Many small business owners and their employees are sitting in pain, according to a new study released by Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Steelcase.
“Staples is always looking for ways to make more happen for our small business customers,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president of merchandising, Staples. “By partnering with Steelcase, we’re excited to bring more innovative products that can improve workplace wellbeing and productivity.”When asked what they desire most in an office chair, over half of small business owners (52%) wish their office chair had adjustable lower back support while one-third (34%) wish it had the ability to adjust the seat height and three in ten (30%) wish it had adjustable arm rests. “As this survey reveals, many small business employees are sitting in pain, especially as they work with new technologies which cause new postures,” said Allan Smith, vice president, global marketing for Steelcase. “Workers today require an ergonomic sitting experience designed for the new ways in which we work. When workers have access to high-performance seating they can remain attentive, engaged and achieve their highest potential.” About Staples Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com. About Steelcase Inc. For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped to create great experiences – wherever work happens – for the world’s leading organizations, across industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2014 revenue of $3.0 billion.
MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Nielsen on behalf of Staples from July 17, 2014 through July 25, 2014 among U.S. small business owners with 2-24 employees. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.