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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! 

(Images via Pexels: 1, 2)

Made in Canada: 5 Featured Office Chairs

Little Goblins - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Discover five chairs for your workplace that are proudly made in Canada.

As a Vancouver owned and operated business, we are proud of the Canadian-made products that we carry. From office chairs, to desks and workplace accessories, our storeroom is full of quality pieces of office furniture that have been made in Canada. 

Today we are shining a light on a group of five office chairs that are all made in Canada, each ready to fit the different requirements of your workplace. The below seating solutions range from lounge chairs for your reception area, to versatile boardroom seating, to easy-to-store classroom chairs.

1. Reception Seating

There can be a lot of pressure in choosing the right seating solution for your reception or waiting room area. After all, it is the first space within your office that guests or clients will see when they come to visit. 

Citi Square is our most popular reception seating line. It has a modern look and feel and can be ordered in multiple colours. 

2. Guest Seating

When your guests visit your office, you want them to feel as comfortable as possible. 

The Ergo Bex Mesh Guest Chair is an extremely well-built, ergonomic chair that is both comfortable and durable. Available in a trendy colour-blocked design of black and camel, this chair will help your guests feel right at home. 

3. Boardroom Seating

Striking the right balance for the chairs in your boardroom can be tough. You want comfortable seating for those longer meetings, but perhaps you don't have the space for larger chairs. 

The Loover is a great compromise between comfort and space. It is the first chair to feature the Weight Sensing Synchro-Tilter, which requires no tilt tension adjustments, so it is always set right for everyone. 

4. Ergonomic Seating

If you're experiencing pain or discomfort due to an uncomfortable desk chair, opting for an ergonomic solution can help you find the proper balance between fit and function

The Triumph is a fully adjustable ergonomic chair, complete with a multi-tilter functionality and excellent lumbar support. It is designed to help keep you comfortable even after many hours of use.

5. Classroom Seating

As one of Canada's most popular commercial grade stacking chairs, the Duet Stacking Chair is available with or without arms and in an array of colours. This line of chairs is very durable and has the convenience factor of being stackable for easy storage.

Questions?

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above products, please do no hesitate to contact us for more details. Our sales team would be happy to provide you with additional information on the above seating options or help you find other Canadian products that we offer. 

You can connect with our associates by dropping by our showroom on Powell Street in Vancouver, by calling us at 604.215.9797, or emailing our team at sales@impactoffice.ca. We look forward to assisting you!

Essentials for the Creative Studio

Little Goblins - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Find the Essentials for Your Perfect Creative Studio and Art Space


Not every office is going to look like the traditional stereotypes of cubicles all in a row located above the world in a downtown high-rise. In fact some workspaces have not even been dubbed “office.” This month, we’re taking a look at what you need for the perfect creative studio!

#1: The Perfect Worktop

Cubicles and desk systems all have their perfect place, but perhaps not in a creative studio. Large tables are the perfect surfaces to create and collaborate with space. We also recommend a height adjustable desk to help you avoid bending over your work!

#2: A Good Chair

Everyone needs a chair that will provide support during the times sitting in front of a computer. Luckily we have a wide variety of ergonomic options that can help keep you healthy while you work.

#3: A Creative Lounge 

When you need a break from the computer and your creative work, a lounge area is the perfect space to retreat to for some time to recharge your batteries and rebuild your internal idea bank. Of course comfortable seating is a must in this area but we also recommend a coffee table. This is a great way to display inspiring books and materials while giving your office space a more relaxed feeling.

#4: An Idea Board

A magnetic white board is a must when you are in a creative studio. It’s the perfect place to note down new ideas with your team or even create a mood board for new projects!

#5: Shelving and Storage

Whether you want to display past projects (or perhaps an award or two) or you need a home for your materials, we’ve got just the piece for you. We have the traditional filing cabinets for all your paper work as well as shelving units and dressers!

Whatever kind of office you wish to create, we can help you make it happen! Contact us to today to get started.

(Images via Pexels: 1, 2)

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.

Versatile Workstations

Little Goblins - Sunday, February 21, 2016

The ideal solution for a collaborative and productive office environment. 

Enable your employees to thrive with flexible workstations that can adapt to the work style of each employee.

Within corporate business offices, it is fairly well known that not everyone will perform their best under the same circumstances. One employee may require a lot of stimulation and collaborative energy from their coworkers, while another may need zero noise and the opportunity to work things out in a quiet space. In a time when open concept, bullpen office spaces are the norm, what is the optimal way to address the work style and needs of each of your employees in order to allow them to thrive? Our team at Impact Office has a few great solutions for you. 

Teaming Stations: Simple yet effective. Our Teaming Stations provide an open concept look and feel so that employees feel comfortable working together and collaborating, but with panels that allow individuals to have a personal workspace that feels private. 


Workscape: These open concept desks allow for high energy collaboration while also offering privacy with versatile partitions for each desk. 



