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Top Three Benefits of Plants in Your Office Space

Little Goblins - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plants in the office should not be overlooked when you are building a workspace…

Office design is essential to creating an atmosphere that inspires creativity and productivity. There’s no doubt about that. Smart design can also make the office a healthy space by incorporating height adjustable desks and ergonomic options to help your team produce their best, while minimizing the risk of injury and muscle strains.

One accessory that makes a huge difference, not only in creativity and productivity, but also in your employee’s health and work satisfaction is greenery.

Here are the top three benefits of having plants in your office:

1. Plants create a calm environment.

Plants and green features can help to reduce your team’s stress levels. It is not uncommon for people to feel more at ease in their surroundings when they are close to greenery. Studies have shown that people in environments that contain plants experience less stress, better focus and take fewer sick days.

Plants also look beautiful and contribute to a more positive visual perception of the space to both employees and clients.

2. Cleaner air.

Plants do what plants do best and that is purify the air. Plants can improve the air quality inside buildings and can also contribute to stabilizing the humidity levels. Greenery reduces the carbon dioxide levels, as well as certain pollutants and airborne dusts.

3. Reduced noise.

Plants in a space can affect the acoustics of a room, muffling sound and reducing noise. How? Greenery can reduce the reverberation time of sound and, when placed strategically (such as in concrete areas, wood floors or marble walls), plants can absorb the noise and minimize the distraction to your employees.

So there you have it! Don’t forget to bring nature into your office, especially now that the weather is changing!

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5 Tips to Restore Office Productivity

Little Goblins - Friday, August 21, 2015

Five problems that may be contributing to a lower output of office productivity and the solutions that will help you solve them.

In the majority of offices across the world there are often many distractions that prevent employees from producing work at an optimal level. These distractions can range from mild problems to larger issues; everything from poor lighting at a person's desk, to severe bodily discomfort that an employee may be experiencing due to their workstation, can prevent a person from being their most productive self.

Below, you will find some of the most common problems office workers experience that often contribute to a lack of productivity, along with the simple solutions that can help you fix them. By implementing the below solutions, with any luck, your office should be producing its best work in no time!

PROBLEM #1:

Clutter and a lack of space can be a major distraction and contribute to a slower output of work.

SOLUTION #1:

Try clearing and organizing your desk first. If you find that there is still not enough space to lay out your daily work, consider upgrading your office's desks and cubicles to workstations and/or systems that have been designed for optimal workflow and ease of use.

PROBLEM #2:

Tired eyes caused by bad lighting.

SOLUTION #2:

If you have the ability to move your desk in your office, position your table by the window to take advantage of the natural light. If moving towards a window is not an option, or you find that you require more light, a correctly positioned desk lamp with a bright bulb is sure to help shine a light on this issue. (Pun intended!)

PROBLEM #3:

Have you noticed that you or your employees have issues sitting still throughout the work day? Many of us that work in an office environment feel the need to get up from our desks to escape the monotony of being seated for eight or more hours every day. What's more, office workers are now being encouraged to take breaks from sitting and stretch throughout the day for health reasons.

SOLUTION #3:

Height adjustable desks allow office workers the freedom to continue to work while standing, while also enabling the user to sit back down again, should they get tired of being on their feet.

PROBLEM #4:

Bodily aches and pains that result from poorly set up workstations, including neck, back and wrist pain.

SOLUTION #4:

Proper ergonomic solutions that address poor seating and workstation set ups. Solutions can range from ergonomic chairs, to keyboard trays and foot rests, to monitor arms that can be positioned to hold a monitor at the ideal height, distance and slant for each person.

PROBLEM #5:

Office paper work inefficiencies that lead to the same work being done more than once.

SOLUTION #5:

A proper filing system can prevent oversights in communication and multiple employees from completing the same work.

For general office solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us and our experienced sales team would be happy to assist you in finding the best office furniture for your needs.

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5 Essentials for Your Reception Area!

