Survey: Virtual Offices Lead to Fewer Corporate Locations

NEW YORK—You’ve read the headlines about tough job markets, but when you work from a virtual office you can avoid the relocating that often comes with new jobs.  And a study by Right Management, the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, is proving the point.

Right Management reviewed data on nearly 7,000 job seekers throughout North America who received outplacement services from the firm during the first eight months of 2012. What they discovered was working from a virtual office in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago or anywhere else is stemming the tide of relocations.

“Growing popularity in working virtually and the fact that many companies are embracing flexible work models could attribute to why so few employees are relocating in today’s tight employment market,” says Monika Morrow, senior vice president of Career Management for Right Management.

That’s good news, especially considering more job seekers don’t want to relocate. Even though the weak job market has compelled individuals to look outside their own area or region for new employment, she says, an individual may be unable to sell a home quickly or at the fair price. With a virtual office, you can work from anywhere for anyone.

As a general rule, Morrow says, a job seeker will accept a new position that requires a move when the offer is generous or the opportunity compelling. “There are always risks,” she says. “Nevertheless, relocation is a fact of life and a common aspect of the flexibility needed in today’s workforce and the choices individuals make.”

Doesn’t all this make you glad you work in a virtual office? And if you don’t work in a virtual office, your spouse’s promotion or relocation may be the perfect time to consider the shift toward virtual office work. With dual career families, it can be difficult to choose which path to follow. But virtual office work gives you the freedom and flexibility to grow your company even if you have to relocate.


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