The “Working Stiff” Office
I’m writing this blog entry from CTS’ new office, located on the 8th floor of the building pictured above. It’s located at 2425 Matheson East, a shade west of the border between Toronto and Mississauga. It’s less than a half-hour’s drive from home, falling distance from the airport and a pretty short drive from the house where I lived throughout high school.
We’re renting the space from Regus, a company that specializes in office space. We’ve got one of the west-facing units that holds two people quite comfortably and affords us a view of the “Marilyn” towers and downtown Mississauga in the distance as well as the new Target headquarters, which I’m told glow red in the evenings. The building itself is in the middle of an office park, something my younger self might have balked at, but which my older, more mature holy-crap-I-have-a-lot-on-my-plate self appreciates its quiet and lack of distractions. I think the remarkably short commute helps as well.
Here’s what the office space looked like shortly after we moved in on Friday:
We’ve since brought in monitors, a printer and a few other goodies. I need to check with the management, who are a very friendly and hospitable bunch, what we can put up on the walls. I took the desk on the back wall so that I have a view facing outside, while Jesse has the desk with his back to the window.
Here’s the view from Jesse’s side of the office:
When I worked at Microsoft, my favourite office space was the lunchroom in the downtown office. It had a lot of table space and was bright and open and conveniently close to the pop fridge and coffee machines. For most of the day, it was pretty empty and I liked using it when I was doing more research-based work.
Regus’ lunchroom looks as if it was designed by the same people; it looks a lot like Microsoft’s, just with a more chocolately colour palette. It’s also empty most of the day:
The other common areas include some conference rooms, a lounge, a copier room with other standard office goodies and a central office where the administration staff and mini-convenience store are located.
I’m told that being a Regus customer gives you access to the “hotelling” facilities at other Regus offices around the world. I don’t know if I’ll ever make use of them, but it’s a nice perk to have.
One unexpected perk: the “Welcome to Regus” chocolate bar. Nice touch:
The Home Office
I’ve also got the home office, which I’ve had set up in one form or another since starting at Microsoft in 2008, and later on at Shopify in 2011. I expect to do some work in the evenings, so I’m glad that I have a rather nice space in which to do so.
The Other Offices Scattered About Town
In addition, there are a number of cafes about town that I treat as offices (and yes, I “pay the rent” in coffee, snacks and tips), such as Cafe Novo, pictured above, and The Roastery, pictured below. I’ll start holding “open office hours” at places like this from time to time in the fall, and I’ll announce them here.
My membership at Hacklab also lets me use the space as a little coworking office and keeps me in touch with my fellow downtown geeks.
The Tampa Branch Office
And finally, there’s the Tampa office, where I spend one out of every four to six weeks. I’ve got a long-distance relationship with a lovely lady there, and thankfully my job allows me the perk of regular remote work. I don’t usually work poolside, but I rather like this shot of the “Tampa office”.