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CorporateStays and Scandinave Spa: Escape in the Heart of Montreal

February 8, 2018
Scandinave Spa - Vieux Montreal

At CorporateStays, we like to go beyond business. We want to ensure that our guests have the best experience, from the reservation to check out. That includes recommending the best that our cities have to offer. This is why we have partnered with Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, a tranquil respite located in the heart busy Montreal.

Please read on to learn about our new partnership with Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, and the benefits offered to our guests.

An Urban Escape

Relaxation Area at Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, is located in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port. Steps away from Montreal’s Science Centre and the Ferris Wheel, it is an ideal location for a visitor. It is close to downtown Montreal, and only a 15-minute walk from Loft4U.

In the heart of one of the most popular areas of Old Montreal, you will be able to escape to a truly tranquil and relaxing environment. The spa is well-insulated from the outside world, blocking out the noise and lights of the city.

You can leave that cell phone behind; the spa is a wifi-free and phone-free space. Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, focuses on helping its clientele to escape their busy lives, which means disconnecting from the outside world, if only temporarily.

The Scandinavian Baths

Scandinavian Baths at Scandinave Spa

The Scandinavian bath circuit at Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, consists of three steps: hot, cold, and relaxation. Guests immerse themselves in the warm area for 15-20 minutes, then awaken their senses with 10-15 seconds in the cold area before relaxing for another 15-20 minutes. The spa provides options for each step, and encourages guests to try them all.

The hot areas include a large heated bath, a eucalyptus steam room, and a dry sauna. The hot bath is spacious and includes a waterfall on one side, perfect for relieving tense back and neck muscles. The eucalyptus steam room has enough space to sit or lie down, depending on what helps you to best relax. The dry sauna is perfectly lit; the dimmed light complements the woody smell, creating an experience for multiple senses.

There are two options for the cold areas: a cold water shower and a small cold water bath to immerse yourself in. With the water temperature ranging between 6 and 10 degrees, it will be certain to wake you. The shower is a good start for beginners. The bath is an excellent match for those looking for a more intense experience. We would recommend immersing yourself completely as quickly as possible, to fully enjoy the rush. Once the adrenaline is flowing, it is time for the third step, relaxation.

There are a host of relaxation areas throughout the baths, including benches, wooden chairs, cushion seats, and daybeds. As part of the true unplugging experience, Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal, also features a stimulation-free room; no noise and almost no light. Some guests even choose to nap in the stimulation-free room.

Relaxing Massage

Massage at Scandinave Spa

Of course, the best way to complete a relaxation experience is to enjoy a massage at the hands of a capable therapist. There is a serene waiting area, from which your therapist collects you, leading you through to a private room, away from the bath area. With several different massages available, your therapist will also customize your experience to your particular needs. Relax as the professionals of Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal ensure your total comfort at all times.

Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal offers different massage treatments, including the classic Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Deep-Tissue Massage, and Lomi-atsu. The Lomi-atsu massage is actually a fusion of two techniques, incorporating methods from the Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage and Japanese shiatsu massage techniques.

Following your massage, you are free to return to the Scandinavian baths, or to the showers in the locker room, which include all toiletries that one may need.

An All-Inclusive Experience

Valet Service at Scandinave Spa - Vieux Montreal

What makes the spa especially ideal for travellers is that it truly is an all-inclusive experience. Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal provides sandals, towels, and robes for each of its guests. The locker room is also fully-equipped with any and all toiletries that any guest would need. You need only bring your swimsuit.

For those who would prefer to drive to the spa, Spa Scandinave – Vieux Montreal offers a valet service, which is an ideal treat in Montreal’s Old Port. Simply bring your car to the door, and have it returned to you when you are ready to leave.

Special for CorporateStays Clients

Scandinave Spa Robe and Treats

Starting in 2018, Scandinave Spa – Vieux Montreal will be offering special discounts to all CorporateStays clients. Thanks to the new partnership, all CorporateStays clients are eligible to receive a 35% discount on access to the Scandinavian baths, and a 20% discount on all bath and massage packages.

Get in touch with your reservation specialist today to find out how to take advantage of this excellent offer.

Business Travel, Corporate Housing

Packing Tips: How to Save Space and Bring Everything You Need

November 24, 2017
Packing Tips for Travel

We’ve gathered up some smart packing tips during our time in the travel and hospitality industry. From years working with world travellers, busy executives, and travelling around ourselves, we know that packing can be stressful. It doesn’t have to be.

Are you one of the many people who “hates packing?” Then please, read some of our team’s advice below to discover our best packing tips, no matter your trip!

