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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!

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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Allow employees to give their best work possible by creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for them to work!

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.

 

Desk Tips: The Best Plants for Your Office

Jodi Young - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

 Office Plants

What plants are best suited for an office environment?

Did you know that investing in a small potted plant for your office can boost your productivity? Scientists have conducted some experiments that show plants improve creativity and overall well-being. If you sit inside all day a plant can be a great way to stimulate your senses and help clean the air from pollutants around you. (Your office air can become extremely stale and polluted). In this blog I am breaking down the best plants for your office that are all very easy to take care of.

Areca Palms, English Ivy, and Golden Pothos are all easy to care for, while not needing a ton of natural sunlight these three plants all clean the air by absorbing pollutants around you.

Areca Palm                                                     English Ivy

Golden Pothos

 

Peppermint and Lemon Balm are fragrant plants that can stimulate your mind and improve mood. They smell great, need very little care or sunlight, and peppermint tastes great in your water!

 

Peppermint                                                     Lemon Balm

Try out a new plant this summer and see how it can make a positive change in your office!

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.

 

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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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.

(Image via 1-800-GOT-JUNK?)

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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