Are Employees Really Connecting?

Are Employees Really Connecting?

The rise of remote work has led to a significant loss of workplace social connections, negatively impacting employees, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The report...

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H&R Blocks the Clock In Remote Revolution To Rewrite Office Hours

H&R Blocks the Clock In Remote Revolution To Rewrite Office Hours

In the ongoing saga of return-to-office (RTO) mandates, many companies have stood firm on requiring employees to return to the physical workplace, sparking tension with workers. However, H&R Block, a...

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Parental Power Shift: How Hybrid Work is Revolutionizing Work-Life Balance For Canadians

Parental Power Shift: How Hybrid Work is Revolutionizing Work-Life Balance For Canadians

A recent report from Statistics Canada highlights the prevalence of hybrid work arrangements and remote work among parents with young children. According to the report, 30.1 percent of parents with...

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People Are Doing More Than Playing At Disney World

People Are Doing More Than Playing At Disney World

In a world where remote work is becoming the norm, some are taking it to the next level by setting up their laptops in the most magical place on earth: Disney World. From Disney bloggers to tech...

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Explosive Growth in Toronto's AI Scene: Will Canada's Tech Hub Outshine Silicon Valley?

Explosive Growth in Toronto's AI Scene: Will Canada's Tech Hub Outshine Silicon Valley?

Toronto's artificial intelligence (AI) industry is primed for explosive growth, according to McKinsey partner Federico Berruti. Recognized as one of 16 global hubs for technological advancement,...

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Unveiling the Psychological Realities of Remote Work

Unveiling the Psychological Realities of Remote Work

The landscape of professional work has shifted dramatically, with remote work evolving from a rare perk to a near necessity, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accelerated by the need for...

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Urban Exodus: Canada's Downtown Offices Stand Empty Amidst Pandemic Shift

Urban Exodus: Canada's Downtown Offices Stand Empty Amidst Pandemic Shift

Major Canadian cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, are experiencing an unprecedented rise in downtown office vacancy rates, largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact. Remote work...

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Graham Wong Speaks With Retail Insider About Expansion Plans and New Government Collaboration

Graham Wong Speaks With Retail Insider About Expansion Plans and New Government Collaboration

LAUFT founder, Graham Wong, recently shared his vision for the future of work and LAUFT's role in delivering this experience in an interview with Shelby Hautala, a journalist from Retailer Insider.

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Nike Boss Says Just Do It In The Office

Nike Boss Says Just Do It In The Office

Nike's recent decision to prioritize in-person work over remote arrangements, driven by CEO John Donahoe's concerns about the impact of remote work on innovation, has sparked debate within the...

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The Rise Of Remote Work And The Return To Office Dilemma

The Rise Of Remote Work And The Return To Office Dilemma

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the way we work, ushering in a remote work revolution that challenged traditional notions of office spaces. Tech giants and other companies, once anchored to sprawling...

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Is Remote Work More Productive? The Data Says Yes.

Is Remote Work More Productive? The Data Says Yes.

Remote work has demonstrated a significant impact on productivity, as revealed by multiple studies. A two-year analysis by Great Place To Work of over 800,000 employees from Fortune 500 companies...

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Shielding Remote Work: Security In The Digital Era

Shielding Remote Work: Security In The Digital Era

Manitoba's Auditor General, Tyson Shtykalo, recently scrutinized the province's information technology security measures in light of the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his...
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Embracing Remote Work: The Web3 Imperative

Embracing Remote Work: The Web3 Imperative

Working remotely has become a contentious topic, with traditional firms advocating for a return to the office while those in the Web3 space champion remote work as essential. Web3, characterized...

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Discover The Charm Of LAUFT King East: Your Hub For Productivity And Convenience In Downtown Toronto

Discover The Charm Of LAUFT King East: Your Hub For Productivity And Convenience In Downtown Toronto

Situated in the vibrant heart of downtown Toronto, our King East location offers a welcoming and conveniently accessible space, ideal for fostering productivity throughout your day.

