, or your internet service provider suddenly has an outage the day you’re due to attend that important training webinar.

Without a doubt, access to the same services and equipment at home as you would have at the office is key to maximising your productivity. But so is organising the homeworking workspace. Lack of self-discipline is one of the main drawbacks of working from home; having a dedicated workspace area with ergonomically designed office furniture will not only improve motivation but also help avoid musculoskeletal problems caused by bad posture.

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Creating the right environment

The percentage of working hours you spend working from home and the space you have available will dictate what furniture you’ll want to invest in. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, then you can splash out on a full office complete with bespoke commercial desk, storage, shelving, etc. There are office furniture companies that can produce everything from high-end commercial office reception desks like http://simonkohnfurniture.co.uk/our-work/commercial/reception-areas-and-desks/ to fitted office furniture with your homeworking environment in mind.

But at the very least, even if you’re working at the kitchen table, you should invest in a good, ergonomic office chair. Look for a chair that has a good variety of adjustments, that it has the right type of castors for your flooring, and that it allows for natural movement. If you’re not sure what’s best, investing in an expert’s advice will prove invaluable in the long run.

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