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How Virtual Offices Can Set Mom Free

CHICAGO-Yesterday, we looked at a CareerBuilder survey that explored how working moms balance their jobs with their home life. We’ll continue looking at this topic today from a different perspective—financial pressures.

According to the survey, financial pressures are playing a key role in how moms are managing time at work. Thirty-nine percent of working moms and 43 percent of working dads in the survey reported that they are the sole financial provider in their household.

But there's a disparity that makes it more difficult for working moms. Working dads who are the sole breadwinner were almost twice as likely to earn $50,000 or more and were approximately three times as likely to earn six figures as working moms. Women were much more likely to earn less than $35,000 compared to men.

"As more moms assume the sole or primary breadwinner role in their households, they're feeling increasingly torn between providing financial security for their families and having quality time at home," says Hope Gurion, Chief Development Officer at CareerBuilder, and mother of two. "The pay disparity between working moms and dads has improved over the years, but is still significant. More working moms are seeking out second jobs to supplement incomes and flexible work arrangements to afford more family time."

What can working moms do to find a better work-life balance? Obviously, we believe working from a virtual office at least part time can help. But CareerBuilder experts offer some additional tips beyond virtual office technologies--and even incorporate them.

Go in with a game plan: The vast majority of working moms who have taken advantage of flexible work arrangements—such as working from a virtual office—said it hasn't negatively impacted their careers. Talk to your supervisor or HR department and explore options. Make sure to come to that conversation with a game plan on how you can manage workload, cover responsibilities, etc.

Keep an "I'm Fabulous" file: Keep track of all of your accomplishments within the organization, quantifying results whenever possible, and list out the additional responsibilities you have taken on in the last year. It helps you to build your case when negotiating for a better salary or consideration for promotion with your employer. It can also help sway the decision to allow you to work in a virtual office.

Get organized: Structure in your life will save you time, stress and mental energy. Keep one calendar for business and family commitments to avoid double-booking. Set up a schedule for chores, homework, family activities and playtime.

Remember quality over quantity: Make the most of your personal time. When you're home, it's all about them. Wait until after the children go to bed before checking email or finishing up that presentation. If you work from a virtual office, you have the flexibility to workshift.

Schedule "me time": Working moms need to take care of themselves too. Put actual time on the calendar for an hour or more of doing something you enjoy such as going to the gym, taking a walk, reading, etc.

Virtual Offices Help Working Moms Make the Most of Maternity Leave

CHICAGO—The struggle to balance career and family starts in the earliest stages of parenthood. So says CareerBuilder’s annual study of working moms. But a virtual office could help.

The survey shows that 26 percent of working moms who have given birth to a child in the last three years reported they did not take the full maternity leave allowed by their company—and 10 percent took two weeks or less. Virtual offices can allow women more time to stay at home without missing out on work they deem important.

That’s vital, given that competitive work environments and demanding positions may be causing more women to reduce their time off from work after delivery. While 44 percent of working moms who've had a child in the last three years reported taking more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 12 percent said they took two weeks or less. Forty percent were off work for six weeks or less.

How much time do working moms get to spend with their families? Not as much as they’d like. In fact, women feel the pressure of splitting time between the office and home—and they want more time to balance both. Twenty-five percent of working moms feel they have to choose between their children and a successful career—and 24 percent report they have missed three or more significant events in their children's lives in the last year due to work obligations.

When asked how much time they're able to spend with their children during the work week, half of working moms said they average around four hours of quality time each day. However, nearly 30 percent reported they get to spend two hours or less with their children each day.

Virtual offices can’t make up for all the woes of an overworked mother. But virtual offices can give a working mom another arrow in her quiver as she attempts to hit the bulls eye, or sweet spot, between work and life. Virtual offices can allow mom to be at home more without missing out on important work.

What Do Working Moms Want for Mother’s Day? How About a Virtual Office?

NEW YORK—Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and in case you are wondering what to get the working mom in your life on this special day just take notice of a new survey from TheLadders.

According to the survey, a virtual office might be a good gift. That’s because working mothers care more about having flexible hours after returning to work than spending more time at home while on leave.

In fact, when asked to prioritize six "work situations" as a working mother, 44 percent chose flexibility as most important versus only 5 percent who said they would opt for longer maternity leave. A virtual office can provide that flexibility.

The survey also shows that working mothers ranked the ability to work from home (29%), convenient working hours (20%), and on-site day care (2%) as priorities. Again, a virtual office can help.

