These days, it is becoming increasingly common for most workplaces to invest in some ergonomic office chairs for their employees. These chairs are adjustable, meaning that the user can fine-tune the seat or the back or the arms to suit the specific needs of their body. Without these sorts of adjustments, your employees will be forced to conform their bodies to the specifications of the chair, which can lead to bad posture and serious health problems. Fixing issues with ergonomic seating, however, can prove to be quite a problem.
When it comes to adjusting your chair, however, it is important that you consult the accompanying manual before you touch any of the controls. Not only will this ensure that your seating is adjusted to suit your body perfectly, it will ensure that you don’t break the controls by forcing them too far. Unfortunately, many of the issues that arise with these chairs are due to the improper use of their controls, and it is important to understand that this can be avoided if you simply read the manual from the beginning.
The very first thing you should do when you begin experiencing problems with your chair is to consult the manual. Quite often, there will be sections towards the back titled ‘troubleshooting’ that outlines some of the more common problems and how you can rectify them. If the manual doesn’t offer any suggestions for the problem that you are currently experiencing, it should provide you with a phone number for a helpline or the manufacturer. Make sure that you give it a call to seek further advice.
It is important, however, that you are able to determine the problem that your ergonomic office chair is experiencing. Achieve this by sitting down and trying to engage each of the features. If you meet with any resistance or issues, make sure that you note them down. Once you have made your way through each of the features, you can begin looking up the problem ones in the manual. If you have a reclining chair that no longer reclines, for example, use the index to find an illustration of how this position is meant to look.
You should find your manual fairly simple to look through, as most pages will be covered in the index. This should be the first place that you should look when trying to rectify a problem; look for headings like ‘troubleshooting’ and ‘issues’, then flip to the section and scan the content for the problem that your chair is currently experiencing. Many manuals will also include illustrations of how the various positions are meant to look, allowing you to judge for yourself what the problem could be.
If you have made a number of adjustments to your ergonomic office chair, however, and you have still been unable to rectify the problem, you will probably need to seek help from the experts. Find the manufacturer’s number or a helpline that you can call for some advice; they may be able to talk you through the repair or will be able to give you the name of a place that you can take it to for a professional repair. You might also like to ask for help from people around your office, as they might know what to do.