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Virtual Offices in Space…The Final Frontier?

Virtual offices are gaining ground all over the world. But what about out of this world? Can you imagine a virtual office in outer space? Richard Branson probably can.

Branson, the mastermind behind the Virgin empire, made history on Sunday as he took a step closer to launching the first commercial spaceliner. Branson’s team executed the first successful glide involving the mother ship of Virgin Galactic, WhiteKnightTwo, and the smaller spaceship called the VSS Enterprise. Both spaceships climbed to an altitude of 45,000 feet before returning to earth 15 minutes later.

Now, imagine the possibilities. We’ve already seen U.S. space shuttle astronauts tweeting from outer space. Are virtual offices too far behind? Just as we see businessmen working from airplane phones and using laptops in first class, I can see the day coming when we’ll have virtual offices on space ships. Who knows? Maybe virtual offices will make their way to one of these planets that can sustain life and we’ll see a premier business address in another galaxy.

OK, so that’s a lot of imagination. The point is, today’s technologies already allow people to send e-mail and other messages from outer space. How much more can you work from your home office, raise your productivity and project a professional business image using these same sorts of virtual office technologies?

Today’s web conferencing solutions may not be ready for outer space (although I would bet they might be), but virtual office technologies can let you hold web conferences from anywhere in the world with people anywhere in the world. And mobile virtual office applications set the stage to help you keep productivity levels high even on the road.

Davinci Virtual doesn’t offer virtual office space on Mars—at least not yet. But you can find virtual offices in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, London, Miami, and beyond. Check out how Davinci Virtual can help your company forward its alternative workplace strategy in just about any major city in the world.

Check out this video on Branson's test flight.


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Should Corporate America Adopt Virtual Offices?

Ever wonder what the difference is between telecommuters an non-telecommuters? So did the Mineta Transportation Institute. The study helps corporations considering alternative workplace strategies better understand the mindset of employees.

That's why they set out to research the topic. The result is a report entitled, "Facilitating Telecommuting: Exploring the Role of Telecommuting Intensity and Differences Between Telecommuters and Non-Telecommuters."

The study seeks to better understand factors that help and hinder employees’ telecommuting adoption. The researchers delved into attitudes and behaviors of employees who telecommute and those who do not, and they examined supervisor attitudes and HR practices in organizations related to telecommuting.

The authors found that telecommuters were more committed to the organization and were more satisfied with life in general than non-telecommuters. They also found telecommuters to be more satisfied with their jobs when they engaged in moderate telecommuting as opposed to extreme levels of telecommuting (i.e., very high or very low). Telecommuters were also less likely to leave the organization when telecommuting was moderate.

This study, which was conducted across multiple organizations, strongly suggests that moderate amounts of telecommuting may be the best strategy for companies seeking to introduce large scale telecommuting. However, factors such as individual personalities must be taken into account.

The virtual office and virtual office technologies play a key role in the success of alternative workplace strategies. Companies that are downsizing physical office space in favor of alternative workplace strategies find virtual offices are part and parcel of executing that strategy successfully. Telecommuting and virtual office technologies go hand in hand.

Davinci Virtual is actively working with corporations that are exploring and implementing alternative workplace strategies. Davinci's virtual office packages, including virtual receptionists, makes telecommuting a seamless experience for telecommuters and corporate clients.

Can Noisy Workplaces Be Bad for Your Health?

I have noisy distractions when I am trying to work. In fact, when I sit down to write I wear foam ear plugs to cut down on the noise on the street below.

Now, I am especially glad I do.

I just read a study that reveals workers who deal with constant noise on the job are two or even three times more likely to have serious heart problems than people who work in quiet workplaces.

The revelation comes from researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found 21.2 percent that were exposed to chronic occupational noise.

“Chronic exposure to occupational noise is strongly associated with prevalence of CHD (coronary heart disease), especially for young male current smokers. This study suggests that excess noise exposure in the workplace is an important occupational health issue and deserves special attention,” researchers wrote in the article.

Although the study cites “persistent loud noise,” even inconsistent noises can be a major distraction. In other words, workplaces with chatter, music and other unwanted background noises might not be bad for your health—but they are bad for your productivity.

Virtual offices can help cut down on the noise—and cut down on the distractions. A virtual office space gives you the freedom to work from the comfort—and quiet—of your own home. Virtual offices can also be combined with virtual receptionist and virtual assistant services that can, as a package, keep the distractions at bay so you can focus on the work at hand.

When you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to worry about your co-worker catching you on the way to the water cooler or the coffee pot wanting to talk with you about the football game last night. When you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to work during normal office hours, either. You have the ultimate flexibility.

So if you are looking to reduce the noise you deal with, consider a virtual office space. Virtual offices and virtual office technologies can help you slash the noise and improve your productivity. That’s good for your stress levels, and good for your health.

Sleep More, Weigh Less with a Virtual Office Space?

Did you know that how much you sleep may be as important as how much you eat when you are trying to lose weight? Indeed, a new study from the University of Chicago shows that a lack of sleep undermines your efforts to lose body fat. A virtual office space could help your cause.

Ten overweight but otherwise healthy adults on a moderate calorie-restricted diet were randomly assigned to sleep either 5.5 hours or 8.5 hours each night in a closed clinical research environment. After two weeks, researchers measured loss of fat and lean body mass. Compared to participants who slept 5.5 hours a night, the dieters that slept for 8.5 hours lost a whopping 56 percent more body fat. The dieters in the sleep restricted group had lost less fat and more lean body mass.

"Among other hormonal effects, we found that sleep restriction caused an increase in ghrelin levels in the blood,” says Plamen Penev, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Section of Endocrinology, at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study. “Ghrelin is a hormone that has been shown to reduce energy expenditure, stimulate hunger and food intake, promote retention of fat, and increase glucose production in the body.”

The conclusion: It’s importance to get adequate sleep to maintain fat-free body mass when dieting to lose weight. The Ghrelin factor could explain why sleep-deprived participants also reported feeling hungrier during the study. The study shows that even short periods of sleep deprivation can undermine efforts to lose weight. When restricting calories, dieters should consider obtaining adequate amounts of sleep to ensure that they retain lean body mass and lose fat.

So what does that have to do with a virtual office? There are two angles on this. One of them we have explored before. When you work from a virtual office, you are more productive. There are less distractions than when you work in one of a row of cubicles in a traditional office space. There are also fewer distractions than when you work from a coworking facility or a coffee shop. With fewer distractions, you can get more work done, get to bed at a decent hour, and enjoy a good night’s rest.

The other angle is avoiding the temptation to eat. When you work from a Starbucks, you may load up on coffee, but you might also be tempted to load up on high-calorie cappuccinos, pastries and other goodies in the refrigerated section. If you work in traditional office space, you may be tempted to go out to lunch with co-workers who aren’t watching their weight and end up eating something you wish you hadn’t. With a virtual office space, you can take control of your time—and your caloric intake—more easily.