Our latest research has shown that a chair can be built to relieve stress while working under duress. It can help you feel less fatigued, think more clearly, and be more productive.
Could your chair actually help you work more efficiently? That was one of the major reasons behind our research: on how chairs can help increase cognitive performance. Typically, when one thinks of ergonomics, the interaction between the chair and the person sitting on it becomes paramount. However, our research shows that cognitive ergonomics is just as important, if not more.
Cognitive ergonomics is the effect on memory, attention and cognitive flexibility: the brain’s ability to easily transition between ideas or topics. Essentially, it relates how well a person can think in one chair against another. The research was conducted using non adjustable and auto- adjustable chairs, while performing tasks that require short term memory, ability to relax while under stress, and cognitive flexibility. All these situations are factored in when taking a break from report submissions, answering emails and getting back to project tasks.
During the research period, participants were checked for heart rate in different stress environments, and the variations were logged. The auto-adjustable, high back chair allowed for lower stress levels as compared to the other non-adjustable chair.
In fact, lower stress levels and evenly patterned heart rate variations, resulted in higher cognitive performance. This caused people to make decisions more quickly and efficiently – without losing accuracy.
What This Means
The results as mentioned above have important implications for work. The level of comfort as proven by the lower heart rate variation means that the chair is better for short-term memory, cognitive performance, and the ability to stay focused even in the midst of chaos.
This also means that the unavoidable truth of today’s fast paced world – that everyone is almost always tired – can also be beaten over time while improving on creativity and pace at which work is finished.