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Christmas Wish List

Jodi Young - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

These items might a bit too big for your stocking but our Christmas wish list is full of amazing products that can help improve productivity, posture, and even help you loose weight! Below are six products we hope to find underneath the tree, or just in our office!

1. Electric Sit Stand Desk

This is our number one wish list item this year! Sit stand desks are a revolution allowing you to go from sitting to standing so easily throughout your day! They also have tons of health benefits and can help promote weight loss!

 

 

These monitor arms make adjusting your screen very simple, they save desk space for all our stuff and they help keep us ergonomically aligned!

 

3. Keyboard Tray

We want a keyboard tray for those stiff shoulders and necks you get from hunching while typing the day away on a keyboard that's on your desk!

 

4. Global G20 Chair

This amazing modern ergonomic chair is as comfortable as it is beautiful in this white colour, we could look at it all day!

5. Liberty Office Chair

This great looking chair is for those people sitting for long periods of time, ergonomic and oh so comfortable we think Santa's elves would have no problem working those long hours in this chair!

6. Flock Lounge Seating

The holidays are all about relaxing and that is exactly what Flock lounge seating is all about! Comfortable, fun, and easy to move around makes this on of our top picks!

Does Your Office Chair "Fit"?

Jodi Young - Friday, December 05, 2014

Finding the Proper Balance Between Fit & Function

That question might seem a bit odd to some people. When using an office chair it needs to fit your body just like a sweater or pair of pants need to fit your body. "Fit" is an ergonomic concept that refers to the extent to which furniture and other equipment accommodates your physical needs and task requirements.

Not all chairs are created equal for the wide range of body types throughout the world. The perfect chair for a 6’3 graphic designer will rarely “fit” a 5’2 administrative assistant. Firstly both have very different tasks that make up their day and both have very different body types. Making sure both are supported correctly can be tricky.

When looking for an office chair make sure you ask a professional who has the knowledge to get you in a chair that actually "fits" you. Various models have different seat and back sizes and numerous different ergonomic features that can help you get more comfortable in your chair. Back height adjustments, lumbar adjustments, seat height, and arm rest adjustments are all examples of how you can customize a chair specifically to your body type making you.  Here are some tips to get your current office chair better fitted to you:

  1. Make sure lower back is supported with shoulders comfortable on not hunched over
  2. The keyboard and monitor should be directly in front of the user, side to side will create stress on the body as weight is not even distributed across the body
  3. Upper arms should be relaxed at the sides
  4. Feet should be fully supported on the floor or a footrest

If you continue having pain after making these adjustments the equipment you are using may not be suited to your body type or workplace and if you can’t make these adjustments at all it might be time for a new office chair. Our Vancouver furniture showroom has tons of ergonomic models that you can test out before buying and our knowledgeable sales associates can help you find the chair that best “fits” you.

Sit Stand Desks a Review

Jodi Young - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Why Sit Stand Desks are the Real Deal

Over the last year you have probably been hearing more and more about sit stand or electric height adjustable desks and how they are changing the work world for better or worse. Many people don’t know why they are such a revolution and if they actually work. In this blog post we review what everyone has been telling us about sit stands from testing one in our showroom.

Research says that alternating between sitting and standing benefits both your work and your productivity. Why is this? This is because sitting all day is in fact bad for you, if you have had a job where you sit for long periods of time then you know what I am talking about. Its uncomfortable, it hurts your back, your butt, your legs, and places you never thought it would hurt like your wrists, your neck, and your shoulders. Our bodies are not meant to sit all day and after many days of sitting for long periods of time you will notice muscle aches and pains that become a daily occurrence. Alternating between sitting and standing throughout your day allows your muscles to flex and the blood to flow better throughout your body rather than pooling while sitting. Standing greatly decreases the strain on your muscles so there is less fidgeting or moving around to get comfortable and an increase of energy.

