(Boisebrand) “It’s hard to bring me back to the island. It takes the whole argument! », Met Isabelle Henripin, Account Manager for LMG Audience and Creativity at the Agency’s Bros. Office.
His office, located above the L’Toyl Auditorium, has a breathtaking view of the Quartier DX30. OmTo me Henrypin, who lives in Chambli, moved there in January because it was a short distance from his previous office in Longueil. “Longueil, it took me 45 minutes, sometimes an hour in the winter. Right now, it takes me 20 minutes, ”she said. “When Frederick told us he was working on DIX30, it happened without saying.”
Frederick Desis, owner of Frederick Hedofis, opened his first collaborative space in Longyouil in late 2017.
“Before, I thought one on the south coast would fit. There, I reached three and I negotiated for Chambli and possibly Saint-Lambert, ”said Mr. Desais. Hedofis is located in Montreal and Sherbrook, in addition to being in Saint-Julie, which has benefited from its location with the support of the municipality. The company is under discussion in Saint-Theros, as well as in Royalmount on the Boulevard decor.
Teleworking changed the situation, Mr. Desis observed.
With the epidemic, people have become accustomed to working 10 seconds away from home and there they feel heavy going in their car. Before, not more than half an hour, and suddenly it was. They want something close.
Frederick Desies, owner of Hedofis
He said several Montreal owners have approached him, wondering if they could offer options on the South Coast and North Crown. “Often they have to wait until their leases expire, or be able to break them, so things don’t move very quickly, but there’s more to stay in the fall.”
Louis Martin, owner of LMG, headquartered in Quebec City and most of its employees, is happy with the Hedofis formula, where conference rooms and coffee are rented out. Before renting his previous space in Langueil, he looked toward the traditional offices. “To put a person, a meeting room, a small coffee corner, we are three to four times more expensive, not far. Having a small closed office without services is not good: the client comes to see you, you are in the wardrobe, it does not serve the corporate image! “
OmTo me Henripin, the only Montreal employee when she started at LMG, enjoys being around other workers in common places. “Sometimes, we need help with a project, we can really collaborate,” said the person who already assigned the editorial mandate to the content creator she met at the coffee machine.
She also appreciates flexibility.
If we reduce the team, if we grow, the coworker will follow my needs.
Isabelle Henripin, Account Director, LMG Audis and Cretris
By posting selected locations to work in Quebec or Brosard, LMG was able to recruit in Montreal and on the South Coast. When they come to work on the site, the social media strategist sits in the office, and the graphic designer takes a position in the open. “If you want to go to the island, it’s very easy, if you come from Quebec, it’s very easy, and it’s next to the Alt Hotel,” Mr. Martin said excitedly, living there when he came to work at Brosard.
Partnership offices are multiplying around the island of Montreal. “In our study, before opening, we identified 10 to 12 co-workers’ centers in Laval, and some in the suburbs,” said Cedric Belanger, co-owner of the squad space on the Boulevard des Laurentides.
Since it opened last October, downtown businesses have been hoping for domestic workers there. While re-negotiating their lease, some will reduce their square footage to provide satellite space, Mr. Belanger ts recalled. “I negotiated. I believe it will come.”
At 2C2B in Boisebrand, co-founder Cassie Baylorjan said employees who could not enter offices per day were going out of pocket to leave home. Many expressed interest, “but because companies do not rule over telecommuting policies, it is difficult to accept fees.”
Convinced that it was only a matter of time, 2C2B announced the opening of a large space in Moscow in early 2022. “We want to provide paid-a-terre to companies that are having difficulty hiring due to a pool. An environment conducive to geographically restricted candidates and non-metropolitan employees ”, MTo me Baylorjan.
Montoni is doing the same
When the Montoni Group announced the construction of the Espace Montmornsi, a four-tower project next to the Montmorensi metro station in Laval, its Tower 2 was only offered for traditional offices. The pandemic changed his plans. The developer has allocated a full floor or 20,000 square feet for the development of the partnership workspace. And not least: his 8E Floors and terraces overlook the courtyard.
“We are trying to accommodate them and reduce the uncertainty a bit. If they need more space in a few days, they will have access to super welcome desks and meeting rooms.”
“We felt this flexibility was needed towards our tenants because they were also a little bit unfamiliar,” explained Frederick Truchan-Gagnon, a spokesman for the group. Some are wondering if they need a larger area to allow physical distance, while others are smaller because a good part of their team becomes telecommuting.
This is the first time Montoni has integrated a collaborative space into one of his office towers. Management is still entrusted to a co-operating company.
Workstations are available to outsourced workers, but meeting rooms and events are also available, which are reserved for Espace Montmorency tenants.