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4. Ergonomic chair
A little ergonomic fine tuning can go a long way toward improving productivity and employee satisfaction.

"We sit for so many hours -- your back and your neck will let you know you're in the wrong chair," Kanarek says. "When I see people using one from the kitchen set or their dining room, I know that in a few weeks they will be miserable."

According to a February survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, more than one in three workers said more ergonomically positioned officer furniture and equipment would make them more pleasant to work with, and nearly half said it would make them more productive.

And according to a July survey on telecommuting, Staples says the top item on respondent's wish list for a home office is a more comfortable chair. Approximately 44% gave their current chairs a grade of "C" or lower.

Some qualities to look for in a good ergonomic chair are upper and lower back support, adjustable armrests and seats that support even weight distribution.

Other, more ancillary ergonomic products include "adjustable-split" keyboards to promote proper finger positioning, mouse pads with cushions for maximum wrist support and monitors with stands that tilt and swivel.

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