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Adapting Workplaces in Canada: A Shift Towards Flexibility and Collaboration

Adapting Workplaces in Canada: A Shift Towards Flexibility and Collaboration

Recent findings show that 64% of Canadian workers support returning to the office, mainly for collaboration and social interaction. Yet, only 40% believe their workplaces are well-equipped for hybrid...

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RTO Mandates Risk Employee Alienation

RTO Mandates Risk Employee Alienation

Four years post-pandemic, employers advocating for return-to-office mandates face potential employee alienation, as over half of Canadian workers prefer some form of remote work, a LinkedIn survey...

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Navigating the Shadows of

Navigating the Shadows of "Home Fever"

The appeal of remote work lies in its promises of productivity and flexibility, yet Carleton University's recent research exposes its hidden challenges. Termed "home fever," this phenomenon reveals...

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Embracing the Future: The Rise of Distributed Work

Embracing the Future: The Rise of Distributed Work

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of work post-pandemic, one thing has become abundantly clear: distributed work is here to stay. More than three years since the onset of the pandemic,...

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Kickstart Your Business Journey Beyond Office Walls

Kickstart Your Business Journey Beyond Office Walls

It’s time to face the facts, remote work is the future of business. It has become a fundamental part of the modern work landscape. It makes perfect sense given what humanity as a whole has gone...

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A List of The Convenient Amenities Near LAUFT Locations

A List of The Convenient Amenities Near LAUFT Locations

If you're planning to visit a LAUFT workspace, not only will you be able to work in a beautifully designed and fully equipped environment, but you'll also have access to a range of stores and...

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Why Success Metrics Are Vital For Hybrid Work

Why Success Metrics Are Vital For Hybrid Work

As more companies are adopting hybrid work models, leaders are now focusing on how to measure the success of these models. There is no one-size-fits-all hybrid work model, and what works for one...

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3 years ago today, the way we work underwent a seismic shift

3 years ago today, the way we work underwent a seismic shift

Three years ago, the world shut down. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a massive impact on society and has caused significant changes to how people work.

One of the most...

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More Time, Less Stress: The Hidden Benefits of Remote Work

More Time, Less Stress: The Hidden Benefits of Remote Work

These days when we read about the benefits of remote and hybrid work, we focus on lowering our commuting costs, spending more time with family and having a flexible schedule. We hear less about how...

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Rising Costs Drive Pushback Against Returning to the Office

Rising Costs Drive Pushback Against Returning to the Office

Early into our work-from-home days, it was clear how much time and money we saved by not commuting to an office daily. As some of us return to the office on a hybrid plan or full-time, what are the...
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The Challenges of Returning to the Office for Working Mothers

The Challenges of Returning to the Office for Working Mothers

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in the way we work and live, and working mothers have been disproportionately affected by these changes. A recent article by Time magazine...
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62% of Canadian Employers Embracing Hybrid Work Model

62% of Canadian Employers Embracing Hybrid Work Model

In today's fast-paced business world, the traditional 9-to-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past. Remote work and hybrid work solutions are becoming increasingly popular as companies seek to...
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From Commutes to Cost-Savings: The Benefits of Remote Work in Toronto

From Commutes to Cost-Savings: The Benefits of Remote Work in Toronto

Working from home has become a norm for many people in Toronto and around the world, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Continued Demand for Remote Work

The Continued Demand for Remote Work

The way we work has changed dramatically in recent years, with more and more companies offering remote work options to their employees. Despite some companies bringing workers back to the office, the...
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Rising Office Vacancy Rates Predicted to Continue Through 2024

Rising Office Vacancy Rates Predicted to Continue Through 2024

In today's fast-paced business world, the traditional 9-to-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past. Remote work and hybrid work solutions are becoming increasingly popular as companies seek to...
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The Rise of Remote Work: How Companies are Adapting to the New Norm

The Rise of Remote Work: How Companies are Adapting to the New Norm

In today's fast-paced business world, the traditional 9-to-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past. Remote work and hybrid work solutions are becoming increasingly popular as companies seek to...
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Attracting and Retaining Talent: How Remote Work is Changing the Game

Attracting and Retaining Talent: How Remote Work is Changing the Game

As the way we work continues to evolve, more and more employees are seeking remote work opportunities. This shift has caused many employers to adjust their policies and procedures to accommodate this...
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Combating Burnout and Isolation in the Age of Remote Work

