The Comfort Expectations Of Office Workers And Their Discomforts Originated From Chair

Çetin M. S.

3rd World Conference On Health Sciences, Aydın, Turkey, 28 - 30 April 2016, pp.6-11

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Aydın
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.6-11
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The increase in working hours in offices cause a variety of musculoskeletal disorders caused by lack of improper workplace design and business equipment.
The aim of this study is to investigate the discomfort zones due to sedentary work and examine the ratio of these discomforts originated from office chair.

The data used come from “Office Chair Satisfaction Survey” carried out in the randomly chosen 261 academic and administrative staff of Dokuz Eylül University. The sample size of this study consists of 153 women and 108 men. The survey consists of 27 questions to determine the ideas of staff about their uncomfortable body parts, the degree of discomforts originated from their office chair, properties of their office chairs, upholstery used on their office chair surface and their expectations from their office chairs.

It was found that %73.9 of women and %56.4 of men are not satisfied and %75.8 of staff who are not satisfied with their office chairs, feel pain and/or numbness while are sitting. %50.4 of staffs, who are not satisfied with their chairs, thinks that their discomforts originate from the chair. It was found that mostly stated uncomfortable body parts are waist, neck, lower back, upper back, shoulder,chest and arms. This study is a part of a continuing project. According to the results of survey, it is thought to be designed an office chair which satisfies the expectations of respondents.