In preparing the office space for a hybrid workplace model, companies will also need to reconsider their office space usage, as it may look different compared to pre-Covid times. Post-pandemic, employees may only come into the office two to three times a day for team collaboration, training or meeting with clients. In these cases, office spaces may shift from the traditional assigned seating plan to a hoteling model where all spaces like meeting rooms and workstations are available for anyone to reserve and work at. Working with a hoteling model, several companies have turned to implementing technology solutions that can help their employees easily coordinate and reserve available spaces at the office.
At this year's IBM THINK conference, our Managing Partner, Calvin Yoa and our client, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, share about the implementation of IBM TRIRIGA's technology solutions to aid their employees' return to work. The solution consisted of building multiple web applications to help their essential workers return to work efficiently, to return with ease, and most importantly, to return to work safely.
In our latest Tjene Talks, we continued the conversation with Aaron Graben, the President of Titan York, a Corporate Real Estate Brokerage, regarding another factor to consider as we prepare to go back to a shared office. In the interview, he shares his insights, and educates us on the current office rental trends and how they might impact the post-pandemic demand for office rentals within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Watch the full interview below for a deeper dive on where office rental demands are trending, and potentially how you as the employer can best understand and prepare for your team's back to work plan.
On Friday, October 15th, 2021, our Tjene team joined One Million Trees Mississauga for our third tree planting event. Our team was excited to take on the challenge of planting 10 more trees than our last tree planting event in 2019 at Mississauga's Dellwood Park. This year, we planted a total of 150 trees within an hour at Mississauga's Hawkins Glen Park, which brings us to a total of 468 planted trees to date!
On Saturday, September 18th, our Tjene team participated in our second beach volleyball tournament hosted by Heatwave to help fundraise for Childhood Cancer Research at SickKids. Many Toronto-based corporations came together at Woodbine Beach for a friendly competition between different corporate teams all with the goal to support the continual improvement of child healthcare at SickKids.
This coming month on June 1, 2021, marks Holland Bloorview's third Breakfast with the Board event with their guest speaker, Jason Rowe, the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Canada. Rowe will be sharing his advice on topics around ignoring the noise, doing the work, and learning to believe in yourself - all while figuring out what you want to do with your life. Join our Tjene Team in attending this event for an opportunity to learn, network, and fundraise for the children, families and staff at Holland Bloorview.
So it is that time...again. As we go into the winter months with tighter COVID- 19 restrictions, it is getting harder for us to engage in activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. As you probably know, studies have shown there are many health benefits of getting regular exercise [1,2]. As recommended by the Canadian Public Health Service, we should aim to get roughly 2.5 hours of physical exercise per week which has shown to lower the risks of heart disease, diabetes, premature death, stroke and more . However, did you know regular exercise can also improve your performance at work too?
If it's tough for you to define what boundaries are exactly, don’t worry! You are not the only one, and hopefully this post can give you a quick rundown on what they are and how they can help you excel at work. We are often introduced to boundaries before we can even fully understand the complexities of them. A huge part of parenting is boundary setting, which you often don't realize until you are a parent yourself! That being said, boundaries can be extremely important for a variety of things, from our mental health, to our identity, relationships and working life. Since they are so widespread across our lives, let's learn a bit more about them and how we can use them for our benefit!
These are only a few ways to help reduce the waste, and help protect the environment and combat the very many natural disasters we are facing such as the wildfires, hurricanes, monsoons and rising temperatures. As the seasons change, and we start to rethink our routines and lifestyles, what changes (big or small!) can you make to lessen your impact on the environment?