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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 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!

Are You Making These Ergonomics Mistakes?

Jodi Young - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes 

October is National Ergonomic Month! So we are going through the cardinal sins that many people make in regards to ergonomics, or a lack there of. Here are five common mistakes people make in the workplace that affect their health and quality of life and the various ways to fix them.

1. Not Having a Proper Chair

It doesn`t matter whether your chair is truly ergonomic, although that does help, having a proper chair means having a chair that is suited to your daily tasks and body type. You should be able to make adjustments to you chair to increase comfortability and make sure you are supported in key areas such as your back, your legs, and your neck. You should have lumbar support for your lower back and the ability to position your chair so your feet are firmly planted on the ground. There are numerous ergonomic features on many chairs, make sure you have the one that fits you.

 

2. You Look Down On Your Monitor Screen

You might think that where your monitor is placed doesn’t affect your body, but it truly does. Looking down at your screen can scrunch your shoulders and cause pain in your neck. Your monitor should always be an arm’s length away and the top of the screen should be at your eye level when you are sitting. This will allow you to scan the screen without making head movements causing discomfort. Don’t put the screen too high because you can crane or pinch your neck. The best way to raise your monitor screen is to get a monitor arm. They are not extremely costly and can make a huge difference in your work day.

 

 

 3.Your keyboard is on your desk.

Having your keyboard on top of your desk can make it so you shrug your shoulders and bend your wrists when typing. This can cause discomfort and carpel tunnel syndrome in the future. Make sure you have palm support near your keyboard to rest your hands without bending your wrists. The best solution is getting an ergonomic keyboard tray installed under your desk within your natural reach zone. This will allow your shoulders to drop and your wrist to remain straight.

 

4. You Have Improper Lighting:

Appropriate lighting at work can reduce eye fatigue and headaches, the ability to see well at work is crucial make sure you have the right lighting. Ask yourself these questions when in your workplace. Is there enough light for the task at hand? Is there glare from your computer screen from light? Are shadows eliminated? Do the lights provide stead illumination? (Make sure they don’t flicker) DO you complain of headaches or eye strain? Depending on your answers to these questions it may be time to re-evaluate the lighting in your office.

 

5. You Sit for a Large Portion of your Day

We understand that desk jobs require long periods of sitting and concentrating. However this doesn’t mean you should be sitting all day, and if you are it is a great dis-service to your health. Studies say you should be getting up each hour for 5-15 minutes to stretch out your legs and get the blood flowing. Set reminders and make sure you are getting up throughout your day, even a small walk around the office or a chat to a co-worker will help prevent aches and pains. And for an even better solution try a sit-stand desk where you can go from sitting to standing quickly and continue your work!

 

 

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 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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