NEW YORK-The holidays are a wonderful time, but holidays also bring plenty of stress with them for many of us. After all, there’s more to do at work, home, and otherwise. With so many year-end projects of my own to complete, I can certainly relate to the concept of racing against time. Virtual offices can help.

Consider the statistics from an Accountemps survey:

Thirty-nine percent of workers interviewed said it is more challenging to manage their workloads during the holidays. The additional burden comes at a time when many professionals are already feeling the pinch: More than four in 10 respondents (41 percent) indicated their current workloads are too heavy.

"The holidays can be an especially busy time for many workers, who are trying to balance business priorities with personal demands," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies.

"This time of year can be particularly challenging for accounting and finance professionals, who are managing year-end close, tax-season preparation, financial reporting requirements and other cyclical initiatives. Managers must ensure work is completed while also avoiding overtaxing internal staff, who may already be stretched thin."

Accountemps is offering a suggestion: To help employees better balance work-life demands, offer flexible schedules or telecommuting options to staff whose jobs do not require them to be on-site. Virtual offices can empower those telecommuting options. Virtual offices can give employees the freedom to work at least part of the day, or several days of the week, at home. Believe me, they will thank you into the new year.

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