LONDON, ON, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Spooky seats will end up in the office
equipment graveyard during atWork Office Furniture's "Ugly Office Chair" contest. Now through Thursday, Oct. 31, workers across the country are
encouraged to give their ugly office chairs the boot, in an effort to
improve health and work productivity. Several winners will earn a free replacement chair
(a $900 value) and a chance to compete for the ugliest office chair
Ugly chair owners are invited to submit an entry form along with photographic evidence of their office chair's ghastly
appearance. From fabric challenged to the discoloured, cushion-less,
dirty, crooked, tattered, old or abused, all ugly office chairs are
welcome. Contest winners will receive one of five Humanscale Smart
Chairs carried by the company, a long-time, independent furniture
dealer group with five locations throughout Ontario.
Why Ugly Office Chairs?
According to atWork spokesperson Rodney Lover, this month's "Ugly Office
Chair" contest aims to shed light on a largely overlooked but serious
problem. "Thousands of people rise each morning, shower, put on clean
clothes only to sit in broken, uncomfortable, and even dirty office
chairs all day long."
This is frightful irony, says Lover, but it is just as shocking to learn
that, "Poor-quality office chairs pose serious health risks to the
Sitting: The Ghoulish Facts
All fun aside, "Desk chairs can be monsters to a person's health," says
Dr. Stephen Oliver, a London, Ontario based chiropractor who often
treats patients suffering from long-term use of poor seating. "Sitting
for long hours on a daily basis, like most workers, has been proven to
increase the potential for a host of health concerns, including
musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, heart attacks and more."
"Sitting in a bad, worn or broken office chair just makes matters
worse," he said.
These sentiments are also echoed in the broader medical community.
During its annual 2013 meeting, American Medical Association (AMA)
adopted a policy recognizing potential health hazards of sitting too
long. The organization now encourages employers to make sitting
alternatives such as sit-stand workstations available to the modern
workforce, which typically sits for more than eight hours a day.
The reality is, however, that "Most people have to sit for a living, and
this includes prolonged and repeated use of the most important piece of
equipment—the office chair," Lover continues. "We recognize this and
are working to offer the best chairs available at prices businesses can
For employees who sit during the majority of their workday, Dr. Oliver
recommends using an ergonomic chair (one intended to provide optimum
comfort and to avoid causing stress or injury to the user), as well as
taking regular breaks to stand, stretch and walk.
Workers, office managers, and interested parties looking to ditch their
spooky seats can join in the fun online: http://www.atwork.ca/uglyofficechaircontest
Each entry should include their ugly office chair photo. Winners' names will be drawn on Friday, November
About atWork Office Furniture:
atWork Office Furniture has been helping organizations "make it work, atWork!" since the early
'80s with exceptional office furniture that not only looks good but
stands the rigours of daily use. Five convenient showrooms combine to
create an impressive, Ontario, province-wide network of furniture
dealers and office design experts who outfit organizations across
Canada and beyond.
Contact Dr. Stephen Oliver through his London Ontario Chiropractor
SOURCE: atWork Office Furniture
For further information:
Director, atWork Sales & Marketing (London)