Have you seen our Reservation Portal?

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Here at the Rostie Group, we’re always looking to improve your experience. To that end, we have been working on something that is a long time coming.

A major updated to our reservation portal has made it better than ever before!

We have focused on eliminating the tiresome negotiation process of booking meeting rooms and streamlining the process to be as smooth as possible for our users.

If you’ve booked with us before, you can easily rebook meetings with a single click! This allows your layout, catering and other requests to remain the same as the last time you booked.

Whether you are using desktop, tablet or your phone we wanted you to have the best experience, so we redesigned the layout to be mobile ready no matter what screen you’re on.


If you are a new user, you’ll see how easy it is to view the catering menu and choose an option suited to your needs. Depending on the room size, you will also be able to view the meeting rooms various custom layouts and choose one that best fits your meeting requirements.

Delicious Catering

We understand that getting used to any new piece of software can be challenging. Not to worry, we will soon have an online tutorial added to our website to guide you through it and show just how easy it is!

Don’t forget- we don’t just offer Meeting Rooms! Check out our diversified Virtual Offices Packages and start your plan today.

What are you waiting for? Click here to go see the new Portal right now!

The Oxford Way

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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.

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!

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

 

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!

Visit virtualbusinessoffices.com and start your customizable virtual office package today

 

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.

Visit mercatino-fresh.com/harbour-eats

The February Scoop is Out!

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 
marketing@rostiegroup.com

 

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.

Visit cryptoducation.com to learn more. Space is limited so act fast.

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