A recent email to ErgoQuest asked about the benefits of a zero gravity workstation: what are all the ways it can improve your life?
Below, we outline 8 reasons you should look into getting a zero gravity workstation for yourself as an employee or self-employed individual, 4 reasons you should get them for your employees if you’re an employer, as well as 2 reasons that are relevant to both employees and employers.
If you buy one of our zero gravity workstations for yourself, you can …
1. … reduce chronic pain
At least 10 percent of the world’s population is affected by chronic pain.
According to the CDC, one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain.
The most common type of chronic pain is lower back pain. Forty percent of people will experience back pain and sciatica symptoms at least once in their life.
ErgoQuest’s mission is to help those suffering from chronic pain live healthier, happier lives.
That’s what sets us apart: most office chairs (and even zero gravity workstations) are not built with chronic pain patients in mind.
Using an ErgoQuest workstation reduces pressure on your spine and lower back, providing life-changing relief from back pain and/or spinal cord pain.
ErgoQuest’s past clients have also included people suffering from thrombosis, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, obesity, and many other conditions.
An ErgoQuest workstation is an essential investment in your health and well-being.
2. … stay in or join the workforce
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 37.5 percent of people with disabilities were working in January 2022.
Compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, that number is 2 percentage points higher.
More people with disabilities are seeking (and finding) employment or starting their own businesses. If you’re in that position now, purchasing an ErgoQuest workstation will help launch you on a new career trajectory.
Or, if you’re already in the workforce, an ErgoQuest workstation will boost your productivity and make work more enjoyable.
Either way, an ErgoQuest workstation is an invaluable investment in your professional life.
3. … get high quality customization
ErgoQuest is the only zero gravity workstation company that offers a truly personalized experience.
Not only do you have plenty of options (30+ workstations, desks, chairs, etc.), your particular selection will be custom fit to your body’s dimensions.
Learn more here.
If necessary, the workstation can also be modified based on your unique needs. And you can purchase additional items such as computer screens, side tables, and mobility kits.
So you don’t have to worry that the workstation won’t be a good fit for you; we’ll make sure that it is!
4. … prevent chronic pain
Most people in corporate jobs spend 75 percent of the time sitting. One in four Americans sits for longer than eight hours every day.
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to breathing and posture issues, poor blood circulation, and heart disease.
Good news: by assuming a zero gravity position, you drastically reduce your risk of suffering these common ailments. Since your computer screen is at eye level, you don’t hunch over it, improving your breathing and posture. Eliminating gravity lessens pressure on the heart, which allows for better blood flow throughout the body.
Change up the way you work now, and your future self will thank you.
5. … change positions more frequently
Your average office chair will keep you stuck in the same position day in, day out. Obviously, it’s unhealthy — less obviously, it’s also boring and annoying.
Thankfully, ErgoQuest Zero Gravity workstations equip and encourage you to move: you can tilt the chairs backwards and forwards, adjust the placement of the screens, or even move the workstation to a different room.
Different workstations accommodate different types of positions. For instance, the 0c Lift Chair has a motorized recline-to-sit-to-stand function.
You don’t have to be confined to one posture anymore, so have fun switching it up!
6. … ask for help if/when you need it
After you buy your workstation, you may be wondering how to set up, maintain, and/or repair it.
You can contact ErgoQuest with any of your questions or concerns, and we will respond as soon as we can.
If you live in the United States, you can get on-site installation and set-up. ErgoQuest will come to you and assemble your workstation for an additional fee.
Zero gravity workstations are an unusual product; we don’t expect you to have all the answers. (However, you can get a good sense for how they operate by checking out our YouTube channel.)
7. … improve your personal life outside of work
Despite its name, you can use a workstation for activities other than work.
A zero gravity workstation is a great accessory for professional and casual gamers alike. It’s time for you to crush Grand Theft Auto in comfort AND style.
Did you know that between 10 to 30 percent of adults struggle with chronic insomnia?
If you’re one of them, a relaxing zero gravity position could help. Some ErgoQuest clients take naps or even sleep in their workstations at night.
(But hey, if you’d rather sleep in your bed instead, we understand!)
8. … feel like an astronaut!
When you were a kid, did you ever pretend you were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Lightyear, or Luke Skywalker? Have you ever gazed at the stars with a sense of wonder?
NASA originally developed the zero gravity position (also known as the neutral body position or NBP) for their astronauts in order to protect their bodies from the extreme forces that result from leaving orbit.
Using a zero gravity workstation will make your body feel weightless, as though you are an astronaut. (And you’ll receive the same health benefits of increased blood circulation and reduced pressure on the spine, too!)
If you buy one of our zero gravity workstations for your employees, you can …
9. … meet reasonable accommodation requirements
Under Title I of the American with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations (also called productivity enhancers) must be provided to individuals with disabilities to ensure that they can perform their tasks to the best of their abilities.
Reasonable accommodations can include physical changes like installing a ramp, policy enhancements like allowing service animals in business settings, and/or assistive technologies like zero gravity workstations.
To learn more about how to provide reasonable accommodations to your employees, contact the Job Accommodation Network.
10. … retain and/or reward your best employees
Estimates suggest that a top performing employee can deliver up to 400 percent more productivity than an average employee. But 20 percent of top performers are thinking about leaving their current jobs.
In the long term, your company is only as good as the people who work for it. It’s a smart idea to invest in your human capital.
If any of your employees currently experience chronic pain that makes it difficult for them to work, consider purchasing an ErgoQuest zero gravity workstation for them.
Your employee(s) will be happier and healthier — and ultimately benefit your company.
11. … build a more inclusive company culture
Diversity and inclusion aren’t just feel-good buzzwords — they directly affect your bottom line.
Companies with inclusive cultures are 1.7 times more likely to be innovative, and companies with diverse executive teams are 25 percent more likely to have higher than average profitability. Additionally, diverse teams make better decisions in less time.
There’s a good chance that hiring more people with disabilities will make your company stronger.
12. … hire untapped talent in the tight job market
The so-called “Great Resignation” has made hiring especially difficult. In November 2021, a record 4.5 million people quit their jobs.
But in the scramble to hire top talent, people with disabilities are often overlooked. Data shows that the widespread assumption that people with disabilities are unfit for skilled labor is false.
By daring to search and recruit where your competitors don’t, you’ll be able to give yourself a long-lasting competitive advantage.
And finally, no matter who you are, you can take pride in the fact that you’ll …
13. …have a product that’s truly one-of-kind
Established in 1997, ErgoQuest is the original inventor of zero gravity workstations. Back then, the internet was still in its infancy, but we knew that computers would one day revolutionize the future of work.
Since then, no other manufacturer of zero gravity workstations has come close to matching our ever-growing diversity of offerings, depth of customization, and lifelong durability.
As a pioneer in the industry, each one of our zero gravity workstation models is unlike anything else on the market. As a result, it’s a product you can truly call your own.
14. … support an American manufacturing company
It’s no secret that American manufacturing has been decimated in recent decades: in the 1950s, manufacturing made up more than 30 percent of jobs. Now, it’s only 11 percent. The Midwest’s auto industry was hit especially hard.
Despite this, manufacturing is still the fifth largest employer in the United States, paying employees a healthy average salary of $60,260.
As a small manufacturing company in the Midwest, ErgoQuest represents the future of this key sector of the American economy. Purchasing a workstation from us means buying something that’s MADE IN AMERICA.
Can you think of any more reasons that we missed? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!