Ergonomics in Interior Design

So we’ve all heard that ergonomics is essential for our health, wellbeing, and productivity. But, do ergonomics have a role in good design?  Based on various studies, the answer is a resounding yes! Here are four reasons why.

  1. Humans find comfortable design more appealing. This should be intuitive, but research shows that people perceive more value in devices, objects, and materials that are easy to use, comfortable, and high-quality. According to a study by Accenture, 32% of a consumer’s motivation when considering a product is the quality and ease of use, which translates to great design. When a product simply “feels right,” you assign a higher worth to it, believe it is higher quality, and naturally trust it to work better. Suppose you set two chairs side by side and one is ergonomically correct, and the other is lacking. The ergonomic chair will consistently be viewed as a better design and overall product. The Lilly is the perfect blend of ergonomics and style. The classic design is complemented by a lumbar supporting backrest and a wide range of finish options, including a rocker base for a fun alternative to the traditional office chair.

2. Ergonomic furniture helps calm the mind and promote focus. Mental health is more important than ever, finally getting the attention it has always deserved. When your body is comfortable, and in a good posture, the mind has one less distraction, improving focus. Research from Indeed shows that a focused mind increases productivity, reduces stress, and improves quality. 

One of the first steps to focusing your mind is the right task chair that feels right and doesn’t distract the user with pain points or constant adjustments. When you need to choose the best ergonomic option, the award-winning design of the HÅG Capisco is a perfect fit. Designer Peter Opsvik crafted this innovative and fun chair to think outside the box of “normal” chair design.

Need something more traditional? Check out Neo. Available as a task chair, stool, conference chair, or executive seating, it’s a genuinely versatile office chair that offers excellent value. Who knew your office chair could make you more focused and happy!

3. Happier employees perceive their environment more positively. With the return to in-person work well underway, many employers face pushback from workers who prefer to work from home. This Harvard Business Review study shows that employees want to work from home on average 2.5 days a week. Generous WFH policies are becoming a significant perk in a tight labor market. So, when employees are in the office, companies are desperate to keep them happy and keep a positive view of the office environment. Studies vary, but this Forbes article shows that the average American adult sits approximately 15 hours per day, so an ergonomically correct task chair is crucial to health and perceived happiness.

4. Enhance the attractiveness of your organization to new hires. This last one is broad but applicable. Given the extremely tight labor market, employers have to be creative and aggressive when recruiting employees. After pay, benefits, and WFH policy, many workers consider the physical environment when choosing a company. Is it up to date? Does it have a relaxed atmosphere? Are there amenities besides the traditional break room? Great design plays a critical role in defining an environment’s overall look and feel, and ergonomic chairs, desks, and accessories help deliver a positive environment.

Whether you are planning a new build, managing a renovation, or simply upgrading old furniture in the office, remember to keep ergonomics and design in mind. Balancing the two leads to happier, healthier, and more productive employees. Not sure where to start? Feel free to reach out to chair experts at 9to5 Seating for assistance. 

Dash Brings Cool Flex

Innovative features make Dash an option for a variety of spaces

With the rise in popularity of flexible workspaces, 9to5 Seating is launching Dash, a multi-purpose chair with designed-in ergonomics to serve a variety of users during long or multi-shift workdays. Dash was created to serve the changing needs of the marketplace. Today’s collaborative workspaces demand seating that can support needs that shift over the day.

Collaborative workspaces demand a different kind of seating beyond the traditional multi-purpose model. The new Dash answers that need because it is engineered to support exactly that. It is a single solution for the growing change-over needs of today’s work environment.

Dash features design elements that are not common in multi-purpose chairs. The flex back supports wellbeing with multiple flex zones for comfort for every user. The waterfall edge allows for healthy circulation, and the perforated back delivers breathability.

Dash is customizable so that it can fit various use and spacing needs. Bases include four-leg or sled in two frame finishes or with glides or casters. Models also include bar or task stools, with arms or without. Dash is customizable in all-plastic in 12 colors or with an upholstered seat.

