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Study: Alternative Workplace Strategies Going Mainstream

Alternative workplace strategies are nothing new. Major companies have been exploring the benefits of the alternative workplace for more than 20 years—at least. That’s before the Internet, before virtual office technologies, before video conferencing was mainstream, and so on.

Still, for many years, alternative workplace strategies were mainly the practices of a few select companies. So says a benchmarking study from New Ways of Working (WOW).

That’s changing, though. The so-called alternative workplace, the study suggests, may be shedding half its name. In other words, the alternative workplace is now just the “workplace” as this once-alternative office environment is becoming more common.

“Alternative Workplace Strategies in the Current Economy: A 2009 Global Benchmarking Study by New Ways of Working” showed that recessionary pressures are expediting the adoption of alternative strategies in the workplace.

Based on a global survey of 103 organizations including Fortune 100 companies, representing over 4.5 million employees, New WOW’s research reveals how leading corporations are employing alternative workplace strategies to keep their edge in a challenging economic climate.

Over the next few days, we’ll take a look at some of the survey results. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

In the past five years, alternative workplace practices have escalated. Forty-five percent of survey participants said that they had started their alternative workplace programs within the past two years, and 80 percent within the past five years. What’s more, the percentage of employees using alternative workplaces averaged about 21 percent. In fact, in some leading organizations, alternative workplaces are becoming standard practice.

Alternative workplace strategies include the virtual office. Virtual office space offers employees, whether telecommuters, mobile workers or road warriors, the ability to remain productive no matter where they are working from. Davinci Virtual is on the leading edge of helping corporations executive alternative workplace strategies through virtual offices, virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and various virtual office technologies.

Are Your Female Workers Stressed? Introduce Virtual Office Space.

We’ve come a long way, baby. But many of us are also stressed out—and it’s more than a little bit bad for our health.

Women who report having high job strain and active job strain have 40 percent and 56 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease respectively, including heart attacks and the need for invasive heart procedures compared to women with low job strain.

What in the world is job strain? Let’s be clear. A form of psychological stress, job strain is defined as having a demanding job that provides limited opportunity for decision making or to use one's creative or individual skills.

The study also found that job insecurity or fear of losing one's job and job strain were both associated with risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and excess body weight. However, unlike job strain, job insecurity was not directly related to the development of actual heart attacks, stroke, invasive heart procedures or cardiovascular death.

"From a public health perspective, it is crucial for employers as well as government and hospital entities to monitor perceived employee job strain and initiate strategies to manage job strain and perhaps positively impact prevention of heart disease, employee productivity and business competitiveness,” says Dr. Michelle Albert, M.D. M.P.H, the study's senior author and cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston Mass.

How can employers help women reduce workplace stress? One way is by offering alternative workplace strategies, including flextime. Virtual office technologies make flextime possible for small companies and large corporations alike. By offering a virtual office space, virtual assistants and virtual receptionists, companies can cut down on labor and facilities costs and also help employees reduce stress levels.

Whether to reduce stress, drive up productivity or cut costs, more and more companies are turning to virtual office space. Virtual office space can help you attract and retail the best and brightest employees by offering flexible scheduling arrangements and even remote work opportunities. So what are you waiting for, ladies? Why not suggest virtual office space to your employer before you get stressed out again?

Rent Billings Virtual Office Space Without a Big Bill

Looking for a super value on a virtual office in Montana? Look no further than Billings.

Billings is a regional hub for a 500-mile radius. You can get to Calgary, Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver within a day’s drive. Geographically, Billings gives you access to the largest trade area in the United States.

You are also an hour away from skiing, fishing and boating. You’ve got Yellowstone National Park to the south, Teton National Park to the southwest, Glacier National Park to the north and Blue ribbon trout streams just down the road.

Billings have a heavy concentration of healthcare, energy, financial, engineering, high-tech, agriculture—along with the largest coal reserves in the United States. Billings has over 10 major banking systems with 70 branches throughout the city plus brokerages and financial planning companies.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space for rent at the Billings Executive Plaza. Located at 1925 Grand Ave, Billings Executive Plaza offers you a prime business address in Billings without the costly overhead. For as low as $100 a month, you can tap into a cadre of virtual office services, including mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a client drop off and pick up location, mail forwarding and shipping services, a lobby greeter and more.

If you need a conference room or meeting space in Billings, Davinci Virtual has you covered. You can rent a conference room for between $25 and $40 an hour at this North Central Billings location.

Check out this video on Billings, Montana:


New Yorkers Stressed Out About Money

Money and the economy are stressing New Yorkers, with each equally likely to be mentioned as a leading cause of stress in New York City.

New Yorkers are also more likely than Americans overall to cite the economy, personal health concerns, and housing costs as significant sources of stress.

Seventy-five percent of New York City residents cite the economy as a stressor, compared to 65 percent nationally, according to a survey released today by the American Psychological Association. New Yorkers are reporting lower stress levels than in 2008 and 2009, although their stress level is still higher than what they consider to be healthy.

In terms of job satisfaction, New Yorkers report feeling less satisfied with their job than workers nationwide (54 percent vs. 64 percent nationally). Forty-one percent of New York workers report feeling tense or stressed out on the job, with one-third (35 percent) intending to seek employment elsewhere in the next year.

One way to increase job satisfaction and lower stress levels is via telecommuting. Virtual offices are indeed becoming a viable way to help employees reduce the stress that comes along with fighting traffic, office politicking, and working late to meet big deadlines.

With virtual office technologies, employees can tap into follow me numbers that allow clients to reach them wherever they are, web conferencing technologies like Cisco’s WebEx that allow them to hold important client meetings even from a home office, and more.

Virtual offices are becoming part and parcel of alternative workplace strategies because they reduce the cost of commercial real estate. But reducing employee stress is just as important to the long-term health of a company because high stress leads to sickness—and  higher turnover.

You can find plenty of Davinci virtual office locations in Manhattan. Davinci offers virtual office space across New York City that is affordable, maintains a strong corporate image—and helps employees reduce stress levels so productivity remains high.

Addressing Challenges to Alternative Workplace Strategies

Interested in learning more about alternative workplace strategies? PeopleCube is launching the second part of its two-part series on alternative workplace strategies on Wednesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

If you are interested in virtual offices, telecommuting, and other alternative workplace strategies, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to check out the latest trends and understand how to overcome the challenges associated with executing them in this webinar.

Renowned author and change management consultant Diane Stegmeier of Stegmeier Consulting Group and alternative workspace expert Jeff Roof of PeopleCube an alternative workplace strategies webinar entitled, “Alternative Workspace Strategy Part II: Aligning for Action.”

The webinar aims to help you anticipate many of the common internal objections to alternative workspace environments before they become actual problems. From specific departmental objections to personnel concerns, you will learn proven techniques companies are using now to ensure a successful flex work environment for years to come.

Still not convinced that virtual offices and other alternative workplace strategies are relevant in corporate America? Consider the statistics.

The number of mobile workers is expected to exceed 1 billion worldwide by the end of 2010, yet many companies are finding it difficult to maintain a successful flex work program—let alone get one off the ground. Many of the problems encountered are attributable to the number of different departments typically involved.

Click here to register to attend the webinar.