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Virtual Office Users Take Back Time and Money During Telework Week

WASHINGTON, DC—If you believe time is money, you are going to love the Telework Exchange. The public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework just announced that Telework Week 2012 is scheduled for March 5-9, 2012.

"Telework Week 2012 is an opportunity to highlight the many benefits of telework—enabling us to enhance workplace efficiency, improve the environment, ensure our safety, and improve our quality of life," says Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), author of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

The second year of Telework Week encourages government agencies, businesses, and individuals to pledge to telework, as well as calculate potential commuter cost savings and environmental impact during Telework Week 2012. In 2011, nearly 40,000 individuals and organizations pledged to telework during Telework Week, collectively saving $2.7 million in commuting costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,818 tons.

"According to Telework Week 2011, if all full-time wage and salary workers in the U.S. telework two days a week for one year, they would collectively save more than $215 billion in commuting costs," says Cindy Auten, general manager for Telework Exchange. "That's important in this economy. The goal for 2012 is to take Telework Week to the max. Telework savings are substantial, and we want to demonstrate not only why to do it, but how to do it."

According to a recent report by The Texas Transportation Institute, the average U.S. commuter spends 34 hours a year in traffic—and by 2020, that number will increase to 41. Working from a virtual office offers a critical solution to the nation's traffic gridlock. Virtual offices also support workforce productivity, enhanced recruitment and retention, reduced real estate, and increased operational efficiency and continuity. It’s all part of alternative workplace strategies.

"Through our involvement with Telework Week, we hope to educate and inspire participants in all stages of telework planning to shift into high gear for program execution,” says Patrick Finn, vice president of U.S. Federal Organization at Cisco. “Approximately 70 percent of Cisco's workforce relies on mobile collaboration, so we understand the value teleworking brings to organizations by increasing productivity and field effectiveness, and making smarter use of human capital."

If you are a virtual office user—or even if you are not—consider pledging to telework and calculating your potential commuter cost and environmental savings. There is no cost to pledge.

Check out this video on a telework experiment in Georgia:


DavinciMeetingrooms.com Sees 200 Percent Growth

SALT LAKE CITY-At Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, we always give 110 percent—but it seems our meeting rooms customers are giving even more!

I just got word that our DavinciMeetingRooms.com division has posted a whopping 200 percent growth in reservation revenues so far this year. And the year isn’t even over yet. So before I go any further, I wanted to give a shout out to all of our satisfied virtual office and meeting room customers. Thank you! Oh, and our CEO thanks you, too.

"We are very excited about the incredible growth of our meeting space business," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "As we continue to add prime inventory and services to address the business meeting needs of our customers, the marketplace clearly has validated our offering.”

How did we manage to drive this 200 percent growth in the first 11 months of the year? Well, the average reservation transaction value increased by well more than 20 percent over last year. We’re processing more than 1,000 meeting reservations a month.

But to answer the question more specifically, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is driving that growth, in part, with our comprehensive online reservation platform.

Our innovative technology makes it quick and easy for meeting room users to search more than 3,000 professional conference rooms around the world. Once you find what you are looking for, it’s just as easy to book and manage meeting space reservations. You can even use our online meeting rooms platform to opt for variety of add-on business services.

In case you didn’t already know it, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions also offers virtual office space to more than 8,500 companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia and Australia. Clients can choose from virtual office solutions like live receptionists, prime business addresses and flexible meeting rooms instantly online any time.

Our company empowers your small business with local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, voice and video conferencing, voicemail-to-email, fax to e-mail, virtual assistants, live call answering, screening and forwarding, live web chat, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more. And we have more than 850 virtual office locations to choose from with mail forwarding, lobby and directory listings, access to conference rooms and day offices, administrative services and business support centers.

Davinci Virtual Office Rocks YouTube

HOLLYWOOD, CA—Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ Salt Lake City headquarters is 696 miles away from the movie capital of the world—Hollywood. But just because it would take our staff more than 10 hours to drive there (without stopping) doesn’t mean we can’t bust out a little filmmaking action right here in Salt Lake City.

Don’t believe me? Well, have you checked out Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ YouTube channel? If not, what are you waiting for? There’s a growing library of quirky videos there that point out the challenges—and solutions—of virtual office users.

Our YouTube channel also gives you a taste of our virtual office culture with our version of the Amazing Race” blind taste test. You can laugh with us as one of our employees fails to taste the difference between a mango and a banana.

My personal favorite is watching Davinci Virtual CEO Bill Grodnick sharing his passion for empowering entrepreneurs with savvy, live receptionist services and sexy virtual office space in rather unique way. Bill is standing in front of a building that is being demolished and crying, “Get rid of your office and get a Davinci Virtual Office.”

You can also check out our virtual office garden party and our beautiful office women who break out in dance. See? Virtual offices are more fun. But if you need a virtual office space in Salt Lake City or in Hollywood—if you are all work and no play—we can help you with that too.

In the meantime, check out one of our videos from the comfort of this page:


Cyber Monday Meets Virtual Office Users

Cyber Monday and virtual offices go hand and hand—or at least they should. But the shopping doesn’t end on Cyber Monday. People are shopping online from their virtual offices throughout the Christmas season.

Fifty percent of American workers plan to spend time holiday shopping online at work this season. Of these workers, 34 percent will spend one hour or more shopping and 16 percent will spend two or more hours.

The problem is, many of these workers aren’t entrepreneurs working from virtual offices. So if you are among the employees using the company computer to shop for Christmas presents be warned: Half of U.S. companies monitor Internet and email use of employees.

“Most companies assume their employees use some of their break time on the Internet for shopping, checking social networks, and other general browsing, but when it starts adding up, workers need to be aware of company policies and any potential consequences,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “With more companies limiting or restricting online activity, e-shopping season is as good a time as any to be mindful of our Internet usage at work.”

The good news is you can cash in on some great holiday shopping deals if you are working from home in a virtual office. We all have those 10 minute breaks in between client phone calls or appointments. And we all spend time on hold. Those are peak times to do a little comparison shopping from the comfort of your virtual office. Everyone else—wait until you get home from work!

Check out this YouTube video on Cyber Monday:


What Can Virtual Office Users Learn From Obama Administration?

WASHINGTON, D.C.-When the government starts embracing workplace trends, it's time to take notice. And that's what the U.S. government did last year in passing the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. Now, a new report from FedScoop is revealing the progress and limitations federal managers have experienced while implementating telework.

FedScoop surveyed more than 300 IT executives from the federal government and private sector. The survey, sponsored by HP and Intel Corporation, assessed the evolving perspectives and practices of telework.

According to the report, 90 percent of federal managers said that they trust their team to work from a remote location, but only 61 percent of respondents said their managers allow them to telework. Where's the virtual office disconnect?

"The results of the survey showed us that although government managers report trusting their employees to work remotely, the practices aren't necessarily in place to make this possible," says Goldy Kamali, founder and president of FedScoop. "Overall, most respondents felt that government teleworking policies should be progressing at a faster rate."

Here's some more interesting telecommuting data from the report:

43% said their agency does not provide them with technology that sufficiently supports teleworking, compared with only 13 percent of private sector respondents

69% said the federal government telework progress is not improving rapidly enough

75% said their agency has designated a telework coordinator

56% have met with this person

"With nearly half of federal employees indicating their technology equipment is not sufficient to telework, it is clear that the government is behind the private sector in implementing procedures and acquiring technology," says Nigel Ballard, director of federal marketing at Intel. "But it is encouraging to see that more and more managers are realizing the benefits that can be gained from increased flexibility and mobility within their workforce."

Still, the enthusiasm for teleworking is strong and federal workers are confident that the right technology will help them remain efficient. Ninety-one percent of feds surveyed said they are interested in teleworking, and 61 percent believe that technology can help them fully replace face-to-face meetings. Virtual office technologies could help.

"Technology plays an important role in creating safe and reliable computing environment for mobile workers in both the public and private sectors," says Christina Morrison, public sector marketing manager at HP. "For example, teleworkers can use virtual web conferencing technology to replicate their in-person meetings while reducing their carbon footprint, travel expenses and long commute times."