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Sit to Stand: Adjust the Daily Desk Experience

Little Goblins - Thursday, December 12, 2013

Feel confident in your employees' health & productivity with sit to stand desks.

Why adjust your expectations when all you have to do is adjust your desk!

Whether you're looking to outfit an entire office with sit to stand desks or you're interested in just a few for a select group of employees with back issues or other disabilities, Impact Office is happy to recommend to you our Electric Height Adjustable Desk. With a multitude of health and wellness reasons to invest in a sit to stand desk, our Electric Height Adjustable Desk is the obvious solution for you and your office.

Results have shown that adjustable desks can significantly decrease an employee's discomfort in almost all areas of the body, including back issues. By alternating between a sitting and standing position throughout your work day, you will notice increased productivity, as well as many other health benefits, both mentally and physically.

People who work at sit to stand adjustable desks take fewer breaks and, when they do take breaks, they are generally shorter than those who sit at their desk. Furthermore, many people who use a sit to stand desks see any physical discomfort they may have once had from sitting all day decrease by 64 percent on average, while the occurrence of injuries and illnesses go down by more than 50 percent.

Top 5 Reasons to Invest in an Electric Height Adjustable Desk

  1. Reduces discomfort
  2. Benefits health
  3. Increases productivity
  4. Suitable for all employees, regardless of height or body type
  5. Advantageous for employees with disabilities or back problems

Please note that Impact Office can provide custom sizes, shapes and colours for your order of sit to stand desks should our stock not meet your needs. Learn more.

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Design Focus: Work Lounges & Coffee Shop Vibes

Little Goblins - Friday, November 29, 2013

Design a productive and relaxed atmosphere!

Don’t overlook your office and create spaces that will inspire…

When you run a business, productivity matters. How much does your office design affect productivity? You may or may not be surprised to know that it can majorly affect the productivity and creativity of your employees! When you spend the majority of every day driving to the same building, walking to the same desk, staring at the same computer, surrounded by the same grey desk and same neutral walls, and the same bland colour palette (an office characteristic that is all too common), you’re bound to find your thoughts running in the same uninspired circles.

There are many design tactics you can use to break that visual and mental pattern. Today we’re focusing on creating work lounges and that coffee shop atmosphere.

No matter how beautiful your desk space is, there will be times when a change of scenery is in order. Encourage your employees to move away from their desk and interact with co-workers by creating an office lounge. A lounge is defined as a public room or space in which to sit and relax. By introducing that coffee shop atmosphere into your office, you will find your employees happier to come to the office, inspired to have beautiful spaces to spend their days, more open to interacting and sharing ideas and enjoying their jobs. Happy employees make for a successful business after all!

Here are our top 5 looks to help you create the perfect look for your inspired lounge and to bring in those coffee shop vibes:

Play with table heights and materials to bring visual interest to the room. Use colour and comfortable seating and light up the room artwork and stay away from harsh lighting. Maybe even add some soft background music? The sky is the limit when it comes to create a new space! 

Visit our showroom to learn more about these products and how you can customize them to create the perfect design scheme for your office lounge!

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Client Spotlight: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? & Lululemon

Little Goblins - Thursday, October 17, 2013

Learn more about our clients and services!

Over the years we've had the privilege of outfitting some of Vancouver's top companies with our office furniture. From companies such as Rolls-Royce Canada and Ocean Trailer to institutions such as Simon Fraser University and BC Biomedical Laboratories, we're proud of every business relationship that we've built.

In addition to the previously mentioned companies, we've also had the opportunity to be a part of providing 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and Lululemon Athletica with their office furniture. As you can imagine, outfitting these two companies was no small job!

1-800-GOT-JUNK?

After supplying, delivering and installing 250 HON Ignition Task chairs for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in both Vancouver and Toronto, Impact Office was happy to provide hands on training for the operation of the HON chairs. The HON Ignition Task chair, also known as "The Work Chair," is one of our best selling chairs, with low, upholstered or mesh backs and ergonomic features that can be adjusted. With features such as these, it's no wonder why 1-800-GOT-JUNK? went with the Ignition Task chair for their offices! Learn more about the HON Ignition Task chair.

Lululemon Athletica

Our work for Lululemon, on the other hand, was a little more customized. When outfitting their offices, we supplied hundreds of custom mobile pedestals from Global Contract for their design staff. These pedestals came with high grade furbish cushions and casters to help the user handle long periods of sitting, while also providing easy movement; a very important feature for the design staff of a yoga apparel company. You know what they say, you have to let the inspiration flow!

To learn more about our previous installations or for more information on how Impact Office can help you create the best office space for you and your staff, contact us and we'd be happy to discuss our products and services.

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Design Matters: Creating the Ideal Office Space

Little Goblins - Thursday, September 12, 2013

Make the office a place your employees want to come to everyday and watch your company's success grow!

Office design. We can tell you as unbiased as an office furniture company can, that office design matters. When you spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in one place you have got to love it.

“After all, we spend the same amount of time if not longer in our work spaces than in our homes, so why not feel cosy and bring some personality to the space we spend most of our time in?" says interior designer Ivan Meade.

