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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.
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How to Incorporate Humor Into the Virtual Office Work World

MENLO PARK, CA—Is it good to LOL at work? Let’s take it a step further … how about a good hearty ROTFL? In other words, how important is it to incorporate humor into the corporate culture?

According to a new survey from Accountemps, it seems pretty important. And I might add maybe even more so in a down economy and even more so when you work from virtual offices where your colleagues may not get a chance to know you as well through the less frequent contact.

The survey reveals that 79 percent of Chief Financial Officers said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into the company's corporate culture. CFOs were asked, "How important is an employee's sense of humor in him or her fitting into your company's corporate culture?" Their responses:

  • Very important: 22%

  • Somewhat important: 57%

  • Not at all important: 20%

  • Don't know/no answer: 1%


"Sometimes, a little levity goes a long way toward building rapport among colleagues and diffusing workplace tension. All work and no play can erode employee morale,” says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies.

"Job candidates should let their personality shine when meeting prospective employers. The interview is no place for a standup comedy routine, but it is the right time to show hiring managers you are approachable and will be easy to work with."

OK, so humor is important in the workplace. And that goes for the virtual office worker too. In a world of e-mails, instant messages and Skype calls, showing your lighter side can help people to get to know the real you. A good laugh from your respective virtual offices can help the “bonding” process, as it were.

So whether you from a coworking facility or a virtual office space, lighten up now and again. Have a laugh—all in good taste, of course.
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Culver City Virtual Offices Give You Fast Access to Los Angeles

CULVER CITY—Culver City is home to about 40,000 people living within five square miles. But another 370,000 households are within a five radius. That makes this a population powerhouse for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking for an opportunity to grow.

Located between the beach and Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City offers an ideal location. Culver City is just six miles north of Los Angeles International Airport and near the intersection of the Santa Monica and San Diego Freeways, and the eastern terminus of the Marina Freeway.

Culver City describes itself as a modern and progressive community with a vibrant business environment and an exceptional quality of life. Culver City has an expanding multimedia hub and a mecca for the fashion and architecture industries.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual office space in Culver City at the Culver City Business Center. Located at 400 Corporate Pointe, the Culver City Business Center offers a prime business address in a prestigious location.

Your Culver City virtual office offers mail and package receipt, a business support center, a professional lobby greeter to welcome visiting clients or clients dropping off and picking up packages. You can opt for mail forwarding and shipping services if you can’t get to the Culver City location to pick up your mail in person.

You can also rent a Culver City meeting room by the hour or opt for a virtual office package with 16 hours of meeting room time built in. Day offices are also available at this Culver City location.

Check out this video on Culver City to get a taste of where your new virtual office is located:

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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work From a Virtual Office

NEW YORK-Telecommuting is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean that your boss is necessarily buying into it. Lisa Quast, a contributor to Forbes magazine, is offering some tips for convincing your boss to let you telecommute.

I found this intriguing. With virtual offices on the rise, it stands to reason that more employees are going to have friends who are telecommuting. They see the benefits their virtual office using friends enjoy, like saving gas money, driving more productivity, and getting home a little earlier from work.

So how do you convince your boss to let you work from a virtual office? How do you even bring up the topic and justify your case? You can get some great tips from Lisa in her article. I’ve summarized the points here:

  • Take the time to understand how your manager feels about telecommuting in general

  • Conduct research to determine if any other employees telecommute and how they went about getting it approved – learn from their experience!

  • Build a solid case for why telecommuting will work and include the specific details on how you will ensure it will work

  • Use only professionally linked reasons for why you want to telecommute

  • Ensure you address all sides of the telecommuting situation, including the hot points of your boss

  • Recommend a trial period to ensure your manager (and you) are comfortable with the arrangement

  • Do you have advice based on personal experiences with telecommuting that I haven’t listed? Share them below in the “Comments” section.

  • Build a solid case for why telecommuting will work and include the specific details on how you will ensure it will work

  • Use only professionally linked reasons for why you want to telecommute

  • Ensure you address all sides of the telecommuting situation, including the hot points of your boss

  • Recommend a trial period to ensure your manager (and you) are comfortable with the arrangement


If your boss does buy into the virtual office idea, you can turn to Davinci Virtual Office Solutions for virtual office technologies that help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently.
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Virtual Office Spaces Vs. Coworking. You Decide.

SAN FRANCISCO-Alternative workplace strategies are so en vogue, what with mobile workers a rising part of the distributed workforce.  Virtual office space offers cost-effective answers. But coworking facilities are gaining momentum among some creative types. The six million-dollar question is--drum roll, please--would a virtual office or a coworking facility better serve your needs?

Although the coworking trend is making headlines in metros like New York and San Francisco, virtual office space is a time-tested alternative to traditional office space. Indeed, virtual offices space is a perfect fit for small business that doesn’t need access to a full-time office space and doesn’t like the idea of working side by side with potentially distracting strangers.

Coworking has its advantages, such as collaboration with other like-minded entrepreneurs. But virtual office space rises above both coworking and traditional offices by offering more privacy at a lower cost than either option. Virtual offices also give you access to virtual receptionists and virtual assistants—none of which share office space with you.

With virtual office space, you can essentially work from anywhere, including your home office, on the road, or in a meeting room associated with your virtual office provider. That means you get the best of all worlds: privacy when you need it and collaboration when you want it.

Sure, coworking is picking up steam for good reasons. It’s much less expensive than traditional office space and gives you a place to go when you need to break the haze of isolation. But virtual office space costs even less than a coworking facility and gives you the same opportunity to break the monotony of working from home by making available day offices and meeting rooms.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to office space. Some prefer the traditional office, despite its high costs and long leases. Others prefer coworking, despite the open environment and potential distractions. But virtual office space is often the alternative of choice for entrepreneurs who want the flexibility to work in solitude without breaking the start-up bank.
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