Evolve: The Evolve workstations offer private workspaces but with an open vibe and feel, making it easy to collaborate with coworkers. It is also extremely flexible, with the option of adding on and making changes later. 



Huddle: Huddle tables easily configure to assist with whatever your current need may be. In search of a large table for a big group meeting? No problem. Looking for a smaller table for two or three? Huddle can be set up to make that happen. How about an individual desk for solitary work? Huddle can take care of that too. For examples, view photos of various Huddle table configurations.

If you have concerns that these workstations may not offer enough privacy for your more introverted employees, our suggestion would be to provide a separate, quiet space within the office that employees can utilize. Learn more about How to Create a Balanced Workplace

Getting Healthy at Work

Little Goblins - Monday, January 25, 2016

It's a new year and might we suggest a resolution? Stay healthy at work. 

When we say healthy, we mean more than just hearty salad lunches. Eating healthy during the work week is always a good thing, but it's only a small part of your overall work health. Most likely, the majority of time during your work week is spent, not eating, but sitting at your desk. For many of us, work consists of staring at the computer screen, slouched in our chairs and with very little activity. It's this sedentary lifestyle that can cause you more health problems than you may realize.

Luckily there are solutions. From chairs and desks to smaller accessories, we've got ergonomic solutions that will help you stay healthy and minimize your risk to repetitive strain injuries. We know that a comfortable work environment is a more productive work environment. Happier and healthier employees is not only a more productive way to operate your business, but also translates to cost savings. Pretty good right?

Here are our suggestions to achieving this happy, productive and healthy workplace:

Try our Electric Sit Stand Table or Work Station. Whatever your needs are, this desk will help you continue to work while give your back relief from sitting down for too long. 

Of course, you and your team will want to sit down some of the time as well. Outfit your office with ergonomic chairs or Sit Stand chairs. We have something that will suit every taste.

Supplement your ergonomic work station with the proper keyboard trays, monitor arms for ease of screen viewing, and foot rests.

Check out this video below that shows all about the healthiest way to work and utilize your ergonomic furniture. After all, you may have all the right equipment, but without a little extra guidance, you may be missing out on the key benefits of your ergonomic furniture!

Have a healthy 2016!



Office Furniture Holiday Gift Guide

Little Goblins - Friday, December 18, 2015

Give your staff the gift of office health this holiday season!

The holiday season is a time of giving and showing appreciation for the many people in our lives. While your thoughts may immediately go towards your friends and family at this time of year, we shouldn't forget about those loyal employees and coworkers that we spend so much of our time working alongside. These are the folks that stay late with you to meet that deadline or skip lunch in order to have that report on your desk by the end of the day. It goes without saying that these people definitely deserve a little holiday generosity and cheer.

Show your appreciation for your employees this holiday season with the gift of an office furniture overhaul. Replace old, neglected office furniture that is most likely detracting from staff focus and productivity, and is definitely not good for anyone's posture. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered. Below is our holiday gift guide, suitable for any office space that is in need of some health-inspired holiday love.

From head to toe, give your employees' workstations an ergonomic makeover!

  • Head: Set monitors to the ideal height for each employee with an adjustable monitor arm, such as the HDL Single Monitor Arm, to help prevent everything from neck strain to headaches.
  • Upper Body: Adding a keyboard tray to a workstation prevents office workers from hunching over their keyboard and allows them to reap the full benefits offered by ergonomic chairs.
  • Back: An ergonomic office chair, such as the ObusForme Executive, offers lumbar support and contour seating that will align the user's back into a healthy posture and relieve any back strain.
  • Lower Body: Avoid the health issues that are associated with sitting for excessive periods of time by replacing your workstations with Electric Sit Stand Tables, allowing easy transitions from working at a traditional sitting desk to a standing desk with just the push of a button. These convenient adjustable tables are great for the health of not only the user's lower body, but also their heart health and more.
  • Toe: Take advantage of the multitude of health benefits offered by a foot machine, which encourages gentle movement of the feet while working, and can prevent health issues such as varicose veins.

For more health conscious office solutions, take a look at the rest of our ergonomic products. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Sales Team should you have any questions.

Have a safe and happy holidays!

(Image via Pixabay)

5 Tips to Restore Office Productivity

Little Goblins - Friday, August 21, 2015

Five problems that may be contributing to a lower output of office productivity and the solutions that will help you solve them.

In the majority of offices across the world there are often many distractions that prevent employees from producing work at an optimal level. These distractions can range from mild problems to larger issues; everything from poor lighting at a person's desk, to severe bodily discomfort that an employee may be experiencing due to their workstation, can prevent a person from being their most productive self.

Below, you will find some of the most common problems office workers experience that often contribute to a lack of productivity, along with the simple solutions that can help you fix them. By implementing the below solutions, with any luck, your office should be producing its best work in no time!

