Coworking space etiquette

Coworking Etiquette

Coworking locations are popping up everywhere. And while we think we have the best spot in town, there are some things that are equal across all of them. When moving to a new space like this, you may be unaware of some of the more delicate etiquette rules associated with coworking spaces. Many of these “rules” are pretty standard when it comes to any shared space. If you’ve had messy roommates, you may already be familiar with some of these. But let’s examine some more specific coworking rules:

Rule #1 – Be Scent Free

A standard rule in a lot of organizations, but doubly important in a shared coworking space. Not only should you be wary of allergies that scents may trigger, but also general comfort levels. Not everyone in your coworking space will come from the same background, or even the same city, and some scents may be more uncommon or more offensive to differing individuals. This includes not only perfumes and colognes, but personal hygiene items like after shave and body wash. It also extends to food. The scent of strong food may cause either displeasure at the scent… or just making everyone grumpy they’re sitting in a meeting at lunch time. Speaking of food…

Rule #2 – Clean up and Wash down

Some days you can step out for a long lunch. Other days, you need to eat at your desk and catch up on work. Either way, be aware that the food you introduce to the shared coworking environment will be shared by everyone. Not in terms of everyone having a piece, but in terms of scents floating in the air, and the mental images those smells may bring up. Vegans may be uncomfortable with the smell of meat. And certain cultural foods may taste delicious, but have offensive scents. (Cabbage anyone?). This doesn’t mean you can’t eat what you want, as long as you’re respectful, and more importantly, clean up your area after, to scrub away all potential lingering scents.

Rule #3 – It’s called “Coworking”

One of the major advantages of a coworking space is the savings that you get from sharing that space. Everyone will understand if a meeting runs long, but if you constantly run over time, and cause other company’s meetings to be delayed, you’ll quickly find yourself public enemy number 1. This is one of the easiest rules to follow, since starting and ending a meeting on time is actually a good thing. Your client is not more important than someone else’s.

It’s important to keep in mind that this place is shared. Everyday you’ll see new faces, and say goodbye to old ones. It’s just the way modern working… works. Here at Toronto Meetings, we have the ideal coworking space where you can practice all of these skills and more. Contact us today to see all of our available spaces! 

Rostie Group Coworking Desks

Meetings Membership with Toronto Meetings

With the fall approaching, it’s apt that businesses, and the people that drive them, start exploring avenues to maximize profits as we head closer to 2020.

At Toronto Meetings, we tend to look at September 1st as a second New Year ’s Day. The kids are back in school and the weather allows people to settle back into their thriving work schedules.

September is one of the more exciting months of the business year as people are ready to hit the ground running, and keep running until they break in mid-December.

Over the summer, our team has been brainstorming ideas so that we can serve our clients even better than we have been. After weeks of collaboration, deliberation and a little bit of frustration, we’ve come up with a plan that is going to assist businesses, of any size, make more money.

Please allow me to introduce the Toronto Meetings Membership. Relying on feedback from our current clients, as well as input from almost every member in our team, we’ve devised a membership package that works for a variety of different businesses and people.

For 45 dollars each month, you, and your company, are provided discounts on all meeting rooms at Toronto Meetings, a full-day of coworking each month, invitation to all social gatherings hosted on site, and a Customer Services Portal Account.

If you want to use our meeting rooms regularly, or even infrequently, this membership makes immediate sense. After a couple of hours in one of our smaller meeting rooms, like the Baltic room, you would already start to see a return on your monthly investment. Now imagine if you wish to book one of our larger spaces, like the Rainy Lake room, the discount you would receive would dwarf the 45 dollars you spent at the beginning of that month.

It might seem like we’re selling you a bit of a ‘loop-hole’ with this membership and, between me and you, that’s almost exactly what we’re doing.

Travelling Salesman at Airport

The Life & Times of the Travelling Salesman

For those of you who have made a living travelling from city to city, country to country, or continent to continent to put food on your family’s table, we respect you.

It’s not easy living out of a suitcase and eating hotel breakfasts for days and even weeks on end.

Sure, it may seem fun to others who only see the glitzy part of the travelling. After all, visiting different parts of the world, staying in hotels, and eating in restaurants all on the company dollar, is most people’s dream situation.

I’m here to bring attention to these individuals who put in the added effort for the greater good of the company and their families.

As the University of Texas – Dallas pointed out; there is a clear set of pros and cons in travelling for work.

Pro’s such as creating closer relationships with your coworkers and clients, visiting different cities of the world, and of course, the free food, all seem to be the perks that keep these employees going day after day.

However, the cons such as visiting cities that aren’t so beautiful, constantly trying to stay healthy (by avoiding getting sick), and losing the thrill of travelling on their personal time, seem to be the roadblocks that can become the deciding factor whether they continue with the go-go-go lifestyle.

I think one con that wasn’t touched on in this article is the lack of a stable workspace. It’s common for white-collar workers to thrive off of structured work schedules and environments. A place to call home while on the road can certainly benefit in boosting a travelling employee’s morale and production.

At Toronto Meetings, we have just the solution.

Our flexible Coworking provides the perfect amenities for any travelling employee to call home. A dedicated desk, internet connection, phone, and access to meeting rooms, will provide the structured environment they so dearly require.

For more information about our Coworking services, please contact our sales team at (416) 214 1840 or visit our website. 

Coworking downtown in Toronto

Coworking Downtown in Toronto

As coworking and shared office spaces become more and more popular, Downtown Toronto has become a hub for those seeking this work environment. There are several factors to consider when choosing to have your coworking office in Downtown Toronto.

Toronto is the fourth-largest city in Canada/U.S.

With Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles being the top three largest cities in North America, Toronto is often overlooked. Second only to Silicon Valley, Ontario is one of North America’s centres for information and communications technology. With this in mind, Toronto plays host to several of the big startups in the field of technology.

Large international Companies are interested in Toronto

Forbes ranked Canada ‘Best for business’ among G20 countries, and Toronto itself is one of the best ‘future-ready’ cities – which means it is a great place for innovative businesses and start-ups. Sidewalk Labs recently announced its joint venture with Waterfront Toronto to create a mixed-use community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. Amazon has also recently expressed interest in creating it’s HQ2 here in Toronto. If being on the Fortune 500 list is one of your goals, Toronto plays host to several on their lists such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Wells Fargo.

Multicultural City

Toronto is a vibrant hub for expats, making it a vast multi-cultured city. This community that it creates affords Toronto with the ability to host several different business types, in a variety of fields, who have access to a global customer base.
Hollywood of the North
Toronto as a city is actually known as the Northern Hollywood with so many movies and shows being filmed here. Several Blockbuster movies and hit TV shows are shot in this city. Having a coworking desk in Downtown Toronto means that on your way to work, you may walk past the set of a movie or TV show being filmed.

Hiring Opportunities

With many top schools in Toronto, having a coworking desk in the downtown core would mean that you have access to some of the top graduates from the city.

‘Location, Location, Location’ is always key when choosing where your office will be. A Coworking Desk in Downtown Toronto affords you these perks and many more!

That’s why at Toronto Meetings, we don’t just provide the best spaces for meetings, but we also have Coworking desks available any time you need them! So join us today!

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