 

It does take a little while to get used to a sit-stand desk, after sitting and typing for so long you have to adjust and get used to completing tasks while standing up. We found that since a person was already standing they were more prone to going and getting things and walking around the office to communicate with co-workers. After a few weeks people noticed increased energy, better focus, and actual weight loss in some cases! It’s not just a fad, standing at work can change many aspects of your life for the better! We think it’s a great investment for offices because people of many different heights can use these desks, just push a button to your needed size and voila! It’s time people start investing in their quality of life at work, make employees happy and healthier by giving them the opportunity to stand at work!

The Importance of a Great Reception Area

Jodi Young - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tips & Tricks to Get the Best Reception Area for Your Office!

The reception is the point of entry for all people coming into your office, it is the first impression they get of your company before any interaction. It is important to make your reception area a reflection of your company but also keep it warm and inviting. Since your receptionist is first person to interact with anyone entering your office, make sure they have the space that they need to work effectively and are comfortable in.

 

Here are some pointers to getting the best reception area possible:

  • Make sure the reception desk is sleek in design and aesthetically appealing
  • Measure the room and make sure the reception desk isn’t too big or too small for the space
  • Make sure the people working reception have enough workspace and storage to complete all tasks easily and effectively, also more storage allows for less clutter and papers out in the open
  • If your receptionist works with sensitive or confidential information, like in a doctor’s office, make sure the desk rises up to about neck level allowing people to still see them but not see the files they are working with
  • Your receptionist will be at their desk for the majority of the day, make sure they have an ergonomic chair and accessories to keep them focused and comfortable
  • Make sure lounge seating is comfortable and inviting
  • Make sure all reception seating suits your cleaning needs, leather and vinyl are a lot easier to clean than fabric upholstery
  • Add anything to increase your visitors experience such as magazines, candles, TVs, or a coffee station

Receptions are the time to make a statement and use bright colours with interesting designs, have fun with this space!

How to Create a Balanced Workplace

Nimbol Support - Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giving Employees the Opportunity for Collaboration & Privacy in the Workplace

And how it can be extremely beneficial.

 One of the biggest issues facing today’s workplace is being able to have a workplace that fosters collaboration and learning between employees but also gives them privacy and time to work alone when needed. Usually offices don’t do a great job getting the right balance of spaces that condone collaboration and the amount of space for people to sit in quiet and think and focus.

 

 

Many workers need places where they can go for private moments to think, recharge, and really execute their work. These spaces can become hard to find in the open concept workplace which is usually very loud with constant interaction. Open design can increase collaboration and interaction between employees but it can also decrease productivity.

The fix to this problem is giving employee’s choice. The option to work in a quiet setting but also areas where people in large or small groups can get together and collaborate and learn from one another. We think the best way of doing this is creating spaces that are designated for the latter. Rooms with tables that can be moved around into a boardroom shape or into smaller groups gives people the freedom of how they want to interact. Seating areas with comfortable couches and chairs that are a designated quite space at certain times can allow people to sit and think in quiet and execute their work. Other times these areas could be common areas where co-workers go to talk to one another. Teaming stations where people work in close vicinity with one another but have panels that give them some quiet and privacy to do their work is a good compromise.

 

Giving employees the option between “me” and “we” time will allow them to choose the space that fits their needs at certain times. Not all workers are extroverts or people who can focus with a lot of noise and back chatter behind them, realizing this will make employees more productive and also happier within their work environment!

Are You Making These Ergonomics Mistakes?

Jodi Young - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes 

October is National Ergonomic Month! So we are going through the cardinal sins that many people make in regards to ergonomics, or a lack there of. Here are five common mistakes people make in the workplace that affect their health and quality of life and the various ways to fix them.

1. Not Having a Proper Chair

It doesn`t matter whether your chair is truly ergonomic, although that does help, having a proper chair means having a chair that is suited to your daily tasks and body type. You should be able to make adjustments to you chair to increase comfortability and make sure you are supported in key areas such as your back, your legs, and your neck. You should have lumbar support for your lower back and the ability to position your chair so your feet are firmly planted on the ground. There are numerous ergonomic features on many chairs, make sure you have the one that fits you.