PROBLEM #1:

Clutter and a lack of space can be a major distraction and contribute to a slower output of work.

SOLUTION #1:

Try clearing and organizing your desk first. If you find that there is still not enough space to lay out your daily work, consider upgrading your office's desks and cubicles to workstations and/or systems that have been designed for optimal workflow and ease of use.

PROBLEM #2:

Tired eyes caused by bad lighting.

SOLUTION #2:

If you have the ability to move your desk in your office, position your table by the window to take advantage of the natural light. If moving towards a window is not an option, or you find that you require more light, a correctly positioned desk lamp with a bright bulb is sure to help shine a light on this issue. (Pun intended!)

PROBLEM #3:

Have you noticed that you or your employees have issues sitting still throughout the work day? Many of us that work in an office environment feel the need to get up from our desks to escape the monotony of being seated for eight or more hours every day. What's more, office workers are now being encouraged to take breaks from sitting and stretch throughout the day for health reasons.

SOLUTION #3:

Height adjustable desks allow office workers the freedom to continue to work while standing, while also enabling the user to sit back down again, should they get tired of being on their feet.

PROBLEM #4:

Bodily aches and pains that result from poorly set up workstations, including neck, back and wrist pain.

SOLUTION #4:

Proper ergonomic solutions that address poor seating and workstation set ups. Solutions can range from ergonomic chairs, to keyboard trays and foot rests, to monitor arms that can be positioned to hold a monitor at the ideal height, distance and slant for each person.

PROBLEM #5:

Office paper work inefficiencies that lead to the same work being done more than once.

SOLUTION #5:

A proper filing system can prevent oversights in communication and multiple employees from completing the same work.

For general office solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us and our experienced sales team would be happy to assist you in finding the best office furniture for your needs.

(Image via Pixabay)

Office Health: The Standing Solution

Little Goblins - Thursday, June 04, 2015

British health experts strongly urge office workers to stand for at least two hours of every workday.

While it's not news that siting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your health, the idea that daily activity outside of the office cannot offset these health risks is. 

In a recent article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a panel of health experts have stated that even if you are active before or after work, you may still be at risk of developing the associated health risks of sitting for long periods of time, such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and early mortality rates. In an effort to reduce these office related health risks, the panel has also provided a set of guidelines to help counteract the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time. The guidelines include encouraging office workers to try to be on their feet for at least two hours of the workday, eventually leading up to four hours. More than ever, it is crucial that workplaces begin to actively encourage their employees to stand for a portion of their office hours. 

Learn more about the expert advice provided in the guidelines by reading the following article from The Vancouver Sun: Don't take a seat: Panel says workers should stand for about 2 hours a day, even with exercise.

Frightening though the health risks may be, there are a few things that every office can do to assist in preventing their employees from being at risk of the aforementioned health conditions. With the initiative and leadership of office management, solutions as simple as walking meetings can help employees reach that two hour per day minimum of standing time. The most effective way to get your office standing, however, is to offer the option of standing throughout the workday. Ideally, each employee would have the option to stand at a time that works best with their schedule and physical needs. The perfect solution for this is, of course, an adjustable desk.

Height adjustable desks and electric sit stand workstations offer every office worker the choice of working while sitting or standing, with the option of adjusting the desk throughout the day. The Electric Sit Stand Desks, in particular, are easily adjustable and offer the choice of adjusting one's desk multiple times a day to the user's content.

Browse our entire selection of height adjustable tables, desks and workstations. For more information or assistance in choosing the right adjustable tables for your office space, please contact us and our team would be happy to help!

(Image via Juhan Sonin/CC BY 2.0

New Product Line: Northern Contours

Little Goblins - Friday, May 22, 2015

Impact Office proudly offers new product line from Northern Contours.

At Impact Office, we are proud to be able to offer you the very best office furniture solutions available. And while not every desk or chair will work for every person, we truly believe that our team has the ability to match each of our customers with the perfect workspace solution for their office. That said, we are always thrilled to be able to offer you even more options to choose from when it comes to your workplace. Which is why we are very pleased to announce the addition of Northern Contours to our list of suppliers! 



Founded in Minnesota in 1992, Northern Contours is known for their exceptional and customizable tabletop surfaces. Using membrane press technology, which is the process of applying vinyl films or wood veneers to three-dimensional surfaces, Northern Contours products ensure rounded, seamless edges for greater durability and comfort at your workstation. 
 
With the addition of this product line to our available offerings, Impact Office can now assist you in resurfacing workstations, cabinet drawers, and more with your choice of wood veneer or thermofoil surfaces. This product line is the ideal fit for companies who are in search of a workspace solution that will upgrade their office furniture, without the hassle of replacing current desks and worktables. That said, however, this product line can also be made brand new - the choice is yours! 

Make your old desk new again! Contact us for more information on this new product line and our sales team would be happy to assist you in upgrading your office space.

(Image via Northern Contours)

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