Combating Burnout and Isolation in the Age of Remote Work

The shift to remote work has brought about many changes in the way we work, and one of the most significant impacts has been on the social and mental health of employees. This article from Canadian...
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Factors in creating the optimal hybrid model

Factors in creating the optimal hybrid model

As companies look to create the optimal hybrid model, mobility is becoming a key factor in evolving workspaces.
One of the biggest challenges facing companies is how to provide employees with the...
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Managers scramble to inspire workers as collaboration dips

Managers scramble to inspire workers as collaboration dips

Companies are facing a big challenge in how to bring their employees together to collaborate while working in a hybrid environment.
A lot of companies have tried different initiatives like mandating...
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The Work-From-Anywhere War Is Beginning

The Work-From-Anywhere War Is Beginning

As we continue to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of work, it's becoming increasingly clear that top talent holds significant power in shaping the way we work. Raj Choudhury, an economist from ...
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Flexible workplaces a win-win for employees and employers

Flexible workplaces a win-win for employees and employers

Flexible workplaces are becoming more and more popular among employees, and for good reason. A recent report from Benefits Canada highlights the many benefits of flexible work arrangements, not just...
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Flexible Workspace a Popular solution for Insurance Professionals

Flexible Workspace a Popular solution for Insurance Professionals

For insurance professionals, meeting with clients in a convenient location is a huge advantage in the business. During the pandemic lockdowns, meetings moved online, and some clients never met their...
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Tax Time Need not be a Grind for Accountants

Tax Time Need not be a Grind for Accountants

Those working in the accounting world know how challenging tax season can be. Long hours, tight deadlines and a demanding schedule. Remote work became a reality for most knowledge workers through the...
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Downtown Toronto foot traffic still 46% lower than before pandemic

Downtown Toronto foot traffic still 46% lower than before pandemic

Despite most workplaces in the city’s financial district mandating return-to-office policies, mobility — or worker foot traffic — in the downtown core was 46 per cent lower in September 2022 than it...
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Think Hybrid Work Doesn’t Work? The Data Disagrees

Think Hybrid Work Doesn’t Work? The Data Disagrees

Organizations who describe their workplace model as “hybrid” are often focusing on one aspect - how they dictate flexibility. Mandating several days a week in-office at a specific location might be...
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Zoom: 'Flexibility for employees is top of mind'

Zoom: 'Flexibility for employees is top of mind'

According to a recent study by Zoom and global intelligence firm Morning Consult, more than 90% of senior leaders said they preferred a hybrid or remote working environment versus in-person only.  
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The Benefits of Going Digital - Part 2

The Benefits of Going Digital - Part 2

Moving to a digital platform gives businesses and individuals the ability to better manage their information and accounts and analyze data. Corporations can optimize marketing and sales strategies...

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The Benefits of Going Digital - Part 1

The Benefits of Going Digital - Part 1

With the onset of the pandemic, people were suddenly forced to adapt to a movement-restricted lifestyle. This prolonged work-from-home reality introduced challenges like obtaining the goods and...
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Smart Work Story - Shelisa Demuth - Business Owner

Smart Work Story - Shelisa Demuth - Business Owner

Shelisa Demuth knew early on that the traditional corporate American career path just wasn’t for her. The Minnesota based business owner has been working semi-remotely for two years, but the pandemic...

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Combating The Hyperactive Hive Mind

Combating The Hyperactive Hive Mind

If you could identify with some of the behaviours in part one of the Hyperactive Hive Mind series, then you’re likely aware that how you work needs to change.As the world shifts into more permanent...

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You Need A Virtual Commute

You Need A Virtual Commute

When teams were first forced home in the early days of the pandemic, there was a quiet celebration of the new 'work from home' lifestyle. We've enjoyed ditching the daily commute in favour of more...

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How the Hyperactive Hive Mind Challenges Remote Work

How the Hyperactive Hive Mind Challenges Remote Work

If your remote workday has become a relentless onslaught of instant messages and emails, you’re not alone. While remote work has provided flexibility to the modern-day team, communication strategies...

