Is the cubicle dead or just dying?

March 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Is the cubicle dead or just dying?

As Millennials are becoming the largest group in the North American workforce, companies are changing their office strategy to attract and retain them. This is because, unlike previous generations, they are less loyal and more demanding. Millennials are not interested in being stuffed in cubicles and being told to just get the work done; they work differently than those who preceded them. Businesses are not just giving into the wishes and wants of Millennials, they are putting money into research to see how to best accommodate a group of people that are predicted to make up to 30% of North American retail spending by 2020. Happy and productive employees also make for good customers. Companies responding to their growing relevance are increasingly turning to human-centered designs to attract them. Researchers are observing human behaviour and envisioning a way to do things more efficiently, enjoyably, productively and intuitively. In doing this, […]

How to Create a Productive Office Space

January 19th, 2016|Comments Off on How to Create a Productive Office Space

There is always room in every office to boost productivity – but finding the right balance and setting is not always that easy. You want your staff to focus on their tasks, but they also need to collaborate to bring better ideas and results to the projects at hand. This is the challenge of trying to create a productive office space. It is often thought that to have focus in an office means having a quiet space, but quiet offices are not always the best environments for collaboration. Collaboration requires a very different environment than one meant for solitude. Collaborative office space is where employees can brainstorm, bounce ideas off one another, and make phone calls without worrying about disturbing those around them. In trying to create a productive office space, a balance must be struck between the need for a team to be collaborative and for some individuals to […]

What Happens to a Small Business When it ‘Graduates’ out of Coworking?

October 1st, 2015|Comments Off on What Happens to a Small Business When it ‘Graduates’ out of Coworking?

An often talked about term in the coworking movement is “graduating” out of coworking and into your own space, but what if you are in need of more private workspace and are not ready to set up your raw office space in a traditional office building?

Interesting Innovation for People who Want to Sit or Stand While Working

September 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Interesting Innovation for People who Want to Sit or Stand While Working

This is turning into an interesting week. On Wednesday I attended the first day of a three-day event hosted by GCUC (Global Coworking Unconference Conference) Canada as media and I am looking forward creating a blog about it for next week. One of the things that made Wednesday interesting was meeting Tim Chung, the engineer who invented the “Lift Top: The Portable Sit-Stand Solution” that he hopes will revolutionize how we work. While attending the GCUC Unconference, Tim was looking forward to 1 PM when his Kickstarter campaign was scheduled to launch. While I had a little giggle as he told me about his Kickstarter lunching, I explained to him the coincidence of me just writing a blog article about crowdfunding and another article some time ago about standing and working. When we did our series on “Is Sitting the New Smoking?” and “Stay Active Even When Sitting“, one of the […]

Working From Home can get Very Lonely, so how can you Fight it?

July 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Working From Home can get Very Lonely, so how can you Fight it?

Working from home is on the rise, and more companies are trusting their employees to be more productive in their own home offices than they might be at their workplace. Yet the biggest complaint from people who work from home and home-based small businesses is loneliness. This is often due to the fact that many people who volunteer to work from home and those who start small businesses from home are unprepared for an isolated working environment. Faster broadband speeds, innovative video-conferencing systems and avoiding long commutes are big contributors to this trend of working from a home office. According to a YouGov poll, researchers found that 21% of office workers now regularly work from home at least one day a week. However, the vast majority of home workers (who do not go into an office on a regular basis) are entrepreneurs, contract workers and self-employed. It is these types […]

Alternative Office Solutions

June 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Alternative Office Solutions

What is an Alternative Office Solution? Simply put, it is a new type of office space design and philosophy that removes a lot of the headaches and expenses of traditional office space with much more emphasis on “collaboration space” – or as we like to call it “we space.” At first it was thought to be just a type of office space suitable for tech companies and young start-ups. Increasingly however, alternative office space is becoming mainstream with millennials actually preferring this new philosophy of office design. Typically, alternative office spaces are business centres – some sort of business incubator set-up where two companies “share” office spaces and leasing expenses often in traditional office spaces and/or co-working centres (which are basically business centres with less support services and business equipment provided by the centre). Another driving force behind the trend to alternative space is a changing workplace where employees are […]

When you own a Small Business, Every Week Should be Small Business Week!

May 4th, 2015|Comments Off on When you own a Small Business, Every Week Should be Small Business Week!

