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Federal Employees Love Virtual Office Space

Federal employees are chomping at the bit to work from home. A whopping 93 percent of federal employees believe telecommuting would making working for the government more desirable. So says a recent study from FedScoop.

What’s more, the survey reveals that federal employees believe telecommuting would save them time and money. Specifically, 69 percent said telecommuting would boost productivity while 76 percent said it would improve their overall quality of life. Forty-six percent said telecommuting would allow them to spend more time with family while 71 percent said it would decrease their carbon footprint. Eighty-four percent said telecommuting would save them time.

Telecommuting is clearly gaining momentum—and it can gain a more professional business image (or in this case federal government image) with the use of virtual office space. Virtual office space allows federal workers to enjoy all the benefits of telecommuting without compromising a professional profile. Virtual office technologies like Cisco WebEx allow federal workers to connect with other employees online, while technologies like Skype make instant messaging—even instant video chat—quick and easy.

Although there are security issues around the federal government—President Barack Obama had to get a hardened BlackBerry to prevent leaks—most federal employees don’t need the level of security that would prevent them from telecommuting. Virtual office technologies can be run behind firewalls for added protection, and employee education can prevent issues like data loss.

At the end of the day, the FedScoop survey seems to point to the value of virtual office technologies for what appears to be an emerging trend: telework for federal workers.

Davinci Virtual offers seven virtual office space options for federal employees or others who need a Washington, D.C. address. You can choose from two D.C. virtual offices on Pennsylvania Ave. or a virtual office on Connecticut Ave. You can also select D.C. virtual offices on 12th Street, I Street NWW, 16th Street, or G Street.

Want to learn more about Washington, D.C.? Watch this YouTube video before you travel there:


Davinci Virtual Office Avoids London Underground Chaos

Three million passengers were affected when London Underground workers organized a strike on Tuesday. The Rail Maritime and Transport Union and the Transport Salaried Staff Association were protesting London Underground’s plans to slash 800 jobs, mostly in the ticket offices. The motive was to paralyze London.

Indeed, the strike by London Underground staff brought chaos and misery to the capital's commuters on Tuesday. But employees of the more than 1,500 London businesses using Davinci virtual office space were kicking back and enjoying a virtual commute to the office.

"Customer service and responsiveness is king and a flexible business setup is crucial to servicing them, as now more than ever if you can't service them someone else certainly will," says Davinci's UK managing director, Steve Golding.

"In these 24 hours of transport chaos how many calls have gone unanswered? How many opportunities were lost costing UK Plc millions? The move towards more modern telecommunications software has made the need for a physical commute largely irrelevant. So, whilst commuters jostle for space at bus stops, taxi stands and railway platforms across London, the more dynamic members of the business community will be doing their commuting on-line, and using virtual personal assistants and staffing solutions."

Britain's growing army of small businesses and sole-traders who prefer to work from the comfort of the home office use virtual offices to give them a virtual presence at a prestigious business address, while enjoying the benefits of mail and telephone answering services at the fraction of a cost of having a serviced office, or full time employees.

Davinci Virtual has nine virtual office facilities locations in London, including Charlotte Street London, Great Titchfield London, Margaret Street London, Regent Street London, Southampton Row London, Hammersmith London, Victoria London, Austin Friars London and Grove House.

Each of these locations offer entrepreneurs a prime business address, mail and package support, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a convenient drop off and pick up location for clients, and mail forwarding and shipping services. Entrepreneurs can also gain access to a conference room at an hourly rate for client presentations.

Check out this video on the London Underground strike:


Virtual Office Space Empowers Flex-Time

It’s a proven fact: telecommuters balance work and family life better than office workers. But it’s also a proven fact that telecommuters can maintain that balance even while sometimes squeezing in a couple extra days’ worth of work each week. So say researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU).

BYU analyzed data from 24,436 IBM employees in 75 countries. Given a flexible schedule and the option to telecommute, employees were able to clock 57 hours per week before experiencing an imbalance between work and personal life—and not all of those 57 hours are telecommuting hours.

According to E. Jeffrey Hill, a professor in BYU’s School of Family Life, the typical high-flexibility work arrangement includes a mix of office time and firing up the laptop from home, the venue depending on the task at hand. Virtual office space can help with the latter.

“Telecommuting is really only beneficial for reducing work-life conflict when it is accompanied by flextime,” Hill says. “Managers were initially skeptical about the wisdom of working at home and said things like, ‘If we can’t see them, how can we know they are working?’”