Our Best Packing Tips #1: Make a List, Check it Twice

Packing Tips: Make a List

There is a reason that this is at the very top of our list of packing tips: if you do nothing else, please make a list in advance. By planning ahead, you will make sure that you have everything you need, and nothing that you don’t. Avoid the last-minute attempts to stuff everything in your suitcase by making a list well-ahead of your of trip.

Plan your packing by outfit: which top are you planning on wearing with your bottoms, which shoes match your outfits. It may seem silly at first, but not only will this help your packing, it will eliminate another step in your morning routine while you’re on the road. Travelling can be rough; knowing that you have the perfect outfit for each day will help, if only a little.

Our Best Packing Tips #2: Roll Your Clothes

Packing Tips: Roll Clothes

One of the more frustrating parts of travelling, especially for business, is the creasing that occurs in clothes after packing them. Suitcases aren’t always the perfect size for your clothes. The fold marks wind up in odd places, and without the help of a steamer, things look like a mess.

You can avoid this creasing by rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This will also create more room in your suitcase.

Too late to roll? Had to fold a particular item? Clothing got shaken in transit and is now all wrinkled? Not a worry! Do you have a steamer with you? If so, great! If not, it’s still okay! Hang the wrinkled items in the bathroom, and turn on the shower. You’re not going to want to be in the shower for this process because it will need to be HOT. The steam from the shower in the bathroom will relax the fabric of your clothes.

Our Best Packing Tips #3: Versatility

Packing Tips: Versatility

Going for longer than two or three days? You don’t necessarily need to pack 15 completely separate outfits. By packing the right items, you can mix and match to create completely new outfits from the same pieces. Pack items that pair well with a few different outfits; a smart black pair of pants can match almost any top. A good shirt will look great with a skirt, pants, or even jeans.

Keep your outfits, and your clothes, feeling fresh by staying somewhere with laundry facilities. Many major cities have downtown laundromats. For ease and convenience, every Corporate Stays Signature Collection apartment comes equipped with an in-suite washer-dryer.

Our Best Packing Tips #4: Don’t Bring What You Don’t Need

Overflowing Suitcase

As packing tips come and go, this sounds rather obvious. It’s also one of the reasons you made a list before packing your suitcase. But as you leave your home to head to Montreal’s Trudeau airport to fly down to sunny California, are you sure you don’t have anything you don’t need? Stop. Look in the mirror. Are you going to need your winter parka and boots in either the airport or in the California heat?

If you have a friend or significant other to bring to and from the airport, you can simply leave your winter outerwear with them. If not, maybe opt for a lighter coat. You’ll be a little chilly for the 5 minute walk to the taxi in Montreal, but you won’t have to worry about packing a big fluffy parka when travelling.

Our Best Packing Tips: #5. Leave Extra Room!

Packing Tips: Leave Some Room

There are a few reasons to leave extra room in your bag when packing. You are going to have more time to pack before you leave than before your return. As you’re packing up on your last night before catching your flight home, knowing that you have that extra room will make things far less stressful. It will also ensure that everything will still fit.

Planning on doing some shopping during your next trip? Make sure you have enough room for your new purchases! Alternatively, to save yourself some space in your luggage, check online to see if you would be able to ship your purchases back home. Depending on the retailer and the goods in question, it may be cheaper (and depending on the object, safer) to have  your purchases shipped directly home instead of bringing them on the flight with you.

We hope that our packing tips make preparing for your next trip a little easier. Want another way to take some of the stress out of travel? Book your next stay at a Corporate Stays apartment; our experience team will be thrilled to help you enjoy your trip.

Corporate Housing, Ottawa

How To Find Your Ideal Meeting Space in Ottawa

December 6, 2016
ottawa meeting places cover

Business travel is big in Ottawa, one of Canada’s most picturesque cities. As the country’s capital, it is home to a multitude of businesses, politicians, and conventions. So there’s a very good chance that sooner or later you’ll find yourself walking out your CorporateStays apartment, passing by Parliament on your way to a meeting. But where do you go? Here is how to find your ideal meeting space in Ottawa, perfect for everything from coffee with a potential partner to drinks with Justin Trudeau. 

Meeting Space in Ottawa #1: Rideau Canal
rideau canal space meeting ottawa

There has been an increase recently in the popularity of walking meetings. It’s seen as a great way to keep yourself and your client stimulated while talking about business. It’s also a great way to tour Ottawa during its 150th anniversary. The city will be beautified ahead of the celebration, so get out of the board room and close that deal!

Meeting Space in Ottawa #2: Zoé’s Lounge dining lounge space meeting ottawa

Ottawa and sinkholes go hand in hand as of late, so driving might be tricky, but thankfully our CorporateStays apartments are within walking distance of some great spots.

