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DavinciMeetingRooms.com Launches Member Access Card Program

At Davinci Virtual, we know that free is always popular. That’s one of the reasons why we launched a free DavinciMeetingRooms.com Member Access Card Program.

"We are excited to launch our member access card program," says Bill Grodnik, president and CEO of Davinci Virtual. "Now clients can search and book professional meeting space instantly online and take advantage of all member benefits."

Here’s how it works: This free card gives virtual office clients, business travelers and entrepreneurs access to Davinci's global network of over 750 professional office locations and more than 2,200 professional meeting spaces. Now clients can reserve professionally equipped day offices, conference rooms and meeting facilities anywhere, anytime via Davinci's online reservation platform.

Yes, I said anytime, anywhere. And, yes, I said free.

Let’s dig a little deeper. DavinciMeetingRooms.com gives you access to advanced applications like instantly available, live conference room inventory. But there’s more than that. You can also choose your critical add-on services from the online interface, including LCD projectors, video conferencing, catering and business support services as well as an array of easy to use interactive tools and search filters.

In case you aren’t familiar with Davinci Meeting Rooms, allow me to formally introduce you. Davinci Meeting Rooms offers a comprehensive online reservation platform allowing access to live inventory of thousands of conference rooms and business support services in cities large and small, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Ultimately, Davinci Meeting Rooms is leveling the playing field for small business allowing companies to create an image on a small business budget.

This is the perfect complement to our virtual office space. Davinci's virtual offices and services include local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, email, online command center, unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, voicemail to email, fax to email, professional live receptionist services, live call answering, screening and forwarding, find me, follow me, live Web chat, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more.
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Virtual Offices Make Toronto Workers Happy

Can telecommuting really keep Toronto workers happy? If you believe a Workopolis poll, the answer is a resounding “yes.” A virtual office can help ensure a more productive telecommuting experience. Virtual offices and virtual office technologies empower workers to do more with less, whether in a home office, an airport lounge, or a hotel room.

For working Canadians, the return to "regular" work hours after a summer of long weekends and a relaxed working environment can make it a stressful time of year. But the Workopolis poll suggests that half of working Canadians (53 percent) said that the option to work from home would help ease their transition into the New "Work" Year.

Another 29 percent of respondents said adjusted working hours would help keep them in a sunny mood at work long after the summer season ends and 10 per cent think a more casual dress code would make the post-summer return to work more palatable. Seven percent of Canadians noted that fewer meetings would help make the transition easier.

"Employees shouldn't ignore the back-to-work butterflies they may get in September," says Andrea Garson, vice president of Human Resources at Workopolis. "It's a transitional time which can impact—positively or negatively—the attitudes they have towards their current employers. The modifications some businesses make during the summer play an important role in job satisfaction and, for employers, this a good time of year to regroup with employees to refocus them on their goals and take a temperature read of their motivation levels."

The option to work from home is something that Canadians from coast-to-coast have thrown their support behind—and not just as a way to carry on the summertime feeling.  Over 20,000 Canadians have already pledged their support for a National Work from Home Day. Once there is enough support for the campaign, Workopolis will approach Canada's leaders with the goal of introducing legislation that would formalize a Work from Home Day.

Virtual offices make telecommuting more professional, offering the means to seamlessly transfer calls to the telecommuter without the client ever knowing they are not in the office. And virtual office technologies like Cisco’s WebEx mean even telecommuting employees can still join meetings—from wherever they are. Virtual offices are also valuable for companies where all employees are home-based, but need to meet up once a month for staff meetings. Davinci Virtual office programs offer conference room and meeting room rental on-demand for a small fee.
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Davinci Virtual Office Launches Third iPad Sweepstakes

And the winner of the iPad is… Linda Everett. Everett won a new Apple iPad in Davinci Virtual’s September iPad sweepstakes. It’s the perfect compliment to her virtual office space.

Even with all the talk about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the iPad just keeps getting hotter. In fact, according to Morgan Stanley, the iPad is consuming 25 percent of PC notebook sales. Road warriors, mobile workers and others are snapping up the iPad in droves. It’s one of the coolest tablet devices of the summer.

