You have probably heard the term ‘ergonomic’ applied to office seating and furniture and wondered if it is important.

Ergonomics is defined as: the scientific application of information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and the environment for human use.

Applied to office seating, this essentially means that the seat has been designed around the needs and tasks of the user to encourage increased productivity and higher work quality, improve health and safety and job satisfaction and reduce the time lost at work. Because an ergonomic chair is described as ‘ergonomic’ it doesn’t mean that it will improve all these things as soon as it is used – a chair is only ergonomic if it meets the users needs. Put simply, the term implies that the chair has been carefully designed, but it is up to you to purchase the correct chair for the user and to ensure it is used correctly thereafter.