Stepping it up a notch is Zoé’s Lounge at the Chateau Laurier, where no expense was spared. This spot is a great way to make a client feel like they’re being taken care of. You’ll get a environment of sophistication that impresses, without being overly pretentious.

Check out ZOE’S LOUNGE  

Meeting Space in Ottawa #3: TOWNdinner business meetings ottawa

With winter setting in, Ottawa transforms into a winter wonderland. Walking through the ByWard market is a good time, but will lead you and your business associate to an endless row of seemingly identical buildings. Finding a restaurant under such weather conditions can be limiting. And that’s where TOWN comes in. Somewhat of a hidden gem in Ottawa is oozes with style bot decoratively and culinary. Their Italian fusion menu will impress any client, but it’s their steak tartar that has locals buzzing about this hot spot.

Check out TOWN

Meeting Space in Ottawa #4: A SENATOR’S GAMEhockey game space meeting ottawa

With the Ottawa Redblacks having just won the the Grey Cup, the city is great for sports fans. And nothing says sports or Canada like a hockey game. Bring a client to the Canadian Tire Centre for an Ottawa Senators game and you will be the hero of the night. Adrenaline pumping, crowd cheering, and slightly overpriced arena food isn’t your traditional meeting spot. But then again, who wants traditional?

Get your tickets to a Sens game!

Corporate Housing, Vacation Rental

5 Tips on Designing Smaller Spaces

January 12, 2015
By: Natasha Gonzalez

Nowadays, when shopping for a new place –whether it’s an investment property or a place to call home – we’ve noticed that much smaller units are being built. A studio apartment could start as low as 300 square feet which is when it starts getting tricky. Here are 5 key tips to keep in mind when tackling these small spaces.

 

Think vertical

Every inch counts! When you think of small spaces first thing that comes to mind is lack of storage. Built-ins can be a great way of maximizing space and no – it doesn’t need to break that budget. If custom is not the way you want to go, IKEA has great wardrobe units that can be installed into a niche to give you that built-in look. Alcoves could also be used to your advantage. Turn them into custom shelves or storage units. Don’t be afraid to go all the way up to the ceiling. A smaller space will look bigger by keeping it clutter free.

 

Multi-purpose

Think dual purpose pieces – an ottoman that could be used as storage and seating is a great start. They are small enough to store under a console and big enough to use as extra seating. Using an ottoman as a coffee table is also a great way to creating a cozy space. It’s a bonus when it allows you to store those throws we all use to bundle up at night. Think glass and clear furniture! These will give you the functionality you need without the bulky look of wood pieces.

 

Dress your windows 

Sheers, sheers, sheers! For those small spaces with floor to ceiling windows – sheers will be your best friend. Mounting a track to the ceiling and dressing your windows in a sheer fabric can make the smallest spaces seem open and spacious. If you don’t have floor to ceiling windows – get the look by mounting the rod used for your drapery panels above the frame. This will add height to the space. For those of you who want a pop of color and don’t think sheers are enough – add a little life with decorative panels.

 

It’s all an illusion 

It’s all about mirrors nowadays – whether it’s a mirrored console, a mirrored tray or a mirrored end table, these key pieces will make a small living space look larger. A well positioned mirror in a small space can make a huge difference. Aside from big windows and high-ceilings, adding a large mirror will help spread light and create a sense of space.

 

The right color palette 

As much as I love white color palettes, small spaces don’t need to be all about white. Don’t be afraid of bold colors. A darker accent wall can make a space look and feel larger. It’s all about making the right choices. When choosing the right paint, think about staying within the same color palette to connect all the rooms and make it flow. Don’t forget about wallpaper! With so many different styles and texture these days – the possibilities are endless. A feature wall wrapped in wallpaper can instantly add interest to a space. Stick to the same color scheme, look for texture and when you’re planning on introducing pattern – think tone on tone.

 

With these 5 tips you’ll be on the right track to design your own space – regardless of its size.

Have a look at some great fully-furnished apartments for rent HERE !

 

Business Travel, Inside CorporateStays.com

Book Your Corporate Workspace Today!

November 1, 2013

You can now book a workspace with CorporateStays.com! Understanding the need for private, quiet places for professionals in town for business, CorporateStays.com is now offering corporate workspace rentals. A convenient space to work, make a call, or host a meeting is now just a phone call away!

Private workspaces

It’s easy to book a space to work for a few hours during the day. Simply call us and find out availabilities to rent a workspace. All our spaces have reliable, high-speed WiFi Internet, a comfortable desk to work at, a table ideal for a meeting, and a couch for just relaxing.

