Even from a purely practical point of view, however, employee morale is not something to be sniffed at. Happy and satisfied employees are likely to be more productive and more focussed on working hard. If your employees are happy to be working for you, it also means you are more likely to retain your best talent for the long term as they will be happier remaining with you than offering their skills to your competitors.
The seating that you provide to your employees plays a surprisingly big role in safeguarding their morale and giving them job satisfaction. This works on a couple of different levels, and ergonomic office chairs tend to have a particularly powerful morale-boosting effect.
Comfort and Spinal Health
Perhaps the most important way in which seats help with employee morale, and certainly the one which most directly relates to ergonomic chairs, is comfort. Sitting in the same place for hour after hour through most of the week is not good for your back unless you have a very comfortable chair which provides proper support. In the short term, this can lead to aches and pains aplenty, and employees who are struggling with physical pain as a direct result of their seating arrangements are hardly likely to be the happiest.
Over time, this goes beyond mere discomfort and into the territory of actual medical concerns. More serious and more constant pains can develop, and these can be a result of genuine spinal problems that require medical treatment. When this happens as a direct result of sub-standard seating supplied by their employer, you might expect their job satisfaction and overall morale to take a hit. Ergonomic office chairs have been carefully and specially designed based on the latest medical knowledge to provide the best support and the greatest amount of comfort to employee backs, preventing pains, medical conditions, and the morale-sapping effects that these things can have.
The happiest employees tend to be those who feel like they are genuinely valued and appreciated by their employers. If they feel like a nameless, faceless cog in a machine which could be replaced with any other cog without their employer really noticing, this is hardly good for morale. If they feel like the hard work they put in and the results they bring in for the company are genuinely appreciated and like they are valued as a person, employees tend to be understandably happier.
Chairs can play a surprisingly big role in helping employees feel appreciated, because our seating can really affect the way we feel. This is perhaps why an impressive throne has always been high on the “wanted” list of powerful rulers through history. If an employee is fobbed off with a cheap “computer chair,” this doesn’t send the message that they are really valued. If they can sit proudly in a comfortable, good-quality ergonomic chair that has been designed to look out for their health, on the other hand, this tells them they are cared about.