The female professionals surveyed are in the following industries: construction, education, engineering, finance, human resources, law, marketing, medical/science, operations, real estate, sales and technology. Although all of those industries don’t lend themselves to virtual offices, the administrative side does.

Finally, the survey confirms that balancing a career and a family is a huge struggle for 87 percent of respondents. Fifty-five percent admit that "excelling at both is overwhelming," 13 percent "struggled at first, but now it's under control," 16 percent "always put family first and work has suffered for it," and 3 percent "always put work first and family has suffered for it."

Virtual offices can help breed work-life balance for moms and dads alike. A virtual offices offers the ultimate in flexibility for moms at any stage of their work career—or their life.

Davinci Virtual Offices COO Talks Workspace Trends

SALT LAKE CITY—When the alternative workplace industry wants to know more about the latest trends in virtual offices, it turns to Davinci Virtual Office Solutions COO Martin Senn.

Indeed, Senn authored an insightful blog post on the Global Workspace Association’s (GWA) blog. The title: “Virtual Offices – Away We Work … Anytime, Anywhere, Everyone!”

“Today’s businesses and entrepreneurs are finding quickly that a virtual office is the best solution for the new work day of the 21st century. Companies of all sizes are discovering that a virtual office setup offers low entry costs, minimal overhead, valuable on-demand services and great flexibility,” Senn writes.

“All that without sacrificing the corporate image and professionalism! A large number of business analysts agree that the virtual office trend is worldwide, here to stay, and that adoption and usage will grow rapidly over the next years.”

Senn notes that the workspace-as-a-service Industry is perfectly positioned to deliver an array of virtual office products. Many operators, he explains, have focused on the virtual office market for several years and they are driving significant revenues, but even more importantly—significant margins to their bottom lines. What’s more, he says, specialized global virtual office providers have established themselves as viable turn-key sales channels for all involved.

Next, Senn points to some recent revelatory statistics from the 2011 GWA Financial Study: virtual office revenues represented almost 9 percent of total revenues for office business centers in the US.  The study also showed an almost 14 percent increase in virtual revenues in 2010 compared to 2009 overall and identified virtual office revenues and meeting room revenues as one of the main factors that generate net profits for OBCs.  Senn’s conclusion: statistically speaking, virtually every workspace operator should embrace the virtual office business!

“As the landscape for virtual office service providers becomes more competitive, operators will have a unique opportunity to generate additional virtual revenues by working closely with national and global wholesale channels that will function like Expedia and Travelocity in the travel industry for virtual office services and meeting space in the workspace industry,” Senn wrote.

“Based on statistical data, business centers will also attract more virtual office clients by offering easy access, cutting edge technologies and flexible workspace configurations. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, a leading virtual office provider is now servicing over 10,000 active clients that are using a variety of virtual office products. The new way to work seems to take hold nicely!”

FlexJobs Highlights Virtual Office Job Availability With Key Milestone

BOULDER—Just how many flexible jobs are there in the world? How many opportunities are out there to work from virtual offices?

Probably too many to count, but FlexJobs is offering some indication of how big the trend is actually getting. For the first time, FlexbJobs has surpassed 10,000 job openings on its Web site. All of the jobs offer some sort of flexibility, including part-time, telecommute, freelance, virtual office positions, and more.

“This is an exciting milestone,” says Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs, noting that the company’s job research team has hand-screened and verified every virtual office, telecommuting or other flex-time job before posting it to the site. “Hopefully it’s indicative that the economy is turning around as well as more companies are jumping on board to offer work-life balance.”

FlexJobs also posted the data from its April 2012 Flexible Index Report. The career fields with the most openings, in order, are medical and health, administrative, education and training, customer service and sales.

“It’s great to see increases in a variety of fields," says Fell. “We continue to see jobs for all levels of professional experience as well, from entry level through executive. It’s a great time to be looking for a flexible position.”

FlexJobs’ success is more proof that virtual office jobs are gaining momentum. Ten thousand job openings with some form of flexibility is more than a little significant. For every virtual office, telecommuting or part-time position that’s listed on the site there are probably dozens or scores more that are not.

Virtual office jobs are good for both employees and employers. Employers don’t have to pay overhead costs to keep employees in a traditional office and employees, of course, tap into the ultimate flexibility, cut commute costs and time, and set the stage for greater productivity.