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Strategies Webinar Looks at Office Space Demand Shift

The big shift in office space demand has begun. That’s the premise behind a webinar from Deloitte & Touche that explores alternative workplace strategies.

Bob O’Brien, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, hosted the webinar, which offers new insights into what could be a permanent change in the real estate market for office space.

Deloitte points out that employers have been exploring alternative workplace strategies, which can have a dramatic impact on the demand for office space, for more than 20 years. The virtual office is part and parcel of this shift. Virtual offices allow mobile workers to stay tapped into the parent office no matter where they go without missing a beat.

Virtual offices have been a popular alternative to traditional office space for many years, but virtual office space gained major momentum during the Great Recession. Deloitte asked an important question: As the economy improves, will alternative workplace strategies continue to reshape real estate markets?

The webinar discusses:

•    Changing office space demands and the business factors behind the surge in alternative workplace strategies, including people strategies, changing space standards, economics, technology, and sustainability.

•    Types of properties that align with the new demands of alternative workplace strategies.

•    Possible implications for lessors and lessees, both near-term and in the future.

You can view the webinar archive here.

If you are considering an alternative workplace strategy, consult with Davinci Virtual Office Solutions to discuss the best approach for your business. We have a suite of virtual communication technologies and 850 virtual office locations and meeting rooms around the word.

Save Thousands of Dollars Telecommuting From a Virtual Office

Labor Day is right around the corner. That means back to school and back to work. And that means more cars on the road, more people commuting—and more all around pressure. But you can avoid a lot of wasted hours—and wasted time and extra stress—by working from a virtual office space.

Let’s use Canadian workers as an example. The average worker there is spending a whopping 42 minutes commuting two and from work every day. That equals $269 these workers are spending every month on costs associated with working outside of the home. Not surprisingly, the highest portion of that cost on transportation costs at $146 a month. Looking at it another way, that equals 182 hours and $3,000 each year.

That’s an amazingly high price to pay, especially when you consider that the cost of a virtual office for an entire year is only about $600. You could literally save thousands of dollars every year—and be more productive and less stressed—if you work from a virtual office.

"We spend a lot of time and money getting to and from work each day—not to mention the environmental strain and stress that comes with commuting," says Kelly Dixon, president of Workopolis. "Today, working from home is a viable option for many. We need to continue to promote the benefits of telecommuting and encourage more flexible working arrangements for Canadian workers."

Beyond the cost, there’s the sheer hassle of driving to the office some days, whether it’s public transit delays, busier stations or more traffic jams. And again, this breeds stress. A virtual office space does away with those hassles. And when you need to meet clients, you can rent a meeting room from your virtual office provider.

By working from home, Canadians are able to spend the time they would normally be commuting on doing the things they want such as spending time with family and friends. And 58 percent said they would spend the extra time working more hours.  This number is even higher for those Canadians who are already working from home some of the time, at 73 percent.

So listen up, employers. Whether you are in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia or some other part of the world, allowing your employees to telecommute at least part-time from a virtual office space can be good for everybody.

Davinci Virtual Gives Away Another iPad to Virtual Office User

And the winner of the iPad is… Henry Oswoski.

Oswoski won a new Apple iPad in Davinci Virtual’s August iPad sweepstakes. It’s the perfect compliment to his virtual office space—and a perfect holiday gift. Even with all the talk about the the HP TouchPad's $99 fire sale, the iPad just keeps getting hotter.

Road warriors, mobile workers and others are still snapping up the iPad in droves. No other tablet computer even comes close to the glory of Steve Jobs' iPad.  If you didn’t win in the earlier rounds of Davinci Virtual’s iPad sweepstakes, don’t worry. Davinci Virtual is giving another lucky person the opportunity to win one of the tablet devices for free in its next iPad sweepstakes.

Davinci Virtual is giving away another iPad and the drawing is Nov. 1, 2011.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, virtual offices and the iPad may have more in common than you think. Both are revolutionary approaches to their sectors. The virtual office is clearly revolutionizing the way many entrepreneurs consume office space. And the iPad is revolutionizing tablet computing. In fact, I am now learning about this first hand as my shiny new iPad 2 just arrived this afternoon. (Yes, I took the plunge.)

In case you haven’t had a proper introduction to the iPad, here you go: iPad’s Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the Web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can read and send e-mail on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard or import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows.

iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection. Normally, the iPad costs $499 for the entry-level model. Davinci Virtual is giving you a chance to get your hands on one for free.

