Ready for more results from New Ways of Working’s study? “Alternative Workplace Strategies in the Current Economy” is chock full of insights that are relevant to large companies and entrepreneurs alike. We’re exploring the results of the study this week, and how it relates back to virtual office space and virtual office technologies.

Let’s jump right in and take a look at what’s driving the alternative workplace strategies trend. In a word, it’s “recession.” Indeed, survey participants identified the 2008-2009 recession as a “significant impetus” for alternative workplace adoption. While some companies reported that the current economy delayed (7 percent) or reduced (6 percent) their alternative workplace programs, a whopping 40 percent expanded their programs.

What’s more, the recession also pressured companies to reduce overhead expenses, such as travel and real estate, and encouraged worker mobility and other remote work options. When asked to assess the lasting impacts of the recession, four out of five organizations reported an anticipated increase in remote collaboration and continued reduction in business travel. More than 60 percent reported replacing assigned one-to-one workplace seats with alternative workplaces.

So how is the alternative workplace manifesting? Survey respondents are using a diversity of alternative workplaces. Off-site locations such as home-based workplaces are atop the list. Eighty-nine percent of survey respondents are using a home office as an alternative workplace. That’s where the realm of the virtual office comes in. Virtual office space gives you a prime business address and plenty of amenities, including mail and package receipt, access to conference rooms and more. With a virtual office, you can have the luxury of working from home without compromising your professionalism, whether you live in Billings, Montana or Burbank, California.