This pilot program is only available in our Montreal location at the moment, clients interested in booking workspaces in other locations can use our partners Regus office space rentals. Clients staying with CorporateStays.com are eligible for a discount!

No more meetings at Starbucks!

We’ve all had to resort to meeting or working at a coffee shop, not so long ago this was the only option. Coffee shops are noisy and make it hard to concentrate when you are trying to work alone, to say the least.  Having a meeting in a Starbucks can be annoying as you try to make yourself heard over all the noise, not to mention embarrassing with anyone able to overhear your private conversation. Now you can make the switch, corporate workspace rentals present a quiet, clean, and professional atmosphere for your meeting or business needs.

How you can use your corporate workspace

  • You’re in town for a meeting and you need a quiet and comfortable place to meet.

  • A private space with good WiFi and a comfortable desk to get some work done.

  • A quiet place to make a phone call.

  • Taking a nap between flights in a clean and comfortable space.

  • You need a private space for a meeting with your partners, or for conducting job interviews.

Call us today to find out more about booking a corporate workspace with CorporateStays.com!

Business, Corporate Housing, Relocating, Relocation

The Ultimate Expat Guide: Discovering Your New City

January 8, 2019
Expat Guide

An expatriate, more commonly referred to as an ‘expat’ is someone who moves their entire life to somewhere new outside their native country. For many, it’s an exciting, exhilarating experience. For others, it can be stressful, uncertain, and challenging. If you’ve made the significant decision to pack your things and become an expat in a new country, then it’s time to discover your new city. This guide can help you adjust quicker than you could have thought possible.

Expat Guide: Set a Budget

When you decided to become an expat and move to another country, you probably spent many months or years saving and squirrelling away funds. It might take a lot of time to save, but that money disappears quicker than you think. Ensure you set aside funds for everything and stick to a budget. Know how much you have to spend on accommodation, living expenses, travel, and leisure experiences too. Everything comes with a price tag.

Expat Guide: See the Sights like a Local

Tourists stand out like a sore thumb in a new country, but you’re not a tourist, you’re an expat. Start your new adventure on the right foot by viewing all those tourist attractions as if you were a local. The best way to do this is by meeting with locals who can show you around. You want to see what the tourists see, but you also want to visit places of convenience which can help you adjust to your new country far quicker.

Expat Guide See the Sights Like a Local

Expat Guide: Leave Place for the Unknown

You would be amazed how leaving some time with no specific plan and go with what feels right at the moment can be freeing. Spontaneity always adds a great sense of adventure. You might surprise yourself and discover some great spots by walking around.

Expat Guide Place for the Unknown

Expat Guide: Get Social

When you’re an expat, you are entirely out of your comfort zone – you’re not merely on holiday away from home anymore. As a result, you may even start with no friends or family around you. Aside from having somewhere to live or stay – you need to get as social as possible. Don’t turn down any opportunities to get out and about with the locals, and consider even joining a club or sport to help you meet more people. Don’t fall into a common expat trap and become isolated, making too many comparisons between your native country and the one in which you now reside.

Expat Guide Get Social

Expat Guide: Master Travel

Every country has its own premium travel system. Some have superior train networks, buses, or even regular taxis. Find out the best travel loops and types and consider also residing in premium, fully-furnished accommodation well within the proximity of convenient transport options. Having a fair idea in advance of the options available to you may be worth your consideration when you make plans to become an expat.

Expat Guide Travel

Expat Guide: Create a Place of Comfort

The first few months are often the toughest. You can feel homesick, missing friends and family, and not have anything familiar around you. One of the most important things you can do is create a place of comfort – somewhere you feel safe. Bring items from home that make you feel safe, happy, and connected with home. You won’t feel uncomfortable forever, but your own peaceful heaven can help you make it through the expat adjustment phase.

Expat Guide Comfort Place

Every expat goes through an adjustment period when they leave the comfort of their country for the excitement and adventure of another. It’s only natural to feel a range of emotions. However, these tips above can help you adjust far quicker than you potentially would. Take the time to research your new country, find out how to navigate it, meet new people, and familiarize yourself with it as a local. The transformation in yourself, going from a beginner traveler to a seasoned expat, will be phenomenal.

Business, Corporate Housing, New Year, Team Building

Business Resolutions for 2019

January 2, 2019
Business Resolutions 2019

New Year, new life they say. The end of the year has rolled around quicker than anyone could have expected. Promises to hit the gym, save more money or show more generosity come with the New Year’s Eve territory. For entrepreneurs and business people, this season also presents a fresh opportunity to generate resolutions for their ventures – and for themselves as business owners.

You may have had the most successful year in business, but there are sure to be things you know you can do different or would like to give a go. Start 2019 off on the right foot by considering these business resolutions.

