IRVINE, CA—2012 has just begun. But smart business leaders are already looking ahead, planning where their organizations need to be in 201. So says Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, which provides project-based hiring and on-demand Recruitment Process Outsourcing.

“More and more companies are realizing the benefits of transitioning to a virtual model and in a few years virtual work environments will be the norm," Shepherd says. Shepherd isn’t just whistling virtual office Dixie. Decision Toolbox has been a 100 percent virtual workplace since 2003.

“Being pioneers in this space, we have learned firsthand that there is much more to a virtual workplace than having employees work from home offices,” Shepherd says. “Thus, we've adopted the term ‘cloud culture' to describe our own unique virtual environment."

Shepherd outlines the top business reasons why more companies are transitioning to virtual office space.

1. Cost savings: Rather than paying for sticks and bricks, "cloud culture" companies can invest in the best people, tools and technology for business success.

2. Quality: In a cloud culture company, there is nowhere for under-performers to hide and there are no appearances to create distraction. It's all about the numbers.

3. Scalability: “Cloud culture" organizations can grow quickly and turn on a dim —as more talent is added, there is no need for more office space, furniture, etc.

"Remember, to be successful in the cloud, you must act as though you have bricks and mortar and maintain the same cornerstones that are essential for success in a traditional workplace—culture, performance, appreciation, continuous improvement—and more," concludes Shepherd.

Decision Toolbox can help on the recruiting side, but Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers virtual office space, virtual office technologies, virtual assistants and virtual receptionist that will help you transition your company to a virtual workforce.

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