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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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Atlanta Virtual Offices Encourage Telework From Peachtree

It’s official. Atlanta is the friendliest city for telework.

Information workers in Atlanta work remotely five days per month, one more than the national average, according to a recent Microsoft survey. They also report the highest support levels from colleagues and the highest use of secure internal social networking tools to collaborate with customers. Conversely, they also conduct business while driving more than workers in any other city.

Microsoft reports that more than 4,500 U.S. information workers, more than half said their companies have a formal telework policy. The ongoing rise of telework reflects the new realities of today’s mobile information age, said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group.

“Telework is no longer a company perk for employees but a business imperative,” he says. “Ten years ago, it was seen more as an employee benefit. Today, businesses around the world are seeing telework as a necessity.”

Markezich calls it “work without walls” and says it paves the way for greater productivity, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction.

According to the survey, the number one reason given for telework is to avoid transportation challenges. Striking a better balance between work and home priorities came in second, followed by the need to complete unfinished work.

With all this in mind—and given Atlanta is the friendliest city for telecommuting—it’s no surprise that Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has so many virtual office locations in Atlanta. Davinci has 11 virtual offices in Atlanta, to be exact.

If you need a virtual office in Downtown Atlanta or Midtown Atlanta, Davinci has several options Peachtree Street. If you want to be closer to the highway, Davinci has locations near Interstate North Parkway. No matter which virtual office in Atlanta you choose, you are assured a prestigious mailing address, and plenty of administrative support. You can also visit these virtual office sites to use the business support center, pick up or drop off packages for clients, use a conference room or day office and other services.

Check out this video on Downtown Atlanta hot spots.

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Huntsville Virtual Offices Cater to “Geeks”

HUNTSVILLE, AL-Did you know Huntsville has a laundry list of accolades that are drawing businesses there? Indeed, Huntsville is an attractive place to set up a small business and maintain a good quality of life—especially if you have a virtual office space that gives you the freedom of flexibility.

CNN/Money.com named Huntsville among the top 25 places to retire. Huntsville landed at number 12 on the list for the second year in a row. The CNNMoney report noted that the city has a healthy dose of aerospace and high tech companies that feed the intellectual and economic base along with UAHuntsville's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. So if your business serves these industries, take notice of the opportunity.

Also, for the third time in five years, Huntsville has been honored as a "Playful City USA," a national program advocating for local policies to increase play opportunities for children. Huntsville also ranks fifth safest in the U.S. and Forbes magazine lists it as one of America’s Geekiest Cities. That’s actually a good thing, since a geek is a defined as a worker with a bachelor’s level degree in science or engineering-related industries.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers virtual offices in Huntsville at the Huntsville Business Center. Located at 600 Boulevard South, the Huntsville Business enter offers you all the tools and personnel you need to run your business virtually.

When you Huntsville virtual office space from Davinci, you tap into a suite of virtual office solutions, including a prestigious business address in Huntsville, live and virtual receptionists, mail and package receipt, call answering services, virtual assistants, web chat packages, a business support center and much more.  You can also opt to rent a conference room on demand or a day office from this Huntsville virtual office location.
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Workshifting From a Virtual Office Benefits Small Businesses

How can workshifting benefit your small business? That’s the question Citrix asked its vice president of corporate marketing, Kimberly M. Woodward.  Let’s listen in to the answer:

“While any employee appreciates the benefits of more flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to work at home part or all of the time, the payoff for the business is also considerable. A
workshifting policy can aid recruiting, employee productivity, satisfaction, and retention, and support diversity by making it possible to recruit the best talent in all corners of the world.  It can also help business reduce capital and operating costs, especially in organizations that use virtual desktops to enable employees to bring their own device to work, and to use that device interchangeably and securely for work and personal tasks.

“Virtual meetings are already a well-established practice for business. Last year, more than 100 million people experienced a virtual meeting or support session powered by Citrix. By moving meetings from the conference room to the web, organizations can support real-time collaboration between dispersed co-workers and keep in close touch with customers and partners.  Culturally, organizations benefit from a sense of cohesion and unity, while saving time and travel costs

“On an organizational level, workshifting accelerates business velocity by moving a process from one location to another—for example; having a sales rep process leads and orders directly from a trade show or placing a dedicated employee on-site at a customer location. At times of peak demand, the ability to share work across additional workers—or move it offshore for round-the-clock productivity—can provide crucial added capacity. Shifting lower-value tasks from highly skilled employees to hourly workers can reduce costs and improve efficiency.

“Just as virtualization technology enables workshifting for individuals, it also plays a key role in shifting workloads and processes to more optimal people or locations. Since computing resources are run, managed and secured centrally; data, applications, and complete virtual desktops can be made available instantly to any number of users in any location with no need for physical shipments or specialized local IT resources.”

Once again, I agree with Woodward. Virtual office space and virtual office technologies make alternative workplace strategies and workshifting a reality. And it’s a reality whose time has come. Round-the-clock productivity is the Holy Grail for American businesses. With workshifting, virtual assistants, virtual receptionists, and other virtual office technologies, the reality is, well, a reality.

Check out how workshifting works in real life:

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