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Be Sensitive About Scents in Your Office Space

Today you often hear about workplaces and offices that are going scent-free to help protect people with scent allergies and also for reduce stress caused by scents. Not all office places are scent-free, but you can help by being sensitive about scents in your office space and reducing their impact. Body sprays and other odour-masking scents are not new, but they are becoming more prevalent because of the availability of low-cost products with fancy names and appealing smells. The problem is that some people do not know how much is too much – and how much they effect other people. Scent sensitivity affects different people in different ways. Those with asthma or chemical sensitivities may find strong scents particularly problematic due to the allergy-like symptoms they cause. Others may exp...

Ten Ways to Keep Your Office Space More Productive

What can you do to make your office space more productive and reduce the stress level for you and your employees? We reviewed through tips that we had previously written about, and looked to the internet for more ideas. You will be surprised how many are common-sense ideas that many do not even consider. 1. Forget about 9 to 5 for you and your employees. Nothing helps reduce stress more than setting your own hours. Staggering hours to avoid commuter rush periods can really help you get the day started. With some employees starting earlier and leaving earlier and others starting later and leaving later, work gets done and you have a happier workplace overall. 2. Take your meeting for a walk! As we mentioned in our series on the negative effects of sitting and the potential health risks of s...

Who is Looking After Your Office Space When you are on Vacation?

Regardless of what kind of small business you have, not taking a vacation or recreational time away from your operation will hurt your small business. Almost every small business owner will tell you that they have not taken a vacation in years because their business will not let them. Even entrepreneurs with staff are afraid to take even a day away from the office for fear of losing a client. Far too often you hear about a business person who has had a stroke or heart attack caused by stress. Stress that can be managed and controlled by a number of factors. So try taking some time away from the stress and allowing your body and mind to not think about work or business. Even a “Staycation” in your own city can allow the body and mind to revitalize. A “Staycation” is ...

Team Space is Becoming More Popular Than Private Office Space

More and more, offering flexible office space to employees is becoming popular with not only employers, but also with employees. Offices designed around activity-based working not only save space,  they also increase productivity. Team Space is becoming more popular because it is often more reflective of the needs of employees. Previously, a business would rent a large space and fill it with cubicles to inspire creativity and maximize office space usage. Today, big companies are leading the charge and opening up their office space by replacing cubicles with non-designated work surfaces and comfortable chairs where employees can literally use their “laptop computer” on their lap, if they wish. If companies like Google, Microsoft and Price Waterhouse Coopers can open up their off...

Happy 4th of July to our American Office Space Clients and Friends

To our USA-based office clients, we want to wish you a happy 4th of July, Independence Day. Whether you are working today or working out of the office, we have you covered. Many small and mid-sized American companies who are looking for a business presence in Toronto, Canada have chosen office space at business centres like Telsec. Having a branch office in the Canadian marketplace (in fact, in the largest market in Canada – Toronto) at a minimal cost, is great for their customers, but also boosts the company’s bottom line. At Telsec, we have several USA-based companies who use our office space to expand their business into Canada. While their presence might be small here, they want to keep up a corporate image of having an office locally. Some choose to have physical office space an...

The Benefits of Using a Serviced Office Space for Growing Your Business

The concept of using a serviced office space used to be the domain of start-ups and entrepreneurs, but now more companies are looking to use serviced offices for expanding their businesses. Whether in size or geographically, a service office space gives you more options for expanding your business. While serviced offices are still used primarily by small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs, they are attracting the attention of mid-sized to large companies looking to grow without the high capital cost of opening a traditional office space. This is especially true when a company wants to open a new office in a new territory where they have not had a previous presence. Opening a new office in a serviced office facility removes the need to sign long-term leases or having to buy or lease of...

Happy Canada Day 2014

As our followers and office clients know, it may be a national holiday in Canada, but not where all your business partners are. While reception services may be closed for the holiday, all of our office-space clients have full access to their office space and boardrooms. Our administrative staff has even left out coffee and filters for our clients to brew some fresh coffee on their own. Why are we open on this important holiday? While it is a holiday here, it is not a holiday everywhere. Many of our office-for-rent clients do not work exclusively with Canadian customers – they work with customers from around the world. Most of our international client’s knew that they had to have the receptionist auto direct their calls straight to their office extension today, so their customers coul...

Office Space Photo Contest – Summer 2014

Telsec is running a summer-long photo contest with four bi-weekly theme prizes and two overall grand prizes. Starting July 1, 2014 you can upload a photo to the Telsec Google Plus page or post your photos on Telsec’s Facebook page. To make the entry official, just send an email to social@telsec.net so that we have an email address to contact you. The contest is simple. We want you to post photos within the themes listed below on our Facebook and Google+ Pages (posts on Google Plus Page will get two entries). Comments and links to the photo you enter will also get additional entries in both the weekly and overall draw. We will award bi-weekly prizes for the photo that best suits each theme. Whether you win the bi-weekly theme contest or not, you are still eligible to win the Grand Pri...

Semi-Private Office Space may be a Better way to Share Office Space and Save Money

Small business owners who are looking to show their customers that they have a real office usually will not settle in until they can afford a private office space. Sometimes they will rent an office that may be private and totally theirs and fits their budget, but it is not in a location that best suits their clients. Finding an office solution that suits their budget and their business image does not need to be a struggle. A shared office (or co-working office space) with many different companies sharing the same room as them may work to have the desired business address. But it may not work as a place to get their chores done. Having to use a different desk each time they visit can sometimes take a an adjustment period, thus costing them productivity time. A semi-private office that they...

Happy World Pride to our LGBT Office Space and Virtual Office Clients

This week the world’s largest global LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) celebration is taking place in Toronto. Toronto will be the first WorldPride celebration ever held in North America, and the 4th such festival in the world. World Pride is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. WorldPride brings people together from around the world to honour the past, celebrate the present, and inspire a better future for LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities everywhere. See more at: worldpridetoronto.com. Because of the diverse nature of business owners and their employees being from many nations, ethnic and religions groups and cultures, and having different sexual preferences, office bus...