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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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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!

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A Lesson in Desk Health

Little Goblins - Friday, October 23, 2015

A Saskatchewan teacher has his students standing up for their health.

A few months back we shared a news story from The Vancouver Sun, Don't take a seat: Panel says workers should stand for about 2 hours a day, even with exercise. The article covered the many reasons as to why health care professionals are becoming increasingly concerned with the negative impact that sitting for multiple hours per day is having on office workers. The news piece went on to suggest that contrary to what many people believe, physical activity is unlikely to offset the associated risks of sitting for prolonged periods of time. Fortunately, as health experts discover more and more reasons as to why we shouldn't be sitting for hours on end, the topic of this particular office health risk has been gaining increased visibility. As a result, many office workers and their employers have been seeking to replace standard desks and workstations with versatile, height adjustable tables

While the transition to this more health conscious workstation is commendable, many people who make the switch to a height adjustable or standing desk do so in order to combat an already present health risk. However, if we know that standing for multiple hours throughout our work day is beneficial for us, why aren't we all doing it?

This, we imagine, is the exact question that first-grade Saskatchewan teacher, Justin Sauer, asked himself after he switched to a standing desk to combat his health issues. The result? Mr. Sauer transformed each of his grade one students' desks into standing desks, a change that has been overwhelmingly successful. As he notes in the below video from CBC News, the students love their new standing desks and the parents fully support the transition, as many of the students are more attentive and less restless. 

Watch the full video below to learn more about this standing desk success story.



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.

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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

Ways to Create a More Engaging Work Environment

Jodi Young - Thursday, February 05, 2015

With people spending so much time at work, how can you make the work place a more engaging and energizing place to be?

 When employees work long hours in environments that are dull and boring can take a toll on their productivity and their health. We try and create engaging environments for schools and places for people to learn, so why don’t we do the same for where people work? Here are some easy ways to make your work place more exciting and dynamic to keep employees stimulated throughout their day.

1. Get rid of fluorescent and bad lighting: lighting is one of the most important things in a work environment, fluorescent lights can cause headaches and other annoyances get as much natural light as possible and use pot lighting instead.

2.Create Open Space: if the office is full of cubicles create an open area where people can leave their desks to work, chat, or take a break. Eating, working, relaxing all in the same place becomes repetitive and dull.

 

 

3. Create private space: if your office is extremely open concept with everyone working in close proximity, make a quiet area or room where people can go to get some peace and quiet and work alone when needed.

4. Keep Employees Comfortable:  making employees comfortable in their work setting is one of the most important things an employer can do, make sure they have proper ergonomic seating, that they have access to good drinking water, coffee or tea, and even some snacks to keep them going throughout the day. Also make sure the office temperature is neither too hot nor too cold making people extremely uncomfortable and distracted.

5. Encourage Breaks: if your employees are working long hours in their chairs looking at computer screens encouraging them to take short breaks can make a huge difference. A quick walk around the block or coffee break can re-energize workers and make them more productive, it is also very good for their overall health.

Open Concept Offices: Are They Good for Employees?

Jodi Young - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Pros & Cons of Open Concept Work Spaces

There has been a lot of talk lately about how open concept offices are transforming the work place for the better. Open concept workplaces can be great, they maximize the amount of space a company has, they facilitate better communication, and they make it easy to get groups of people together for informal meetings and discussions. But what about the drawback of open concept work spaces?

After a lot of research the results of employee opinions of completely open concept work places are not entirely positive. Many employees feel that they have less privacy in open concept work places making them uncomfortable in certain situations thinking their co-workers can hear and see everything they are doing. Some also reported that it can lead to less focus due to the many distractions around them. Sound is a huge one, how are you supposed to get that report done when your co-worker is trying to make a sale right beside you? Sometimes employees don’t get along and that is ok but open concept environments can increase employee problems due to people not being able to escape when they are over whelmed, annoyed, or frustrated.

 We aren’t saying that offices shouldn’t convert to open concept work places but we are saying people should listen to their employees. Give them privacy with dividers between cubicles, have noise and music restrictions and give people head phones, and have spaces in the office where they can go and focus on their work in private if they need to. This will give employees the best of both worlds and increase employee satisfaction in the workplace!

Get a Healthier Office in 2015!

Jodi Young - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Make 2015 your healthiest yet by making some small and easy changes to your work environment!

It’s the start of a new year and many people have made their resolutions and are trying to stick to them! One of the biggest resolutions is for people to live a healthier life. Impact Office has a variety of products that can help you get healthier, happier, and even lose some weight while you work! These products can help create a healthier office environment for employees reducing body aches and pains and increasing energy and focus.

Sit Stand Desks can be life changing, being able to change positions throughout your day and take weight of your lower body is great for your overall health and wellness. It helps increase your blood flow and increases focus and energy while ridding your body of those aches and pains that come from sitting all day.

 

Using an evolution ball chair for a small amount of time during your day allows your back the flex and move and strengthens your core to prevent strain and lower back injuries.

 

 

Any ergonomic accessories such as monitor arms, keyboard trays, foot machines, or a proper ergonomic chair can make the world of difference on your body at work! Try any of these products out and make 2015 you healthiest yet!

 

Christmas Wish List

Jodi Young - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

These items might a bit too big for your stocking but our Christmas wish list is full of amazing products that can help improve productivity, posture, and even help you loose weight! Below are six products we hope to find underneath the tree, or just in our office!

1. Electric Sit Stand Desk

This is our number one wish list item this year! Sit stand desks are a revolution allowing you to go from sitting to standing so easily throughout your day! They also have tons of health benefits and can help promote weight loss!

 

 

These monitor arms make adjusting your screen very simple, they save desk space for all our stuff and they help keep us ergonomically aligned!

 

3. Keyboard Tray

We want a keyboard tray for those stiff shoulders and necks you get from hunching while typing the day away on a keyboard that's on your desk!

 

4. Global G20 Chair

This amazing modern ergonomic chair is as comfortable as it is beautiful in this white colour, we could look at it all day!

5. Liberty Office Chair

This great looking chair is for those people sitting for long periods of time, ergonomic and oh so comfortable we think Santa's elves would have no problem working those long hours in this chair!

6. Flock Lounge Seating

The holidays are all about relaxing and that is exactly what Flock lounge seating is all about! Comfortable, fun, and easy to move around makes this on of our top picks!


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