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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.

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:


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.”

A Workplace Diet for Virtual Office Users?

Virtual Offices Plus Time Management Equals Success

NEW YORK—Are you working 60- to 70-hour shifts? If so, you aren’t alone. In many workplaces, staff has been reduced. In others, it’s a matter of working longer hours to generate new business.

Working from a virtual office can save you many hours of time in telecommuting and office distractions alone every day. But while virtual offices can definitely save time and bolster productivity, it’s not the only weapon in your time management arsenal.

Productivity and time management expert Laura Stack is suggesting we take a “work smarter” approach to living life in 2012 without suffering the high pressure burnout and potential health problems that many Americans are facing in their overburdened lifestyles, rife with distractions and low priority time sinks that interfere with work productivity and personal productivity. Virtual offices can help you avoid a lot of those distractions.

“Some professionals view a 40-hour work week as part time at best,” Stack says. “They believe that if you limit your hours to the traditional number, you also limit your opportunities.”

Stack says balancing the demands of the times with a healthy lifestyle requires careful planning and commitment to fitting positive productivity practices into the daily schedule. Among her suggestions: turn off the technology, visualize the successful completion of the days’ tasks, identifying priorities, and cut back or eliminate unnecessary distractions that eat up large portions of the day.

“Many people would be surprised if they added up all the minutes in a day they spent with unnecessary distractions like Facebook, for instance. We all need to attack our overcrowded daily itineraries head on, schedule everything we do during the day in advance, and stick to that plan to the best of our abilities,” Stack says.

“Obviously you can’t account for the unexpected all the time, but if you remain flexible and focused, you can stay on track without falling back into the same old pattern of burning the midnight oil night after night.”

Check out this classic video on time management tips from Brian Tracy: