If you are the boss, it is likely that you have a large impressive executive office chair. However, did you realize that the way you use your chair and your body language can give off the wrong signals to your employees. Have you leaned back and put your feet on the table? It is brash attitude denoting territorial ownership / and may be belittling to others. Have you stood behind your desk with both palms flat down? This is a pose of power and you will be seen as the dominant one in a particular interaction.
If your chair is higher than the seats on the other side of your desk, then that height represents a higher status. If you want to be seen as a kind and more approachable boss, then you should consider bringing your chair’s height down or bringing it back from behind the table so that it is at the same level.
It’s probably effective to have two distinct areas, one for important matters when you need ‘bossy’ and another for laid-back chatting and brain-storming sessions when you want to appear as more approachable. For informal meetings, a sofa or chair and low table can offer a more relaxed atmosphere where employees can go to and feel like they are being taken seriously and listened to. Consult with an office fit out company about including a separate area in the layout you planned.
Seats can have a sort of magic power around them that causes people to feel almost afraid to sit in them. Most people will know that a family member always had a particular favoured chair that nobody else would dare to sit in. Well, executive boss chairs are a bit like this. When offered a chair that belonged to someone else, people will hesitate and pick another to sit in. Your Eames Office Chair will certainly be one you’ll want to protect and not let anyone else sit in. Find a stunning replica Eames Office Chair at a site like Pash Classics.
It’s not just the boss who has a certain seat. The majority of office workers will recognise the following situation: You’ve been away on a break and on your return, there is a strange chair at your desk. Although the chair has your name on it, your spare sweater draped over the back and your unique buttock indentation – someone has taken it. What ensues something akin to a witch hunt, to find the culprit and save your beloved chair. Sound familiar?
Your seat represents something other than simply a comfortable or functional place to park your behind. Office chairs can almost be an extension of the people who spend so much of their working lives sitting on them.