A bit of sunshine can increase your ROI

So in 2010 Softchoice started to investigate putting solar panels on our roof. We don’t own any of our buildings, so don’t have the authority to make such a decision. But our hope was to put together a great business case that we could present to our building management to consider.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act often referred to as Bill 150 helped Ontario and Canada claw back some its tattered reputation in the Green Community.  It was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario back in February of 2009 and was made law in May 2009. A fantastic read for anyone that finds themselves with ample time on their hands and is a situation where falling asleep with your head in your lap is considered acceptable.   [Read more…]

Summer heat vs. Business attire

Welcome to Toronto – temperatures range from the lovely -30 Celsius with windchill in the dead of winter to the +30 C with humidity we’re experiencing now. It can be uncomfortable at the best of times, just crossing the street can cause you to break out in a full sweat.

As a result, our AC systems struggle to keep us cool, even more so considering the business attire one considers appropriate. Each day, thousands of workers stream in and out of the giant office buildings in downtown Toronto, that are all chilled to accommodate suits, dress shirts and even sweaters. But can we not find a way to relax the AC and keep it comfortable to go from the parking lot to the desk?

Our recent Softchoice Mid-Year Sales retreat was in Phoenix. In July. Yes, it was a dry heat – but at least our Senior VP of Sales specified NO suits were to be worn, it was business casual only.

Last year the Freakonomics Blog brought this story to my attention – about Bangladesh’s Prime Minister even weighing in on relaxing the dress code in their tough climate. And the Government of Ontario even recommends it in their Energy saving tips for Businesses:

“In the summer, create a policy to relax your dress code such as “Suit jackets and ties are not required during warmer temperatures”. Then you can turn the thermostat up, and save on air conditioning”

How’s your business coping with the heat?

A great initiative in Seattle

Here’s a nice note from one of our team members in Seattle:

Hi Melissa,

I wanted to let you know (in case you didn’t already) about what the Seattle office did for Earth Day last week. We asked people to stay in for lunch instead of driving somewhere and to pay $5 for a BBQ lunch at the office. The money we raised is going to  go towards us purchasing legal ownership of a living Rainforest Tree in Brazil. The tree will never be destroyed or commercially exploited forever. We will purchase the tree in the Softchoice Seattle name and get a certificate of ownership and GPS locator map.People had a lot of fun and it was a fun Earth Day event.

Thanks,

Karly Billstein
Softchoice Seattle Office