Little Goblins - Saturday, July 25, 2015

Meet Your Clients in Style

We’ve talked before about the value of designing your office space to promote productivity and employee happiness, but let’s not neglect the reception area! Whether you are a B2B or B2C company, there will always be a time when you welcome guests to your office. Whether we like it or not, first impressions count and your reception area is the location where you can take control of those first impressions.

Your reception room is like the formal living space of your company house. Just like in a home, a reception area has designated spaces and reflects the overall design of an office.

So what does it take to rock that first impression? Here are five things that can create an excellent reception space:

1. A Reception Desk

A stylish reception desk is a necessary piece and is arguably one of the focal point of the room. Your reception staff needs a comfortable and functional place to work and your guests should not be left wondering where to go when they first visit.

2. Comfortable Seating

It goes without saying that your staff needs comfortable seating in order to do their jobs. However, don’t forget about your visitors! Creating a comfortable space for them to relax while they wait is an excellent and simple way to display your company’s hospitality. Whether you want couches or stylish chairs, we’ve got a wide selection for you to explore.

3. Coffee Tables and End Stands

Why not take a step further and really make it feel like a home away from home? Add coffee tables or end stands. These pieces of furniture will help to create a more relaxed space. 

4. Magazines and Reading Material

Whether it’s material for long waits (who doesn’t appreciate them when waiting at the doctor’s office?) or purely for decorative purposes, magazines and coffee table books create a lived in space and soften the atmosphere.

5. Plants

Bring a little bit of nature indoors. This is great for air quality, as well as introducing an element that promotes calm. Plus, who wouldn’t enjoy a pop of green!

Office Health: The Standing Solution

Little Goblins - Thursday, June 04, 2015

British health experts strongly urge office workers to stand for at least two hours of every workday.

While it's not news that siting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your health, the idea that daily activity outside of the office cannot offset these health risks is. 

In a recent article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a panel of health experts have stated that even if you are active before or after work, you may still be at risk of developing the associated health risks of sitting for long periods of time, such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and early mortality rates. In an effort to reduce these office related health risks, the panel has also provided a set of guidelines to help counteract the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time. The guidelines include encouraging office workers to try to be on their feet for at least two hours of the workday, eventually leading up to four hours. More than ever, it is crucial that workplaces begin to actively encourage their employees to stand for a portion of their office hours. 

Learn more about the expert advice provided in the guidelines by reading the following article from The Vancouver Sun: Don't take a seat: Panel says workers should stand for about 2 hours a day, even with exercise.

Frightening though the health risks may be, there are a few things that every office can do to assist in preventing their employees from being at risk of the aforementioned health conditions. With the initiative and leadership of office management, solutions as simple as walking meetings can help employees reach that two hour per day minimum of standing time. The most effective way to get your office standing, however, is to offer the option of standing throughout the workday. Ideally, each employee would have the option to stand at a time that works best with their schedule and physical needs. The perfect solution for this is, of course, an adjustable desk.

Height adjustable desks and electric sit stand workstations offer every office worker the choice of working while sitting or standing, with the option of adjusting the desk throughout the day. The Electric Sit Stand Desks, in particular, are easily adjustable and offer the choice of adjusting one's desk multiple times a day to the user's content.

Browse our entire selection of height adjustable tables, desks and workstations. For more information or assistance in choosing the right adjustable tables for your office space, please contact us and our team would be happy to help!

(Image via Juhan Sonin/CC BY 2.0

New Product Line: Northern Contours

Little Goblins - Friday, May 22, 2015

Impact Office proudly offers new product line from Northern Contours.

At Impact Office, we are proud to be able to offer you the very best office furniture solutions available. And while not every desk or chair will work for every person, we truly believe that our team has the ability to match each of our customers with the perfect workspace solution for their office. That said, we are always thrilled to be able to offer you even more options to choose from when it comes to your workplace. Which is why we are very pleased to announce the addition of Northern Contours to our list of suppliers! 



Founded in Minnesota in 1992, Northern Contours is known for their exceptional and customizable tabletop surfaces. Using membrane press technology, which is the process of applying vinyl films or wood veneers to three-dimensional surfaces, Northern Contours products ensure rounded, seamless edges for greater durability and comfort at your workstation. 
 