So where do you begin? If you can’t work from home or have your staff working from home, inspire their creativity and help them love their workspace by making it a place they want to be. Approach your office design like you would a home. 

Here are our top tips to creating the space your employees will love and that won’t hurt the pocket books:

  • Everyone has his or her own personal style. Find a unifying element and economize with a versatile desking system such as the Voi by Hon. This will allow you to set up a stylish, neutral base to build upon.
  • Create an in-office escape for your employees. Create a space with comfy lounge chairs and occasional tables where people can relax on their breaks or maybe even do some work!
  • Think subtly ergonomic. A desirable work place will not put employees at risk of repetitive strain injuries. Incorporate elements in each workstation that will keep your employees safe without compromising aesthetics with pieces like the Freedom Chair or a keyboard tray.
  • A neat, de-cluttered office is a productive office. Place monitor arms at workstations to create desk space for your staff. Mimic homey bookshelves and storage solutions to keep the office organized and visually relaxed.
  • Lastly, accessorize. Use area rugs and accent pillows in lounge areas and place artwork on the walls that will inspire. Incorporate different types of lighting to create ambience and avoid the too-bright, common fluorescent bulb. Use plants to bring nature indoors. 

Whether it’s beautifully and functionally designed or not, the office is a home away from home. If you make it feel inviting and design like you would a living space rather than a grey cubicle city, you’ll have created a win-win situation for the company. Your employees will want to come to work and productivity will increase. 

Check out our products for more stylish and ergonomic design solutions and let us help you build the perfect office home.

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Don't Bend Over Backwards for Your Health

Little Goblins - Friday, July 19, 2013

5 easy tips on how to create a healthier office environment - right at your desk!

 

Many of us spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week working in some sort of office environment. Whether that may be your home office, a cubicle in the bull pen, or your own private office, more often than not we are all sitting at a desk for the majority of those business days.

Within the last couple of years, several studies (and some terrifying infographics, such as Sitting is Killing You) have come to our attention. So, what can be done? Unfortunately, most of us do not have the pleasure of just up and quitting our jobs; meaning that other solutions to support our health must be utilized. Below, we explore tips on how you can stay healthy at the office.

 5 Tips to Support Office Health:
  1. Stretch: Whether you just get up and go for a 2 minute stroll down the hall to get a glass of water, or you literally do some stretching beside your desk, it's important just to get up and move your muscles. Great stretches to keep in mind are neck, back, arm and leg stretches.

  2. Go ergonomic: Ergonomic office furniture supports
    adjustable heights, tilt positions, sturdy frames, durable bases and even lumbar support - See more at: http://www.impactoffice.ca/products/seating/ergonomic/990#sthash.FdGb9CUJ.dpuf
    adjustable heights, tilt positions, sturdy frames, durable bases and even lumbar support - See more at: http://www.impactoffice.ca/products/seating/ergonomic/990#sthash.FdGb9CUJ.dpuf
    adjustable heights, tilt positions, sturdy frames, durable bases and even lumbar support - See more at: http://www.impactoffice.ca/products/seating/ergonomic/990#sthash.FdGb9CUJ.dpuf
    adjustable heights, tilt positions, lumbar support and more, all of which help prevent unnecessary discomfort and injury at the office. Don't believe us? Check out this infographic: 10 Reason Why You Need Office Ergonomics.

  3. Try standing: People who have opted to stand at their desk to do work, rather than sit, have seen discomfort decrease an average of 64 percent and the occurrence of injuries and illnesses decrease by more than half. It has also been noted that employees take shorter and fewer breaks when using sit to stand desks. If you're not quite ready to take the plunge, try the Sit Stand adjustable desk that can be moved up and down depending on your preference on any given day.

  4. Walk or bike: Try biking to work or, if you work close enough, walk. If your commute is too far to walk or bike, you can always try a combination of public transit and walking or biking. We're proud that many of our employees bike to work for both environmental and health reasons!

  5. Support your feet: Inactive sitting can result in health related issues such as blood clots, varicose veins and pressure on the Achilles tendon due to pooling of fluids in the lower limbs. Foot accessories can promote a gentle rocking movement which utilizes the muscles in the lower legs, increasing circulation.

What do you do to stay healthy at the office? Share with us on our Facebook page.

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Green Your Business

Little Goblins - Friday, June 14, 2013

It’s time to go green and we can help.

Let us help you make a positive impact on the environment!

What better way to move your business forward than by making the effort to go green! What does it mean to “go green?” Why is it valuable? Where do you begin?

To “go green” means that you or your company is making the effort to make personal and business decisions that will minimally impact our environment. It’s about sustainability—the practice of using resources in ways that do not diminish or compromise the future generations of meeting their own needs—and ecological economics—treating the natural environment as part of the economy so that natural capital remains a part of economic calculations.


Why is it valuable to green your business? Aside from the fact that you will be making a difference for future generations and be supporting our natural world, going green can save you money, improve your public relations and even boost employee moral. It may seem hard to believe that investing in going green can actually save you money in the long run, but in time you can see big savings in your future financial statements!

