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Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

March 19, 2019

If your employees are moving to work for you, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid, so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

relocating employees

Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Them to Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school find, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly, so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

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Finding Unsuitable Accommodation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for an employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work. To find out more, contact us today!

Energy Conservation

Condo Energy Saving Tips

February 28, 2019

Condo Energy SavingEven if you live in a condo with a relatively small footprint, you may still be using a significant amount of energy – which can really add up over time. Fortunately, there are many little things that you can do which will help you to cut down on your energy consumption. These small condo energy saving tweaks can add up over time and make a big difference in your energy bill.

Here are some helpful tips. They might not all be relevant to your condo, but there will be many that you can start implementing right away in order cut back on energy use.

 Condo Energy Saving Tips

Condo Energy Saving -Ensure that the furniture in your apartment is not blocking any of the vents.

-Try to avoid running your dishwasher or other appliances during peak hours, to save time and energy. Check the Ontario Energy Board to find out when the peak and off-peak hours are, as they change according to the season.

-Also, when you run the washing machine make sure that you do a full load, as this will be more efficient.

-Washing your laundry on the “cold” setting will save even more power.

-Watch out for energy “vampires” which are devices that use power when they are plugged in – even if you aren’t using them. A good strategy is to plug everything into a power bar, so that you can switch it all off at once.

-LED lighting really makes a difference! Although they are more expensive upfront, an LED light bulb will last 8-15 times longer and will use 1/3 to 1/5 the electricity that an old-fashioned incandescent bulb would use.

-When you go out on a hot day, keep your curtains closed to block the sun from heating up your apartment – so you won’t have to use so much AC.

Condo Energy Saving -Make sure that you clean your vents regularly, including the exhaust fan in the bathroom, as this will help to keep them running more efficiently.

-Filling your fridge with full water jugs will help to keep it colder and make it run more efficiently.

-Heating water also uses energy, so avoid taking excessively long showers and turn the tap off when you are shaving or brushing your teeth.

With a few clever tweaks, you can make sure that your energy use in your condo is as efficient as possible. You’ll be amazed at how the little changes add up!

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DelSuites Exhibits: OIAA Claims Conference

January 16, 2019

OIAA Claims Conference2019 will get off to a great start on January 23rd, when DelSuites will attend and exhibit at one of the most important events of the year for the Ontario insurance industry. We are looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to network and learn! If you will be representing your business at the OIAA Claims Conference, we hope to see you there.

About the OIAA Claims Conference

The annual OIAA Conference will take place on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Organized by the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, this event brings together professionals from many different companies in the insurance industry.

This events aim is to create an environment for round-table discussion on important issues, as well as inviting top quality speakers to present on ideas of common interest.

The conference covers important topics and includes top quality education and networking. It attracts insurance claims professionals from across Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

What is the OIAA?

The OIAA is an important establishment within the insurance industry in Canada. It was founded back in 1920 and its aim is to promote and maintain a high standard of ethics within the business of insurance claims. It is a non-profit association and it works to secure and promote the interests of insurance businesses, as well as dealing with problems affecting the business of insurance claims and adjusting.

Our Dedication to the Insurance Industry

OIAA Claims ConferenceWe have been attending this conference for over a decade now and we always look forward to connecting with businesses and clients in the insurance industry. DelSuites has been working with insurance providers for years, offering fully furnished insurance housing solutions in 20 desirable locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

These stylish suites in Scarborough, Markham, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Midtown and Downtown offer an ideal option for relocating policyholders while their home is being restored. For a monthly set rate, we include laundry, parking, telephone and Wi-Fi. This provides policyholders with all the comforts of home.

When we partner with insurance providers, our team offers top notch customer service and keeps the policyholder and the insurance company informed with every step of the process. Having a single point of contact is an advantage for the adjuster. We meet with the insured to help them settle into the apartment, ensuring they have a smooth, positive experience. Our suites offer the privacy and comfort of separate bedrooms, a living room and a dining room.

See You at the OIAA Claims Conference!

If you’ll be at the OIAA Conference, be sure to come visit our booth and say hello. We will be at Booth #1004 and we would love it if you took a moment to introduce yourself.

We always enjoy the chance to make connections with other professionals and business owners and we are happy to answer any questions about who we are and what we do.

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DelSuites and The Keg Partnership Program

November 30, 2018

The KegAs a guest of DelSuites, we want to make your stay in Toronto as easy and enjoyable as possible.  And what better way to do that, than to offer you a great deal on a delicious dinner at The Keg?

We have teamed up with Canadian luxury steakhouse The Keg to offer all of our guests 20% off all food at two Toronto locations (North York and Midtown Toronto). That means you can treat yourself to succulent, juicy steak, artisanal cocktails and other great dishes – for less.  If you arrive at your DelSuites accommodation feeling hungry, we highly recommend that you make your way down to this restaurant – you’ll get a very warm welcome along with the great discount!