Dash models are backed by 9to5 Seating’s limited lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD GOLD certifications.  Dash chairs are built with 60% recycled material.

To learn more about 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability visit 9to5seating.com/sustainability.

Dash starts at $310. Click here to learn more about Dash.

 

 

Why Ergonomic Chairs Matter

If you owned a factory, you would never allow a worker to operate a dangerous machine without safety shields. If you owned a trucking company, you would never send out a driver in a vehicle without brakes. If you owned a fleet of fishing boats, you would never let your fishermen sail without lifejackets.

So why would you let your office workers sit in old or unhealthy office chairs that lack proper ergonomic adjustments? A lot of time and effort goes into making offices look good, but are you paying enough attention to the health and wellness of your most valuable asset — your employees?

 

There are two aspects of a complete workplace well-being program. First, employers must look at the ergonomics of the office — the physical space,  tools, furniture and office chairs you give employees to work. Second, employers must design and implement a comprehensive wellness program. Before we get into the details of these two key elements, let’s take a look at why it matters.

If you are on the fence about investing in the well-being of your employees, consider these facts:

  • OSHA has cited that musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic injuries have direct costs of between $15 billion-$20 billion per year.
  • According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, which reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to reveal the impact of ergonomics on business goals like cost savings, productivity and product quality, companies that invest in the wellness of their workers see a 59% average reduction of musculoskeletal disorders; 75% reduction in lost workdays; 68% reduction in worker’s compensation costs and a 43% decrease in labor costs.
  • Since Johnson & Johnson implemented an employee wellness program in 1995, the company’s leaders estimate that wellness programs cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs in a decade and the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent.
It is helpful to divide ergonomics and health and wellness programs into two related, but separate baskets. Think of ergonomics as the healthy space a company creates for its employees. It is the healthy thinking behind the space and the tools used by workers. Wellness programs give employees incentives, tools, social support, privacy and strategies to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Employers design them, but participating in wellness programs is usually the employee’s responsibility.

Ergonomics help employees stay more comfortable and ergonomic solutions can increase productivity by as much as 25%, according to multiple studies. Ergonomics is important because when you’re doing a job and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature or repeated movement your musculoskeletal system is affected. Your body may begin to develop symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort and pain, which can be the first signs of a musculoskeletal disorder. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that affect your body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves.  MSDs can develop over time or can occur immediately due to overload.

In addition to being a literal pain in the neck for the employee, ergonomic problems also cost employers a lot. According to the Oregon OSHA, the average direct cost of a workers’ compensation claim for an MSD is $14,120. The indirect costs involved bringing the total average claim cost to well over $32,000.

A wellness program is any kind of organized activity in the workplace designed to improve and support the health and fitness of employees. Wellness programs could include fitness programs, health screenings and preventative care and include activities like stress management education, smoking cessation programs, exercise programs, weight-loss competitions and wellness assessments.

 

According to the Society for Human Resource Management Employee Benefits Survey, about 64 percent of employers provide wellness resources and information, and 58 percent of organizations offer wellness programs in general.

Employers can promote a healthier, more productive work environment by offering employees the means and the educational tools to take control of their wellness. A well-executed wellness program can reduce health care costs, augment productivity and increase employee retention, providing further support for the correlation between personal health and job satisfaction.

Creating a healthy workplace is a journey for most companies. It doesn’t happen overnight. But it doesn’t take much to get started either.

Take a look at your furniture. A good place to start is a review of your office chairs. The main feature to look for in an ergonomic seat is adjustability. The more that you are able to modify the chair, the better you can customize it to suit your individual needs. Look for a chair that supports your lower back. The seat pan — the part you actually sit on — should have enough width and depth to support the user.

Just because you are sitting does not mean the experience should be static. Active or dynamic sitting allows the worker to move while seated, which is important since the human body is not meant to stay stationary for long periods. Static seating can cause joint stiffness, circulation problems and back and neck pain.

