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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!

(Image via Pexels)

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!

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!

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.

 

Modern Office Furniture

Jodi Young - Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to Get a Modern Look For Your Office

Modern Office Furniture That is Practical and Efficient for Workspaces

 

Today companies are designing their offices with a clean modern aesthetic. Gone are the days of big workstations and chunky boardroom tables, taking their place is white furniture, metal finishes, and cool colour accents. But when does modern become too modern? When does design and aesthetic take away from practicality and efficiency? After all companies are looking for longevity out of their investment in office furniture.

Here are some product tips to give your office that  Modern feel without sacrificing key components of your office furniture.

Workstations: Today every office furniture company is making workstations that are still extremely functional, but they look very different from the traditional three walled cubicle. Voi is a modern looking workstation that can be configured in many different ways with numerous colour, laminate, and finish options.

Seating: A bulky leather office chair while comfortable, is not very modern. A thin white chair that is more comfortable with built in lumbar support and other ergonomic features, now that is modern. The G20 chair looks great but also is one of the best ergonomic chairs on the market.

Boardroom: Our Bridges boardroom table is practical with a very cool aesthetic, the metal legs and bases stand out and look great with a dark wood finish or a white top.

 

Reception Seating: Guest seating is a great way to add some personality and design to your office. Since many people aren’t sitting for long periods of time it does not have to be as ergonomic as other office furniture. Flock, for example, has a modern look and comes in endless configurations and colours to show your personality to customers and clients.

 Getting a modern looking office without sacrificing effective office furniture can be easy. It can reflect the personality of your business and employees, also who wouldn’t love to work in a modern and inspiring place? For more information on any of these products come check out our showroom or contact one of our professional sales staff.

Impact Props and Rentals

Little Goblins - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Famous and Stylish Rentals! 

There's more to us than the items for sale in our showroom…

Sometimes making the purchase doesn't make sense and we completely understand. That's why we offer furniture rentals and we're proud to say we work with any budget and setting. 

We are proud to say that our very own Impact Props is one of Vancouver's leading prop rental houses. When you need to create a set and transport viewers into the world of your characters, buying furniture isn't practical. Renting is your answer. Our staff are experienced and knowledgeable and can help you pick the best pieces that will help your scenes come to life. 

We've loved being a part of so many wonderful television shows and films including Fringe, Supernatural, Planet of the Apes and Man of Steel, to name a few! Here is just a small sampling of the set design teams we've worked with before:

But our rentals aren't limited to props for a set. We know that one of the biggest expenses of setting up an office is the furniture purchases. We also offer rentals to be used in commercial and retails spaces so you can start your business with financial piece of mind. We have a variety of stylish pieces for you to choose from and when you are ready, our associates can help you transition your office decor to your own, purchased furniture. 

Design, style and creativity are never out of your reach at Impact Furniture and Props. Contact us today or visit our showroom to speak with our design-savvy associates to start creating your perfect space for work or film!

Impact Office Furnishings and You!

Little Goblins - Friday, March 14, 2014

Set up a new office with ease!

Make the most of your redesign project!

If you are setting up or redesigning an office space, Impact Office Furniture has got you covered! Whether it's a private office, boardroom, department, classroom, or communal area, we're proud to say that we spoil our customers for choice!

But there's more to us than meets the eye...

Make the Most of Your Office in 2014

Little Goblins - Monday, January 20, 2014

It’s a new year and what better time than to revamp your office and create a healthy, productive and Eco-conscious space?!

With just a few tweaks to your office design, you can accomplish all these things and Impact Office has got everything you need! Let’s begin with…

Healthy

A healthy employee is a happier, more productive employee. Design your office to include ergonomic seating in order to avoid repetitive strain injuries and workers on sick leave. Of course, some employees are more sensitive to sitting for eight hours of the day no matter how complex their seating is. Our electric sit-stand desks (featured in last month’s blog post) are ideal to allow your employees to work comfortably, whether they are seated or standing or whatever is in between!

Seating and desks are not the only office accessories that can keep your employees healthy though. Monitor arms are the ideal accessories to allow one to adjust the screens to the perfect alignment according to any individual’s needs. Foot rests are ideal for relieving back pressure and our foot machines can help employees maintain good circulation by encouraging movement and massaging the feet!

Productive

How can furniture make an office more productive? The secret is in the style and arrangement of designated spaces. Sleek modern desk systems such as the Evolve Benching Solutions or Bridges 2 allow for employees to work closely together and encourage collaboration, while still giving workers personal spaces to get work done without distraction. Vice Versa Bridges is another design that can help keep teams close together and maximize space in the office.

If you’re office doesn’t already have designated lounge areas, then perhaps space conscious desk systems will help make room. Lounge chairs and coffee tables are a great addition to the office, not just for customers and guests but also for your employees.

Eco-Conscious

If you want to reduce your impact on the environment, there are three R’s that every one should aim to live by: reduce, reuse and recycle! Impact Office may not able to help you implement recycling programs or digital IT projects to leave paper behind but we can offer you a selection of pre-owned furniture!

Lastly, and this is the only product we don’t have, add greenery to your office with plants! Plants can help clean the air, bring nature indoors and create a relaxed atmosphere where your employees can thrive. Make 2014 the year your office design contributes to your business magic!

For more options, explore our Products page.

 

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!

(Images via Pixabay and Pexels)


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