Increase Office Productivity with a Little Feng Shui

Think you’re maximizing your work space? Many believe that the way you arrange your office can combat low initiative, morale and focus or even draw in wealth and prosperity. Many Asian business-people consult with Feng Shui experts before moving an office or buying a property; and as well there are countless tales of organizations rescued from the brink of bankruptcy thanks to this ancient Chinese wisdom. The following are some tips to bring Feng Shui into your office and start taking … [Read more...]

6 Telecommuter Tips

Develop a Pre-work ritual. Have one thing in the morning that indicates to you that it's time to work. It could be something as simple as jumping into the shower at a certain time or flipping your laptop lid open at your desk. Batch. Don't make a list of a gazillion tasks to complete. simplify things by batching similar tasks and prioritizing. Differentiate the urgent from the important to make your days more productive. Work in blocks. Set certain time blocks for completion of tasks, … [Read more...]

Team Building should have a Business Purpose

Team building exercises at the beginning of meetings and training sessions or at retreats can give employees the shot in the arm they need to feel rejuvenated about their organization, their fellow employees and the work they do. Not to be overestimated however, ice breakers and team building cannot be long term solutions to an organization's problems. Avoid team building sessions that have a glaring disconnect from the reality of the company and it's employees. Honesty in the way these … [Read more...]

In Honour of the Ever Evolving Administrative Professional

TORONTO, ON, June 13, 2012 - Food, fashion and fascinators were in abundant supply at the Rostie Group’s Second Annual High Tea celebration held on Thursday, June 7 at the meeting and office space provider’s 20 Bay Street WaterPark Place location in Toronto’s thriving south core. The High Tea, which was originally held during Administrative Professionals week in April last year, is an appreciation event in honour of the city’s hardworking executive assistants and admin professionals. … [Read more...]

Canadian Art Fans in for a Treat at High Tea

An original work of Canadian artist, Audrey Garwood one of the country’s very finest of landscape painters will be part of a collection being auctioned for charity at the Rostie Group’s second annual High Tea on June 7. Curating the auction will be Colette French, Director of Cooper’s Fine Art Gallery, who initially exhibited Garwood’s paintings at Painted City Gallery and currently represents the artist’s estate. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Association of Administrative … [Read more...]

Admin Professionals Do More Than Book Meeting Rooms

Even if you have never given it much thought before, it's easy to appreciate the sheer number of industries supported by admin professionals and how pervasive the role is in terms of keeping CEOs and managers on the right track. Just how much has the profession evolved? In early human history, great leaders were traditionally accompanied by advisers or scribes  who were also of critical importance because of their role in capturing important information. As gender roles evolved the once … [Read more...]

Why You Should Love Video Conferencing in Toronto

Many small and mid-sized businesses owners share the challenge of operating companies with an understaffed and overworked IT department on tight operating budgets. In the face of these challenges, how will you grow your small to mid-sized business enough to reach new markets while competing with much larger companies? Video-conferencing is one way to reduce the costs of expansion and the challenges in communication that come with. Here are some other benefits of video-conferencing. 1. Save … [Read more...]

Could Your Business Use 131 million YouTube views?

Tom Dickson, Founder and CEO of BlendTec tests his blender on everyday items to see if they will... well, blend. The Will It Blend series was a huge success with total video views exceeding 131 million. Could your business use 131 million YouTube views? Creating video for web is very low cost, cost effective and the potential ROI greatly exceeds that of traditional media. Here are a few tips to creating effect videos for the web. Catchy titles - make your title catchy. With the right keywords … [Read more...]

How to Make an Effective Presentation in the Meeting Room

Whatever your philosophy is on making presentations in the meeting room there are some basic tenets that prevail. Here are Five critical points to observe when preparing a presentation. Research - Conduct the necessary research so that your presentation ideas are well adapted to your audience's technical level and needs. Connect your presentation objective/message/idea to the interests of your audience. If possible, when preparing your presentation, gather info on the needs, age, … [Read more...]