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Want A Dream Job? Try Working From a Virtual Office

DALLAS—Want the perfect job? Everybody does. But most Texas have a very detailed vision of what a perfect job looks like for them.

In fact, 79 percent of Texas in an Everest College survey imagine their dream job entails doing something they love. But the reality is, people don’t always find their dream job. That leads many Texas dreaming about changing careers, though they rarely do it. The world of virtual offices and virtual office jobs could help some in Dallas, Houston, Austin and other Texas cities make the shift.

"Many people have a strong sense of the benefits of their dream jobs," says Marilyn Long, regional vice president of operations for Everest College. "However, with the tough job market the last few years, many feel like they are trapped in their current positions with no other options."

What would cause Texans aged 18 to 39 to change careers? Sixty-eight percent they would make the leap if constraints like family obligations, monetary issues and time commitments did not stand in their way. Another 79 percent acknowledged various factors, such as their current salary and a fear of being laid off, are causing them stress in the workplace.

Virtual office jobs could help alleviate some of those concerns. Virtual office jobs can breed stronger work-life balance and set the stage for workers to better meet family obligations, especially revolving around issues like sick children, spouses or parents.

Time commitments are another constraint that virtual office jobs could help remove. If studying for certifications that would empower Texans to make a career move is the issue, a virtual office job could free up time typically spent commuting to study and prepare for that career shift. And we’ve explored the topic of how virtual offices can help reduce stress a number of times.

Everest's survey also revealed that 28 percent of Texans have considered returning to school to enhance their capabilities in their current career or to train for a new career. Just as online education can help pave the way for adult learners to return to school, working from a virtual office can help free up the time to prepare for the next phase of your career.
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Virtual Offices Getting Spotlight in Earth Day Festivities

NEW YORK—Earth Day activities aren’t reserved for a single day at many companies. Ingersoll Rand is asking employees to participate in Earth Day activities from April 16-27. Part of that participation includes working from virtual offices.

With employees on six continents, Ingersoll Rand has scads of Earth Day activities planned, from planting trees to promoting responsible consumption to focusing on alternative transportation and beyond. But one of the most interesting initiatives from a virtual office lover’s perspective is the work-at-home event.

Ingersoll Rand employees in Carmel, Indiana will participate in what the company is calling a work-at-home-Wednesday event. The goal of the event is to demonstrate that telecommuting options can reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

This is not a new concept. Telework Week just wrapped up in March and proved that working from a virtual office makes a major, positive impact on the environment. What’s more, O2 recently completed a flexible work experiment that offered similar results. Virtual offices are good for the environment.

Indeed, virtual office users tend to consume less water and less energy than teams would collectively consume in a traditional office building. There’s also the impact from nixing the transportation. Virtual office workers don’t have to commute to the office, which saves gas, reduces the carbon footprint, and opens the door to greater levels of productivity.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions challenges companies around the world to mimic Ingersoll Rand’s work-at-home day event on Earth Day or during that week. It’s not necessary to allow all employees to work from a virtual office at the same time. Companies could let a certain percentage of its employee base work from a virtual office each day of a single week. Beyond the green implications, we believe you’ll find employees are refreshed, empowered and more productive. Let us know!
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Virtual Offices Make it Easy to Go Green

NEW YORK—Earth Day is right around the corner, so I thought we’d start looking at all things green as it relates to the workplace. I found an interesting study from TheLadders that reveals job seekers go for the green when choosing a new job—and they weren’t talking about money.

When all other things are equal, 72 percent of candidates would choose the more eco-friendly company compared to 10 percent who said they would not. Another 18 percent said it wouldn’t influence their decisions. That means the overwhelming majority of job seekers appreciate green-minded companies. Virtual offices can help companies put their green foot forward.

“Our research provides a critical wake-up call to employers who do not consider eco-conscious efforts to be best practice,” says Alex Douzet, COO and co-founder of TheLadders. Once again, virtual offices are an eco-friendly practice. Virtual offices help reduce a company’s carbon footprint, help reduce energy costs and much more.

Still, only 48 percent of companies surveyed consider their most recently employer “green.” Another 35 percent said they work for a company that is not green. Seventeen percent are not sure. If your company is engaged in alternative workplace strategies, be sure to help your employees understand the green benefits of your decision.

