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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.

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!

Spring Cleaning for Your Office Space

Little Goblins - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

6 Tips for Spring Cleaning and Desk Organization

The warmer weather has arrived indicating that spring is finally here! Many people choose spring as the season to clean out the cobwebs at home and do a little cleaning. Well, just like at home, it's time for some spring cleaning at the office.


Spring cleaning is a great reason to organize your desk and reevaluate your office space. Below, we've compiled some of our favourite cleaning and organizational tips for the office in order to help you step into spring with a work space that feels fresh, efficient and, above all else, clean!




6 Tips for Spring (Desk!) Cleaning:

  1. Evaluate your desk or workstation: While you can choose to tackle spring cleaning in any matter that you wish, we recommend starting big, then narrowing down to the smaller stuff. Start with your desk as a whole. Does it need an upgrade? Could you benefit from a more organized cubicle system or desk? There's no point organizing all of your drawers and papers if you plan on getting a new desk in the near future.
  2. Upgrade your desk accessories: Consider adding a filing system to your workstation, or ergonomic accessories, such as an adjustable monitor arm, a foot rest or a keyboard tray. Ergonomic accessories relieve unnecessary tension throughout your body, allowing you to work pain free, with fewer interruptions, and be more productive at your work space.
  3. Clear your desk: If you have a cluttered desk, chances are that you also have a clutter headspace when you sit down to do your work. Keep a photo or two, or hang what you can on the walls, but leave you desk as clear as possible and free for you to do your work. Put nicknacks in drawers or take them home. Other options for making space include using a monitor arm to raise your monitor off of your desk, or a keyboard tray to keep your desk clear. 
  4. Recycle what you do not need: Go through any stacks of papers that you may have lying around and sort them into two piles. Those you do not need, which you can recycle, and those you do need.
  5. File what you do need: File the papers you do need in a way that makes sense to you so that you feel more organized regarding your work, and are able to efficiently find documents when you need them.
  6. For Future - Think before you print: For future documents, make a conscious decision to evaluate whether hardcopies are necessary. Sometime you will need to print a document, however, often, we print things out of habit. Having less hardcopies will keep your desk clutter-free and the environment happy!

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above tips or products, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Impact Office. Happy spring cleaning!


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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...

Thank You, From Impact Props

Little Goblins - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Impact Props is proud to help contribute to local film and television productions in Vancouver.

As one of Vancouver's top film and television prop rental houses, Impact Props is proud to lend our furniture to some of the biggest productions in town. From long running television series, such as Supernatural, to new favourites, such as Almost Human, to big budget blockbusters, such as Man of Steel, Impact Props has had the pleasure of supplying these, and many other Vancouver productions with their furniture rental needs.

And just as we enjoy working with these television and movie productions, we're always thrilled to hear that our contributions to a TV series or film has helped these productions come to life. Recently, we've received a couple of thank you acknowledgments from local productions that we wanted to take note of and share with you.

Below are two thank you cards, one from Tomorrowland, a film starring George Clooney, set to come out in 2015, and one from television series, Motive.

On behalf of Impact Office Furniture and Impact Props, thank you, Vancouver, for continuing to think of us for your furniture prop rental needs! 

You can check out what we have in stock here.

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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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)

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?)

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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