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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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

December Roast of the Month

 

“Sweetly bright, balanced, classic. Ripe tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle-like flowers, hazelnut, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a gently tart, richly balanced finish.”

– CoffeeReview.com (March 2015)

The Las Hermosas farmer relationship project started in 2004 when we discovered an exceptional Colombian coffee from a farming co-operative in the South Tolima region. In an effort to give back to this community, we donate funds each year to support projects that improve the local standard of living.

To date, we have supported numerous projects:construction of parabolic drying beds for 200 small family farms to improve quality;

– a cupping lab in Ibague with the equipment required for coffee quality analysis;
– a complete overhaul of sanitation and water purification systems for seven schools in the region;
– set-up of multiple computer labs within schools in the region for business and educational use.

Better social and economic conditions also create an environment where premium quality production is possible. As evidence of this, farmers from the Las Hermosas co-operative placed 1st, 3rd and 7th in Colombia’s Cup of Excellence competition.

Thanks to our customers, we have been able to donate tens of thousands of dollars back to this small farming co-operative that supplies us with the best Colombian coffee in the world.

Be sure to check back in each issue of The Scoop to learn more about our selected
coffee of the month, offered at all Rostie Group meeting spaces.

The December Scoop is out!

The Staff Meeting.

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Shall we begin..

The secret to a growing company is ‘intellectual capital’. Seeking out, hiring and retaining the best in breed. These are your employees.  One person can come up with an innovative idea, patent it on your behalf and game on – let the salad days begin for your company.

If you don’t have a written and distributed agenda for the attendees, don’t have a meeting. If no action items come out of a meeting, you have wasted an hour (or more) of your valuable workday. Staff meetings are a wonderful and neutral environment to discuss items of mutual benefit for the attendees.

Finding the optimal work equilibrium for the employee is found in the 6 T model. Time, Training, Talent, Task, Tools and Technology. Think of the 6 T’s as a hexagon, each of the 6 sides proportional. If proportional the employee is most likely a key contributor to the company’s success. If one, or more, of the 6 T’s is either missing or excessive, the shape of the hexagon gets skewed.

This provides ‘a great disturbance in the Force.’

This is not a problem but merely an opportunity to expose gaps. Once identified, management should create a plan to provide solutions to these same gaps and bring the employees’ skills into equilibrium. It will also reduce the anxiety an employee might feel, particularly for those who want to out-perform, yet feel they are missing key criteria to succeed. Finding people, giving them an environment to thrive, the right tools to succeed and appropriate motivation and rewards. Studies have shown everyone has a different and unique reward system. Be it trophies or dinners or public recognition or time off or monetary gain. The list is beyond the scope of this article but it is long and varied.  Don’t forget, everybody needs a personal win now and then.

Always set aside some time for greenfield brainstorming. An open and hopefully energetic session to introduce new ideas and maybe even new problems. Don’t forget, in the sales world a problem is in truth an opportunity. Remember, a wonderful nugget can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of sources, or a simple comment can inspire others to add more. This is compound interest at its finest. A common ground where title and position on the organizational chart must have no importance. For managers, the art of listening, and not talking, is an acquired and vital skill. Some of the best speeches in the history of mankind were cleverly interrupted by the speaker with planned periods of silence. Your receptionists for example, are probably the most customer facing individuals in your employ.  They have the best seat in the house to observe positive and negative words and expressions of your customers. They have the unique position to make and take immediate action to quell any discontent, or hopefully broadcast good news.

‘A happy customer tells 2 to 3 people of their experience. An unhappy customer tells 10 people.’ Let the ideas continue. 

The November Scoop is Out!

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

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 
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