There are a lot of considerations that go into building an effective and efficient office environment. At GD Liquidators, we understand that the furniture in your workplace contributes to productivity, organization and image. In fact, we’ve helped business owners find office furniture that’s been making statements in Edmonton and Northern Alberta offices since 1987.
Smart organizations understand that their primary goal is to enhance the performance of their people, and a thoughtful workplace design can be a powerful tool for supporting employee performance. Performance is a function of three factors acting together: ability has to do with whether a person can do a task; motivation is a measure of whether a person wants to do it. Opportunity is about accessibility; a person can’t do a task if she is not given a chance or if she is denied access to necessary resources or amenities.
When it comes to the design elements that can positively impact your workplace environment and support the work being done, consider these fundamentals:
- Thermal comfort and temperature
- Access to nature, views and daylight
- Sensory change and variability
- Noise control
- Human factors and ergonomics
- Indoor air quality
- Employee engagement
That “human factor” is an area of workplace psychology that focuses on a range of topics including ergonomics, workplace safety, the reduction of human error, product design, human capability, and human-computer interaction. The most common complaints – neck, back or shoulder pain, headaches, and eye strain – were typical for workers sitting for long periods during the day. Workers who stand for long periods of time at their job complain of hip, leg and foot pain.
The American Cancer Society released a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2010 stating that men who sat for six hours or more a day in their leisure time had an overall death rate that was nearly 20 percent higher than men who sat for three hours or less in the 14-year follow-up period. Women who sat for more than six hours a day had a death rate that was almost 40 percent higher. Dedicated exercise had no neutralizing effect.
The solution is a workplace designed for and around people by providing adjustable chairs, task lights, sit-to-stand desks, and keyboard trays so individuals can adjust their workspaces to meet their needs. To ensure employees are using furniture properly, provide training as needed.
With 65,000 square feet of warehouse stock, GD Liquidators can help you find furniture to improve your business at a price that fits your budget. Our staff can consult with you on price, style for colour and design, material including natural, finished wood and synthetic materials, size, and function. Visit the GD Liquidators warehouse during business hours to begin reshaping your office space.
At GD Liquidators, we buy, sell and rent office equipment, shelving, tools, pallet racking, lockers, storage, and warehouse handling equipment. Our inventory changes frequently, so if you want to check on a specific tool, give us a call at 780-447-2787 in Edmonton today. No matter what your office or business equipment requirements may be, GD Liquidators can provide you with the products that you need.