If you didn’t win in the first  or second round of Davinci Virtual’s iPad sweepstakes, don’t worry. Davinci Virtual is giving another lucky person the opportunity to win one of the tablet devices for free in its third iPad sweepstakes. The company is giving away another iPad and the drawing is December 1, 21010.

As I’ve said before, virtual offices and the iPad may have more in common than you think. Both are revolutionary approaches to their sectors. The virtual office is clearly revolutionizing the way many entrepreneurs consume office space. And the iPad is revolutionizing tablet computing.

In case you haven’t had a proper introduction to the iPad, here you go: iPad’s Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the Web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can read and send e-mail on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard or import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

Normally, the iPad costs $499 for the entry-level model. Davinci Virtual is giving you a chance to get your hands on one for free. There’s no catch. You don’t have to be a virtual office customer to win the iPad, but current virtual office customers are eligible to enter. So click here to enter to win an iPad from Davinci Virtual. Click here to enter the sweepstakes.

Check out this review of the iPad. Worth the watch...

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“Best Companies” Include Telecommuting Options

Working Mother released its annual list of 100 Best Companies. It’s no surprise that companies who embrace flex-time and telecommuting are named on the list, including Ernst & Young.

Way back in 1996, Ernst & Young established an Office for Retention with the express purpose of raising its overall rate of retention, especially among women. Since then, the firm has improved its retention rate of women over that of men and continues to benefit from the support of firm management to keep the momentum going. Part of the magic is telecommuting.

Ernst & Young employees take advantage of flexible work arrangements, such as compressed workweeks, telecommuting and flextime. With this flexibility, they can manage and achieve success in their careers, suited to their individual needs—ultimately producing the best possible results for Ernst & Young's people and its clients.

Companies like Ernst & Young are pioneers in telecommuting. Virtual office space goes hand in hand with telecommuting. Virtual office technologies empower telecommuting. At some level, you can telecommute without any virtual office space or virtual office technologies. All you really need in many cases is a phone and an Internet connection.

Case in point: When Ernst & Young started allowing telecommuting, virtual offices were hardly mainstream. In fact, most people didn’t have an Internet connection and those that did were most likely to be using AOL with a Netscape browser. But times have changed. Although telecommuting was possible long before the Internet, virtual office space and virtual office technologies help telecommuters work more productively, which has spurred more companies to adopt the practice.

Congratulations to all the companies that landed on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list. I’m sure many others besides Ernst & Young have some sort of flexible work arrangement—and it’s no coincidence that those companies are on this list.
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Convergys Corp. Forwards Virtual Office Trend

In case you weren’t convinced that Corporate America is getting on the telecommuting bandwagon, consider a Fort Lauderdale relationship management company’s move to hire 118 full time workers for its contact center in Tamarac.

Convergys Corporation is only looking to put 18 of those new employees to work at its physical location. The rest will be telecommuters. That means, essentially, Convergys is hiring call center employee to work from home—from a virtual office space.

The company’s reasoning?

“We are especially pleased to offer telecommuting positions which allow us to expand our walls beyond our brick-and-mortar site, and extend employment to qualified individuals who may find a daily commute to be difficult or cost prohibitive,” says John Sargis, site leader for the Convergys contact center in Ft. Lauderdale.

Sargis clearly isn’t concerned about a loss of productivity. The company will train its telecommuting new hires for two weeks before they begin taking inbound customer calls from their home-based virtual office. Convergys offers telecommuting employees hourly wages plus incentives, and benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, 401(k), and paid and unpaid time off.

Clearly, the move toward telecommuting and virtual offices is gaining ground. Although virtual offices make good sense for call center employees, this isn’t the only industry that can or is benefiting from virtual office technologies. Large companies like Cisco and IBM are tapping into telecommuting, as are universities.

Likewise, virtual office space can be a professionalism-saver for entrepreneurs looking to offer a stronger business image. Davinci’s virtual office space offer prime business addresses in Ft. Lauderdale that get attention. Virtual office space also offers a physical meeting place for entrepreneurs who need to conduct client presentations, or just meet with them in a professional business setting to discuss projects.

Convergys Corporation’s move to hire 100 telecommuters and put them to work in home-based virtual offices is further confirmation of an ongoing trend. Is it time for your company to consider virtual office technologies that help your company shave costs and increase employee productivity?
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