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Alternative Workplace Strategies Gaining Ground

ATLANTA-Commercial real estate strategies are shifting. Alternative workplace strategies are the buzzwords moving forward. Telecommuting, virtual offices, workshifting, the mobile workforce. All of these elements are colliding in a perfect storm—and it’s changing the ways corporations use commercial real estate.

"Companies are focusing on two things: employee satisfaction, and productivity and teaming. They are increasingly looking at their office space to help them attract and retain the best talent," Co-Star reports James B. King, principal of AREA Advisor, as saying.

King also pointed to salesforce.com as a futuristic company, calling it one of the most successful cloud-based computing firms today. He also used Microsoft, one of the largest companies in the world, and Google, one of the most innovative companies in the world, as examples.

“It's all about empowering sales people to connect with customers digitally, but it wants its employees in the office at least two days a week, because it's a new company and it's still building its culture,” King says.

“Microsoft's policy to get the best talent wherever they may be around the world. They have no problem with people working remotely, even teleworking from different countries. Google has a very different philosophy. It believes you never can tell when that next spark of genius will occur, that's why they want you there with your colleagues in the Googleplex, even riding on their buses there and back."

What is your company’s philosophy? Do you believe in flex time? Telecommuting from virtual offices? Working remotely from coworking facilities? Alternative workplace strategies come in all shapes and sizes. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions can help you tailor virtual office solutions for the specific needs of your entrepreneurial organization.

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Davinci Virtual, Rockefeller Group Make Exclusive Virtual Office Offer

MANHATTAN—We got the hook up! When you want to associate your business with the Rockefellers in Manhattan, call us and we’ll set you up with our latest exclusive virtual office innovation.

We just announced a new virtual office club in New York City at Rockefeller Group Business Center's 1221 Avenue of the Americas location in Manhattan.

If you are a mobile professional, listen up. Our Virtual Office Club gives you a white hot business address in Midtown Manhattan and a workspace with all the high-tech bells and whistles an entrepreneur like you needs.

"Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is very excited to work with the Rockefeller Group on an exclusive basis,” says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. “Combining Davinci's marketing power with Rockefeller Group's high touch business space operations creates a great solution for mobile professionals.”

Davinci Virtual is already the leading provider of turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions. We can hook you up with everything from local and toll-free telephone and fax numbers to digital voicemail and electronic fax to email and unified messaging to voice and video conferencing to, well, the list goes on and on.

Our new partner, Rockefeller Business Centers, offers furnished private offices and concierge-quality business support. You can rely on their support staff and the Manhattan location has plenty of amenities.

With all this in mind, Grodnik asks a pointed question: Where else can you lease a prime New York business address including unlimited use of a fully equipped workspace for $95 per month?

“We are in exciting times, offering superior virtual office solutions for a global market place," says Grodnik. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Davinci Virtual in 2012!

Check out this video on Rockefeller Group Business Centers:

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Virtual Offices Part of Workplace of Future (and Present)

NEW YORK—There’s been a lot of talk lately about the workplace of the future. But such talk wouldn’t be complete without analyzing how virtual office space comes into the mix. Whether you are in a big city like New York or a smaller city like Tampa, Fla., virtual offices are a lasting trend.

Teknion just released the results of its Workplace of the Future survey. Among other findings, the survey revealed the most important strategies used to attract a new generation of knowledge workers. Wouldn’t you know it? Virtual office space is an important factor.

"The number one draw according to 41 percent of respondents is access to flexible workplace options. Another 39 percent indicated that having the most leading-edge technology was the key,” says Kay Sargent, Teknion Vice President of Architecture, Design and Workplace Strategies. “The shift from technology as the main consideration may result from people today being less dependent on the technology supplied by their offices as they often have better devices than those provided by their employer. Today we're becoming a BYOT, or bring your own technology society, and companies are working to support the devices their employees are selecting."

Along the virtual office technology lines, 89 percent reported that they plan to increase their investment in productivity-enabling technologies such as voice-activation technologies and sophisticated video conferencing by 2015 beyond current spending levels.

"Today, the only thing we know will be constant is change," Sargent says. "It's inevitable so we need to embrace it. Change today is being driven by demographic shifts, economic volatility, the pursuit of sustainability—both for our buildings and for ourselves. But technology is the single largest factor fueling change in the workplace today, so understanding it is essential."

Are you prepared to go with the flow of the workplace of the future? Alternative workplace strategies that include virtual offices are part of that flow. Virtual offices continue to gain momentum because they offer employees flexible workplace options that actually drive productivity.
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Can Virtual Offices Help Ease Seasonal Stress?

NEW YORK-The holidays are a wonderful time, but holidays also bring plenty of stress with them for many of us. After all, there’s more to do at work, home, and otherwise. With so many year-end projects of my own to complete, I can certainly relate to the concept of racing against time. Virtual offices can help.

Consider the statistics from an Accountemps survey:

Thirty-nine percent of workers interviewed said it is more challenging to manage their workloads during the holidays. The additional burden comes at a time when many professionals are already feeling the pinch: More than four in 10 respondents (41 percent) indicated their current workloads are too heavy.

"The holidays can be an especially busy time for many workers, who are trying to balance business priorities with personal demands," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies.

"This time of year can be particularly challenging for accounting and finance professionals, who are managing year-end close, tax-season preparation, financial reporting requirements and other cyclical initiatives. Managers must ensure work is completed while also avoiding overtaxing internal staff, who may already be stretched thin."

Accountemps is offering a suggestion: To help employees better balance work-life demands, offer flexible schedules or telecommuting options to staff whose jobs do not require them to be on-site. 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 into the new year.

Have a nice laugh with this YouTube video:

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Can Virtual Offices Promote Better Health Behavior and Well-Being?

Can a flexible workplace really improve your health behavior and well-being? University of Minnesota sociology professors Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen think so. The duo conducted a study and the findings should be encouraging for virtual office users.

“Our study shows that moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity to emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being,” says Moen. “This has important policy implications, suggesting that initiatives creating broad access to time flexibility encourage employees to take better care of themselves.”

Introduced at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, Minn. in 2005, the workplace initiative—dubbed the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)—redirected the focus of employees and managers toward measurable results and away from when and where work was completed. Under ROWE, employees were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked based on their individual needs and job responsibilities without seeking permission from a manager or even notifying one.

Consider some of the study findings:

  • Employees reported getting almost an extra hour (52 minutes) of sleep on nights before work.

  • Employees managed their health differently. They were less likely to feel obligated to work when sick and more likely to go to a doctor when necessary, even when busy.

  • Employees had a sense of schedule control and reduced their work-family conflict. This improved their sleep quality, energy levels, self-reported health, and sense of personal mastery while decreasing their emotional exhaustion and psychological distress.


You can get many of these same benefits from virtual office use. Think about it for a minute. You can get an extra hour of sleep—or more—because you aren’t spending so much time getting dressed up for work and then driving there. You are less obligated to work when sick—but you can still get some work done from a virtual office while you recover so you lose less productivity. With a virtual office, you also have the freedom to workshift and go to the doctor, which can speed up your recover. In terms of reducing family conflict, virtual offices and workshifting helps you balance work with life.

Indeed, flexible work arrangements, including the virtual offices, consistently offer benefits for workers in many industries. Have you considered how a virtual office could help your business drive greater productivity and have happier, healthier employees?
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