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Want to Work From a Virtual Office? Try One of These Career Fields

ATLANTA-If you want to work from home in a virtual office, there are some career fields that are more obliged than others to let you do so. FlexJobs Flexible Job Index for September reveals what those career fields are—and there have been big changes in the top 25 fields hiring for telecommuting, part-time, freelance, and flexible employment.

"In our recent data, we've continued to see strong growth in professional fields that people might not typically associate with telecommuting and flexible jobs," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. "But the truth is that telecommuting and flexible jobs are much, much more widespread than they're given credit for."

The top five career fields for virtual office users are:

  1. Medical & Health

  2. Education

  3. Sales

  4. Computer & IT

  5. Administrative


Some of the most notable changes in the FlexJobs Flexible Job Index for September include an 87 percent increase in data entry jobs and a 32 percent decrease in available writing jobs. Web design and graphic design saw dips, with 23 percent and 22 percent drops, respectively. On the upside, accounting and finance telecommuting jobs rose 28.4 percent, consulting is up 27.8 percent, business development is up by 20 percent, and customer service is up by 15 percent. The increases reflect growth in the number of available jobs in these fields.

All of these career fields have a history of allowing telecommuters to work from a virtual office space. But FlexJobs is noting some surprising fields among the possibilities for virtual office users, including Marine Species Observer, CEO, State Director of Nursing, and a History & Ethnic Studies Instructor.

The September report shows how virtual offices and telecommuting, as well as flexible work schedules, continues to gain momentum—even finding its way into non-traditional career fields. What profession will go virtual next?
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Reduce Stress and Long-Term Absences With a Virtual Office

Are you stressed out? Stress seems to be a common denominator in today’s world. Whether you work in an office or out in the field, stress seems to follow people around in the world of work.

That’s why I wasn’t surprised when I saw the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey. The survey reveals that stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for employees. Virtual offices may be able to help solve the problem.

Think about it for a minute. There are many types of sicknesses people get that might keep them out of the office for the long-term, such chronic fatigue syndrome or tuberculosis. But stress tops the list, and the side effects are troublesome.

“Stress can often have a negative effect on the workplace, which can result in loss of productivity and disengaged employees,” says Gill Phipps, HR spokesperson for Simplyhealth. “With many organizations looking for ways to save money, employee health and wellbeing shouldn’t be over looked and should remain at the heart of the company.”

Beyond these findings, another survey from Aviva UK Health revealed that long-term sick leave causes low morale in the office. Twenty-two percent of employees feel annoyed and overworked when colleagues are absent and 71 percent said they’d be concerned about returning to work if they were off sick for a prolonged period of time.

“Our research shows that it is not unusual for an employee to be off sick for a prolonged period of time at some point during their working life,” said Steve Bridger, head of group risk at Aviva UK Health. “If this happens, both the emotional and financial strains on the absent employee and remaining team members can be huge.”

So not only is the cause of the long-term absenteeism most often stress, the fact that an employee is absent for a long period of time leads to more stress. It’s sort of a double-edged sword—it cuts both ways. A virtual office may help solve the problem.

Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office drives up productivity and reduces stress, i.e. the stress of fighting traffic to get to work on time, the stress of dealing with office politics, the stress of distractions while you are on deadline and so on.

Alternative workplace strategies have been heralded as a means to reduce corporate real estate costs, but these tactics can also be used to reduce stress, which can have a ripple effect on the productivity of an organization. Virtual offices and other virtual technologies can also allow employees who are out of the office long-term continue contributing to the team effort, even if it is only part time.

Check out this video on dealing with stress in the workplace:

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Improve Your Office Day Should Include Virtual Office Space

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Grand Rapids Virtual Offices Drive Flexible Workplaces

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH-Here at Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, we like to give an extra pat on the back to companies that are making it easier for employees to balance their work and life.

This week, a big ‘kudos’ goes out to Visteon Corporation. The automotive-related company received the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for companies in Michigan.

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project on workplace effectiveness and workplace flexibility from Families and Work Institute in partnership with The Center for Workforce Preparation, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Twiga Foundation.

Visteon ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally for policies and practices that incorporate workplace flexibility as part of an effective strategy to achieve business objectives and help employees balance on- and off-the-job responsibilities. This is the third consecutive year Visteon received this honor and the fourth time overall.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is helping companies like Visteon deploy alternative workplace strategies, including virtual offices. Davinci has plenty of virtual office solutions to choose from across Michigan, including virtual office locations in Bloomfield Hills, Portage, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Novi and Troy.

One example is the Grand Rapids Executive Center in Grand Rapids. Located at 2525 E. Paris S.E., this virtual office location offers competitive solutions starting at just $50 a month. For this price, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter and client drop off and pick up point. You can also have your mail forwarded to you for a nominal fee, or rent a conference room or day office on demand by the hour.

So if your company wants to be recognized for its flexible workplace initiatives, try alternative workplace strategies that employ virtual office solutions. Whether your company is located in Bloomfield Hills, Portage, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Novi or Troy, we have virtual offices in Michigan to help you get started.
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