Whether one is shifting operations to a new office space or re-designing your current office space, we have to admit that something that seems as inconsequential as the purchase of office chairs can be a headache. We understand that shortlisting suitable office chairs to be used in your workspace can be a tedious and frustrating process, especially with the variety of options available out there. In this article, we will be sharing some mistakes that can be avoided before committing to a purchase. Investing in chairs from a reliable manufacturer will ensure that your employees are well taken care of.
1. Buying without a plan
Avoid impulse buying at all costs. Making a hasty purchase can result in choices that will be regretted. It is important to accurately assess your needs and how each chair will be used. Most employees have job natures which are desk-bound which require them to sit on their chairs for a long period of time; therefore it is important to ensure that their chair can provide proper back support. You can also gather feedback from employees about their current office chairs and the kind of features they would prefer. However, a balance between budget and features will still need to be achieved in the end.
2. Prioritising aesthetics over comfort and health
We can’t deny that looks are important. Everyone likes beautiful things. When buying office chairs, we think that comfort needs to be prioritised over aesthetics. Nobody wants to work in an uncomfortable chair for long periods of time no matter how good the chair looks. Ergonomic design is the key to achieving comfort and safety. Adequate lumbar support (whether in-built or adjustable), adjustable seat heights and adjustable armrests are important and will help to reduce the occurrences of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which in turn can help to reduce costs for employee compensation and medical insurance claims.
With regard to employee health, we recommend to consider office chairs with GREENGUARD certification. Chairs that are GREENGUARD certified help reduce indoor air pollution and the potential for airborne chemical exposure. Keeping these points in mind, you can look out for office chairs which are of a perfect combination with both comfort and style.
3. Buying before testing the chair
A common mistake that many people make when buying office chairs is to buy without even trying it. You would not know if the chair meets your requirements for comfort and functionality if you do not try it out. Testing a chair would not take up a lot of your time and it could save you from buying a chair with poor fit.
4. Choosing price over quality
When it comes to business, everyone wants to reduce cost of operations. However, compromising quality over cost is a big no-no when making a purchase for office chairs. You may think that you have found a great bargain, but some manufacturers might have compromised quality by using materials that are of inferior quality to reduce their manufacturing costs. This will not be apparent upfront, but problems will surface soon enough. Investing more in chairs that are of better quality will reduce investment costs in the long run, as quality chairs will last much longer than chairs of inferior quality. A good way to determine if a chair is of adequate quality is to look for chairs which have passed international testing standards like the ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – Office Seating test.
5. Buying from vendors that offer little or no after-sales service
It is very normal for vendors to be extremely attentive during the sales process, but some will disappear after the sale is made. Therefore, it is important to choose a professional vendor that provides good after-sales service. It is recommended to ask questions on the warranty programme that will be provided before committing to a purchase.