Business Resolutions for 2019: Relationships

Whether it’s internal working relationships or business relationships, they should be at the top of your business resolutions list. For your company to be successful, you need to make sure everyone works as a team, and that your clients and customers feel valued as well. With regard to working relationships, you may like to try team building activities to forge closer bonds and improve communication.

There are even things you can do to make sure any business meetings go off without a hitch. Relationships should form a significant part of your business resolutions for 2019.

Business Resolutions Relationships

Business Resolutions for 2019: Education

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, anyone can learn something new. Any industry can benefit from advanced education. Consider adding education to your list of business resolutions for 2019. You may like to learn something new to enhance your own skill set, or you may even like to provide learning opportunities for your staff.

There are many online courses that you or your team can take for free. Education in any form can always benefit your business in more ways than one.

Business Resolutions Education

Business Resolutions for 2019: Charity

Think back to your year in business past. What did you give back to your community? Sure, you provided jobs for a significant number of people, but did you go the extra mile and earn your place in your community? If not, then vow to add charitable contributions to your list of business resolutions for 2019. Take a day off once per year so your staff can donate their time to the less fortunate, or contribute funds to programs for those in need. There are so many things you can do as a company to help others.

At Corporate Stays, for example,  we have One Percent For A RoofCorporate Stays reinvests 1% of all marketplace partner sales towards housing projects in impoverished areas. Allowing anyone, no matter where they are in the world, the basic fundamentals of decent living space.

Business Resolutions Charity

Business Resolutions for 2019: Health & Wellbeing

Healthy workers are happy workers, so how is your team’s health? Are they benefiting from a prosperous work-life balance? Are you offering perks and incentives to keep them productive and thriving? The key to maintaining productivity and low staff turnover is by keeping your finger on the pulse of workplace health. Make it one of your new year business resolutions. Changes might include regular workplace assessments, remote working where possible, and access to healthcare in-house.

Business Resolutions Health

Business Resolutions for 2019: Technology

Every year, significant advancements are made in the way of technology. How ahead of the curve is your business? If you’re still using archaic technology that’s impinging on your team’s ability to increase productivity, then vow to make a change. Hire a consultant to assess what technology could drive your business forward, and talk to your team. Discover what adds stress to their day and how they think you could make it better for them. Sometimes, something as simple as a software update can add value to your business while increasing staff happiness.

Business Resolutions Technology

2019 is definitely here. Have you thought of how can you grow your business and help it to thrive? Or how can you help your team to help you? There’s no time like the present to assess every aspect of your company and set some business resolutions for the new year. 

Corporate Housing, Entrepreneurship, Holidays, Relocating, Relocation

10 Tricks That Will Help You Spend The Holidays Away From Home

December 26, 2018
Holidays Away From Home

Business professionals don’t always have the opportunity to go back home to spend the Holiday Season with their family and friends. Here are ten things you can do to enjoy the festive season this year while being away.

Day 1 – Make it Social

A great way to fight solitude, especially during the Holiday Season, is to get together. For example, try to reach out to friends or colleagues and invite them for a potluck. We spent long hours in front of computers and small devices; a great way to get to know people is to implement a no phone policy when meeting up. You will have more interactions during your potluck.

Holidays Get Social

Day 2 – Give Back

If the company you are currently working with have a volunteering activity during this season, you can participate; plus the holidays are all about giving back. You might be amazed to find that there are other people out seeking for some connection just as much as you are.

Holidays Give Back

Day 3 – Schedule a Video Call with your Family

I know a video call will never be the same as being present, but it’s a great way to communicate and see your loved ones. Getting together via webcam can be fun especially with your favourite people.

Holidays Video Call

Day 4 – Movie Night

Revisit the old classics by watching your favourite holiday movies. Ask people around you about theirs and make new memories you can share with them.

Holidays Movie Night

Day 5 – Ugly Sweater Contest

Get in the van wagon of the ugly sweater because it’s here to stay. Discover your hidden talent by organizing a contest. Side note: crafting your very own ugly sweater is much more fun than buying it.

Holidays Ugly Sweater

Day 6 – Make a List of Your Blessings

Most people who relocate usually did so to advance in their career, or because they simply landed their dream jobs. Making a list of the reasons why you moved and the blessings this year has brought is an excellent reminder of your goals and achievements. It can also keep your mind on a positive path.

Day 7 – Threat yourself

Taking time for yourself is crucial. What are the things you enjoy doing? Maybe it’s binge-watching Netflix for a day or going to a spa. Whatever it is taking time to reconnect with yourself and do something you love is as important as giving back.