At the end of the day, employees give green workplaces the green light. Working for a green company is important to 87 percent of respondents. Specifically, 28 percent said it is extremely important, 30 percent said it is very important, 22 percent said it is moderately important, 7 percent said it is slightly important. Ultimately, only 13 percent said it is not important.

And here’s another virtual office tie in: Seventy-five percent of employees are willing to change their daily routine if their recent company provided them with small incentives to be green. Only 25 percent was resistant. Working from a virtual office, or telecommuting at least part time, could be part of that daily routine change—and I would guess even fewer than 25 percent would ultimately resist it. Employees like working from virtual offices and there are many benefits beyond being green.
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Do Virtual Offices Help or Harm Work-Life Balance?

TORONTO—Work and home lives are “blending” for many Canadian workers. So says a new study from Randstad.

Essentially, this revelation falls in line with a concept known as workshifting. The virtual office is an enabler of this growing workplace trend—and it can also help guard workers from the potential dangers of this blended life.

Indeed, many Canadian workers feel the line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred. This is a running theme in many of the 29 nations Randstad surveyed. It seems the overlap between work and private time in Canada is substantial. Consider the statistics:

  • 46% handle private matters during working hours

  • 51% handle work-related matters in private time

  • 44% receive work-related calls or e-mails when on holiday

  • 53% receive call/e-mails outside of office hours

  • 44% receive calls/emails on holiday

  • 29% are expected to be available 24/7

  • 43% feel they fall short if not responding immediately

  • 46% handle private matters during working hours


"Technology has redefined the traditional workplace as we know it. For instance, employees are working at home, shopping at work, attending school at home, connecting to training webinars at work, and learning new job skills from their children and grandchildren,” says Stacy Parker, executive vice president of Marketing for Randstad Canada. “No generation has ever been this connected, and for good and bad, there is a fusion going on between home and work. We don't stop living when we go to work and, very often today, we don't stop working when we arrive home.”

Parker says technology has merged our working and personal lives, creating a more unified experience. But she also says this type of work-life conflict can become a serious problem that impacts both employees and employers.

"Today's workers have many competing responsibilities: work, children, housework, volunteering, and so on,” she says. “Balancing all of these things can be stressful. Based on past research which ranked what 7,000 of Canada's job seekers where looking for in an employer, we have in fact found that almost half of the respondents (48%) indicated having a good work life balance as one of the most attractive qualities in a potential employer.”

Virtual offices can help employees find work-life balance and avoid becoming overworked. To be sure, virtual offices and telecommuting can help employees accomplish more in less time with fewer distractions. This not only drives up productivity, it can reduce absenteeism. As a tool to drive work-life balance, allowing employees to work from virtual offices can help strengthen employee loyalty, productivity, and overall happiness, making it a win-win scenario for everyone involved.

Check out this video from TEDxSydney on work-life balance:

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Virtual Office Technologies Promote Flexible Work Programs

NEW YORK—If you want to make the most of a virtual office set up, you need the right virtual office technologies. That was one of the lessons O2 learned in its flexible working experiment in February. O2 sent  12,000 workers home to get their jobs done from virtual offices in what is to date the biggest-ever flexible working experiment.

O2 had to make sure its network was able to support a huge increase in the number of virtual office workers. O2 upgraded its Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology ahead of time, as well, as its network infrastructure.

O2 reports instant messaging usage was up 40.8 percent over a normal working day. A total of 146,876 IMs were sent over the course of  the day, peaking  at 17,843 IMs an hour at 3 p.m. Hosted online meetings increased by 29 percent, with 406 meetings organized compared to 313 on a normal day. What’s more, web-based meeting attendance increased by 25 percent, with 1,356 meeting participants compared to 1,077 on a normal day.

Flexible working has become an increasingly important aspect of British business culture, with a growing number of organizations and employees adopting a more flexible approach to working life as new technologies make it increasingly easy to conduct business from beyond the confines of the office.

The technology investment into virtual offices doesn’t always mean VPNs. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers plenty of technological bells and whistles for virtual office users that aim to increase productivity, including unified messaging, voicemail-to-email, fax-to-email, electronic fax, digital voicemail, web conferencing and more.
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