Can telecommuting really keep Toronto workers happy? If you believe a Workopolis poll, the answer is a resounding “yes.” A virtual office can help ensure a more productive telecommuting experience. Virtual offices and virtual office technologies empower workers to do more with less, whether in a home office, an airport lounge, or a hotel room.

For working Canadians, the return to "regular" work hours after a summer of long weekends and a relaxed working environment can make it a stressful time of year. But the Workopolis poll suggests that half of working Canadians (53 percent) said that the option to work from home would help ease their transition into the New "Work" Year.

Another 29 percent of respondents said adjusted working hours would help keep them in a sunny mood at work long after the summer season ends and 10 per cent think a more casual dress code would make the post-summer return to work more palatable. Seven percent of Canadians noted that fewer meetings would help make the transition easier.

"Employees shouldn't ignore the back-to-work butterflies they may get in September," says Andrea Garson, vice president of Human Resources at Workopolis. "It's a transitional time which can impact—positively or negatively—the attitudes they have towards their current employers. The modifications some businesses make during the summer play an important role in job satisfaction and, for employers, this a good time of year to regroup with employees to refocus them on their goals and take a temperature read of their motivation levels."

The option to work from home is something that Canadians from coast-to-coast have thrown their support behind—and not just as a way to carry on the summertime feeling.  Over 20,000 Canadians have already pledged their support for a National Work from Home Day. Once there is enough support for the campaign, Workopolis will approach Canada's leaders with the goal of introducing legislation that would formalize a Work from Home Day.

Virtual offices make telecommuting more professional, offering the means to seamlessly transfer calls to the telecommuter without the client ever knowing they are not in the office. And virtual office technologies like Cisco’s WebEx mean even telecommuting employees can still join meetings—from wherever they are. Virtual offices are also valuable for companies where all employees are home-based, but need to meet up once a month for staff meetings. Davinci Virtual office programs offer conference room and meeting room rental on-demand for a small fee.