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Top Three Benefits of Plants in Your Office Space

Little Goblins - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plants in the office should not be overlooked when you are building a workspace…

Office design is essential to creating an atmosphere that inspires creativity and productivity. There’s no doubt about that. Smart design can also make the office a healthy space by incorporating height adjustable desks and ergonomic options to help your team produce their best, while minimizing the risk of injury and muscle strains.

One accessory that makes a huge difference, not only in creativity and productivity, but also in your employee’s health and work satisfaction is greenery.

Here are the top three benefits of having plants in your office:

1. Plants create a calm environment.

Plants and green features can help to reduce your team’s stress levels. It is not uncommon for people to feel more at ease in their surroundings when they are close to greenery. Studies have shown that people in environments that contain plants experience less stress, better focus and take fewer sick days.

Plants also look beautiful and contribute to a more positive visual perception of the space to both employees and clients.

2. Cleaner air.

Plants do what plants do best and that is purify the air. Plants can improve the air quality inside buildings and can also contribute to stabilizing the humidity levels. Greenery reduces the carbon dioxide levels, as well as certain pollutants and airborne dusts.

3. Reduced noise.

Plants in a space can affect the acoustics of a room, muffling sound and reducing noise. How? Greenery can reduce the reverberation time of sound and, when placed strategically (such as in concrete areas, wood floors or marble walls), plants can absorb the noise and minimize the distraction to your employees.

So there you have it! Don’t forget to bring nature into your office, especially now that the weather is changing!

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The Importance of a Great Reception Area

Jodi Young - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tips & Tricks to Get the Best Reception Area for Your Office!

The reception is the point of entry for all people coming into your office, it is the first impression they get of your company before any interaction. It is important to make your reception area a reflection of your company but also keep it warm and inviting. Since your receptionist is first person to interact with anyone entering your office, make sure they have the space that they need to work effectively and are comfortable in.

 

Here are some pointers to getting the best reception area possible:

  • Make sure the reception desk is sleek in design and aesthetically appealing
  • Measure the room and make sure the reception desk isn’t too big or too small for the space
  • Make sure the people working reception have enough workspace and storage to complete all tasks easily and effectively, also more storage allows for less clutter and papers out in the open
  • If your receptionist works with sensitive or confidential information, like in a doctor’s office, make sure the desk rises up to about neck level allowing people to still see them but not see the files they are working with
  • Your receptionist will be at their desk for the majority of the day, make sure they have an ergonomic chair and accessories to keep them focused and comfortable
  • Make sure lounge seating is comfortable and inviting
  • Make sure all reception seating suits your cleaning needs, leather and vinyl are a lot easier to clean than fabric upholstery
  • Add anything to increase your visitors experience such as magazines, candles, TVs, or a coffee station

Receptions are the time to make a statement and use bright colours with interesting designs, have fun with this space!

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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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...

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!

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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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Green Your Business

Little Goblins - Friday, June 14, 2013

It’s time to go green and we can help.

Let us help you make a positive impact on the environment!

What better way to move your business forward than by making the effort to go green! What does it mean to “go green?” Why is it valuable? Where do you begin?

To “go green” means that you or your company is making the effort to make personal and business decisions that will minimally impact our environment. It’s about sustainability—the practice of using resources in ways that do not diminish or compromise the future generations of meeting their own needs—and ecological economics—treating the natural environment as part of the economy so that natural capital remains a part of economic calculations.


Why is it valuable to green your business? Aside from the fact that you will be making a difference for future generations and be supporting our natural world, going green can save you money, improve your public relations and even boost employee moral. It may seem hard to believe that investing in going green can actually save you money in the long run, but in time you can see big savings in your future financial statements!

Making changes to go green can be a big undertaking. There are so many areas that one could focus on, such as energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, water conservation, and toxics and pollution prevention, to name a few. If that sounds overwhelming, we have three tips that will help you get started: reduce, reuse and recycle!

Whether it’s going digital, using energy efficient light bulbs or placing blue bins all over the place, these three R’s can be applied to any aspect of your business and can be the simplest way to get that green ball rolling. And we’ve got you covered for all three R’s!

Reduce your costs by reusing recycled and refurbished office furniture! All items in our used and pre-owned furniture showroom are in excellent condition and sold at prices designed to save you money. Together we can make a difference; even it’s a small one. Every effort counts!

Explore our selection of pre-owned furniture. To learn more about our efforts towards sustainability, check out our environmental initiatives.

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5 Tips on a Successful Office Relocation

Little Goblins - Friday, May 24, 2013

Don’t stress! Discover 5 ways to alleviate stress when it comes to relocating your office.

Moving day is stressful. Period. No matter if you’re moving homes, home offices or an entire business, moving the furniture, personal décor and, most importantly, your work is a process that can be riddled with anxiety. Trust us, we’ve been there too.

So, how can you make the most of your move and lower the high level of stress that accompanies it? We’ve come up with some tips on how to make your move go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

  1. Hire help: While attempting a move on your own may be tempting in order to save some money, the amount of time it will take you to pack up and move (not to mention the money you'll shell out to rent a moving van) will not be worth it. Hiring a moving team to help you move will take a lot of responsibility off of your plate and can make all the difference.

  2. Be flexible: Have a plan but try not to micromanage the entire move right from the get go. Things will change throughout the moving process and adjustments will have to be made in the moment – and that’s okay. Be prepared to be flexible. That said, don’t throw your plan out the window!

  3. Use the opportunity to upgrade: The time is now! Whether you’re moving your home office or your entire business, moving is a great time to dispose of your older desk, chairs and equipment and upgrade to that new model you’ve been eying. This also means you won’t have to lug your furniture from one location to the next. Win, win.

  4. Put someone in charge: Whether you take the reins on the relocation or you hand them over to a trusted employee or co-worker, having a leader will help things run more smoothly. This person will be the point of contact for your movers, etc.

  5. Label and back up files: Before the move begins, be sure that you have backed up your hard drive and have labeled hard copies. There’s nothing worse than facing multiple boxes of paper and having no idea what the contents are and where they go.

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