The Oxford Way

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Oxford EY Tower

Back in September 2017, Oxford Properties conducted a customer satisfaction and loyalty survey. Many clients took the time to let Oxford know whether they were meeting or exceeding service expectations. To celebrate the fantastic results Oxford have created a visual representation of this commitment via “The Oxford Way” video:

We love being part of WaterPark Place!

Here’s some events they’ve held in the building over the past year:

Click here for more information on how you can become part of the Oxford community.

Go Back Through Toronto’s History Thanks To Side Walk Labs

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Have you ever wondered what originally stood where your condo stands now? Well now you can find out.

Earlier last week Google Sidewalk Labs revealed their project ‘Old Toronto’ (OLDTO). Inspired by web applications developed in San Francisco and New York, the website maps more than 30,000 photographs from the City of Toronto Archives. Extremely user-friendly, to use the tool all you need to do is search for a location and then browse through the archived images in that area. See below to check out what the area where our building is located originally looked like:

In a statement released by Side Walk Labs they stated that they are also in the process of preparing OldTo for release as an open source tool, so local urban-tech enthusiasts can build on top of it. Engineers say they’re exploring additional features to add to the tool, including an aerial button that will “enable people to see how the city has changed from a birds-eye view”. Clicking on a photo will show any information contained in the description such as the title, date, conditions etc.

Try it out for yourself in the interactive map. (If you want to find us, we’re at 20 Bay Street)

If you’d like to work at such a historical location in Toronto, you can take a look at our available spaces.

Being Lied to Your Face(book)

“Ignorance is bliss” – As a saying, it is older than one can find evidence of it. The idea that the more your reference point expands, and the more information you have to compare, the unhappier you become with reality. However, what if the reference point itself was a lie? If I was to attempt to compare my current smartphone to the kind of technology available in “Star Wars”, I might be disappointed that I am missing out. That’s a false comparison though, since “Star Wars” is fictional. So why do we make the same type of comparison with Social Media?

The lie to the Face(book)

On the surface, Social Media is a competition of who has a “better” life. The competition of showing the world “how awesome you are”, “how much fun you’re having, “who you know”, and “where you’ve been” is never ending. The issue is how this information is framed: Similar to a movie director only allowing the best footage for their story, the framing of this information is the best “version” of themselves.


Studies show that seeing the ‘+1’ notification popping up causes a rush of dopamine, the hormone associated with rewarding behaviour that the brain deems to be beneficial, to rush into the body. It is likely a major reason why in all forms of Social Media, this notification is prevalent, and often the most important part of user engagement.

This is not inherently a bad thing; it can be a meaningful way to start a conversation, or to share ideas. Actions that are related to the very foundations of human society. However, the same rush of dopamine is usually associated with highly addictive activities: gaming, extreme sports, gambling, or even fast driving – and now social media joins that list. The issues comes from how someone obtains that addictive reward. You can’t cheat your way into feeling a dopamine rush through extreme sports, for example, you either go skydiving or you don’t receive the reward. Social Media, however, presents a unique opportunity for framing things in a dishonest way for more positive feedback and more dopamine. This leads many people to mislead their “friends” into believing this snapshot or framed reference point is the reality of their life.

This isn’t to say that there is some massive conspiracy theory, it’s just human brains working the way that human brains do; subconsciously rewarding the body. (For example, a gambling addict may be compelled to continue gambling despite knowing that it is bad for them. Another addict may have a gambling compulsion and may not realize they have a problem at all.)

Untangling the web

From there, we go to the people viewing this lie, and comparing it to their own reality. If the lie is known, then the cycle of feedback is broken, and the addicts won’t get their “fx”. Therefore, extremely delicate care is put into making this fantasy of a reality show imperceptible. For example, during Donald Trump’s Presidential election campaign, an official photo of a political rally gave you the impression that the venue was packed and filled with raving supporters. A photo from another angle soon surfaced, showing the area to be, in reality, far closer to empty. An image framing the truth. If other politicians had only been privy to the first photo and compared him or herself to it, they may think “I cannot compete with this”, or be jealous of Trump’s “ravenous support” and think of him or herself worse because of that.

This is Social Media, and this is how it warps our perception of reality. When you’re comparing yourself to someone else’s carefully constructed fantasy of the perfect “them”, it will be difficult to ever stack up. Many people place massive value on how they compare to others, and by doing so via the Social Media realm, you will only be sowing the seeds of your own depression.

By: Charlie Anderson

The Skype Interview

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So, you submitted your resume, got past HR, and you’re moving on to the next steps in the interview process.

Now you can’t wait to meet the hiring manager, and you will, but not necessarily in person.

With remote work and de-centralization, it’s quite possible that you and the hiring manager don’t live in the same city – or even in the same country.

Skype/Video calls save a tremendous amount of time and money, but they do have their drawbacks.

Here’s some things to keep in mind…

Double-check your connection – make sure there are no technical issues on your end.

If you don’t have a home office, find a quiet corner where you won’t be disturbed and household noises won’t filter through.

Be conscious of your body language – you don’t want to appear too comfortable or laid back.

Dress for success still applies… no matter how tempting it is do not dress formally on the top half and casual on the bottom – just don’t do it!

Have everything you need ready at hand – pen, paper, your resume, list of questions for the hiring manager.

