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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."


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Thanksgiving for Davinci Virtual Office Solutions

There's a lot of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. And it turns out that many of our customers are expressing Thanksgiving to us! Here are some words from a few of our thankful customers. And thank you for reading this blog about virtual office trends.

Davinci is awesome! Davinci has been one of the best investments since starting my business. You guys make me look and sound professional to other colleagues. My colleagues are amazed at how nice my receptionists are! I am looking forward to a long relationship. It’s a good marriage. I think you guys are fantastic." -- Dr. Ehrenhaus

"I have to tell you--your team's professionalism is just outstanding. I've worked in several fortune 500 companies including Nordstroms and Microsoft , in various industries/sectors. I've been responsible for leadership and training on service, and on delivery of a range of products and services.  Your commitment to professional and excellent service is truly extraordinary. -- Reid Thornley, CEO Aquatell

"I just finished looking at some metrics from the last three months and it's very interesting - since signing on with Davinci I have seen a 14% increase in business.  I attribute this to a couple of things.  First, your receptionists are answering the phone for me between 8am-8pm.  Since my office is only open from 9 - 5 that represents four extra hours in the day when a live person is answering a customer inquiry.  Secondly, having a receptionist has created the impression of a larger organization.  I believe my customers feel more comfortable buying from a company that is bigger. Thank you Davinci! -- Bryan Huddleston, Short Sale Systems

"Thank you so much for implementing the virtual receptionist service on such quick notice. Working with Davinci has greatly increased the number of sales I am able to get." -- Shae McEntire, ClearView Shutters
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Burlingame Virtual Offices Help You Meet City’s Home-Based Business Rules

The Connection Between Virtual Offices, Sleep and Work Productivity

Sleep. You may be planning to catch up on some of it during the holiday weekend. But you can better your sleep life—and your work productivity—all year long if you tap into virtual office space.

The Better Sleep Council is connecting a good night’s sleep with greater work productivity. It’s not an exact science, I suppose, but it makes sense. I know I’m far more productive when I am rested than when I pull an all-nighter, or even stay up late watching the news.

Here’s the rub: Virtual offices set the stage for a productivity boost in several ways. First, you can avoid all the distractions associated with the traditional office life. You know, the water cooler conversations, the loud chatter in the cubicle next to yours, and the commute to work. Virtual offices eliminate all of those distractions and help you get more done in less time.

Even if you do have to pull an all-nighter to meet client expectations once in a while—or if you have to work late every night one week to take advantage of the dead silence that comes in the dead of the night so you can meet your deadlines—working from a virtual office space gives you the freedom to catch up on lost sleep.

Virtual office space can help in your quest for work-life balance—and more sleep and better productivity. And here are five tips from the Better Sleep Council to improve your sleep and work productivity to boot:

1. Pay your sleep debt. Getting even 30 minutes less sleep than your body needs can lead to accumulated sleep debt, which has both short- and long-term consequences for health, mood and performance, both on and off the job. It’s important to schedule 8 hours of sleep each night (7.5 to 8.5 is optimal) and maintain a regular sleep and wake schedule, even on the weekend.

2. Performance evaluation. Though your mattress may not show physical signs of wear, it loses comfort and support over the years. It’s important to evaluate your mattress every five to seven years to ensure it still provides optimal comfort and support. Research shows that the age of a mattress directly impacts the quality of sleep.

3. Bedroom business. Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only. The bedroom should be an uncluttered environment that is relaxing, comfortable and conducive to sleep and relaxation. Keep work, computers and televisions out of the bedroom!

4. Kick the caffeine habit. Research shows that caffeine interferes with getting a restful night’s sleep and waking refreshed in the morning. Avoid tea, coffee and soft drinks close to bedtime.

5. Make the investment. You spend one-third of your life in bed. Be sure to invest in the best quality and most comfortable mattress you can afford to ensure a great night’s rest for a healthier, happier and more productive you.

Check out this YouTube video on how to get a good night of sleep:

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Burbank Virtual Office Spaces Offer New Media Companies Affordable Options

BURBANK-When I think of Burbank, I think of media. And that’s only fitting since Burbank’s legacy is “Media Capital of the World.”

The largest media accompanies in the world are located in Burbank, including Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and ABC. Burbank is also home to three 700 media-related companies, including television networks broadcasting companies and music labels.

The point is, if you are trying to break into the media business or your company serves the media business, then Burbank is the place to be. And Burbank has a pro-business attitude that welcomes new businesses. And it’s very close to Los Angeles.

Davinci Virtual has two virtual office space locations in Burbank: Central Park Business Center and Burbank Business Center. Both virtual offices rent for about $100 a month, which is a small fraction of what you would pay for a traditional office space.

Davinci’s virtual office in Burbank offer prestigious business addresses. Central Park Business Center is located at 3500 West Olive Avenue. Burbank Business Center is at 2600 West Olive Avenue. Both locations are in high quality office towers.

With Davinci’s virtual offices in Burbank you get more than just a business address. You can also take advantage of mail and package receipt and an on-site business support center. There is a lobby greeter who can accept packages from clients, or hand packages off to clients. You can also get mail forwarding and shipping services.

If you need a temporary office space, you can rent one at our Burbank virtual office locations on an hourly basis. You can also rent a conference room. Our Burbank virtual offices offer special packages deals on conference rooms and board rooms.
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