Holidays Treat Yourself

Day 8 – Decorate your Space

Decorating your working space and home can be a great way to put you in a festive mood. It doesn’t have to be the typical decor. If you love a more natural decor, for example, a candle-filled lantern with green leaves can make your space feel warm and inviting. Decorate every nook and cranny of your office will also help spread the festive ambiance.

Holidays Decoration

Day 9 – Recreate Your Traditions

It’s important to take time to decide what traditions are important to us. Determine what key factors you want to recreate when it comes to the holidays. It can help manage the fact that you were not able to go back home.

Day 10 – Something New

You can create new memories that change the very meaning of the holidays for you. Switching up your usual plans can generate excitement and have something to look forward to.

When you are away for business during the holidays can be challenging. Take charge of your mood and happiness and cherish the good by focusing on the positive is what the festive season is all about. The goal is to enjoy the holidays wherever you are.

Business, Canada, Corporate Housing, Team Building

5 Secrets to Hosting an Unforgettable Office Christmas Party

December 11, 2018
Office Christmas Party

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to begin planning the best possible office Christmas party. After a full year of hard work and dedication from your team, an office Christmas party enables everyone to sit back, relax, and have a few laughs with their colleagues – on the company credit card!

Our Corporate Stays workers already enjoyed their Christmas office party. But how about you? What have you got in store for your staff? If you’re not sure yet, then make the most of these five tips to plan the best office Christmas party yet. There’s still time!

Office Christmas Party: Time it Right

You are never going to be able to please everyone. To save time, frustration, and logistical nightmares, pick a date and time well in advance and stick to it. Even if not everyone can attend, you will surely get the majority if you let everyone know a few weeks in advance.

It’s important to think of your business model when you are planning the day and time. An after work party would fir your company better? Or during the weekend? Think about your workplace and your employees work hours. Each business is different, so consider the logistics of holding it at different times of the week or weekend.

Office Christmas Party Date

Office Christmas Party: Establish a Planning Committee

If you have a relatively large team of employees, then planning an office Christmas party can be quite challenging. You not only have to make sure you have enough space, but that you plan catering, and anything else you want to include in it. You can’t leave the organization to one person. What if they get sick or overwhelmed with their everyday job?

Establish a planning committee. Assign jobs and set up a group on a social platform, so everyone knows what’s going on. Having a select group of people also leaves room to bounce ideas off each other to create the best function yet.

Office Christmas Party Committee

Office Christmas Party: Alcohol – Yes or No?

Many businesses have horror stories about the last time they allowed alcohol at an office Christmas party. Sometimes, for the sake of professionalism and making sure your team know that proper etiquette still applies, it’s best to say no or limit the supply. Many businesses offer beer or wine or limit the number of drinks to 2 per person.

Limiting the alcohol supply can also allow you to cut the costs of your office Christmas party by several hundred dollars. Talk it over with your management to see which rules apply to you.

Office Christmas Party Drinks

Office Christmas Party: Set a Theme

If you plan on hosting an office Christmas party at your place of business, it can seem like any other day – except a few people are wearing paper hats, and there is free food. To add some festive cheer, consider organizing a theme. Let people dress up and decorate the office. It could also be fun to introduce a gift exchange, pulling a name out of a hat and buying a gift anonymously. If you want laughter to ring out across the office, think about small things that can make it a memorable party for everyone involved.

Office Christmas Party Theme

Office Christmas Party: Incorporate Team Building

There is much research to suggest that successful businesses are built on solid working relationships, so why not turn your office Christmas party into a team building exercise at the same time? Incorporate fun games and activities, promote competition, and pair up colleagues with people they may not work with every day. You will be surprised at how beneficial bringing everyone together can be.

Office Christmas Party Team Building

If you want the most unforgettable office Christmas party for your business, you need to be willing to put in the work. It doesn’t matter the industry you work in. Take note of these five tips above and create an exciting event everyone will love!

Business Meeting, Corporate Housing, Mexico

How to Have Successful Business Meetings in Mexico City

November 27, 2018
Business Meetings in Mexico City

Business meetings in Mexico City are quite common, especially given the prevalence of well-established businesses and corporations in the country. However, if you are travelling from outside Mexico City, potentially, without ever having stepped foot in the country, you may feel things work different there. You have to put effort into making sure all business meetings in Mexico City go off without a hitch – and here’s how.

Business Meetings in Mexico City: Choose a Reputable Eatery

There could be nothing worse than meeting with a new potential client and taking them to a low-quality restaurant. Do you want to close the deal? Always do your research on local restaurants and cafes before selecting any. There are many excellent eateries for business meetings in Mexico City – many that will tick all the boxes for your needs.

