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Alberta Virtual Offices Help Companies Expand Into Calgary Cost-Effectively

ALBERTA, CALGARY-Canada didn’t suffer nearly as much as the United States did during the economic downturn. And Alberta, Calgary weathered the storm especially well. One reason is because Albert has a diverse industrial base.

Alberta has business development initiatives in more than a dozen major industries, including aerospace and defense, financial services, life sciences, tourism, oil and gas, information and communication technologies and transportation and logistics.

Companies looking for international expansion opportunities often settle in one of Canada’s provinces, and Alberta offers a world of opportunity. But you don’t have to rent physical office space to explore the opportunities in Alberta. You can set up a satellite office using a virtual office space in Alberta.

Davinci Virtual Offices has two prestigious virtual office locations in Alberta: Bow Valley Square Business Center and Suncor Energy Centre West Tower Business Center.

Located at 205 5th Avenue SW, Bow Valley Square Business Center offers you a prime business address, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a drop off point for clients to pick up or leave packages, mail receiving and forwarding services, and the opportunity to rent a conference room on demand by the hour. The pricing for virtual offices there starts at US $150 a month, a small fraction of the cost of leasing traditional office space.

Bow Valley Square Business Center is in a great location, but if you want something a little fancier, you can choose a virtual office in the Suncor Energy Centre. You get all the same amenities for $180 a month at 150 6th Avenue.

So whether you are expanding internationally and just need a safe landing space or you considering how alternative workplace strategies might suit your firm, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a wide range of virtual office technologies that can help you meet your business goals.

Check out this video to get a better picture of Alberta, Canada:


Should You Let Employees Work From Virtual Offices?

Should you let employees work from home? That’s the subject of an article in USA Today. It’s a question that more and more companies are asking as the virtual office trend continues gaining momentum.

A reader named Amy asked USA Today columnist Steve Strauss, a lawyer, author and speaker who specializes in small business and entrepreneurship, the following question:

“I have an employee who has asked me if she can work from home a couple of days a week. I know that this is obviously the trend in business, but I don't really like the idea. I like having my employees where I can see them. Am I wrong?”

How did Strauss answer? You can read the entire column for yourself, but I wanted to point out a few tidbits that are especially relevant to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations exploring the viability of alternative workplace strategies.

“Any business that is not figuring out how to take advantage of the technology/work/Internet/mobile revolution in such a way that at least allows their employees to telecommute on occasion is blowing it,” Strauss writes. He listed several benefits to support his point, including attracting a better class of employees, fostering a more productive work environment, and saving money.

Strauss then offered Amy four tips to “loosen the grip” and allow her employee to telecommute at home from a virtual office:

  1. Start slowly

  2. Have specific deliverables

  3. Have them check in

  4. Have them be available

All good tips. Strauss offers explanations for each of those four points that are worth checking out. In the meantime, if you need to discuss alternative workplace strategies with a trusted partner, consider contracting Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.

Avoid Office Pet Peeves With Virtual Office Space

Do you have office pet peeves? Most people do. LinkedIn set out to discover what the most common ones are—and the results are telling.

"In nearly every office there's at least one co-worker whose quirks drive colleagues up the cubicle wall," says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's connection director and best-selling author of the book, "Girl on Top." "Sometimes the most irritating office offenders don't even realize that their behavior impacts the rest of their team. It is crucial for you to solve the annoyance before it disrupts your work performance and career."

See if any of these pet peeves also make it on your personal list, then consider how working from a virtual office at least part-time could help you avoid the irritation:

Americans get more irritated than other nationals by co-workers taking others' food from the office refrigerator. When you work at home from a virtual office, you might have to contend for the leftover pizza with your teenagers, but at least you’ll have something else in the house to eat for lunch.

Brazilians are the most annoyed of any national group by excessive gossiping. When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid a lot of the gossip—or at least you don’t have to hear about it!

Germans are annoyed by dirty common areas (the community microwave or refrigerator) more than the rest of the world. Your home-based virtual office can be as clean or as messy as you’d like and you don’t have to answer to anyone.

Indians react more negatively to irritating mobile phone ringtones. Your own phone  might annoy you, but in your virtual office space you don’t have to hear everyone else’s—and you can always turn yours off.

There were also gender differences in the findings. For example, 62 percent of U.S. women were bothered by "clothing that's too revealing for the workplace," while only 29 percent of U.S. men surveyed said that was a problem. The Swedish are the most tolerant of what others wear in the workplace, but there is still a gender split: revealing clothing irritates 35 percent of the women in Sweden, but only 12 percent of the men. You can work in your Pajamas from a virtual office and on one will ever know.

Speaking of LinkedIn, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is conducting a quick, three-question survey on our LinkedIn Group. We'd love it if you'd take the survey!

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions Asks Three Simple Social Media Questions

Are you a fan of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions? We want to hear from you, and we’ve created a simple survey that we hope you’ll take a couple of quick minutes to answer.

You may or may not know that Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a LinkedIn Group. It’s an open group—meaning it’s open for anyone to join—and it’s called “A Smarter Way to Work by Davinci Virtual.”

In our group, you’ll find all sorts of relevant discussions that could save you time and money. One of our most popular discussions, for example, asks the question: “If you could give a fellow entrepreneur 1 tip on how to be a successful leader, what would it be?”

We’ve also discussed concepts like telecommuting, the distributed workforce, video conferencing and collaboration tools, and other topics that are important to virtual office users and small business owners. Our LinkedIn Group even offers promotions, jobs, and a list of like-minded members that you might want to add to your network.

Although Davinci Virtual’s group is growing, we always want to stay true to the needs of our members and potential members. That’s why we developed the survey.

So what would you hope to gain through this LinkedIn Group? We’ve created a very short, three-question survey for members of A Smarter Way to Work by Davinci Virtual. We’ll use your feedback to help provide a great experience in our group. We appreciate your input!

Won't you take a moment to take the survey? Not a member of A Smarter Way to Work by Davinci Virtual? Join today. It’s open and free and we’d welcome your perspectives.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions Congratulates Flexible Workplaces

Workplace flexibility isn’t just a trend—it’s a must in today’s world of work. That’s why it thrills us to see companies like American Journal Experts receiving the honor of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

American Journal Experts has been noticed for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. It’s a prestigious award, and one American Journal Experts rightly proud of.

As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, American Journal Experts ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.

"We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices," says Alicia Parr, American Journal Experts HR Director. "Our company was founded on the idea that allowing employees to set their own schedules and work from home would increase productivity and create an engaged and inspired workforce."

Workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees as well. Workplace flexibility is fueling alternative workplace strategies and the use of virtual office space.

"Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization,” says Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute, a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards. “In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health.”

Lower stress levels, better overall health and greater engagement from tools like virtual offices? The research proves it. Of course, we’re not surprised. We are seeing these sorts of results every day from clients who rent our virtual office space in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond. Now, the world is just taking more notice of the value-added benefits of virtual office space.