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Chandler Virtual Office Space Helps Start-Ups Serve Tech Industry

CHANDLER, ARIZ.-Founded in 1912, Chandler is one of the oldest cities in Arizona—but it’s got some of the most modern virtual office technologies available today.

There are plenty of competitive advantages to doing business in Chandler, especially in the North Chandler, Downtown Chandler, Price Corridor, Airpark Area and West Chandler employment corridors. You can rent ample office space there, but many people doing business in Chandler are opting for virtual office space.

If your company serves the industrial or tech sectors, a Chandler virtual office may be right for you. Chandler offers plenty of opportunities in biosciences and life sciences and is investing significant resources in the 101 Science & Technology Corridor. Some of the companies that call Chandler home include Freescale, Microchip Technology, Orbital Sciences and Intel.

Chandler is within minutes of every major freeway in the Phoenix-metro area. The Phoenix transit system would let you come and go as you please, even to places like the Sky Harbor International Airport. Beyond technology, major companies there include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, eBay, Verizon, and Toyota Financial Services.

You can find virtual offices in Chandler at Davinci Virtual Office Solutions. Davinci has partnered with the Chandler Business Center to offer prime virtual office space. Located at 1820 East Ray Road, the Chandler Business Center offers you a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter, client drop-off and pick-up point, and mail forwarding and shipping services. Our Chandler virtual offices also give you access to a conference room and day office space on demand at an hourly rate.

Whether you need virtual office space in Chandler, Los Angeles, Boston or Miami, Davinci has the right solutions for you. You can also tap into virtual office solutions such as virtual assistants and virtual receptionists.

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Virtual Offices in Louisville Help Commuters Avoid Sherman Minton Bridge Problems

LOUISVILLE-It’s not always a natural disaster that makes it nearly impossible to get to work. Sometimes it’s other public safety issues. That’s the case in Louisville, Kentucky where the Sherman Minton Bridge is closed indefinitely due to structural cracks.

“The closing leaves motorists in Kentucky and Indiana looking for alternate routes across the river. Late Friday, transportation officials were encouraging motorists to use Interstate 65, the Kennedy and Second Street bridges and Interstate 265 while an official plan is devised over the weekend,” reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

When issues like this arise, it’s time to explore the benefits of alternative workplace strategies like telecommuting from a virtual office. Virtual office technologies can empower workers to do more from home without wasting potentially hours a day looking for alternative routes across the river, which connects New Albany with Louisville.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has two virtual office locations in Louisville: Hurstbourne Business Center and Brownsboro Business Center. Both virtual office solutions offer a prime business address, mail and package receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter, client drop off and pick up point, and access to day office space and conference rooms. You can also opt for mail forwarding and shipping services for an extra fee if you can’t get into that area of Louisville to pick up your mail.

Located at 9900 Corporate Campus Drive, the Hurtsbourne Business Center offers all of these services for $79 a month. The Browsnboro Business Center, located at 4965 US Highway 42, also offers these services for $79 a month. If you need additional virtual office support, you can also opt for a virtual receptionist, virtual assistant, or web conferencing.

How to Keep Telecommuters Working Efficiently From a Virtual Office

BOSTON-Yesterday, we looked at a study from CareerBuilder that examined whether or not working from home an efficient alternative to the traditional office job or a productivity killer. The conclusion: It’s a mixed bag. It depends on the motivation of the virtual office worker.

With that, Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, offers some tips to help telecommuters work as effectively as possible from their virtual office space. So if you work from home in a virtual office, check out these tips to boost your productivity.

Keep a normal morning routine.
The CareerBuilder survey found that 30 percent of telecommuters tend to work in pajamas: 41 percent of females and 22 percent of males. The truth is you'll probably work better if you treat your mornings as if you were going to the office. If there's one good thing about a commute, it's that you get a mental transition between home and work life. Get out of bed, dress up, grab breakfast--do anything that will get your mind in the right place.

Find the best spot to work.
Even if you don't have a dedicated home office, it's important that you find the least distracting place in your home. Don't be tempted by the entertainment system or the recliner.

Stay connected to colleagues.
It's easier to slack off when you know your colleagues or managers aren't watching. If you're struggling to stay motivated at home, schedule an update meeting or call and talk shop with an office peer to get your mind back on work.

Plan your breaks.
You should never feel like a prisoner in your own home. Plan short breaks to take care of chores, play with pets, exercise, or run a brief errand. You'll be less likely to succumb to quitting work early if you structure the perks of being at home appropriately into your schedule.