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Smart Work Story With Shopify Senior Recruiter Adel Jalabi

Smart Work Story With Shopify Senior Recruiter Adel Jalabi

Adel grew up in Montreal, went to college in Waterloo and decided to pack-up and move abroad for several years to work and live in Dubai, Doha and Seoul. Working in recruitment for various industries...

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Smart Work Story With Caleigh Borthwick

Smart Work Story With Caleigh Borthwick

Caleigh works at Deloitte, a company known for its progressive take on employee engagement. Working for an organization that's always championed location independence placed her in an interesting...

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Smart Work Story With LAUFT Marketing Content Writer Julie Achtermeier

Smart Work Story With LAUFT Marketing Content Writer Julie Achtermeier

Julie is a die hard freelancer and joined the LAUFT team in May. As a storyteller, she's got quite a few of her own, including being diagnosed with cancer when her children were just infants. That...

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Smart Work Story With Self-Love & Communication Coach Hayley Pocock

Smart Work Story With Self-Love & Communication Coach Hayley Pocock

Hayley is a Toronto based self-love and communication coach, and an essential worker for schools, hospitals and facilities across the city where she aids children and adults with mental health...

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Smart Work Story With LAUFT Programmer Ravi Desai

Smart Work Story With LAUFT Programmer Ravi Desai

Ravi grew up in Bombay and lives in beautiful, rural Cambridge. He fell into computer programming by chance (lucky for LAUFT), and focuses primarily on database layers and optimizing processes. When...

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Smart Work Story - Wild Wandering Creations Founder Laurelle Fullan

Smart Work Story - Wild Wandering Creations Founder Laurelle Fullan

Laurelle is a Toronto based movement and meditation instructor and the founder of Wild Wandering Creations. She launched her business in January 2020, just before the pandemic turned everything...

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Smart Work Story With Eirene Cofounder & CEO Mallory Greene

Smart Work Story With Eirene Cofounder & CEO Mallory Greene

Mallory is the Co-founder and CEO of Eirene, an innovative funeral services company based in Toronto. Eirene is making waves in the afterlife arrangements space by allowing users to plan an...

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Side Hustles and the Gig Economy Explained

Side Hustles and the Gig Economy Explained

There’s no question the landscape of work has changed dramatically over the last generation. What was once a bustling 40-hour workweek mentality has given way to the gig economy and side hustles with...

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5 Benefits Of Biking Or Commuting On Foot

5 Benefits Of Biking Or Commuting On Foot

After almost two years of being required to stay home, many of us look for ways to get out of the house while staying socially distanced. For employees returning to an office, switching from car to...

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Fostering and managing Remote Teams

Fostering and managing Remote Teams

In 2018, less than 10 percent of Canadian workers had the option to work from home and only gave most of those the choice of one or two days per week. A July 2020 StatsCan report found that 40...

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When You Really Don’t Like Working from Home

When You Really Don’t Like Working from Home

Whether or not you thought you'd love working from home, chances are you've been doing it for the past 15 months, and what may have started out as a more desirable work arrangement has likely lost...

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Smart Work Story With LAUFT Account Sales Manager Derek MacRae

Smart Work Story With LAUFT Account Sales Manager Derek MacRae

Derek is originally from Scotland, but believes Canada is truly the place to be. With all the free time our Account Sales Manager got back this year, he became a step addict (a person who’s trying to...

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Cybersecurity: More Important than Ever

Cybersecurity: More Important than Ever

As more companies move to a remote workforce, the issue of cybersecurity has become a top priority. A recent Cisco survey, Future of Secure Remote Work Report, shared that the number of remote...

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Moving Out Of The City: Remote Work and Real Estate Trends

Moving Out Of The City: Remote Work and Real Estate Trends

The global workforce has seen a tremendous shift since the start of the pandemic, and some countries are faring better than others. In Canada, the remote work phenomenon was quickly adopted, and...

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How Remote Work is Affecting Public Transportation

How Remote Work is Affecting Public Transportation

Traffic levels on roads and highways across Canada saw a rapid decline in the early days of the pandemic as many businesses shut and workers moved remote. But as the country has moved through various...

