Office Chairs: Function and Fun

You are a serious business person. You have responsibilities that other people just don't understand. And you take your office chairs seriously. They are no laughing matter to you. After all, they are ergonomic, they are functional, muti-adjustable and solid. You are proud of the fact that when the office manager recently decided it was time for more office chairs, it was you who was chosen for the meaningful and important task of choosing which ones to get. Yep, you da man. But did you know that not everyone sees their chair quite the same way that you do? Did you know, in fact, that some people refuse to take the subject seriously at all. Oh, I know it can drive you insane. If only other people would just grow up and start to see things the way you do. Then the world would be a better place.

Seriously! I once worked with a guy who pretty much fit the characterization above to a tee. Thankfully, most of us are not like that. In fact, I have even heard about people who actually use their office chairs for wild and crazy entertainment. I know! I even saw some guys outside the office one time who had taken their chairs up the side street where was a pretty steep hill. These clowns actually used their office chairs to race down the hill. When they first started down I didn't think much of it, but as they started to pick up speed it got pretty funny. Zip, bang, boom, and down the hill they came.

For the most part, the majority of people sort of fall somewhere in between these two extremes when it comes to their views about office chairs. Most people think of them enough to make sure they are comfortable with the one they use, but most don't obsess over them. And most people certainly don't take them out for a spin on the nearest side street. But consider for a moment the value of the extremes.

On the one hand, a mature responsible view leads you to office chairs that fit your body. The ergonomics of them actually makes a lot of sense. A chair that can be adjusted to fit your body just right will not only make you a happier and more productive worker, it will also have a direct impact on your physical well-being and health. Take a quick look at how your posture is during the day. Does your chair lend itself to a good or a bad posture? Can you tilt the seat and back rest to your liking? Can you raise and lower it in relation to your desk or monitor? These and other considerations are practical and are certainly worth thinking about.

On the other hand, office chairs are not all fuddy-duddy function-shmunction. There is a whimsical side that escapes the casual observer. Think about this for a minute. What was one of the most fun things you used to do as a kid? Spin around and around, right? Well, you can do that on your office chair too! Just imagine the hours of endless delight that you and your office buds can have spinning to your heart's content.

Whether you are more into fun or more into function, there are office chairs that are sure to fit your style. Live a little. Go wild! Just don't let anyone see you doing it.


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