Take your work to a coffee shop.
A lot of workers don't like telecommuting because they're accustomed to working around others. Working at home can be lonely. If your job allows it, try spending an afternoon in a coffee shop or library. At many spots, you'll likely find contract workers or other telecommuters toiling away, as well.

Want more virtual office tips and trends? Come back to Davinci Virtual Solutions blog every day for the latest advice and information on alternative workplace strategies.

Does Working From Virtual Offices Mean Working Less?

BOSTON-Is working from a virtual office on the homefront an efficient alternative to the traditional office job or a productivity killer? This is a question that’s been asked—and answered—time and time again with regard to virtual offices and alternative workplace strategies. Now, CareerBuilder’s survey on telecommuting is offering both sides of the story.

While 17 percent of Americans who telecommute at least part-time spend one hour or less per day on work, 35 percent work eight or more hours, according to the study. And 40 percent of telecommuters work between four and seven hours per day. The survey questioned about 5,300 employees.

In another finding, Americans are able to work from home on a more regular basis post-recession. Ten percent telecommute at least once a week. That’s up from eight percent in 2007. This has played out in the uptick in virtual offices and the maturing technologies that support telework, like web conferencing and cloud computing.

"With mass adoption of smart phones and advanced network technologies, telecommuters are connected to their offices like never before. As a result, we're seeing more companies embrace the work-from-home option and more workers putting in full-time hours while at home," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.

"However, to avoid situations where telecommuters aren't putting in the necessary time, managers need to be clear about expectations and establish daily objectives. The autonomy of working from home can be very rewarding so long as it doesn't diminish productivity."

Telecommuters are largely split as to whether time spent at home or at the office is more conducive to high-quality work. Thirty-seven percent say they are more productive at the office, while 29 percent report they are more productive working from a virtual office. Thirty-four percent do not see a difference, stating they are equally productive at home and the virtual office.

Clearly, entrepreneurs and small business owners have plenty of incentive to make the most of working from home using virtual office technologies. If they don’t work, they don’t eat. Although there are distractions on the home front, there are also built-in advantages, like saving time commuting to an office, saving money on traditional office space, and tapping into virtual office technologies and virtual office services (read: virtual receptionists and virtual services) that make you more productive.

Conclusion: Virtual offices bolster productivity when people are motivated to work. At the end of the day, slackers will be slackers no matter where they office.

Financial Industry Adopting Virtual Office Space

Face time at the office isn't what it used to be. Indeed, more companies are setting the state for the continued rise of the virtual office with alternative workplace strategies.

An Accountemps survey demonstrates how this trend is playing out in the financial services field. The survey reveals that one-third of Chief Financial Officers agree that remote work arrangements, such as telecommuting and working from satellite offices, have increased at their companies in the last three years. The survey questioned 1,400 CFOs across the United States.

"The prevalence of mobile technologies and wireless communication makes it easier for companies to support flexible work arrangements for their employees," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies.

"Although not all positions are suited to remote work arrangements, for those that are, this option can help give professionals more control over their schedules and aid in recruitment and retention efforts. Businesses that are considering remote work arrangements should set clear policies and establish specific productivity goals."

Whether you are a virtual office worker or an employer relying on virtual office workers, here are some strategic tips from Accountemps:

1.  Communication: Keep remote workers in the loop on the latest news about the department and company. Don't rely solely on e=mail. Schedule regular calls and in-person meetings. Provide frequent status updates to the boss on key projects, and look for opportunities to interact with your manager and colleagues using virtual office technologies.

2.  Resources: Ensure offsite employees have the necessary resources, including appropriate network access. If you are using your own computer and phone system, make sure your equipment is up-to-date. You should be as productive working remotely as you are in the office.

3.  Planning: Establish expectations and guidelines at the outset so you can monitor the arrangement and adjust as necessary. Anticipate potential concerns your employer may have about an offsite work arrangement and be prepared to discuss how you plan to handle them.

4.  Security: Work with your information technology personnel to set up the requisite security protocols. Ensure your computer and other equipment are safeguarded by the company against security threats.

5.  Camaraderie: To ensure remote workers continue to feel connected to the group, include them in team activities and recognize their accomplishments in front of their colleagues. Try to join group activities, from offsite trainings to department celebrations, as much as possible. Seek input from coworkers when brainstorming, and volunteer to assist them when they need help.