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Missing the Daily Commute? A Remote Work Commute is Better

Missing the Daily Commute? A Remote Work Commute is Better

When we were first forced home in the early days of the pandemic, there was a quiet celebration of this new "work-from-home" lifestyle. We enjoyed ditching the daily commute in favour of more sleep....

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Returning to Work: The Hybrid Model

Returning to Work: The Hybrid Model

The return to work reality is just around the corner. As the population becomes vaccinated and Covid-19 cases drop, many workers ask themselves, "what will my work situation look like?" 

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3 Ways To Keep Remote Work Culture Fresh

3 Ways To Keep Remote Work Culture Fresh

You did everything to establish a productive team before Covid-19 was even a thing. You scheduled weekly update meetings with coffee and donuts. Your door was always open. Then the world shut down,...

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Remote Teams and Tools: The essentials

Remote Teams and Tools: The essentials

Remote work is about setting your team members up to be productive, engaged and happy. But, when everyone is everywhere, staying connected can be tricky. Getting your team off on the right foot with...

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Freelancing Preparation: join the Gig Economy

Freelancing Preparation: join the Gig Economy

There's no question the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the Canadian economy and workforce. As a result, many Canadians became unemployed, took a pay cut, or reduced their hours. To make ends...

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Smart Work Story - LAUFT Founder Graham Wong

Smart Work Story - LAUFT Founder Graham Wong

Graham is LAUFT’s CEO and a serial creative entrepreneur, creative connoisseur and donut lover with many bright ideas and passions. Remote work is nothing new to Graham, who’s been a virtual...

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Smart Work Story - LAUFT COO Jesse Sharratt

Smart Work Story - LAUFT COO Jesse Sharratt

Jesse is LAUFT’s optimization specialist and operations expert, with skills across multiple industries and experience creating strategies for organization programming and processes for corporate...

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Employers Take Note: Zoom Fatigue is Real

Employers Take Note: Zoom Fatigue is Real

The prevalence of the zoom call seemed a welcome trade-off to the daily commute to the office back in the early days of pandemic living. Eighteen months later, remote workers are growing tired of...

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Creating FUNCTIONAL Office Space

Creating FUNCTIONAL Office Space

By this point in the pandemic, many of us have established some sort of WFH (work-from-home) routine. For the lucky few who already have a designated home office, please carry on. For the rest of us...

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Staying Healthy - A Guide for Remote Workers

Staying Healthy - A Guide for Remote Workers

Working from home often conjures images of sleeping in, working in PJs and avoiding the dreaded commute. While this is partially true (long live PJs!), remote work can have some drawbacks.

The...

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Work Life Balance Isn't A Thing Anymore

Work Life Balance Isn't A Thing Anymore

Just over a year ago, many of us who weren't already working remotely were commuting to an office daily. We managed the routine of the traditional workday, fully fitted with fluorescent lighting that...

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3 Ways Startups Can Create a Professional Appearance

3 Ways Startups Can Create a Professional Appearance

If you're a startup company, you know that establishing a professional image right out of the gate is critical to the success of your business. Let's set the record straight: It really isn't cute...

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Is The Future of Remote Work In Office, Hybrid Model or Fully Remote?

Is The Future of Remote Work In Office, Hybrid Model or Fully Remote?

  The initial pivot was sudden and caused many inconveniences for employees. These difficulties included, workers facing hardships in finding quiet places to work, avoiding personal distractions while...

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Smart Work Story - Shayan Ahmad, Software Engineer

Smart Work Story - Shayan Ahmad, Software Engineer

Shayan is a software engineer and tech enthusiast with a deep interest in leadership and innovation. Prior to the pandemic and in his most recent role with Lifeworks, he was working from home two...
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networking: 7 Places To Meet People & Grow Remotely

networking: 7 Places To Meet People & Grow Remotely

Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, according to a study released in December 2020 from Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development.

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Smart Work Story With Writer Tara Mandarano

Smart Work Story With Writer Tara Mandarano

Tara is a single mother with a seven-year-old daughter living north of Toronto. Becoming a parent was a huge transition, and in the year following the birth of her daughter, she experienced both...

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