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Would You Rather Work From a Virtual Office or Shower?

NEW YORK—What would you rather do? Take a shower or work at home? How about stay married or telecommute? Luckily, more and more virtual office workers don’t have to choose.

LiveScience is reporting on an odd poll TeamViewer conducted that measures that and more.  To take the opportunity to telecommute:

  • 12% would give up showers

  • 5% would divorce their spouse

  • 29% would give up chocolate

  • 25% would give up their smartphone

  • 20% would give up shopping

  • 17% would give up a pay raise

  • 15% would give up half their vacation days

If this doesn’t speak to the employee demand for alternative workplace strategies—like telecommuting from a virtual office—then I don’t know what does. Virtual offices are on the rise, in part, because they empower employees to work from home, at least part time.

Maybe your company is exploring alternative workplace strategies. Consider flex time. You could allow your employee to work from a virtual office two days a week and commute to big meetings on the other two days. Once you try out this flex time approach, you may begin to see that your workers are more productive, less stressed and more loyal.

Have You Been Involved in a Virtual Office Romance?

NEW YORK—If you can do online dating, you can do virtual office romances, I suppose. And it’s that time of year. CareerBuilder.com just offered up the  results of its Valentine’s Day survey, which reveals 31 percent of employees say their office romance ended in marriage.

Could such a romance start in a virtual office? Again, I suppose if you can find your lifelong partner online, you can find them through a virtual office arrangement. Here are some additional findings from the Valentine’s Day survey:

  • 18%--have dated their boss

  • 47%--employees in hospitality industry that have dated a coworker

  • 26%--say what someone does for a living influences their decision to date them

  • 19%--are attracted to people with a similar job

If you are working in a virtual office set up, you may feel left out of the coworker romance cycle. But don’t. Virtual office technologies like instant messaging, web conferencing and even e-mail make it possible to get to know your coworkers—and perhaps even get to know them well enough to meet in person.

Hey, when you consider that 60 percent of small business owners admit to spending more time holding their mobile devices than the hand of their significant others, according to a Staples survey, what’s a little virtual office distance to overcome?

That same Staples survey suggests that virtual offices can actually help your love life. Fifty-six percent of owners and managers are taking advantage of the “virtual office” spending less time working at their desk with the help of technology. And that leaves more time for Valentine’s Day romance.

Virtual Offices Could Ease Rising Workplace Stress

NEW YORK—Are you more stressed this year than you were last year? If so, you aren’t alone. According to a Croner study, 48 percent of adult workers are more or much more stressed today than they were 12 months ago.

What’s causing the stress? And, perhaps more important, what can help? Part of the solution could be virtual offices. But let’s get to the root of this stress first. The factors mentioned in the survey include:

  • Unpaid workloads (57%)

  • Performance pressures (45%)

  • The need to work longer hours (34%)

  • Pay freezes (33%)

"The fact that 48% of the workers we surveyed say they are more stressed as a result of work, than a year ago should be a real wake-up call for employers,” says Amy Paxton, a senior employment consultant at Croner. “At a time when many industries are under such pressure to keep their heads above water, or even survive, employers cannot afford to have such high levels of stress and the associated difficulties it can cause in their organizations.”

The Croner survey asked respondents how they cope with stress. Eating and drinking more alcohol and becoming less friendly towards family, friends and colleagues are all cited as ways of overcoming their worries. But Paxton says employers can reduce stress by improving working conditions, restructuring jobs and allowing more flexible working arrangements.

That includes virtual offices. Virtual offices can empower those telecommuting options. Virtual offices can give employees the freedom to work at least part of the day, or several days of the week, at home. Believe me, they will thank you all year long. Have you considered how a virtual office could help your business drive greater productivity and have happier, healthier employees?

Check out this informative video on dealing with workplace stress:


Cupertino Virtual Offices Offer Coveted Silicon Valley Address

CUPERTINO-Cupertino may be most famous as the home of Apple Computer. Steve Jobs chose Cupertino as the headquarters of his computing empire.

Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Cupertino is home to 58,000 people, according to city reports. The median age is 40 and the average household income is $161,000.

Cupertino is definitely a coveted Silicon Valley address with a diverse, educated workforce. More than 40 percent of Cupertino residents were born outside the U.S. Location-wise, Cupertino is about 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. Cupertino’s sister city is Toyokawa, Japan.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual office space in Cupertino at the Cupertino Business Center. Located at 19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., these Cupertino virtual offices offer everything you need to get up and running in a hurry for just $95 a month.

At this Cupertino virtual office, for example, you get a prime business address and access to a business support center. When your clients go there to pick up or drop off a package—or meet you in one of the conference rooms for a meeting—a professional receptionist will greet them and make them feel at home.

You can have your mail delivered to your Cupertino virtual office and go pick it up, or have it forwarded to you for a small fee. If you need to rent a conference room or a day office, this Cupertino virtual office space has you covered. You can even opt for a virtual office package that includes 16 hours of conference room time.

Here’s a fun video about Cupertino’s history:


Virtual Offices Enable ROWE Philosophy

NEW YORK—Flexible workplaces are gaining attention his week in light of a new study from professors out of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the University of Delaware in Newark.

The researchers are tying flexible schedules with more sleep and more exercise. The study appears in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and concludes that workers who tap into flex time opportunities are happier and healthier. That’s a boon for virtual office workers, who enjoy perhaps the great flexibility of all.

"We theorize greater schedule control and reduced work-family conflict as key mechanisms linking this initiative with health outcomes,” the authors write. “Increasing employees’ schedule control and reducing their work-family conflict are key mechanisms linking the ROWE innovation with changes in employees’ health behaviors; they also predict changes in well-being measures, providing indirect links between ROWE and well-being.”

ROWE stands for Results Only Work Environment, which focuses only on the end results an employee drives rather than how many hours they work. Virtual offices set the stage for companies to implement ROWE and give employees more freedom, which can ultimately lower turnover and drive greater employee engagement.

Alternative workplace strategies like virtual office space also help companies save significant dollars on commercial real estate expenses. With virtual office space, you can reserve less physical office space without losing the ability for employees to collaborate. Mobile and virtual office technologies make it possible for employees to build teams and drive results in a distributed workforce.