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Virtual Offices Gain Momentum After 9/11 Tragedy

ATLANTA-The tragic events of 9/11 had a permanent effect on the workplace. So says a survey from CoreNet Global.

CoreNet Global found that 75 percent of survey respondents believe companies in general are as vigilant about security measures today as they were in the aftermath of 9/11. But the focus on risk management as an intrinsic strategic planning and management function also grew stronger.

"Business disruption planning became a common element for many corporate workplace and asset managers as a result of 9/11," says Richard Kadzis, editor of Leader magazine and vice president of Strategic Communications for CoreNet Global. "Elements of this planning include mobile work plans for employees, facility collocation policies, redundant facilities, energy back up, business continuity plans, and off-site data storage."

Notice Kadzis says mobile work plans. Mobile workers are tapping into alternative workplace strategies that include virtual offices at a much higher rate than they were 10 years ago. Indeed, the virtual office hit the mainstream in the years following the terrorist attacks on New York. In fact, many companies were thrust into virtual office mode when the tragedy struck.

"While technology advances and the 2009 recession would have facilitated the trend toward mobile work, before then, 9/11 demonstrated the value of so-called 'distributed work' in which employees are contributing toward the final product from various locations, including the home," Kadzis says. "Before 9/11, the scale of flexible workplace strategies was limited more to companies we used to call the 'leading-edge' adopters."

Some survey respondents indicated a reluctance to lease office space in high-rise buildings, yet 84 percent believed that the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Manhattan will be a commercial success, and more than 40 percent said that they would consider leasing space at the site.

Recent CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate 2020 related research findings indicate that 40 percent of workers in developed economies and 20 percent of workers in emerging economies will be teleworking by the year 2020. That means the rise of virtual office space will continue rising in NYC, Atlanta, Hong Kong and beyond.

Would You Pay to Work in a Virtual Office?

ATLANTA-If you are like most working adults in the U.S., you’d pay for a little flexibility.

A new online survey from flexible staffing firm Mom Corps conducted by Harris Interactive reveals flexible work options are pretty darn important to working professionals as they determine where they want to do their 9 to 5. And that’s the point. It’s not just 9 to 5 anymore. It’s a world of work shifting, telecommuting, flex-time and virtual office space.

"The fact that employees of all ages are willing to give up any percentage of their salary in exchange for more flexibility over their work schedule is significant, especially given the economic climate and record unemployment," says Allison O'Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps. "Corporate America no longer aligns with the way U.S. families conduct their daily lives. Participating in some form of flexible work option allows employees to have more work/life balance, and successful companies know this can yield a significant return on investment for them."

Check out some of these results, which bodes well for the concept of virtual offices.

  • 42% are willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work; about six percent is the average.

  • 12% of working men say they would be willing to give up more than 10 percent of their salary in exchange for more flexibility.

  • 6% of women would be willing to trade a tenth of their salary for more flex-time.

  • 62% agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for.

  • 79% of working mothers and 77% of working fathers agree they would stay with a company longer if it offered flexible work options.

One of the easiest ways to foster a culture of flexibility in the workplace is virtual office solutions. By deploying virtual office solutions, from virtual office space to web conferencing to live receptionists and beyond, companies can attract the best and brightest workers. It’s been proven time and time again in studies. But this is the first survey I’ve seen where folks were so hungry for alternative workplace strategies that they would be willing to let you take money out of their pockets!

So if you are looking for virtual office space in Atlanta, Mom Corps’ hometown, or you are reaching this article from New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami or somewhere in between, check with Davinci Virtual office solutions about how we can help you aceheive work-life balance while actually saving you money.

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Celebrating Alternative Workplace Strategies on Labor Day

At Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, we like to honor companies that are offering alternative workplace strategies for employees. So what better to write about on Labor Day than a company that is offering flexible workplaces?

The Novo Group won the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. The award recognizes companies in the Chicago area.

“We value our employees and work hard to maintain a company culture of open communication, truth, respect and fairness,” Cindy Lu, president and CEO of recruitment firm The Novo Group. Novo offers alternative workplace strategies like work-from-home schedules, a condensed workweek, or creative approaches for childcare.

According to the Families and Work Institute (FWI), workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while benefiting employees as well. Virtual office space plays right into those strategies.

“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 Galinksy, president of FWI. “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.

Flex Hour Telecommuting Jobs Meet the Virtual Office

I just read about a new initiative from FlexHourJobs.com—and I discovered some truly great news for telecommuters and part-time job seekers who want to work from a virtual office rather than battle the traffic everyday.

Check this out: This fall FlexHourJobs.com is focusing on helping seniors and parents find flexible job opportunities. FlexHourJobs.com launched about a year ago and is making a name for itself in the telecommuting, work-from-home market. The service is free for job seekers—and it’s idea for virtual office users who workshift.

Why is FlexHourJobs.com focusing on seniors and parents. Consider the statistics:  41 percent of Americans are living in poverty and 5.3 million kids are affected by foreclosure. What’s more, almost 25 percent of the total U.S. unemployed are over 50 years old, which is the highest number since the depression. And about 17 million middle class families are on Medicaid.

Here’s another troubling stat: Over 60 percent of college graduates are now women—and  most of them drop out of the workforce within five years of graduation in order to build a family. Add in the mix the recession and the demands of caregivers now to aging parents, and we have a society in desperate need of transformation toward a telecommuting workforce.

Flex jobs, telecommuting and virtual office space work together. So whether you are working from a virtual office and needed additional flex work to fill up your schedule, or you are telecommuting and need a virtual office to help you work more productively with a more professional image, you can see the connection.

Virtual offices are an affordable solution that can make the difference in you landing a flex job or telecommuting position or the job going to the next candidate. That’s because a virtual office gives you a prestigious business address that will smell of success to the HR director. A virtual office also gives you the option to get an 800 number and a virtual receptionist. The point is, it doesn’t cost much to make a good impression—and to keep making a good impression as you work more efficiently with virtual office communications.