Picking the right chair makes all the difference.

 

9to5 Seating’s lineup includes two best-selling European task chairs that certainly fit the bill. The company distributes HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls, two chairs designed by Peter Opsvik that perfectly blend movement and a comfortable seat. HÅG Capisco is fully upholstered and well designed for desk work. The HÅG Capisco Puls is a plastic frame chair with upholstered seat or seat pad options intended for shorter sits.

Because of its award-winning ergonomic design, the HÅG Capisco chair stimulates intuitive and natural movement in a variety of seated postures. You can sit on it with the seat back behind you or facing you. The wings on the back let you rest an arm while you meet with a coworker or simply need a new position. The innovative base is designed as a footrest and an optional ring makes sitting even more comfortable.

The 9to5 Seating Luna Collection is another great choice. The Luna Collection includes task, task stool, and side chair models, all built with comfort and movement in mind. All Luna models have a pull handle that makes them easy to move. They also feature a mesh back that flexes and adjusts as you move. An optional height-adjustable lumbar provides additional back support.

Another option is Sol. Sol is a task chair that seamlessly integrates technology and supports all the postures we assume as we read on tablets, text on phones, video chat or draw. A slim layer of upholstery or mesh cushions the back while allowing easy movement. Sol uses responsive pivot-back technology for total support regardless of how much you move. The pivoting back mirrors your natural posture changes, letting you settle in or sit up, or even move side-to-side.

With the right office chair in place, it is time to turn to the rest of the workstation. To improve workstations, make sure all the worker’s joints are properly aligned in the neutral position, the office chair is adjusted correctly, the back is supported and the computer monitor, keyboard and mouse are at the right height and aligned.

Ergonomics and wellness should be at the core of every company’s workplace strategy. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also improve productivity, save money and boost employee morale. If you were the coach, you wouldn’t send a football player on the field without a helmet. Don’t send your employees to the office without protection either.

HÅG Capisco Wins Two Distinguished Design Awards

9to5 Seating is honored to announce two more prestigious awards for the innovative seating product, HÅG Capisco—the Interior Design’s HiP award and the MetroposLikes from Metropolis magazine. Both honors were announced at NeoCon 2021, to recognize the very best in pioneering design.

HÅG Capisco’s unique ergonomic design has made the chair an international award winner for decades. The HÅG Capisco allows for self-directed comfort, encouraging movement and natural repositioning with supportive treaded foot plates on the base. Designed with a curved seat to promote organic upright positioning, it strikes a perfect natural angle to extend the spine and opens the chest, for comfort and beating fatigue.

Interior Design’s HiP award recognizes innovative products and highlights achievement in product design. MetropolisLikes from Metropolis magazine spotlights groundbreaking design from around the world.

“We are proud to receive the prestigious HiP and MetropolisLikes awards for the HÅG Capisco. These awards exemplify 9to5 Seating’s continued commitment to providing high design products.” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “We can’t wait to reveal the new products we have planned for our portfolio.”

 

New Products and New Look at NeoCon

9to5 Seating will be returning to NeoCon in person this year. The seating leader plans to unveil a new showroom that reflects the approach to their award-winning product design: inspiring design, versatile, flexible and comfortable.

9to5 Seating’s new showroom was created by acclaimed Chicago design firm Kuchar Design Studio with the goal of creating a clean, “gallery” feel that can be embellished and modified over time. With curved platforms and rugs in natural shapes, the space aims to be both modern and inviting, in synch with the brand’s seating.

The new space uniquely expresses 9to5 Seating’s design direction, where products can be used for different purposes throughout the course of a day. According to Sarah Kuchar, owner and creative director of Kuchar Design Studio, “the flow of color through the space – a nod to the brand’s name – was inspired by daylight from morning to night, moving from warm tones to cool and back to warm just as the sun rises and sets.” Vignettes with tinted glass backdrops create a sense of the changing light of a day. Throughout the showroom, this motif of morning-to-night serves as a backdrop to task, conference and lounge seating.

