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CresaPartners Heralds Rise of Alternative Workplace Strategies

Beyond writing for Davinci Virtual every day, I also write for GlobeSt.com. So when I saw my colleague Natalia Dolce writing about the office of tomorrow and alternative workplace strategies, it got my attention.

Dole featured Robin Weckesser, a principal of the Bay Area project management group at CresaPartners in San Jose. Let’s listen in to a bit of the interview:

“The idea of alternative workplace strategies is not new,” says Weckesser, “but while companies have—for some time—tried to improve their workflow and reduce expenses, the process and implementation have changed dramatically. Today, thanks to advanced technology, a cultural shift, and economic conditions that prompt downsizing, more tenants are addressing the physical requirements of their organizations—and in many cases, they are seeking new workplace solutions.”

Weckesser is right on. Alternative workplace strategies are not new—neither are virtual offices. But virtual office technologies have matured, making possible even more productivity that gives corporations a stronger case for allowing telecommuting, flex-time and other alternative workplace strategies.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers virtual offices in cities large and small. In Weckesser’s neck of the woods, for example, Davinci Virtual’s San Jose virtual offices are available in two locations: Executive Suites of San Jose and the San Jose Business Center.

The Executive Suites of San Jose is located at 560 S. Winchester Blvd. The San Jose Business Center is at 11 North Market Street. Both of these San Jose virtual offices offer a prestigious business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point and more for a little as $95 a month.

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The Virtual Office Vs. Traditional Office Battle Still Rages

Is working from a virtual office more effective than working from a traditional office? That’s the subject of a Bruce Kennedy article in AOL’s Daily Finance.

Kennedy points to a couple of surveys in his article, including one from WorldatWork that cites the rise of the number of Americans who work either from their homes or remotely at least one day a week. The number rose 74 percent between 2005 and 2008.

Sometime tells me that number would be even higher if the study ran through the end of 2010, where more folks were starting businesses out of their home and more companies were exploring alternative workplace strategies.

Kennedy also noted a study from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. That 2008 study reveals that traditional office workers feel they have “decreased flexibility and a higher workload, and the ensuing greater frustration that comes with coordinating in an environment with more extensive co-worker telework.”

As you all know, I work from a virtual office. I do value face-to-face meetings when they deal with planning and strategy, but I am living proof that it’s not really necessary. From my Ft. Lauderdale virtual office I can talk to clients in Salt Lake City, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, or right down the street in Miami.

From my virtual office, I escape the Miami traffic with all the road raged drivers. I can better balance my family life and, perhaps more importantly for my clients, I can get more done in less time because I’m not distracted by ringing phones from the cubicle right next door.

It works for me. Does it work for you?
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Deloitte Confirms Value of Alternative Workplace Strategies

Deloitte & Touche is speaking out about alternative workplace strategies. The recently added web site page on Deloitte.com offers a headline that says “Rethinking the Traditional Office Space" and a downloadable brochure on the topic. Highly recommended reading if you are considering an alternative workplace strategy.

As Deloitte sees it, due to advances in mobile and networking technologies, sustainability concerns, and changing workforce demographics, many employees are working with high degrees of mobility. That, Deloitte says, is leading to low actual utilization of physical office space.

Then, Deloitte goes on to confirm that an alternative workplace strategy that takes into account physical space design, technology, and HR policies drives real estate savings and helps attract to talent. Deloitte outlines the following benefits of an alternative workplace strategy:

  • Efficiency and flexibility in the use of office space that is traditionally dedicated, expensive, and mostly unoccupied, leading to a 20-50 percent improvement in asset performance and cost savings

  • Mobile technology tools that allow for access and collaboration on demand–any time, anywhere

  • Flexibility and choice for workers to be productive from a variety of work settings, including corporate sites, customer locations, in transit, at home, etc.

  • Belief that the role of the “office” is to foster collaboration that will lead to innovation and speed


Deloitte concludes by saying that a well-thought out alternative workplace strategy can drive significant cost from a real estate portfolio, through the identification of space-reduction opportunities and changing workspace allocation standards.

Virtual office space is part and parcel of alternative workplace strategies. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions understands how virtual offices, virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and various virtual office technologies can combine to offer companies large and small a competitive advantage. Consider Davinci Virtual your partner in executing your alternative workplace strategy.
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Can Virtual Offices Help Your Mid-Section?

Are you sitting at your desk too long trying to meet deadlines? If so, you could be headed for heart disease and other ailments, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal.

A virtual office space could help you avoid that fate by giving you the freedom to get up and stretch your legs at will. That’s because the study suggests that extended sedentary periods lead to larger waist sizes and higher levels of blood fats—even if people exercise before of after work.

"Our research showed that even small changes, which could be as little as standing up for one minute, might help to lower this health risk," says lead author Genevieve Healy, a research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. "It is likely that regular breaks in prolonged sitting time could be readily incorporated into the working environment without any detrimental impact on productivity, although this still needs to be determined by further research. 'Stand up, move more, more often' could be used as a slogan to get this message across."

If you work at home from a virtual office in New York, you have more opportunities to get up and walk around, even if it’s just for a minute, without running into distractions from coworkers chatting about the big game at the water cooler—and without questioning looks from your boss. A virtual office offers you the ultimate freedom to take breaks at will to increase your productivity—and your health.

Of course, the study concluded that those short breaks aren’t enough to ensure health. You also need to do regular exercise for optimal health. And a virtual office allows you the freedom to do that as well. So what are you waiting for, whether you live in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Chicago or beyond, explore the many benefits of a virtual office.
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Virtual Office Space Good for Employers, Employees

Is telecommuting good for employees and employers?

It is if you are to believe a headline from PC magazine. Tony Bradley penned an article that discusses the evolution of technology and how it impacts the workplace. As he puts it, "the tedious standard of spending 40 hours a week sitting in a cubicle is fading as employers and workers both embrace the benefits associated with telecommuting."

Bradley hits on a heart issue in his article: employees know they have to be in a traditional office space from 8 to 5 and have little incentive to work harder or faster because that will ultimately just increase their workload. He cites a study from the National Communication Association about how employees working remotely are happier, shielded from more stress of office politics and constant interruptions.

I agree with Bradley's ultimate conclusion that telecommuting is great for everyone. I do it. I work from Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, yet I do not report to corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. I work in a virtual office just south of Ft. Lauderdale. If you are in Ft. Lauderdale, you could run into me one day at any of these Davinci virtual office locations:

Davinci Virtual office has plenty of options to choose from in South Florida cities like Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and beyond. Of course, Davinci Virtual has the largest network of reputable virtual office locations of any company in the industry. So whether you are exploring telecommuting for the first time or are just looking for a better virtual office at which to hang your hat, check out what we have to offer.

Check out this video of my backyard:

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