May 4th, 2015, the official start of “Small Business Week” in the United States, yet in Canada Small Business Week is in October. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. In fact, every year since 1963,  the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Having a week of recognition for small business is important because every day, small business owners are working to grow their small businesses to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and continue to increase North America’s global competitiveness. This week across the United States, National Small Business Week events will be held in multiple cities. While some larger cities will feature one day of events during […]

Still Trying to Explain Coworking Office Space

April 30th, 2014|Comments Off on Still Trying to Explain Coworking Office Space

As much as we have written at length about co-working offices, many others have explained it differently for their own purposes. While the name is relatively new, the concept is not. As far back as the late 70’s and early 80’s, the concept of using a business centre without a permanent desk was explored by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The terms Shared Office, Cohousing, Hot Desking, Telecentre and others have been used over the years to describe a shared office environment by different business centres and office rental locations. Wikipedia describes it this way: “Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. […]

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Co-working Offices

January 15th, 2014|Comments Off on The Advantages and Disadvantages of Co-working Offices

Over the past number of years a new office trend emerged. Well, not exactly a new office trend, just the renaming and modifying the concept of the shared office or hot desking. This new trend is called CoWorking office space

Can you use a Bitcoin to Rent Office Space Toronto?

November 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Can you use a Bitcoin to Rent Office Space Toronto?

You cannot use a Bitcoin to rent office space Toronto – yet. There does not seem to be any Canadian office space business centre that is yet to accept Bitcoin transactions. There was one co-working office space that had been touted and promoted to be the first co-working office space in Toronto to accept Bitcoin transactions, but its internet domain name expired earlier this month and there is no way of reaching them. If you do not know what Bitcoin is, we will give you a brief introduction. A Bitcoin is a distributed, peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority. The Bitcoin portal WeUseCoins has a video that gives the basics on what a Bitcoin is. But we wanted to give you a little more info, so we went to Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia “Bitcoin has been called a cryptocurrency because it is decentralized […]

15 Ways for Small Businesses to Save Money

July 10th, 2013|Comments Off on 15 Ways for Small Businesses to Save Money

Small businesses are always trying to cut operating costs and find inexpensive marketing solutions. So here are a few suggestions on how to save money operating your small business, as well as ways of reducing costs of marketing camaigns. Before we tell you about the 15 items on the list we compiled, we want you to consider where you are doing your business. One of the best ways of saving money is by locating your office space Toronto within a business centre (also known as an executive suites centre), where you can rent everything from serviced private office space, semi-private office space and shared office space, to co-working office space and virtual office space. Check out a VoIP telephone service. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocols) is basically a telephone service that uses the Internet rather than traditional telephone lines. Many businesses are opting for this cheaper alternative not only for the cost savings […]

The Benefits of a Shared Office Space over Co-Working Offices

July 2nd, 2013|3 Comments

There has been an increase interest in shared office space and co-working spaces over the past few years, this is because more and more small business are expanding companies are beginning to see the benefits and advantages of working in a professional setting rather than a home office. But the question is which is better?

Feeling Isolated When Working From a Home Office

February 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Feeling Isolated When Working From a Home Office

In part 5 of our continuing series of blogs about the Challenges of Working from Home Rather Than at an Office Space Toronto, we are going to discuss one of the hardest topics for people to understand about working from home – the feeling of isolation from the world. A major concern in running a business and working from home is the feeling of being constantly alone. It is not something that one notices in the first weeks or months working from a home office. It can sometimes take several months before it is noticed. Even though the signs are not always evident at first, the feelings may still be lingering in the back of your mind. It takes place when the excitement of your freedom and being your own boss eventually wears off. You start to feel like you are being tested on your sincerity and ability to actually accomplish […]

Toronto Collaborative Office Space is Not Just for Co-working

October 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Toronto Collaborative Office Space is Not Just for Co-working

One office space trend called co-working office spaces is becoming popular with small and young companies looking to grow. They see their growth not only with the help of others, but also by helping others grow in a shared facility that fosters collaboration. What many do not realize is that Toronto collaborative office space is not just for co-working with other entrepreneurs or companies. Some small businesses have found that cubicles and small offices with walls and doors are not conductive to collaboration among employees and are looking at alternative work-space environments that are not co-working Toronto office space facilities, but more like team space. They have realized that collaborative office space is not just for co-working and can give their staffers a place to grow as a team to make their business more productive. A team office space works best without walls or cubicles and allows team members to […]

Top Toronto Executive Offices

May 30th, 2011|Comments Off on Top Toronto Executive Offices

To be amongst the top Toronto executive offices, you must have a host of perks and be located in an upscale and easily accessible area. And Telsec leads the way in Toronto executive offices’ locations and amenities. Let’s talk location. Since 1971, the Toronto Star Building has been a landmark in the downtown area. Not only is it a prestigious mailing address, but it’s just seconds away from GO, VIA Rail and subway transit. The Bay Street and Yonge Street buses stop right beside the building. You’re minutes from the Toronto Island Airport and there is an express bus nearby that will take you to Pearson International Airport. So, when you’re thinking of accessibility think first of a leader in this area – Telsec Business Centres. If you’re looking for the best in downtown, cost-efficient office space – the top Toronto executive offices – then look no further than Telsec […]