What Is The Keg?

If you’re not from Canada and therefore not familiar with The Keg, you’re in for a treat.

Founded in 1971 in North Vancouver, this steakhouse chain has 160 locations all over Canada (as well as locations in five American states). They are known for offering an upscale dining experience and are often built within beautiful restored and refurbished historic properties.

What can you expect from the food at The Keg? Well, first of all – the steaks are their pride and joy.

The KegThey only serve the finest cuts of meat, aged for tenderness and seasoned with a unique blend of spices. You’ll have a choice of cuts, from the grilled top sirloin to the bacon-wrapped filet mignon to the New York striploin. It’s obvious that a lot of tender loving care goes into preparing these steaks, and you can taste the difference. f seafood is more your thing, you can feast on a big juicy lobster, or some spicy

Cajun shrimp.

Not into steak or seafood? They also do some pretty amazing ribs – doused in house-made BBQ sauce and served with cabbage slaw and crisp, chunky Keg fries. The menu also features classic cocktails, an array of appetizers, succulent seafood and a dazzling wine list. Plus, you can finish the meal with something sweet – like a Billy Miner Pie, featuring mocha ice cream on a chocolate crust with gooey hot fudge sa

uce, caramel and almonds.

(Are you drooling already? I know I am. )

It’s a popular spot for getting together with friends, celebrating with family members or impressing your sweetheart on a date night.

The LocationsThe Keg

This special offer of 20% off all food at The Keg is available for guests staying at our Midtown or North York locations. The discount is applicable at the North York or Yonge and Eglinton locations of The Keg – and only for the duration of your stay. It’s a chance for you to discover one of Canada’s favourite restaurants during your visit to Toronto.

So, whether it’s an anniversary meal, a celebration of a promotion, a family dinner or a special meal out “just because” – we hope you enjoy The Keg!

If you have any questions about this special promotion – feel free to reach out to the DelSuites team. We are happy to help!

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DelSuites Turns 20 Years Old!

November 15, 2018

DelSuites Turns 20DelSuites Turns 20!

In October 2018, DelSuites turns 20 – reaching a milestone. Our company has been around for a full two decades. On the year DelSuites launched, Titanic was dominating at the Oscars, the first Apple iMac was released, the last episode of “Seinfeld” aired, and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were still a thing.

Crazy, huh?

Looking back over the years, we are incredibly grateful for all of the wonderful guests and clients we have been able to work with. It’s a thrill DelSuites turns 20 and to be able to be part of the serviced apartment industry in Toronto and we’ve learned so much – so thank you.

DelSuites Turns 20

Oakwood Worldwide 2017 Partner Award

We’re also honoured by the awards that we have received over the last few years, including:

  • Oakwood Worldwide 2017 Partner Award – DelSuites had the highest guest satisfaction across their internal and client surveys. ‘DelSuites always works diligently to serve our guests and their Guest Services jumps on the service issues if they arise. They are all around great suppliers to work with’ – Oakwood Worldwide Employee.
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (5 years running!)
  • CHPA (Best Green Progress) 2017 – The Best Green Progress Award recognizes a company exemplifying environmental responsibility and social performance through policies, plans and activities.

During the last 20 years, we’ve grown to become the largest serviced housing provider in Toronto with over 450 suites throughout the Greater Toronto Area. We are part of the Tridel Group of Companies, Canada’s leader in condo living.

Not bad for a 20 year old!

What Will the Future Bring?

Like many 20 year olds out there, we feel like this is the beginning of our story and we are just getting started.
Here’s what you can expect from us at DelSuites in the future:

Support for Causes We Believe In

DelSuites Turns 20

Toronto Humane Society

From donating towels and linens to Anguilla to support hurricane relief efforts, to providing blankets and bed sheets for animals at the Toronto Humane Society, to donating linens and towels to a primary school in Jamaica, we have always made the effort to support causes that are close to our hearts. We will continue in the future, as this is really important to our company values.

Commitment to Sustainability

We will continue to care about the environment. In 2017, we combined offices with our sister company Del Condominium Rentals and underwent office renovations at Tridel’s Head Office – to ensure that our working environment is sustainable as possible. We cut down our paper consumption by 75%, switched to LED light bulbs, implemented Eco Pens and made many other tweaks to reduce our carbon footprint.

Improving Customer Satisfaction

Our customers are really important to us, so we are always working to improve our customer satisfaction. We do this in a number of ways, including our Preventative Maintenance program that inspects suites regularly to keep them in tip-top shape. We’ve also launched our Guest Appreciation Program, where we thank our guests with a thoughtful gift and let them know how much we appreciate their business.

Cheers to another 20 years!

DeSuites Turns 20We are always looking to the future and thinking about how we can be the best company we can be… so we are pretty excited to see what the future will bring! Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or we have just met… we send a sincere “Thank You” your way. We couldn’t do it without you!