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Optimize Workplace Plans with Virtual Office Space

We took a look at CRESAPartners principal Robin Weckesser’s view on alternative workplace strategies late last year. Now, the commercial real estate executive is offering more thoughts on this trend. In his latest blog post on the topic, he focuses on the main characteristics of optimizing workplace plans.

In quick summary of his posts, he cites characteristics such as smaller workstations, the new cube (without walls), reconfiguration to fill empty seats, hotelling, open spaces, common areas, and virtual offices.

“As stated earlier, the number of remote work settings is proliferating, thanks to broadband wireless for laptops, smartphones, iPads, and virtual webinar meetings.  Today’s 'office' may be a den, coffee shop, cafeteria, train, mall, motel, etc.” Weckesser writes, noting benefits such as staff recruiting and retention, along with better social networking, that come with optimizing workplace plans.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers companies the help they need executing alternative workplace strategies that include virtual office space. As Weckesser noted, technologies are helping to make virtual office space more practical.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers virtual office space, but also virtual office technologies like Web conferencing and live virtual chat to enable time-efficient meetings. But when you need to meet a client or have a team meeting in a traditional office space, virtual office users in cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and even smaller cities across the country and around the world can rely on Davinci to provide conference rooms and meeting rooms on demand.

An alternative workplace strategy isn’t right for every company—and a virtual office space isn’t right from every organization—but if your group is exploring the many benefits of optimizing workplace plans, virtual office space should be at the top of your list. For pennies on the dollar of leasing traditional office space, you can set up a virtual office infrastructure that drives greater productivity for your business.


Study: 44% of Small Businesses Let Employees Telecommute

One interesting trend that has been on the rise among small business owners, likely due to continually improving technology, is allowing employees to telecommute.

According the annual National Small Business Administration (NSBA) Survey of Small- and Mid-Sized Business, in 1997 only 9 percent of small businesses allowed telecommuting. Ten years later in 2007 that number jumped to 19 percent.

According to NSBA’s most recent technology survey, 44 percent of small businesses allow their employees to telecommute. Although the NSBA admits that the demographics of the two surveys are somewhat different, the group feels there is no doubt that technology improvements have made telecommuting a much more affordable and reliable benefit to offer employees.

These survey results come as no surprise to us here at Davinci Virtual Office Solutions. We’ve watched the rise of telecommuting and have been part of the rise of virtual office space. From Los Angeles on the West Coast to Chicago in the middle of the country to Miami down South and New York in the northeast, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has been a premier provider of virtual office space since 2006.

But Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers more than virtual office space. We offer a full gamut of virtual office solutions, from virtual receptionists and virtual assistants to Live Web Chat and web conferencing. We also offer call screening and scheduling services. All the bells and whistles that make a telecommuter’s life easier are ready and available at attractive rates at Davinci.

Shedworking And Virtual Offices in Miami

Now I’ve heard everything. I was doing some research on alternative workplace strategies and I came across a book called “Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution.”

Here’s the description of the book:

“Featuring shedworkers and shedbuilders from around the world who are leading the alternative workplace revolution, Shedworking looks at why having a shed office is a greener way of working, improves the work-life balance, and accelerates one’s productivity. Inspired by the author’s Shedworking website, which has been internationally acclaimed for the groundbreaking scale of its architectural coverage, the book features many previously unpublished images of garden offices and shed-like atmospheres: offices on roofs, sheds inside “traditional” offices, and even sheds on wheels, as well as cutting-edge Le Corbusier-designed models for the back garden, all-glass shed offices, and buildings “built” using living trees. Along the way it offers a whistle-stop tour of famous sheds from Pliny the Younger’s summerhouse and the retreats of 19th-century composers Edvard Grieg and Gustav Mahler to award-winning 21st-century fantasy writer Neil Gaiman’s gazebo. In short, Shedworking offers a manifesto for those wanting to change their working lives for the better and go to work in the garden.”

What a manifesto! I have a friend who takes the shedworking approach, essentially working from a hyped up, high-tech shed in the backyard of his Miami home. But let’s face it: shedworking is not practical for everyone—especially in Miami where condos abound. So what’s the solution for folks in big cities who can’t find sheds but want to tap into the alternative workplace revolution? Virtual offices.

Take Miami, for example. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers nine virtual offices in Miami, including virtual offices on Brickell Avenue and virtual offices in Coral Gables near the Miami International Airport.

When you rent a Miami virtual office space from Davinci Virtual, you get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter to deal with clients who drop by, a client drop off and pick up point, mail forwarding and shipping services and more. You can also rent a conference room for important client meetings on demand or rent a day office if you need an alternative workplace.

So if shedworking isn’t for you, but you want to deploy your alternative workplace strategy in Miami, check out one of Davinci Virtual’s nine Miami virtual offices.

New York Virtual Offices Help Beat Snow Days

I love reading editorials in the New York Times. When I saw on one of the letters to the editor yesterday, it really jumped out at me.

The New York Times posted a letter to the editor titled, “Bad Weather? Try Telecommuting.” It was penned by a Marguerite Pastirchak of Port Jefferson Station, New York. Here is an excerpt from her letter:

“With all the bad weather making commuting terribly uncomfortable and at times dangerous, it is time we take a better look at telecommuting. This technology can allow so many office workers and students the benefit of staying home to do their work and studies while saving institutions money. Traffic and travel time will be reduced, which is good for all.”

Bravo, Marguerite. This is right on target—and it wasn’t a solicited opinion.  In other words, I checked it out. This dear lady doesn’t work for a virtual office company so far as I can tell. She’s politically active in social change issues.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions doesn’t have any virtual office space in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Port Jefferson Station is about 60 miles away from Manhattan, though. So if Port Jefferson Station entrepreneurs want to offer a big city impression at an affordable cost, they can rent virtual office space in Manhattan—or Albany or Buffalo—from Davinci Virtual.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has New York virtual office space in Albany, Jericho, White Plains, Buffalo, Malta, Garden City, New York, Harrison and Rye Brook. Altogether, Davinci Virtual has 37 virtual office locations in New York, and many of them are offering new low rates.

Louisville Virtual Offices Offer High Value at Low Cost

Have you ever been to Louisville, Kentucky?

It’s one of the “100 Best Companies for Young People,” according to America’s Promise Alliance. And USA Today ranks the state fourth in positive change in personal income during the recession. What’s more, Business Facilities Magazine rates Louisville in Top 10 for Business Growth, Low Cost of Living.

All pretty attractive reasons to do business in Kentucky, yes?

The good news is you can lower your cost of doing business in Louisville with a virtual office space. A virtual office offers you all the amenities of a physical office space when you need them and the freedom not to pay for those amenities when you don’t need them. A virtual office space in Louisville can also help you break into the market whether you live there or not.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has two very attractive virtual offices in Louisville: the Hurstbourne  Business Center and the Brownsboro Business Center.

Located at 9900 Corporate Campus Drive, the Hurstbourne Business Center is in a modern building that impresses clients. You can rent virtual office space at this location from $135 a month. If you are coming from a different area of town or need a virtual office space on a tighter budget, try the Brownsboro Business Center. That’s located at 4965 US Hwy 42.

Both Louisville virtual office space locations offer a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, a lobby directory listing, mail forwarding and shipping services and more. You can even rent a conference room there for between $25 and $40 an hour if you need a physical space to host client meetings.