As technology has changed through the years, our postures at work have migrated from sitting upright with perfect posture to slouching and stretching and crouching. Research has found that changing postures frequently throughout the day can help to avoid work related injuries and the potential for long term harm. In addition, different types of work require different postures. This becomes a problem when office seating cannot adapt to the changes our bodies require.
- The Draw – primarily used while reading on a Tablet, this posture requires a chair with excellent back support including the head and neck.
- The Multi-Device – when you are working on your laptop and your phone. This posture needs good support for the arms.
- The Text – when you’re sitting, but working from your phone rather than PC.
- The Cocoon – researchers found this posture more often used by women. The knees are pulled up and the device is used close to the body.
- The Swipe – with the device flat on the desktop, the user is leaned over to access the content.
- The Smart Lean – used most often during meetings, the user is able to use his or her device while keeping the content private from other in the room.
- The Trance – leaning into your work, this posture also requires support for the arms.
- The Take It In – the posture has evolved due to the large monitors now found in offices
- The Strunch – a cross between a stretch and a hunch. When people get tired, they push the computer away from the body and push their hips back, stretching the back but creating a scrunched neck, which requires using a free hand to support the chin.
In order to accommodate all these postures, Steelcase created the Gesture chair to behave more like a human body than any chair before. The Core Interface back and seat move together to provide support no matter the posture. The Limb Interface supports the user’s arms in any position. The Seat Interface is flexible and has a comfort edge to allow a range of postures. Lastly, the User Interface takes into account different body types and sitting preferences, and allows the user to adjust the chair easily as they adjust postures.
Gesture is already making its mark in Europe, and will be available to the United States this Fall. Test drives will be available this summer, and there is already a waiting list. Let us know if you would like to be contacted when Gesture is available.