With the addition of this product line to our available offerings, Impact Office can now assist you in resurfacing workstations, cabinet drawers, and more with your choice of wood veneer or thermofoil surfaces. This product line is the ideal fit for companies who are in search of a workspace solution that will upgrade their office furniture, without the hassle of replacing current desks and worktables. That said, however, this product line can also be made brand new - the choice is yours! 

Make your old desk new again! Contact us for more information on this new product line and our sales team would be happy to assist you in upgrading your office space.

(Image via Northern Contours)

The Three C's of Conscious Office Design

Little Goblins - Friday, April 24, 2015

Create a successful office environment with conscious design!

Every office has its individual needs. However, no matter what your industry or where you are in the world, there are three common needs that every workplace needs. These are the three C's of a successful office and they can only be fulfilled with conscious design.


Concentration

The first C is for concentration. The majority of space in an office is often dedicated to spaces for concentration. It is critical then to take the time and effort to creating an office space that will nurture concentration and inspire your employees to perform and produce their best work. Although there is a trend for hot-desking, when a task requires deep focus, a little privacy can go a long way. Having separate quiet rooms, booths, dividers or designated quiet areas are essential for getting the job done. Include task lamps for lower ambient lighting and adjustable furniture, like our Sit-Stand Desk, in order to allow for various working positions. Use fabrics or panels that can absorb any noise and keep the space quiet.

Collaboration

Everyone knows that a company cannot run on one person alone. That's why the next very important C stands for collaboration. A successful office will complement its spaces for concentration with spaces for collaboration. This where hot-desking systems, like our Bridges or Evolve benching systems, come to shine. These open systems enable employees to discuss projects and work together to solve industry questions comfortably. It is vital to make your employees feel at ease so they can contribute their best to the team. 

Board rooms and designated team meeting rooms are also essential to creating collaborative spaces. Having the right tables and accessories can make all the difference. Tables that allow your team to sit together, such as the Junction table, and work with the right tools can give rise to new ideas. Consider having mobile marker boards and bigger backdrops to allow your employees to pin their ideas to the board.

Contemplation

Lastly, but certainly not the least, the third C represents contemplation. Although an office is designed for work, spaces for taking a break are absolutely necessary. Break time is as essential as work time. Everyone needs to give their mind and body a rest after a session of intense focus and concentration, whether that be on solo work or in collaborative brainstorm sessions. Creating a space where people can rest their eyes from looking at a screen and chat casually is ideal for inspiration and a happy work environment. These spaces can be designed with the idea of home in mind in order to recreate a stress-free zone. Having plants, windows and ambient features like a water wall are a great way to inspire calm. Occasional tables and comfy chairs are perfect for these spaces. 

Thinking of a redesign? Let us help you design consciously. Visit us today or explore online! 

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Coworking: A New Way to Work

Little Goblins - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shared office spaces are becoming a popular option for entrepreneurs and small companies.

Shared office space is hardly a new idea. Traditionally, however, open concept, communal workstations have generally been in the form of cubicles and large work tables. They are spaces that are shared by employees, all of whom work for the same company, a company that typically owns the entire building or floor. These communal spaces are meant to increase workflow, creativity, and collaboration between coworkers all within the same corporation. Now, although these collaborative workstations still exist within most companies, "shared workspace" is taking on a whole new meaning. And, some might say, it's about time.

With the 50th anniversary of the cubicle occurring last year, a refreshed way to think about one's workspace is definitely needed. Coworking, an idea that has been gaining momentum over the past decade, enables entrepreneurs, small companies, and/or travelling business people to share a workspace with other people who are not affiliated with their company or work. It is a convenient, and much more affordable, way to rent out office space in the city. Most shared coworking spaces also offer renters access to boardrooms, kitchens and other facilities associated with traditional office spaces.

With such a large population of entrepreneurs in Vancouver, coworking is a great option to consider as an office space. Watch the below video to gain a better understanding of this emerging trend.

