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Flexible Working Pilot Saves Virtual Office Workers Time

ATLANTA—It was the biggest flexible working initiative ever—and the results are in. London-based wireless carrier O2 on Feb. 8 asked its entire workforce to work from virtual offices. That sent 12,000 employees off to work remotely for a day and essentially shut down its 200,000 square foot office building.

The results: O2 employees saved 2,000 hours of commuting time. Here is the break down of how telecommuting from a virtual office saved time, boosted productivity and promoted work-life balance among the participants:

  • 52% of saved commuting time was spent working

  • 14% was spent on family time

  • 16% on extra sleeping

  • 12% on relaxation

  • 6% on commuting elsewhere

  • 88% of people that took part in the flexible working pilot thought that they were at least as productive as normal

  • 36% claimed to have been more productive

“Line managers are used to managing people they can see. Managing them remotely is a completely different thing,” says Ben Dowd, business director for O2. “Our Pilot on Feb. 8 didn’t solve all of those problems, but it is a good start. We can do a lot more to support line managers in charge of remote teams, but we know it’s not going to happen overnight. We're educating people about the whole future of work here and there's still work to be done, but we’re pleased to say this is a fantastic start.”

These results are in line with what we’ve been saying about virtual office space for years: it saves time, boosts productivity and promotes work-life balance. By working from a virtual office, it’s likely that these employees reduced stress levels—at least for a day—saved gas, got more sleep, and hugged their kids a few more times.

Stay tuned for the sustainability tale from O2’s flexible working pilot in tomorrow’s blog.

Happy Birthday to Davinci Virtual Office Solutions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—If you can carry a tune, would you mind singing this verse? “Happy Birthday, Dear Davinci Virtual Office Solutions…” That’s right, it’s our sixth birthday and we’re going strong with virtual offices the world over.

Not to toot our own horn, but we have accomplished a lot on the virtual office front in the past six years. Today, we are the bona fide leader in global virtual office solutions. We are proud to celebrate six years of profitable growth serving our clients all over the world.

"We were thrilled to celebrate six years of innovation, growth and success. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has met every milestone it has set out to achieve while creating a new way to work for businesses," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "We are so proud of our staff and partners and we very excited about our continued profitable growth.”

Just have far have we come in six years? We’re glad you asked. Davinci Virtual has provided virtual office solutions to more than 25,000 companies and entrepreneurs throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia and Australia. We offer more than 850 virtual office locations including virtual offices in New York, virtual office suites in LA, Las Vegas, Miami, and any other metropolitan area throughout the world. Clients can obtain prime business addresses, live receptionist services, meeting spaces and business support—instantly—online.

Beyond virtual office space, we also offer turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions. Here’s some of what you can tap into when you work with us:

  • Local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers

  • Digital voicemail

  • Electronic fax

  • Email

  • Online command center

  • Unified messaging

  • Conferencing

  • Voicemail to email

  • Fax to email

  • Professional live receptionist services

  • Virtual assistants

  • Live call answering

  • Screening and forwarding

  • Find me

  • Follow me

  • Surveys

  • Live web chat

  • Outbound calling

  • Customer service

  • Appointment scheduling

  • Order taking

What’s next for Davinci Virtual Office Solutions? Stay tuned for our seventh year.

Can Virtual Offices Put an End to Office Romance?

LOS ANGELES—Distractions, damaged reputations, sexual harassment accusations. You can’t altogether avoid these potential scenarios in a virtual office world—but you can likely cut down on them.

Think about it. Where there is less face-to-face, in-person contact there is less opportunity for physical relationships. That’s an important factor considering Millennials don’t shy away from workplace relationships, according to a Workplace Options and Public Policy Polling survey.

The poll reveals that 71 percent of employed Millennials—workers aged 18-29—see a workplace romance as having positive effects such as improved performance and morale. Noteworthy is the fact that only 10 percent of older worker shared that sentiment. Could it be wisdom speaking from experience?