 

2. You Look Down On Your Monitor Screen

You might think that where your monitor is placed doesn’t affect your body, but it truly does. Looking down at your screen can scrunch your shoulders and cause pain in your neck. Your monitor should always be an arm’s length away and the top of the screen should be at your eye level when you are sitting. This will allow you to scan the screen without making head movements causing discomfort. Don’t put the screen too high because you can crane or pinch your neck. The best way to raise your monitor screen is to get a monitor arm. They are not extremely costly and can make a huge difference in your work day.

 

 

 3.Your keyboard is on your desk.

Having your keyboard on top of your desk can make it so you shrug your shoulders and bend your wrists when typing. This can cause discomfort and carpel tunnel syndrome in the future. Make sure you have palm support near your keyboard to rest your hands without bending your wrists. The best solution is getting an ergonomic keyboard tray installed under your desk within your natural reach zone. This will allow your shoulders to drop and your wrist to remain straight.

 

4. You Have Improper Lighting:

Appropriate lighting at work can reduce eye fatigue and headaches, the ability to see well at work is crucial make sure you have the right lighting. Ask yourself these questions when in your workplace. Is there enough light for the task at hand? Is there glare from your computer screen from light? Are shadows eliminated? Do the lights provide stead illumination? (Make sure they don’t flicker) DO you complain of headaches or eye strain? Depending on your answers to these questions it may be time to re-evaluate the lighting in your office.

 

5. You Sit for a Large Portion of your Day

We understand that desk jobs require long periods of sitting and concentrating. However this doesn’t mean you should be sitting all day, and if you are it is a great dis-service to your health. Studies say you should be getting up each hour for 5-15 minutes to stretch out your legs and get the blood flowing. Set reminders and make sure you are getting up throughout your day, even a small walk around the office or a chat to a co-worker will help prevent aches and pains. And for an even better solution try a sit-stand desk where you can go from sitting to standing quickly and continue your work!

 

 

Boardroom Appeal

Jodi Young - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Getting Employees Comfortable in a Boardroom Setting

Tips for making boardrooms feel more comfortable and approachable to employees

Let’s face it, conference rooms and boardroom meetings can be stuffy and intimidating. Getting together with bosses and peers can make people nervous to share new ideas and talk in-front of a large group.

Making a boardroom as comfortable as possible for employees is really important. Since large brainstorming sessions, presentations, and meetings take place there. Allowing employees to feel comfortable in their surroundings will increase communication, ideas, and company bonding.

 

Tables: Boardroom tables need to be big enough to fit everyone needed at the table. Cramming people in, no room for writing or their personal things will make people uncomfortable and unproductive. Make sure you know the maximum about of people needed at the table at one time. Bridges boardroom table is a sleek and modern option, while some custom builds are more traditional. Connectable boardroom tables can be pulled apart into smaller tables for collaboration and group work.

Chairs: We know that people don’t sit at boardroom chairs for as long or as often as they sit at in their office chairs. However they should still be comfortable to sit in. They should also be sleek and thin in order to save space within the room. Always have chairs on castors and with a swivel so people can turn to look at people who are talking and move around easily when needed. Try chairs like the G20, Accord, Ignition, and Mirage Chairs.

 

 

 

Accessories: There are many other products that can make your boardroom more comfortable and usable. Magnetic white boards or mobile marker boards are great ways to brain storm, jot down notes, and convey ideas to the whole room. Coffee carts and tables for food and other drinks are a great way to get people comfortable in the environment with a nice cup of coffee, juice, or something to eat.

 

 

Colour, plants, friendly lighting are all ways to make boardrooms light and easy allowing maximum output from employees. Make your boardroom into a place that employees want to be!

Made In Canada

Jodi Young - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Learn about our products that are made in Canada!

Many companies want products that are made in Canada and support the Canadian economy, but many people don’t know that office furniture is manufactured right here in Canada. Luckily we have some great suppliers that manufacture their  great products in Canada!