Making changes to go green can be a big undertaking. There are so many areas that one could focus on, such as energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, water conservation, and toxics and pollution prevention, to name a few. If that sounds overwhelming, we have three tips that will help you get started: reduce, reuse and recycle!

Whether it’s going digital, using energy efficient light bulbs or placing blue bins all over the place, these three R’s can be applied to any aspect of your business and can be the simplest way to get that green ball rolling. And we’ve got you covered for all three R’s!

Reduce your costs by reusing recycled and refurbished office furniture! All items in our used and pre-owned furniture showroom are in excellent condition and sold at prices designed to save you money. Together we can make a difference; even it’s a small one. Every effort counts!

Explore our selection of pre-owned furniture. To learn more about our efforts towards sustainability, check out our environmental initiatives.

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5 Tips on a Successful Office Relocation

Little Goblins - Friday, May 24, 2013

Don’t stress! Discover 5 ways to alleviate stress when it comes to relocating your office.

Moving day is stressful. Period. No matter if you’re moving homes, home offices or an entire business, moving the furniture, personal décor and, most importantly, your work is a process that can be riddled with anxiety. Trust us, we’ve been there too.

So, how can you make the most of your move and lower the high level of stress that accompanies it? We’ve come up with some tips on how to make your move go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

  1. Hire help: While attempting a move on your own may be tempting in order to save some money, the amount of time it will take you to pack up and move (not to mention the money you'll shell out to rent a moving van) will not be worth it. Hiring a moving team to help you move will take a lot of responsibility off of your plate and can make all the difference.

  2. Be flexible: Have a plan but try not to micromanage the entire move right from the get go. Things will change throughout the moving process and adjustments will have to be made in the moment – and that’s okay. Be prepared to be flexible. That said, don’t throw your plan out the window!

  3. Use the opportunity to upgrade: The time is now! Whether you’re moving your home office or your entire business, moving is a great time to dispose of your older desk, chairs and equipment and upgrade to that new model you’ve been eying. This also means you won’t have to lug your furniture from one location to the next. Win, win.

  4. Put someone in charge: Whether you take the reins on the relocation or you hand them over to a trusted employee or co-worker, having a leader will help things run more smoothly. This person will be the point of contact for your movers, etc.

  5. Label and back up files: Before the move begins, be sure that you have backed up your hard drive and have labeled hard copies. There’s nothing worse than facing multiple boxes of paper and having no idea what the contents are and where they go.

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Used Office Furniture Can Save You Money

Randy Andrews - Monday, October 08, 2012

If you are just getting your business started or you are a small  business and you need different pieces of office furniture you might be wondering how exactly you are going to be able to afford the things that you need.  The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank or take out loans to get the furniture that you need and that will allow you to do your job well.  Instead, you need to think outside the box a little bit so that you can get the furniture that you need on your budget.

Used office furniture is a great way to get the furniture that you need on your budget.  When you think used you might be thinking of broken and taped together items, but this is not the case at all. When other companies upgrade to something newer or a new version of something they may still have perfectly good furniture left over.  This furniture is still easy to use and in working order—so there is no reason not to take advantage of the fact that this furniture is going to be made available to you at a much lower price than you would pay if you tried to purchase it new.  While the furniture is not brand new, you’ll find that it is still very functional and will do just what you need it to do for a long time to come.

Benefits of Renting Office Furniture

Randy Andrews - Monday, September 03, 2012

Any new business knows how expensive things can be. If you’ve spent all of your capital on a building and the necessity items, getting furniture c be tricky since a lot of it is on the pricey side. However, there are a number of people that are renting furniture to businesses and there are in fact a number of benefits that come with it.

Have you ever walked into a store and saw a chair that you just had to have until you saw the price tag? There are a number of companies that now carry the top quality items many people would never be able to afford. The benefit is that now you can rent it for your office allowing you to furnish your office with high quality items.

Renting office furniture can save you money in the long run, and you’ll be able to rent new items when you need. You can upgrade at any time and this means you’ll always have innovative items in your office which can help make running your business smoother. Imagine having comfortable seating for your clients or customers while they wait. This beats sitting in lawn chairs because you’re all out of money to spend.

Renting furniture has become a growing trend in the business world nowadays, and can help your business office look its best.

Vancouver's Largest Selection of Office Furniture

Randy Andrews - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Impact Office Furnishings has the largest selection available to buy office furniture in Vancouver; ranging from office chairs to boardroom tables. There are over three hundred office chairs in our Vancouver office furniture showroom. Impact Office Furnishings has a range of office chair styles: ergonomic office chairs, task chairs, boardroom chairs, executive office chairs, and stacking chairs. We have a wide variety of reception furniture including guest chairs, coffee tables or end tables, lounge seating, and reception desks. All office furniture is available in many different fabrics, vinyls and leathers. Impact Office Furnishings Vancouver showroom is constantly striving to display the latest selection of office chairs, boardroom tables, office desks, systems furniture, and many different storage and filing solutions. We have all the newest and best ergonomic office accessories on display in Vancouver's largest office furniture showroom. 

Impact Office Furnishings is the best location to buy office furniture in Vancouver.


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