Poll results indicate that, as a group, the Millennial generation is more open to dating their supervisors than all other age groups combined. Forty percent of Millennials said they would date their supervisor, compared to 12 percent of older respondents. Again, could that be wisdom speaking from experience?

You can cut back on at least some of this office romancing with a virtual office set up. In a virtual office workplace, Millennials are less likely to chat at the water cooler, make lunch dates that turn into dinner and movies, or otherwise get romantically involved. If your firm is concerned about distractions, damaged reputations and harassment accusations, that’s a positive step.

A virtual office set up can even help you cut back on the gossip that often accompanies office romances—and the gossip that hinders productivity. With 57 percent of Millennials saying they would share information about a workplace romance with friends, coworkers and on social networks, this is a real issue.

Any workplace, whether traditional or virtual, should have clear guidelines around office romances. These relationships can indeed be dangerous. Virtual offices aren’t the panacea to the potential legal risks of office romances, but along with policies and guidelines they can be a tool in a Millennial workplace.

Check out this video on office romances:


Virtual Office Technologies Part of BYOD Trend

ATLANTA—Real estate strategies are becoming part of business strategy—so where do virtual offices fit into the mix? CoreNet Global’s 2012 State of the Industry Report offers some insights into corporate real estate in a redefined world.

Emerging work strategies are changing the workplace. For example, space per person already averages 100 square feet or less in Europe. Data show the same will be case for 40 percent of companies in North America by the year 2017. What’s more, companies are using less office and work space, but they are making it more inviting, open, progressive and collaborative.

Another interesting insight is that 40 percent of employees believe the traditional office provides better tools and technology. That may be a perception issue, especially in the light of cloud computing. Virtual office technologies are making it seamless to work remotely, many times even from a mobile phone, without skipping a beat.

Of course, the CoreNet Global survey suggests employees will bring their own technology to work by the year 2020, because most companies can't keep pace with the "relentless advance of technology," especially the continuous introduction of new personal digital devices like tablets and iPhones. The report predicts cloud computing will be replaced by these "always networked" personal devices, because they will have "near-infinite" memory.

All this suggests the continued rise of alternative workplace strategies, including virtual offices. Virtual office technologies are answering the call for corporations looking to reduce square footage per employee, allow flexible work options and accommodate road warriors. And Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has you covered with a host of virtual offices, virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and other virtual office solutions.

Are Virtual Office Jobs Available for New College Grads?

BOULDER, CO—Graduation is right around the corner. So what’s a college grad who is looking for a little flexibility in their first job to do? What virtual office job options are there?

Plenty, according to the latest FlexJobs’ Flexible Index Report. Jobs aimed at candidates starting a new career jumped 90 percent in the latest index. That’s good news for would-be virtual office users.

"The large boost in open jobs at the entry level bodes well for upcoming grads," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. "As Forbes recently reported that Gen Y wants flexibility, this is good timing for those ready to enter the work force."

Some of the virtual office jobs that saw the largest increases in March include:

1. Data Entry (51% increase)
2. Customer Service (17% increase)
3. Administration (16% increase)
4. Medical and Health (14% increase)

According to FlexJobs, medical and health continues to dominate as the career field with the most available virtual office or telecommuting (or otherwise-flexible jobs). Specifically, the job categories with the highest volume of flexible jobs including, telecommuting, part-time, and freelance jobs, are:

1.    Medical and Health
2.    Administrative
3.    Customer Service
4.    Education & Training
5.    Sales

"With the competitive job market, now is the time for upcoming grads to start applying for positions," says Fell. "And if they are interested in flexibility, there are good signs of growth in jobs offering flexible schedules, telecommuting options, or freelance contracts."

This is all good news for job candidates who prefer working in virtual, remote or mobile environment. Virtual offices are the wave of the future (and the present, for that matter), as trends like telecommuting and the mobile workforce continue to drive the evolution of traditional office space. Indeed, alternative workplace strategies are emerging rapidly in large and small cities alike—right on time for a new generation of virtual office workers.