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Alternative Workspaces

Little Goblins - Monday, July 25, 2016

Get Creative with Impact Office!

It won’t be difficult to imagine a typical office: harsh florescent lighting, grey cubicle walls, the sounds of clicking keyboards and whirring copy machines and, not more than one or two people to be seen. Where is everyone? Well they are well hidden and tucked away in their cubicles, working hard for their company. While this scenario may work for some, others may find a need for a more creative alternative workspace to inspire their best work.

Here are some ideas on how you can furnish and create alternative workspaces in your office!

#1: Going Cubicle Free

Instead of typical, grey and secluded cubicles, try an open system of desks. “Hot desking” as it is commonly known, is an office desk design that keeps all the employees visually and physically connected, sharing desks and work spaces. This type of system will definitely encourage collaborative work. The Bridges II System is a wonderful example of how you can create a uniform office without the cubicles.

#2: Hot Desking

Hot design takes your cubicle free office plan one step further by not assigning desks to specific employees. Instead, the desks or worktops are there for who ever needs it and can be assigned to one or a team as required. Explore our desk systems or perhaps even our boardroom table selection! Who said those large tables had to be reserved for meetings only!

#3: Quiet Lounges

Now this kind of alternative space caters to your employees who would love to work from their couch. By providing quiet lounge areas, employees can choose a space that suits their creative needs in order to be their most productive and inspired. Perhaps a comfortable chair and coffee table will be just the thing for your employees who like to sit cross-legged on a sofa with their computer on their lap. 

#4: Sitting or Standing

A subtle alternative workspace can be found in a desk. Try a height adjustable desk to give your staff the choice of working in either a sitting or standing position. Healthy employees is always a bonus!

#5: Indoor, Outdoor

When the weather is nice and the sun is shining, who really wants to be cooped up indoors. Motivation to work drops to a crawl as people longingly stare out the windows at the blue skies. If you have the option, provide an outdoor working space! 

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Does Your Desk Suit Your Work Style?

Little Goblins - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Discover the best office furniture solutions for three very different styles of work.

If you work in an office, your desk is most likely where you spend the majority of your work day. For this reason, it's important to consider how your desk or workstation may be impacting your productivity. Does it enable you to focus and perform at your best?

Within your office you may have noticed that different people have different work styles, enabling each individual to be more or less productive under various circumstances. While some excel in a high energy atmosphere, others require peace and quiet in order to produce their best work. With that in mind, it's important to optimize your desk or workstation so that it is conducive to your work style. 

Below are a few workspace solutions for high energy collaborators, quiet meditative thinkers, and those with combination work styles.

1. For High Energy Collaborators

For individuals that function best when they are able to bounce ideas off of colleagues and harness their collaborative energy, teaming stations with little to no partitions can be a great option. 

Our Recommendation: Employees with this type of high energy and collaborative work style can thrive with desking systems such as Evolve Benching Solutions and Bridges 2, as seen below.

Evolve Benching Solutions Bridges 2

2. For Quiet Meditative Thinkers

If employees prefer to work through projects on their own without disruption, more isolated desks that enable solitary, quiet workspaces can be a great solution. 

Our Recommendation: Desking systems that offer privacy panels, such as eO, are a good option if you are working with limited space, whereas free standing desks, such as Cube 3, work well for larger areas where desks can be spread out.

eO Cube 3

3. For Combination Work Styles

Not everyone will fit perfectly into one work style or the other. For employees that sometimes prefer to collaborate but may also need quiet time working alone, there are workstations that can accommodate both styles. 

Our Recommendation: In this case, desking systems that are flexible and versatile can help employees make the most of their workspace. Visit our past blog post on versatile workstations for more details.

For assistance in selecting the best desks or workstations for different work styles, please do not hesitate to contact us and our sales team would be happy to help you find a great solution.

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!

 

Office Organization & Storage Solutions

Jodi Young - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tips For Creating Better Office Organization & Storage

Get an office that works with you, not against you!

Is your office not supporting all your current filing and storage needs? Does it feel like you have papers and documents everywhere with little space to work? There are many small changes that you can make to your office to improve the functionality of it to make your working day easier.

Filing: it is extremely important to have the right filing needs for employees based on their job role. Different departments and positions can have extremely different filing methods and amounts. Lateral Filing from 2 drawers to 5 drawers can keep papers organization making them easier to find and improving efficiency.

Desk Savers: are anything that can help save usable space on your desk. Monitor Arms are a great way to free up space by moving your computer monitor above the desk freeing up all that room below, plus it is more ergonomically friendly. Keyboard trays do the exact same thing by moving the keyboard off the desk creating more usable space.

CPU Holders: will hold your computer dock in a movable container so your can move it around to fit your seating and storage needs of your offices.

If your finding that your current workspace is completely inefficient and not working it may be time to look at a new workstation with built in hutches, filing, and storage solutions. Evolve, Bridges II, and Voi are all new modern looking workstations that have built in filing and storage needs without taking up a huge amount of space, this could be a great option for old cubicles and offices that are not working for current employees.

Any change big or small to change how employees work in a positive way is a great investment and can increase moral and employee efficiency. If you need better office organization come down to our Vancouver showroom where our sales staff can help solve all your storage and filing needs.

The Modern Day Office: Teaming & Collaboration

Jodi Young - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The past few years our company has been noticing a huge trend in the industry. Customers are transforming their office spaces from traditional cubicles and private offices into open concept and teaming areas.

The reason for this change is companies are finding that a more open and interactive environment can lead to better communication between employees and to better problem solving and innovation within the company. Large companies such as Google, Intel, and Cisco have all completely re-designed their offices based on this concept.

Cisco Offices - San Fransisco

Google offices

The core of any open-concept office is the ability for employees to move around in an environment that suits their needs during various tasks. To be able to gather team members informally, large or small, is key to the teaming and collaborative workspace concept.

Impact Office has numerous open concept products such as teaming workstation like Evolve, Bridges II, and Voi.   We also have comfortable and open seating with Flock, Sirena, and CitiHuddle and Tucana tables can be moved and re-formatted depending on the amount of people and the type of collaboration needed. Standing desks are great for impromptu meetings and discussions between co-workers as well. If you feel that your company needs a change and are looking to create a more interactive work space come visit us, we have all the latest open concept products and our professional sales staff can help you plan this office transformation from start to finish.


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