There’s no catch. You don’t have to be a virtual office customer to win the iPad, but current virtual office customers are eligible to enter. So click here to enter to win an iPad from Davinci Virtual. Click here to enter the sweepstakes. Check out this review of the iPad. Worth the watch…


Davinci Virtual Office Solutions Growing Fast, Fast, Fast

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Davinci Virtual Office Solutions would like to thank you! Yes, you! Why? Because you are among the many thousands of satisfied virtual office customers that have made it possible for us to make this announcement:

Davinci Virtual has been selected as the 21st fastest growing company by the Utah Business 2011 Fast 50 awards. This is the company’s fourth year in a row we’ve been named among the Utah Fast 50. And we are honored.

"This award represents a testimonial to our innovation, continued aggressive growth and dedication,” said Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. “We are in an exciting space, at the right time, offering superior virtual office solutions for a global market place.”

In case you aren’t familiar with the Utah Fast 50, allow me to explain: The Utah Fast 50 program recognizes companies for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and dramatic revenue growth.

Utah Business magazine and sponsors Kirton & McConkie, CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann, and Oracle are highlighting 50 of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. The selected companies will be featured in the September issue of Utah Business magazine.

"It is great to see the Utah business community recognizing our company for the fourth year in a row,” said Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “We continue to launch new services, exceed our milestones and expand our presence. This award is a tribute to our hardworking staff.”

Just getting to know Davinci Virtual? If you ask around, you’ll soon discover that we are the leading provider of turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions. When you rent virtual office space from Davinci, you get a local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, voicemail to e-mail, fax to e-mail, voice to text, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, live call answering, find me - follow me, live web chat, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more.

Say all that three times fast! The point is, Davinci Virtual gives mobile workers, home office users and others everything they need to execute an alternative workplace strategy. And we have more than 850 virtual office locations to choose from.


Can Being a Taker-Giving Help Your Small Business?

Life would be a lot easier if people recognized there are really only three kinds of people in the world. So says John Scott, an entrepreneur who started with a truck and a tool box to become a successful contractor and real estate developer.

"It's been my experience in life and in business that people come in only three basic varieties," says Scott, who is also author of The Joe Dial, a graphic tool that measures positive and negative energies so people can adjust their lives. “There are givers, takers and those who fall in the middle with qualities of both. These people represent different mixtures of positive and negative energies, and understanding how those energies work—both with others and within ourselves—can make our lives at work and at home a lot easier."

His definitions of the three kinds of people are reasonably detailed, but a simple overview of them includes:

Givers: These people are typically honest and sincere and have a driving concern for the world and everyone in it. Givers feel a responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect. They see it as their duty to leave the world in better shape than they found it. The danger for people who are primarily givers is that they tend to be easily taken advantage of by takers. The pure giver often fails to assess a situation to ensure their best interests are being protected. They don't truly understand the taking mentality and do not realize there is a whole class of people out there eager to take everything givers are willing to give, and then some.

Takers: Keep in mind that taking in and of itself is not a bad thing. We must all have a bit of taker in all of us if only to afford others the opportunity to be givers. Moreover, takers are not necessarily bad people. They've simply been raised to be takers by having been given too much as they were growing up. For instance, a fourth generation welfare recipient has been given no other model but taking. Pure takers entire orientation in life is one of receiving, of trying to maximize the gain in every situation. A true taker operates out of a position of fear, always assuming there won't be enough to go around, always strategizing so he gets his share and more.

Taker-Givers (T&G): These folks strike a balance between taking and giving, and generally have a developed set of instincts about when to give and when to take. As a rule, they don't want to take advantage of anyone, nor do they want to be taken advantage of by takers. Courtesy is both extended and expected in return. Some key characteristics include:

  • They let you pay for lunch one day but insist on paying the next time.

  • They are able to both lend help as well as ask for help.

  • They listen and talk in roughly the same measure.

  • They carry their weight on a team, but don't allow themselves to be used.

  • They're not excessive with either lending or borrowing.

  • They clean up their own messes.

"In my estimation, about 70 percent of us fall into that T&G category to some extent or another, with the other 30 percent split evenly between givers and takers," Scott says. "By recognizing these elements and trying to practice the principles of giving and taking in equal measure, you can revolutionize your own workspace no matter what position you may have. The positivity will ripple outward, changing not only yourself, but the people around you."