9/9/2011

Workshifting Gives Virtual Offices the Big Mo

NEW YORK-Business Insider this week just published a notable article entitled, “How Workshifting Is Changing the Way We Work.” The article relied on data from the recent iPass Mobile Workforce Report, which defines workshifting as “the ability to work when and where we want to.”

Another piece looked at the “Top 10 Reasons to Embrace Workshifting.” IT Business Edge published the article that looked at Citrix's move to put GoToMeeting on the new Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. The article states, “Simply put, workshifting is a strategy based on getting work done in the right place by the right people at the right time. This can take many forms—and deliver a wide range of business benefits. Business processes or entire departments can be moved to new locations to tap into a broader labor pool, including employees, contractors and outsourcing or offshoring providers, to improve productivity and customer service.”

What does this mean for you? If you work from a virtual office, you can workshift without the appearance of ever skipping a beat. Indeed, with virtual office solutions like live receptionists, live chat and virtual assistants, you can get work done in the right place at the right time by the right people.

Virtual offices and workshifting are synergistic. Although you don’t need a virtual office to workshift, you can be much more productive and present a more professional business image if you tap into virtual communications solutions. And although you don’t have to workshift just because you have a virtual office, chances are the productivity and freedom virtual offices offer will lead you to arrange your work schedule with enough flexibility to encourage greater work-life balance.

The bottom line: as workshifting rises, so will virtual offices. So if you are considering workshifting—or if you already are workshifting—consider how virtual office solutions can help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently whether you are at your home base in New York, on business in Miami or on vacation in Los Angeles.

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