We know that shared workspaces need office furniture too. Should you require assistance in furnishing an office space for coworking purposes, we can help! Our team would be happy to help you find the best office furniture solutions for your office space. 

Browse what we have in store.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at sales@impactoffice.ca or give us a call at 604.215.9797.

Ways to Create a More Engaging Work Environment

Jodi Young - Thursday, February 05, 2015

With people spending so much time at work, how can you make the work place a more engaging and energizing place to be?

 When employees work long hours in environments that are dull and boring can take a toll on their productivity and their health. We try and create engaging environments for schools and places for people to learn, so why don’t we do the same for where people work? Here are some easy ways to make your work place more exciting and dynamic to keep employees stimulated throughout their day.

1. Get rid of fluorescent and bad lighting: lighting is one of the most important things in a work environment, fluorescent lights can cause headaches and other annoyances get as much natural light as possible and use pot lighting instead.

2.Create Open Space: if the office is full of cubicles create an open area where people can leave their desks to work, chat, or take a break. Eating, working, relaxing all in the same place becomes repetitive and dull.

 

 

3. Create private space: if your office is extremely open concept with everyone working in close proximity, make a quiet area or room where people can go to get some peace and quiet and work alone when needed.

4. Keep Employees Comfortable:  making employees comfortable in their work setting is one of the most important things an employer can do, make sure they have proper ergonomic seating, that they have access to good drinking water, coffee or tea, and even some snacks to keep them going throughout the day. Also make sure the office temperature is neither too hot nor too cold making people extremely uncomfortable and distracted.

5. Encourage Breaks: if your employees are working long hours in their chairs looking at computer screens encouraging them to take short breaks can make a huge difference. A quick walk around the block or coffee break can re-energize workers and make them more productive, it is also very good for their overall health.

Open Concept Offices: Are They Good for Employees?

Jodi Young - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Pros & Cons of Open Concept Work Spaces

There has been a lot of talk lately about how open concept offices are transforming the work place for the better. Open concept workplaces can be great, they maximize the amount of space a company has, they facilitate better communication, and they make it easy to get groups of people together for informal meetings and discussions. But what about the drawback of open concept work spaces?

After a lot of research the results of employee opinions of completely open concept work places are not entirely positive. Many employees feel that they have less privacy in open concept work places making them uncomfortable in certain situations thinking their co-workers can hear and see everything they are doing. Some also reported that it can lead to less focus due to the many distractions around them. Sound is a huge one, how are you supposed to get that report done when your co-worker is trying to make a sale right beside you? Sometimes employees don’t get along and that is ok but open concept environments can increase employee problems due to people not being able to escape when they are over whelmed, annoyed, or frustrated.

 We aren’t saying that offices shouldn’t convert to open concept work places but we are saying people should listen to their employees. Give them privacy with dividers between cubicles, have noise and music restrictions and give people head phones, and have spaces in the office where they can go and focus on their work in private if they need to. This will give employees the best of both worlds and increase employee satisfaction in the workplace!

Get a Healthier Office in 2015!

Jodi Young - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Make 2015 your healthiest yet by making some small and easy changes to your work environment!

It’s the start of a new year and many people have made their resolutions and are trying to stick to them! One of the biggest resolutions is for people to live a healthier life. Impact Office has a variety of products that can help you get healthier, happier, and even lose some weight while you work! These products can help create a healthier office environment for employees reducing body aches and pains and increasing energy and focus.

Sit Stand Desks can be life changing, being able to change positions throughout your day and take weight of your lower body is great for your overall health and wellness. It helps increase your blood flow and increases focus and energy while ridding your body of those aches and pains that come from sitting all day.

 

Using an evolution ball chair for a small amount of time during your day allows your back the flex and move and strengthens your core to prevent strain and lower back injuries.

 

 

Any ergonomic accessories such as monitor arms, keyboard trays, foot machines, or a proper ergonomic chair can make the world of difference on your body at work! Try any of these products out and make 2015 you healthiest yet!

 


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