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.

Declutter.

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.

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The February Scoop is Out!

We are excited to announce that this is our largest edition of The Scoop yet.

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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. http://ow.ly/Om7630hEEBE

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CoWorking in a Gig Economy

As we enter into a new business landscape of non-traditional office environments, the entrepreneurial spirit has extended into the world of temporary and remote offices. The concept of coworking has become a global phenomenon. With the increase in digital capabilities, many jobs no longer require people to be in an office to perform their daily duties. This has given people the freedom to establish themselves in rented desks and virtual offices. By providing a strong work-life balance that continues to be a key selling point for any employee, an open-door coworking space can give the 21st century worker the option to dictate their own hours and work on multiple projects.

The truth is, more and more people, especially young people, are choosing to change careers with regularity. Whether it’s for a new challenge, the opportunity to collaborate on a fresh startup idea or simply for economical advancement, the old adage of sticking with a career and then switching every 5 years to ‘learn your trade’ has come to be somewhat passe. People develop skills relevant to rapid technology shifts and they bring these abilities with them to evolving trends in a developing
professional community. Coworking spaces allow people to be visible to talent recruiters and also allow them to stay abreast of industry trends and even the possibility to mingle with competition.

The trend of coworking will continue to grow as many people opt out of traditional workspace options. Many large corporations have begun to establish their operations within coworking and
incubator spaces. This workspace revolution continuously grows at an exponential pace for many reasons but the most important is that it allows companies to surround their workers with innovative thinkers at a reduced cost compared to the rising cost of traditional business real estate.

Visit rostiegroup.com to learn more about our coworking packages and start your shared workspace experience with Toronto’s most comprehensive and executive provider.

Cryptoducation: Hands-On Executive Workshop in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Cryptocurrency & Blockchains? Sign up for Cryptoducation’s executive, hands-on workshop and learn more about this rapidly evolving technology from the experts.

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The January Scoop is Out!!

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Enjoy this month’s Scoop and learn about exciting events happening around Toronto’s Waterfront. If you would like to advertise in our growing newsletter we are always happy to showcase local companies and community partners. For more information on advertising, email marketing@rostiegroup.com

Spotlight: Self-care

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As we approach the New Year, it is important to reflect on personal maintenance – how we take care of ourselves, mind, body and spirit. Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind that we don’t take the time to focus on what’s most important; our own well-being. Life is hectic. There is a lot that can be said about our modern lifestyles and the stress that can develop in most of them. We have all experienced situations where we’ve felt overcome by everything we need to accomplish and not enough hours in a day to achieve them. We’ve all pushed ourselves too far at some point, be it for the sake of a job, a project or assignment, or even our families. Whatever lifestyle you lead, we all know it and we’ve all felt it.

The problems come when life gets too hectic for us to maintain a balance of the different areas in our lives, perhaps when we start foregoing things we do for ourselves because you need to do something for others instead. This becomes an issue when we start putting our own well being aside for longer periods of time. When we do this, and our own mental or physical health starts deteriorating, we are not being our best selves. The care we give or the work we do, suffers for it. What this essentially means is, when you are not taking proper care of yourself, you are not taking proper care of your responsibilities either.

Recognise that sometimes we must forego some things to achieve a greater goal, but this should only be acceptable for a set amount of time. Often what happens is we get to that goal, but then another task pops up, and we stretch ourselves a little thinner for a little longer. Suddenly we’re not just missing out on that visit to the gym or rain-checking a time to catch up with friends, we stop having time for dinner with the family and sleep has been reduced to 4 hours a night. When was the last time you did something enjoyable, just for the sake of your own happiness and sanity? When was the last time you put something aside to give yourself a moment of clarity?

Some people are better at handling this stress than others. It is a growing trend that some companies are better at promoting self-care than others; encouraging working from home and taking mental health days to recharge our minds. We could all use a reminder every once in a while. Your most important asset is YOU, and taking care of your most valuable asset is imperative. This coming year, take some time to reflect on your health, your priorities and set yourself up for a healthy and productive 2018.

by Therese Mikalsen

Working from home compared to Coworking

Today’s employers and entrepreneurs have begun to jump on the idea that an employee allotted with certain freedoms to work where they please is a more productive employee. One component of this idea is allowing people to work more from home and creating an environment of comforts to bring about the most efficient working environment possible. Although there are many positives when it comes to working from the house, there are some areas that take away from the benefits that come with setting up shop at a coworking space where ideas can grow and people can have access to features that aren’t available from the home office (or living room).

Coworking Spaces are managed by someone else and don’t require upkeep

Working from home creates a work environment that has many uncertainties attached to it that could hinder productivity. Internet connections can be slow or even down for extended periods of time and without IT personnel available to fix the problem, hours could be lost. Coworking spaces are typically equipped with tech support to ensure that all those who are working are given the tools needed to succeed. Something as simple as printer ink running out to not being able to send out an urgent parcel could create a blip on the efficiency chart. Coworking spaces are also business centres, which means they provide people with all the necessary features of an office from a stationary standpoint as well as an administrative one, with reception services to ease the pressure of handling mail, phone calls and other tasks of that nature. Which brings us to our next point..

Coworking eliminates distractions.

Working from home comes with a lot of distractions that can be eliminated when one spends time in a shared workspace. The binge TV watching that carries over from the night before or the home cleaning that you’ve been putting off forever can really be tempting when you’re faced with trying to progress your business idea or project. Coworking spaces deliver all the necessary components of an office while still making people feel comfortable and as though they are not in the traditional office space. With many coworking spaces having screens to show news and business channels, it will never feel like you’re isolated from the outside world and this media can be consumed with others. Let your binge watching assist your ice-breaker conversations with the other coworkers in the space. Which brings us to our next point..

Coworking enhances networking opportunities 

The old adage of it’s not what you know but who still lives on today. As we become more well connected through social media and other online outlets, it is imperative to interact with people as often as possible to push your business forward and connect with those who are in a position to help you fulfil your agenda. Coworking spaces have evolved into a modern networking event where an ever-revolving door of new people can deliver the opportunity to meet the most unlikeliest of colleague that could provide your startup or established business with possibilities that would not be made available at a typical office and certainly not from the home office. Finally..

Coworking spaces are designed to encourage people to be more productive

With the highest speed internet access, lounge areas to relax, meeting rooms to host clients and coffee stations to boost the typing fingers, coworking spaces are designed to bring people together for one purpose; to get things done. Getting out of the house and into a shared workspace provides the creative juices that bring about the best in people who want to take their ideas to the next level. Being around other like-minded people has a way to generate conversation that can deliver fresh opinions and attitudes that might be not be immediately considered without that outlet. Being in the thriving part of the city will get you motivated and ready to do your best work.

Start your coworking experience today with Toronto’s best business centre provider. Visit rositegroup.com today to learn more.

Rostie & Associates: Recruitment Specialists

Rostie & Associates Inc. was formed in Toronto and incorporated in Boston, to service the recruitment demand for highly skilled professionals, as companies positioned themselves to succeed in a new global IT environment. For the North American hi-tech marketplace our staffing professionals provide expertise in recruiting for progressive careers in the computer industry.

Visit Rostie.com to learn about exciting new career opportunities and how our recruiters can help you find the perfect high-tech position.