One of the things that everyone learns while they grow up are the things that they appreciate about their parents and the things that their parents do that make you never want to be like them. The irony is that you ultimately end up a lot like your parents and you get to empathize with them quite a bit. This goes back to my own childhood and the computer room in which I spent many of my formative years, playing video games and being on the computer. When you grow up in an age of AOL and all of the software that was coming out to fit the Gateway 95 computer, you tend to spend a good amount of time in that area. Nevertheless, one of the things that could not be ignored was the fact that the chair mat was depressed into the floor. It had sunk so far into the floor that the question around its effectiveness was impossible to not raise. How is that plastic chair mat supposed to stop the deterioration of the carpet with those gigantic indentations in the mat? It was a pretty ugly sight and my parents were surely aware of the situation, but probably not moved enough to do anything about it.
As a result, as a family, research was done to figure out better solutions. One that appeared as the glass chair mat. A glass chair mat differs from its plastic cousins in that as a hard surface, it does a much better job of protecting the floor underneath it. By allowing the glass chair mat to lay against your carpet or your hard wood floor, there is a much better chance that it would do the job that is was supposed to do in the first place.
With that in mind, it is critical to protect these floors with a chair mat. Period. If you do not, little rocks can adhere to the rolling wheels and this would cause the chair to scratch your floor every time that you need to make a move in the chair. People rely on being able to do this, so if that were to be changed, i.e. if you took that away as a way to say your floor, it would change the course of the future. Probably not, but there is a good chance that not having a glass chair mat would make you and your colleagues less effective at work. All you would have to do then is buy a glass chair mat to protect your floors and help your colleagues by suggesting that they do the same for their home offices and the work offices as well. I am sure that a number of local stores have many of these chair mats available and I would hope that more and more people focus on those instead of the cheap plastic ones, which may or may not actually have a beneficial effect.