“We’re excited to unveil our new showroom and showcase some versatile design touches this year in the return to NeoCon,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The new space allows us to highlight the design-centric offerings including the HÅG Capisco, Vox and Dash multi-purpose series, new wood leg bases options for the Lilly and Jax collections and the award-winning Sol, Mila and Jax lounge series.”

Visit 9to5 Seating at NeoCon in suite 10-95 to see the new showroom and product updates. Also, mark your calendars and come party in the new showroom Monday, Oct 4, 4 p.m. RSVP with your 9to5 Seating Representative.

For more information stay tuned via our social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter.

HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls Now Available

Innovation meets versatility in the world-renown HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls—deceptively simple task seating that packs a design punch. 9to5 Seating is excited to announce the US arrival of the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls — movement task seating solutions timed perfectly with the active seating movement. The HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls, designed by legendary designer Peter Opsvik, have curved seats, reminiscent of a saddle to promote natural upright positioning along with treaded footrests for relaxation or to help you shift into different positions.

Choose from three cylinder heights on both the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls for sitting at a traditional desk, stretching out at a standing desk or alternating between the two. The HÅG in Balance® trademarked technology allows for continuous motion, making the shift into your next posture easy and intuitive. Go ahead and start off sitting with legs forward, or face left or right while using the backrest as elbow support, or even sit facing backward with your torso against the backrest. The standard seat slider and the height-adjustable back accommodate a variety of users. Both the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are rated to 300 lbs.

Outfit your HÅG Capisco with the textile of your choice: woven, coated, or even leather from 9to5 Seating’s carded or graded programs or COM/COL. Boasting a similar form as the original HÅG Capisco, HÅG Capisco Puls comes in Black, Petroleum and Light Gray plastic with either an upholstered pad or removable upholstered full cushion.

At 9to5 Seating, we know a small carbon footprint matters to you—and the planet. HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are frontrunners in eco-friendly seating. From first inspiration through design and production, the ecological impact of these chairs has been a top consideration and priority. By minimizing the number of components and types of materials, we maximize our impact as mindful creators in environmentally responsible seating. HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are 90% recyclable and easy to disassemble for responsible sorting.

A companion chair to the HÅG Capisco, the polypropylene HÅG Capisco Puls is designed for conference rooms, lobbies or shared workspaces—anywhere that sees shorter sitting periods. Put HÅG Capisco Puls in team spaces and HÅG Capisco at your primary workstation.

HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are backed by 9to5 Seating’s limited lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD certifications. Both are built with over 50% recycled material and are rated to 300 lbs. HÅG Capisco starts at $1450 List, HÅG Capisco Puls starts at $975 List.

 

Explore the Lookbook

With over 15 years of experience in manufacturing high design, ergonomic chairs, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments by showcasing our exemplary collections and award-winning products, including Good Design Award Winners Sol, Jax, and Mila, in our new lookbook.

“We’re always exploring what’s next in design and technology, and this lookbook is a reflection of that,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Our seating has won prestigious awards, and now, clients can explore these products easily and in a visually appealing way.”

We encourage you to experience 9to5 Seating with this new lookbook by perusing below or by downloading the full lookbook here.

Omnia and Mila Win ADEX Platinum

The Omnia and Mila each captured an ADEX Platinum Award in Contract Furniture –Task Seating.

Conducted each year by Design Journal, ADEX (the Awards for Design Excellence), is one of the largest and most prestigious industry recognition programs for design excellence and product innovation. A panel comprised of interior designers, architects, and facility managers selects outstanding products and projects for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards.

“Last year, we won two ADEX Platinum Awards and two more this year. We’re very proud to have won again this year,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “It’s a testament to our team who works hard every day to deliver the highest quality seating at an unparalleled value.”

Click here to learn more about Omnia and Mila.