I ran across an interesting white paper on alternative workplace strategies. CoreNet Global’s Gagandeep Singh and Nadia Orawski penned it.

The premise is that over the last 20 years, business leaders have understood alternative workplace strategies as a combination of practices that blend the use of office space design, office use, technology and HR policies to get creative about how and where work is done.

CoreNet Global then offered four characteristics of what most alternative workplace strategies offer. Let’s review those briefly:

1. Efficiency and agility in the use of office space that is traditionally dedicated, expensive and mostly unoccupied, where we have seen as much as 50 percent improvement in asset performance and cost savings;

2. Mobile technology tools that allow for information access and collaboration on-demand anytime / anywhere enabling organizations and individuals to utilize the cost, life style and talent advantages of mobility and geography;

3. Flexibility and choice for workers to be productive from a variety of work settings that include corporate sites, customer locations, in transit, at home, etc. with supporting culture and policies that encourage ?results based performance? rather than time or presence based performance;

4. And a belief that the role of the “office” is to foster collaboration that will lead to innovation and speed, typically with a stronger focus on the team over the individual within the office environment.

Where does the virtual office space fit into this equation?

Well, it addresses the first point of office use efficiency. With a virtual office space, employees only go into the office as needed for meetings, which means they don’t need a dedicated space in the building, which means the company can rent less office space (though perhaps with larger meeting rooms).

On the mobile technology front, virtual office technologies have paved the way for anytime, anywhere meetings. Turning to the point about flexibility, the virtual office makes it possible to collaborate with employees from a home office, a coffee shop, or just about anywhere else with an Internet connection.

Can you see how virtual offices play a key role in the alternative workplace strategy? Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers kudos to commercial real estate organizations like CoreNet Global that continue to do research into this growing trend.