Nowadays more than 80 percent of IBM managers agree that productivity increases in a flexible environment. In the current economy, the scenario is being repeated with other businesses feeling the pinch. Virtual office space can enable flextime at large and small companies.

“A down economy may actually give impetus to flexibility because most options save money or are cost-neutral,” Hill says. “Flexible work options are associated with higher job satisfaction, boosting morale when it may be suffering in a down economy.”

Virtual office space is also an economical option in a down economy, both for the company and its employees. Employees can save on gas and even lunch expenses by working at home from a virtual office a couple of days a week. And companies can lease less office space if workers are distributed more evenly across the headquarters and the home front.

Virtual office technologies ensure that employees don’t miss a beat in terms of client or staff meetings. Virtual office technologies like Cisco’s WebEx, for example, enable seamless meetings from anywhere. Whether your employees are stationed in your city or road warriors traveling from place to place, virtual office technologies can drive greater productivity—and greater employee satisfaction—at your company.

Labor Day and the Virtual Office Space

It's Labor Day in the United States. Have you ever thought about the significance of this day, other than an extra day off from work? I hadn't. So I decided to look it up.

Labor Day started in New York City in 1882, but became a federal holiday in 1894 after many workers were killed by the U.S. Military during the Pullman Strike. Then-president Grover Cleveland immediately began working to mend fences with the labor movement to avoid additional problems.

What a different world that was. Today, we don't even consider its significance. We just think of Labor Day as the official end of summer. But so much has changed in the U.S. labor market in the last 100 years. There's maternity leave, sick pay and virtual offices.

Wikipedia defines a virtual office as a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism.

MIT offers different definition of virtual office. This educational institution defines virtual office as when, "The company has a physical location, but employees have no assigned offices. Employees may have lockers and 'check out' a desk for the day, they may set up an 'office' in their hotel, etc. This term is distinct from 'Virtual Company' which refers to companies that have no one physical location at all, no collection of inventory that's held by the company, etc."

At Davinci Virtual, we lean more toward the Wikipedia definition of a virtual office space. Core features of our products include affordable administrative support solutions such as professional live receptionists, call answering and screening, scheduling, live web chat, video conferencing and over 750 global virtual office locations with access to conference rooms and business support services. Ultimately, Davinci Virtual allows companies to create a big business image on a small business budget.

So as you enjoy this Labor Day, consider how you can make the fall season more productive for yourself and your employees by tapping into virtual office technologies.

Check out this quick video on the origins of Labor Day:


Telecommuters Consider Benefits of Virtual Office Space

I was reading about a company called FlexJobs this morning. The company is an online job service for telecommuting job listings. Brilliant!

FlexJobs works to save telecommuter job seekers time and aggravation by researching and aggregating job listings that are dispersed across thousands of Web sites in one ad-free website. Flexjobs gives job-seekers a way to find legitimate, hand-screened jobs quickly, easily, and safely. FlexJobs screens out online scams and anonymous employers in order to deliver users the best of the best flexible schedule and telecommuting job opportunities.

Now, the next natural step for these telecommuters who are competing for these flexible jobs is to get a virtual office space. A virtual office space can kick up your professional image a notch, or two or three. When you rent a virtual office space, you get a prestigious business address, a local or 800 phone number that follows you wherever you happen to be, and access to a physical location where you can meet with clients if you need to.

A virtual office space can give telecommuters hunting for jobs the edge in the marketplace. Let’s face it, telecommuting is on the rise—and there are more people looking for any kind of job they can get in a down economy. All things being equal, a virtual office can make or break your next employment deal.

Think about it for a minute. Would you rather clients send mail to your home address or to a known office building in your region? Would you rather clients call in to your home, or be fielded by a virtual receptionist? The most successful telecommuters are exploring the benefits of virtual offices and other virtual services.

Flexjobs can get you plenty of telecommuting job leads in more than 50 different job categories. There’s probably something there waiting just for you. But with so many others vying for the same position, you can stand out from the pack with a virtual office. If you build a long-term relationship with a client, you can even set up a virtual office address and phone number in their city and have your mail and calls forwarded to you at your home office.

So what are you waiting for telecommuter? For as little as $50 a month you can upgrade your professional business image and boost your productivity with a virtual office space.

Check out this video on how telecommuting can be beneficial to business: