Alternative workplace strategies are nothing new. Major companies have been exploring the benefits of the alternative workplace for more than 20 years—at least. That’s before the Internet, before virtual office technologies, before video conferencing was mainstream, and so on.

Still, for many years, alternative workplace strategies were mainly the practices of a few select companies. So says a benchmarking study from New Ways of Working (WOW).

That’s changing, though. The so-called alternative workplace, the study suggests, may be shedding half its name. In other words, the alternative workplace is now just the “workplace” as this once-alternative office environment is becoming more common.

“Alternative Workplace Strategies in the Current Economy: A 2009 Global Benchmarking Study by New Ways of Working” showed that recessionary pressures are expediting the adoption of alternative strategies in the workplace.

Based on a global survey of 103 organizations including Fortune 100 companies, representing over 4.5 million employees, New WOW’s research reveals how leading corporations are employing alternative workplace strategies to keep their edge in a challenging economic climate.

Over the next few days, we’ll take a look at some of the survey results. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

In the past five years, alternative workplace practices have escalated. Forty-five percent of survey participants said that they had started their alternative workplace programs within the past two years, and 80 percent within the past five years. What’s more, the percentage of employees using alternative workplaces averaged about 21 percent. In fact, in some leading organizations, alternative workplaces are becoming standard practice.

Alternative workplace strategies include the virtual office. Virtual office space offers employees, whether telecommuters, mobile workers or road warriors, the ability to remain productive no matter where they are working from. Davinci Virtual is on the leading edge of helping corporations executive alternative workplace strategies through virtual offices, virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and various virtual office technologies.