If you want water or coffee then use a proper mug or glass – no Disney themes, please.

Look them in the eye!

This is crucial to video interview success.

I’ve conducted a number of video interviews and it’s very disconcerting when someone doesn’t look you in the eye when you’re speaking with them. Even worse, you don’t feel like you’ve connected. A lot of people tend to look at the other person’s image on the screen but you need to look into the camera – not stare of course, you don’t want to freak them out(!), just natural eye contact.

Most of all, treat a video call as what it is, a formal interview, and act accordingly.

Best of Luck!

from the March edition of The Scoop
By: Pamela Inglis

Why Meetings are Important

What is the point of a business meeting?

Effective meetings can accomplish project goals, resolve conflicts and improve employee performance. The end result of those processes is the time and money saved. Meeting rooms are a venue for team members to engage and interact with one another, sharing concerns that they would not feel comfortable discussing over email. Having team members come together and understand the decision making process behind their project goals and tasks will motivate each individual, allowing them to realize their unique importance to the company’s long term goal.

Meetings are also essential for feedback and resolving issues that have arisen in attaining the teams’ goals. As conflicts and problems occur, it is fundamental that a coordinator is on hand to control the situation and help the team to work collaboratively. Questions on how to improve and resolve these issues can be answered immediately and clarified. Additionally, physical interaction is vital in order to build supportive and dynamic working relationships.

Despite the growing number of companies that offer a ‘work from home’ option, (and we have some tips for that here), team meetings can allow individuals to cross-collaborate on tasks together. This allows employees to feel that they are not alone, rather that they are all striving together in pursuit of a unified goal. Assisting employees to overcome loneliness while working from home will not only improve their mental health but will also improve their work ethic.

Here at Rostie, to make the process seamless for our clients we offer fully customizable office and meeting spaces while also providing full tech support, catering and 24/7 access to meeting rooms. Our PATH-connected accommodation is beautifully designed with its own unique views of Toronto’s south core, and just steps away from the Air Canada Center.

March 13th, 2018.
By: Louise Keogh

The March Scoop is Out!

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Tips for Working in a Virtual Office

With Virtual Offices becoming a revolution in how we do business from the comfort of our homes, it is important to consider the little things that make working in a remote office a great alternative. Here are four quick tips for working from home.

Finding a Creative Space that will encourage continuous productivity.

Creating a euphoric, zen environment that will make you anxious to get to your home desk each and every day is critical to your productivity. Adding little pieces to the workspace that make it personal and reflective of yourself will help create ambiance and make the desk YOUR perfect working environment. Make sure to turn the lights on and keep the space well lit. Some people prefer to work at night, which is perfectly fine if that’s when the creative juices are flowing. However, don’t force yourself into a dark working environment as this will force you to become tired and less attentive to the task at hand.


Continuing from the first point, there’s nothing that’s going to keep you from rushing to your workspace each and every day like a messy, unorganized desk. Before we go into comparing ourselves to geniuses like Einstein and Twain, let’s consider that for the vast majority of us, a clean desk is an indication of projects and tasks completed. Keep your desk a separate area from your regular domestic setup. Dirty dishes, laundry piles, these are perfectly normal components of any living space but your virtual office or remote desk is your business and should be treated as a different spot altogether.

Establish a schedule for your day.

It can be very easy to procrastinate when you have your own office in your own home and dictate your own schedule. If you find you work best in the mornings, never hit the snooze and don’t be late to your desk. In fact, change out of your pajamas and make yourself ready to tackle your day. If you’re a nighthawk and the most productive times of day come in the evenings, don’t put aside work for a movie or that dinner out with friends. These bad habits will develop and worsen and nothing will help your business prosper than a regulated and predictable schedule where you can deliver consistent results.

Log-Off from Distraction!!

The hardest parts about remaining productive in your virtual office are the same as in our everyday life; shutting down the social media and other online distractors. Training ourselves to regulate our daily social media intake will benefit in the long run and pay off dividends. The next time you feel compelled to spend time on a social media platform, make a game of it. Don’t open the apps that are purely there for fun and try to go as long as you can without indulging in Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. It is estimated that the average person will spend five years of their life on social media. Think what you could do with all that time!

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Come enjoy Harbour Eats Marketplace on the PATH

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 Located in Toronto’s bustling waterfront, there is never a shortage of exceptional amenities for you and your clients. With spacious cafeterias, restaurant options and proximity to Maple Leaf Square, you can ensure that there is always something new to explore. Connected to the most southern part of the PATH system, the South Financial Core is one of the most convenient
locations from Union Station. Never having to walk outside makes the location the most quick and easy commute from the station and the most stress-free part of your day.

With the newly added Harbour Eats food court in 1 York, the possibilities continue to grow in our business community for you and your colleagues to experience top-notch amenities. With a variety of tastes and food options, there’s something for everyone. This modern and inviting marketplace will keep you visiting again and again. Come check it out for yourself and experience even more executive services in our waterfront work community.


The February Scoop is Out!

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#RostieTalk with cryptoducation’s Roberto Sanabria

Come watch this month’s instalment of #RostieTalks. In this episode, Roberto Sanabria of Cryptoducation discusses Bitcoin, Blockchains & all things Cryptocurrencies.

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