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Stem the Tide of Employee Turnover With Virtual Office Space

NEW YORK-I just read about an FPC Workplace Web Poll—and it had some startling results with major implications for today’s companies.

The bottom line: There may be a major shakeup in the employment marketplace in 2012. As employees see the job market improving, they are looking around for new opportunities. Consider the numbers:

  • 79% say they are planning to look for a new job when the job market improves

  • 50% felt they had gained marketable skills and lack advancement opportunities in their current position

  • 28% indicate they would move on at least in part due how their employer treated its employees during the recession

  • 8% stated that they were well treated and planned to stay put


Only 8 percent. Survey respondents were relatively indifferent to work-life balance perks either as a selling point for a new position or as a “keeping” feature for their current employment. Half of respondents indicated that perks such as casual Fridays, free lunches, and company-sponsored events were important to them, but would not dissuade them from considering a new position that did not offer them.

“As the economy and the job market continue to improve for college-educated management professionals, we’re seeing a level of pent-up demand for career change that candidates may have put off over the past couple of years due to economic uncertainty,” Ron Herzog, CEO & President of FPC. “Despite much of the negative commentary we all hear these days, employers are finding that they need to compete to attract and retain their top talent. Companies should be thinking about this in a proactive way.”

Virtual office space can help you stem the tide of turnovers, and stop the bleeding of best and brightest talent going to work for your competitors. You can maintain high levels of engagement with virtual office workers, as well as empower employees. Engagement and empowerment are two pillars of a happy workforce.

With virtual office space, you are offering more than just another work-life balance perk. Alternative workplace strategies give employees the flexibility and freedom they need to handle personal and business issues as they arise. In fact, many studies show that employees who work from a virtual office actually work longer hours in the end and are overall more productive. So as you consider your talent attraction and retention strategies for 2012, consider virtual offices.
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Virtual Workforces Among 2012 Workplace Trends

NEW YORK—New research predicts continued focus on wellbeing of human capital—and a virtual workforce (which means working from a virtual office space) is among them.

The 2012 Workplace Trends Report from Sodexo reveals employees are looking to organizations for tools and resources to help them simplify their lives, stay healthy and balanced, and bring their "whole self" to work as these continue to be top drivers of engagement. Employee engagement, productivity, brand image and loyalty continue to be relevant measures of success.

So what are these trends, exactly? There are 10 in the 2012 report, including inclusive workplaces, workplaces that promote sustainability, rewards and recognition, flexible workplaces and virtual workforces.

"We studied research over the last year to understand what issues are top of mind for our clients and what are the benchmarks in the overall market," says Rachel Permuth-Levine PhD, MSPH, senior director, outcomes-based research and solutions for Sodexo's toLive workplace strategies. "Our team predicts these trends are the direct link to designing environments that enhance individual performance, foster collaboration, and contribute to the well-being of employees—it's the workplace of the future."

The workplace of the future is definitely more flexible—and in many cases more virtual. With the rise of telecommuting, virtual offices are at the fore. Virtual office space is one of the enablers of a new way to work in the new world of work. What’s more, virtual offices contribute pave the way for employees to realize some of the other workplace trends they crave, such as sustainability and flexibility.
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Costa Mesa Virtual Offices Offer Quick Los Angeles Access

COSTA MESA, CA—Costa Mesa has a thriving business community. You’ll find everything in Costa Mesa from mom and pop shops and boutique retail to major brand named big boxes, auto dealerships, hotels, manufacturing and entertainment industries. You'll also find virtual office space.

Indeed, Costa Mesa is a regional center of commerce in Orange County. Costa Mesa is just 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 88 miles north of San Diego and 475 miles south of San Francisco. Costa Mesa is also just one mile from the Pacific Ocean. Costa Mesa’s population is growing. The city incorporated with 16,840 people in 1953 and today has more than 113,000 people.

Davinci Virtual Offices offers virtual office space in Costa Mesa at the Costa Mesa Office Center. Located at 1901 Newport Blvd., this Costa Mesa virtual office offers you a prime business address with mail and package receipt and access to a business support center.

Your clients and prospects will be professionally greeted by a lobby receptionist when they drop off and pick up packages, or come to meet  you in a conference room, which you can rent by the hour on demand. If you need office space, you can also rent day time offices on demand for between $10 and $35 an hour.

Oh, and you’ll get a warm welcome in Costa Mesa. The mission of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce is to be the leading proponent for the interests of local business, which includes the prosperity of its individual members, the vitality of its marketplace and the quality of its community life.

Check out this YouTube video for a quick look at Costa Mesa:

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How to Set Up Your Virtual Office Space

NEW YORK—5.2 million. That’s the current number of telecommuters in America, according to the National Resources Defense Council. And that number is only growing. By 2016, the number of people working from home is expected to rise by 69 percent.

More employers—even those who resisted the trend until recently—are setting up offices in employees’ homes and realizing the cost savings of allowing them to telecommute from a virtual office, at least part time. Indeed, virtual offices are a concept whose time has come.

If you are looking for time management and productivity tips for your virtual office, turn to Laura Stack. Stack says that whenever an individual makes the change to working from home, the key to success is creating a productive home office environment.

“The first mistake new telecommuters make is setting up shop in one of their home’s cozy, comfortable spots, tossing aside everything learned about ergonomics in the office. After a week of unnatural posturing at the breakfast nook, the back starts to ache, hands and feet go numb, and productivity plummets,” Stack says.

“Bite the bullet and buy good, solid office furniture of the appropriate types. Use a wrist pad to keep your typing and mousing hands straight, so you don't fall prey to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; make sure you have sufficient lighting coming from above; and supply all cordage with surge protectors just in case.”

Stack says that some organizations have written policies requiring specific types of ergonomic furniture in the virtual office, as well as specifics on where and how it should be set up. Stack recommends setting up in a clean, spacious, well-defined and distraction-free workspace that offers good ventilation for your virtual office space.

“If space is a problem, at least ensure you have a door you can close to place a boundary between work life and home life,” she says. “Don't set up in the kitchen, your living room, or the master bedroom, though an unused spare bedroom or dining room can work well.”

Stack also recommends having plenty of room for all furniture, electronics, files, and supplies, so there is no need to run back and forth to find work-related items in your virtual office space.

“You want to make your home office as comfortable and convenient as possible, so you can more easily maximize your personal productivity,” Stack says. “Just be sure to define your work space and don’t give in to the temptation to carry your laptop from room to room. Going to an established home office should be a reminder that you’re there to work, just as the drive to your old office used to be.”
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A Workplace Diet for Virtual Office Users?