Why not try out french-inspired gastronomy at Casa Virginia? Set in an airy multi-room townhouse, the space—the décor of which juxtaposes old world charm with modern rustic chic—is the perfect place to hunker down and enjoy a leisurely lunch. You can also try out  Cafe NiN at Havre 73, just a 10-minute walk from premium accommodation.

Business Meetings in Mexico City Restaurants

Business Meetings in Mexico City: Opt for Corporate Accommodation

If you plan on being in Mexico City for a while, then you will be on the lookout for premium accommodation. After all, there could be nothing worse than working all day and coming home to anything less than perfection! Fortunately, there are options aplenty in Mexico City. You can stay in proximity to all life’s amenities when choosing Magenta Reforma.

Business Meetings in Mexico City Accommodation

Business Meetings in Mexico City: Understand Cultural Differences

Many businesspeople don’t think about any other country’s business cultures being too much different from their own. In reality, they can be dramatically different. Before you set about planning your business meetings in Mexico City, read up on business etiquette.

Being punctual is crucial, but it’s also not unusual for your Mexican business acquaintances to arrive as much as 30 minutes late. In Mexican culture, personal lives are considered more important, so delays can often relate to family and friends.

It’s essential to confirm your meetings weeks ahead – even before you arrange your flight tickets and corporate accommodation. Otherwise, the people you are joining may see your meeting as tentative.

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Business Meetings in Mexico City: Dress Appropriately

If you want to dress to impress during your business meetings in Mexico City, then it’s time to get out the wallet and go shopping. Fortunately, you are not short of options. In and around Paseo de la Reforma, there are options galore for attire to suit. Treat yourself at Furor at Londres 127, Juárez, or stop in at Scappino at Londres 101-A, Col. Juárez.

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Business Meetings in Mexico City: Treat Yourself

Finally, once the deal is done and your business meetings in Mexico City have been a success, it’s time to treat yourself and your new business acquaintance. In Mexico City, there are so many things to do after hours. See a performance at Cinemex Reforma Casa De Arte, Río Guadalquivir 104, or show your love for fine arts at Museo de Arte Moderno Sudamericano. You will never run out of options for things to do in Mexico City

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Planning business meetings in Mexico City is not as challenging as it looks. You just have to book premium accommodation, choose a good restaurant, and learn more about Mexican culture. Once these are done, you are good to go! There’s no time like the present to get the ball rolling and plan for successful business meetings in Mexico City.

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Business Meeting Etiquette: North America vs. South America

November 13, 2018
Business Etiquette Differences

If you consider yourself to be a savvy business person with quick wit and the ability to close a deal, then you will no doubt be familiar with how important business etiquette can be. You are also hopefully familiar with how it differs from one country or continent to the next so that you can be up with the play.

The next time you find yourself jet-setting around the globe, using your title as “deal closer” to your advantage, take a moment to research business etiquette. The last thing you want is not to close a deal because you failed to act appropriately!

North American Business Etiquette

North America encompasses some of the biggest players on the global stage, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Panama. Even though all of these areas fall under North America, they can also all have different business etiquette – and that’s even before you consider the neighbour South America.

In North America, most business – if not all, is conducted in English. It’s common to meet over a meal which can be either formal or informal. It’s also not rude to walk and talk – and even eat! A firm handshake is quite common during initial introductions, but unlike South America business etiquette, getting up into your personal space is a no-no. There is no physical contact either.

Business Etiquette North America

During a business deal in North America, it’s also not unusual to make deal closing more of a leisurely situation than a business-only case. You can play a round of golf as you talk shop, for example. North Americans prefer that you ask as many questions as you like, as long as they are intelligent. For them, time is money, so punctuality is essential. They reach fast agreements, and the host pays for dinner and even accommodation if the meeting is on your terms.

Conducting business in Mexico, however, is quite similar to South American business etiquette. Status, wealth, and connections mean a lot during the business deal. And it’s not rude to interrupt.  Mexican businesspeople can also keep you waiting – even up to half an hour, and it’s not considered to be impolite. It’s just their business style but you can take this time to be productive. Be also aware that agendas are not common. If they are given, they are not always followed.

In Panama, business deals tend to be far friendlier and more relaxed than in the United States and even Canada. Most workplaces are relatively casual and informal, and there is a lot of emphasis on building friendships before building working relationships. Expect to wait a while for a business decision, and enjoy being invited to several social events – which you need to attend punctually! Business in Panama will most likely be a pleasurable experience.

South American Business Etiquette

If you find yourself arranging a business meeting in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, or Chile, then you are in for an eye-opening experience. Business etiquette here compared to Canada, and the United States can be vastly different. While they aim to offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to make you feel at ease, their boisterous, bold, and passionate approach to business can create the opposite environment.