Global and Heartwood are two companies that manufacture their products in Canada. Both use sustainable wood sources and Global manufacturers plastic and metals and use many recycled materials in their manufacturing process. I was fortunate enough to tour the manufacturing facilities in Ontario to see how all this great office furniture is made, from design to testing it was state of the art and extremely interesting to see. These companies employ thousands of workers across Canada and implement practices to reduce their environmental imprint. For companies wanting to support Canadian products Heartwood and Global offer extremely well made and durable furniture at competitive prices!

 

Below are a few of our products from Global and Heartwood. For more information on these products or any of our products manufactured in Canada come down to our Vancouver showroom or give us a call to talk to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives!

 

How To Increase Productivity At The Office

Jodi Young - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Improve Employee's Productivity With a Few Simple Ideas & Products

In today’s work place there can be so many distractions, it can be hard for employees to focus and be as productive as possible. That’s why it is important for employers to create a space that allows employees to focus on their work and not on other issues.

Getting the right products that will aid their functions is key, here are a few tips that can improve your employees functionality and productivity at work.

Proper Filing:is key to many workers. Being able to find the documents they need in a timely and organized manner can make a huge difference. Wasting time looking for files can be frustrating and discouraging, get the right amount of filing storage needed and create a system that makes finding documents straight forward.

Sit Stand Desks: many employees spend a lot of their time shifting to comfortable positions while sitting down, or walking around and stretching to try and rid their bodies of pain and discomfort from sitting in their office chairs all day. Studies show that when employees stand, they have less pain and discomfort and can focus for longer periods of time therefore having better output in their work.

Proper Ergonomics: if a sit stand is out of the question, having the proper ergonomic accessories for your employees is extremely important. Monitor arms, proper seating, and keyboard trays should be used to prevent the harmful impact on their bodies as  much as possible. Working while you’re in pain or uncomfortable is never fun.

Environment: creating an overall positive and comfortable environment is important for employees. People do their best work in an environment that is suitable to their needs and appealing in aesthetic. Small changes can make a big difference, give employees a space that allows them to relax, sparks their creativity, or allows them to focus without interruptions.


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Choosing The Right Colours For Your Office

Jodi Young - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What Colour is the Right Colour For Your Office?

Find out how the colours in your office can both help and harm the workplace environment.

You might not think choosing a colour scheme for your office is important, but studies show it can greatly effect your clients, employees, and visitors. These effects can be subliminal, but they can help shape peoples view of the business. It is important to use colours to project the type of environment or feeling you want people to have when they enter your building. If you want a calm setting, a serious setting, or a comfortable setting colours can help you achieve this. In todays blog we break down the most popular colours and how they can effect your workplace.

Blue: is a great colour if you need stimulation. Blue is a productive colour that is also calming to people. It can help if you need to concentrate for long periods of time and evokes the feelings of trust and security. A pop of colour is a great thing to add to a blue office to give a more balanced feel. We recommend a bit of orange or yellow to warm up the atmosphere.

Yellow: is one of the best colours for jobs that are extremely creative, it stimulates and helps the flow of communication and ideas. This bright shade can give workers a playful and fun work environment to get those creative juices flowing.

Red: is a colour that stimulate physical activity, therefore it is not great in high-stress work environments. Red is best used as an accent colour to spark ambition and energy. Too much of this colour can give people the feeling of aggression or anger. Pair red with a nice green or cool grey to tone it down.

Green: is another colour that can create an extremely productive environment. Green is balanced and calming allowing people to get things done. Green creates a warm and approachable space that can help de-stress workers. It is great for offices and common areas like reception waiting rooms and with many beautiful shades it is an easy favourite.

White: is a colour that evokes serenity, calm, and cleanliness. Too much white can turn people off as being too sterile or uncomfortable, warm it up with some colours such as blue and green to give a bit more depth and interest.

To figure out what colours you should be using for your office, you must decide what will work best for your situation and what would you like to your company to portray to all the people within in.

 


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