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Davinci Virtual Rolls Out Android Virtual Office App

NEW YORK-That’s right. Following the roll out of our iPhone virtual office app we are now offering Android users everywhere an app all their own.

"By launching our Android app shortly after our iPhone app release, we now enable most of our client base to interact with the Davinci Virtual Communication Services from their mobile devices—no matter if Android or iPhone," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.

The new mobile app lets Davinci Virtual Office clients make VOIP calls from their mobile phone over Wi-Fi. If you are an Android user, you can also receive, view and send faxes from anywhere in the world via this virtual office app.

Guess what? You can also search and listen to voicemail messages, make conference calls from your mobile device via the Davinci Virtual platform and much more using our virtual office app. It works for Android smartphones and tablets alike.

Davinci Virtual provides virtual office solutions to more than 10,000 companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia and Australia. We offer more than 850 virtual office locations including virtual offices in New York, virtual offices in Miami, virtual offices in LA, virtual offices in Denver and any other metropolitan area throughout the world. Clients can choose from Live Receptionist Services, Prime Business Addresses and Flexible Meeting Spaces -- instantly -- online.

With the iPhone and Android mobile virtual office apps,  it’s easier than ever to find the location nearest you and make calls, send faxes and stay productive on the go.

Get the Balance Back In Your Career With a Virtual Office

NEW YORK-Are you out of balance in your career? That's the question Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, is asking. As we explore this question and its answer, let's consider how a virtual office could help.

So, again, are you out of balance in your career? Brown-Volkman says you know you are when your career is all you think about; when you worry constantly about where your career is headed; and when you believe that you can't be happy until your career problems are solved.

"Balance is a tough concept is today's workplace. There are more demands, more stress, and more reasons to feel dissatisfied or unfulfilled by what you do. You may want to be balanced, but don't know where to start. Or, you may have tried, but balance seems to be this elusive concept you can't achieve," says Brown-Volkman. "Being out of balance from time to time is normal. But when your career takes over your life and becomes your sole focus, it's time to do something about it. Balance is important because it gives you the ability to see your situation clearly. Clarity brings focus. Focus brings options. Options bring solutions."

So how do you get back into balance? Volkman-Brown offers three steps: recognize that your career is only a slice of the pie, stop obsessing, and take your focus off your career. A virtual office can help you get back into balance.

For example, Brown-Volkman says when you focus solely on one aspect of your life, you lose perspective and when perspective is lost, so is hope and momentum. When you work from a virtual office you set yourself up for greater work-life balance. You are more productive because you aren't commuting. And you can workshift in response to emerging family needs, even something as simple as an morning recital at your daughter's elementary school.

With the stronger work-life balance that virtual offices can bring, you can stop obsessing over what you aren't getting done and get your mind on what you can do for others. "Life is about making a difference and helping others," Volkman-Brown says. "When you take the focus off yourself, that's when the miracles happen. Your career gets better when you get better and when you feel better about yourself."

Virtual Office Benefits Getting More Media Attention

NEW YORK-It seems like many businesses are allowing their employees to work from home at least part of the time. Several of my employees have asked about this. What are some pros and cons of the telecommuting model, and are there some traps to avoid?

That’s the question Bob Dahms, a business counselor with the Bellingham chapter of SCORE, set out to answer in a recent column in the Bellingham Herald.  I’ve pulled out a couple of especially cogent points as they relate to virtual office users.

“Telecommuting is appropriate for information or knowledge workers or others who can produce a work-product off site. They can then either bring or transmit it to the physical workplace, usually in electronic form,” Dahms writes. “This concept started pretty low-tech with the advent of small fax machines in the 1990s. But look at what's changed recently. Along came email; high speed internet; laptops; YouTube; the social media explosion; smartphones; texting and IM-ing; video conferencing. And now you can buy an eight-gigabyte USB thumb drive, which didn't even exist just a few years ago, for around $10.”

Dahms then listed a slew of benefits for telecommuting from the employer’s standpoint. These are the same sorts of benefits I’ve been trumpeting about virtual offices for years now.

    • Virtual offices reduce commute costs and wear and tear on vehicles.


    • Virtual offices eliminate commute time completely.


    • Virtual offices offer a more flexible schedule.


    • Virtual offices let you work in more casual attire.


    • Virtual offices improve workforce satisfaction and retention.

I could go on and on—and I have in other articles. The bottom line: telecommuting from a virtual office offers a growing laundry list of benefits for employers, employees and the environment. With Telework Week just behind us, the latter is especially apparent. About 65,000 people pledged to telecommute last week. The Telework Exchange figures they saved a collective $5.1 million and 6.1 million pounds of pollution.


Lower Stress Levels With Virtual Office Space

NEW YORK-Still feeling stressed out? You are not alone. Many Americans continue to report chronic work stress, according to the American Psychological Association.

For example, two out of five (41 percent) employees report that they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday. Commonly cited causes of work stress include low salaries (46 percent), lack of opportunities for growth or advancement (41 percent), too heavy a workload (41 percent), long hours (37 percent) and unclear job expectations (35 percent).

Virtual offices are not a panacea for workplace stress, but virtual offices can certainly alleviate some stress. By allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office, for example, you can make up—at least a little bit—for low salaries. Studies show employees value working from virtual offices and would take less pay. They also save on gas money.

The workload and long hours may not go away just because employees work from a virtual office, but you may be able to get more done in less time. By eliminating the drive time, you can get more work done and by eliminating the distractions common to office life, you can also boost your productivity. And if hours are long, at least working from a virtual office gives employees a chance to take a power nap or a walk around the block to break the tension.

Lower stress levels, better overall health and greater engagement from tools like virtual offices? The research proves it. Of course, we’re not surprised. We are seeing these sorts of results every day from clients who rent our virtual office space in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond. Now, the world is just taking more notice of the value-added benefits of virtual office space.

Workshifting Hitting Mainstream as Virtual Office, Mobility Rises

SANTA CLARA, CA—Workshifting. It’s part of the virtual office users’ lifestyle—and it’s also a part of the modern mobile workstyle.

According to the Citrix Global Workshifting Index, there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of companies that are allowing workshifting for all or part of their workforce. Specifically, 93 percent of organizations will have implemented workshifting policies by 2013. That’s up from 37 percent today.

Access to technology is enabling mobile workstyles, which breed productivity anywhere and at any time. Virtual offices and mobile workstyles go hand in hand, so I wasn’t surprised to see the results of this survey. But it’s interesting to see just how strongly some IT decision makers are embracing it. IT decision makers are citing several benefits to workshifting, including:

  • Giving people the flexibility to choose the ideal time, place and device for their work. Seventy one percent of respondents indicated that they are using workshifting policies to enable people to work from anywhere and 63 percent to enable people to work from home when required. Home-based virtual offices are one option.

  • Reducing real-estate, travel and labor costs through flex-work, telework and alternative workplace strategies. Cost savings are among the main drivers for workshifting with the reduction of HR-related costs at 45 percent, improved ability to recruit workers in lower-cost regions at 39 percent, reduction of real estate costs at 38 percent and contribution to environmental sustainability at 26 percent.

  • Attracting and retaining the best people through flex-work, telework and alternative workplace strategies. Fifty one percent of IT decision makers indicated that have implemented workshifting policies to help attract and retain top talent. Nearly half of respondents also indicated that workshifting enables organizations to tap into a broader labor pool by facilitating collaboration with and among outsourcing partners, contractors, business partners, temporary workers and consultants.

Can you see the virtual office tie in here? Virtual offices help enable the growing workshifting trend. With virtual office technologies you can avoid heavy investments in the infrastructure required to work from any time and anywhere.