South America promote tough negotiations – particularly in Argentina, and there are also no personal space boundaries. While North American businesspeople put the limit at a friendly handshake, it’s not uncommon in South America to stand quite close to the people with which you are conducting business. They can even greet you with a hug. You are expected to greet the people you meet and say goodbye when you leave too.

In Brazil, it’s important to focus on the person you are talking with, not their company. Building a positive relationship is key. It’s also crucial to look and feel in control. Brazilian business people see impatience and frustration as a sign of poor business negotiations. Being aware of the ins and outs can make all the difference to your negotiation success.

Business Etiquette South America

What’s more, business presentations are exciting. They put emphasis on choosing the best corporate accommodation money can buy, and spend time presenting their case with flair and energy. South American businesspeople are renowned for their strong personality and boldness. However, if you don’t quite understand what’s on the table, then feel free to interrupt. They see interruptions as a sign of interest as opposed to rudeness. Ask as many questions as you’d like, they will like it.

Just like in Mexico, agendas in South America are not common. If they are given, they are not always followed. In Brazil, for example, meetings often run late, but it’s considered rude if you leave early.

Business meeting etiquette is vastly different no matter where you go, and it’s crucial not to get complacent. Read up on North America and South America business etiquette before you fly out. You’re bound to find the differences to be vast and just a little bit exciting!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Relocating to Calgary

November 6, 2018
Relocate To Calgary

Whether your company has decided that you have to relocate to Calgary or you would like to make a change in the coming year, you will be pleased to know the move comes with lots of benefits. Calgary is among Canada’s most prosperous cities. Here are five reasons why you should accept that job offer in the city.

Relocate To Calgary: It’s a Beautiful City

Did you know that Calgary is the sunniest major city in all of Canada!? Every year, Calgary gets an average of about 2,300 to 2,400 hours of sunshine through spring, summer, fall and winter. Sunny days have an uplifting effect on your psyche, even if it’s just for a few hours on a winter day.

Calgary also offers lots of nature. You can spend time in Prince’s Island by the Bow River or meander down slightly further to Peace Bridge, one of the newest additions. Peace Bridge is a pedestrian bridge, a significant standout attraction that helps pedestrians and cyclists cross the river.

Alternatively, you can travel a little on the outskirts of Calgary to experience Canadian Badlands Hoodoos, home to international renowned clay and sand formations around 100km from inner-city Calgary. No matter where you go, you will discover it’s an amazing city – on the outskirts and within.

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Relocate To Calgary: It Offers Affordable Accommodation

If you decide to uproot your life and relocate to Calgary, you will find out the city is pretty much affordable. The average house price is well within the realms of most people’s budget, especially if you choose to live in apartments.

However, if you are planning to stay only some months in the city and prefer a serviced apartment, then there are also a range of furnished apartments and corporate housing options to suit you as well. The possibilities are endless for setting up your new life when you decide to relocate to Calgary.

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Relocate To Calgary: Favorable Career Prospects and Economic Development

Alberta has consistently been one of the leaders in the North American job market since the turn of the century in terms of employment opportunities and growth.

While the unemployment rate is higher than other cities in Canada, its labour force is still robust, with ample job opportunities and economic growth in all the right places. If you are looking to relocate to a city that will only but improve as time goes on, Calgary is it.

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Relocate To Calgary: You Can Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

Choosing to relocate to Calgary doesn’t have to only be about future career prospects. Instead, it can be about enjoying life and checking out the many things to do and see. The Calgary Zoo in Bridgeland, for example, is easily accessible by Calgary’s C-Train light rail system or by car.

You can head out with the family to popular hotspots such as Eau Claire Market, restaurants, and parks, all easily accessible as well. The world’s your oyster when you choose to relocate to Calgary.

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Relocate To Calgary: Plenty of Annual Events

If you are looking to relocate to Calgary for work or other commitments, then you will likely know that Calgary hosts some of the most popular annual events in the country. Like the famous Calgary Stampede and Lilac Festival.

The Stampede is an annual rodeo event. It brings thousands of visitors to the area every year and is also highly anticipated by locals. The Lilac Festival is a free one-day event for all ages with music artists, artisan vendors and quality entertainment.

If you’re ready to enjoy your time in Calgary, you can do so with the knowledge that you don’t have to go far to experience the best of what the city has to offer.

Relocate To Calgary Stampede

Making a move to Calgary is an important decision, but it’s one you will not regret. You can enjoy the stunning scenery, tourist hot spots, job opportunities, and friendly locals. Get ready to know a new part of Canada!

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