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Does Jet Blue’s Steven Slater Need a Virtual Office?

I read an interesting article in the Miami Herald today about how higher fees and packed planes are frustrating passengers as they “travel less-than-friendly skies.”

The story was spurred by Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who walked off the job after giving a public speech, then took a beer with him as he slid down the emergency chute. Apparently, his story resonated with the American public. He has nearly 200,000 fans on Facebook now. He's also facing criminal charges.

The moral of the story is that fewer and fewer enjoy flying. The Miami Herald cited a Department of Transportation (DOT) study that points to just how unhappy air travelers are. The DOT registered 5,757 complaints from consumers in the first half of 2010. That’s up from the 4,355 complaints filed during the year-ago period. That’s an increase of 32 percent even though traffic increased less than 1 percent. Telling.

When you use virtual office technologies, you avoid the flight delays and cancellations. When you work from a virtual office space, you don’t have to worry about lost bags, long ticket lines or security check hassles. When you tap into virtual offices, you can do away with getting stuck on the tarmac, dealing with rude co-travelers and all the rest of the non-sense that goes along with air travel.

So why not use virtual office technologies more and deal with less hassle? Sure, sometimes your business dealings demand face to face interaction. But you can accomplish plenty with a Cisco WebEx web conference. You can also do a lot in your virtual office with video chat, GoToMeeting and other virtual office technologies. You’ll save time. You’ll save money. And you’ll be more productive.

Virtual office technologies won’t try your patience the way rude flight attendants do. Virtual offices won’t charge you an arm and a leg to use them—many of them, like Skype, are absolutely free. And, perhaps the best part, when you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to settle for a bag of peanuts and a small plastic cup of diet coke for lunch.

So far as Slater, I bet if he was working from a virtual office, he wouldn’t have been so overstressed in the first place; stressed enough to abandon ship. Don’t let your stress levels pile up to a Slater-like fury. Start tapping into the power of virtual offices today.

In case you missed it, watch this video on Steven Slater's story:

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Shelburne Virtual Offices Light Up Vermont

Shelburne may be an old town—it dates back to 1763—but it offers the latest in virtual office technologies from Davinci Virtual. If you are looking for virtual office space in southwestern Chitterdon County, Shelburne is an attractive location.

Shelburne is a town in Vermont along the shores of Lake Champlain. A well-off town, the median household income is about $70,000 for a Shelburne household. There are three tourist attractions there: the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

This New Hampshire town is also a strategic place from which to do business with access to creative workers, a diverse population, and plenty of technology companies. Vermont has a technology loan program that makes funds available for companies that offer technology-based goods and services to consumers both inside and outside Vermont.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space at the Executive Suites of Shelburne. This virtual office space is strategically located at 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd. Talk about economical! This virtual office space starts at just $40 a month.

What do you get for that price? Much more than you would expect. Of course, you can use this prime business address on all your letterhead and other mailings. You also get mail and package receipt. You can swing by and pick up your mail when it’s convenient for you, or have it forwarded.

Our Shelburne virtual office space also comes equipped with a business support center if you need access to copiers, fax machines and the like. And there’s even a lobby greeter who can make visitors feel welcome on their way to the conference room for your big presentation. You can rent a conference room at the Shelburne virtual office space for about $30 an hour.
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Virtual Offices Boost Worker Productivity

Worker productivity in the U.S. fell unexpectedly in the second quarter, according to the Labor Department. At the same time, labor costs increased.

Specifically, worker productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the second quarter after seeing large improvements in 2009. Labor costs rose 0.2 percent in the quarter, marking the first increase since spring 2009.

This is a contrast to the height of the recession, when companies slashed their payroll and employee productivity rose fairly dramatically. When worker output rises, so do living standards because companies can pay larger salaries without raising the cost of goods.

How can companies combat the worker productivity slide? Companies that work from office buildings can turn to telecommuting and virtual office space.

According to a study from CompTIA, working from home boosts productivity and lowers operational costs. With virtual office technologies maturing, companies don’t have to sacrifice collaboration or a professional business image to set employees free from traditional office space. Virtual offices allow employees to work at least part time at home without skipping a beat.

Virtual offices can also help companies boost productivity by attracting the most qualified staff, no matter where they live. An employee in Los Angeles can work for a company in Manhattan using virtual office technologies that generate greater productivity by effectively extending the company’s operating hours.

What’s more, telecommuting from a virtual office can lead to higher employee retention rates, removing the cost and productivity losses associated with hiring and training new workers. Telecommuting also decreases stress, according to the CompTIA study, and potentially reduces auto emissions.

Telecommuting and virtual office space work hand in hand to improve productivity. Although this strategy doesn’t help companies in retail or restaurant industries because employees have to work on site, the headquarters of these service-oriented companies can still leverage virtual office technologies to achieve productivity gains among administrative and executive staff.

Check out this Brian Tracy video on doubling your productivity:

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Skype IPO Points to Virtual Office Tech Value

Demonstrating the value of virtual office technologies, Skype on Monday announced that it has filed papers with the Securities & Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering (IPO).

Skype, the real-time Internet communications platform that allows VoIP phone calls, instant messaging, video chat and desktop and file sharing, is hoping to raise $100 million.

Skype isn’t solely a virtual office technology, but the software is enabling the virtual office. Skype is one of the most popular instant messaging services available with 23 million users online at peak times of the day. This virtual office technology, as the company likes to say,  “connects business colleagues, saving them time and money and allowing them to stay ahead of the competition.”

Virtual office users can tap into Skype. Although web conferencing solutions offer a more robust experience, this virtual office technology sets the stage for GoToMeeting-like screen sharing and file sharing on the fly—and for free. That allows you to hold a conference call where all parties are looking at the same thing at the same time. You can even use this virtual office technology on your mobile phone by downloading an app for your BlackBerry, iPhone or Android-powered device.

But Skype’s IPO is more about the functions and features the company offers. Skype’s IP speaks to a larger trend in the marketplace. There is an increasing demand for virtual office technologies. Whether it’s Cisco’s WebEx, Citrix’s GoToMeeting or Skype, virtual office users and others in the world of work are relying more and more on technologies that drive productivity and collaboration.

What’s more, these technologies prove that collaboration is possible with a distributed workforce. Even if you have some employees in Manhattan, some in Miami and some in Los Angeles, you can tap into the power of virtual office technologies to get on the same page any time of the night or day with a few clicks on your computer keyword.

Check out this video on how Skype screen sharing works and leverage the feature in your virtual office today:

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Virtual Offices Combat Moscow Smog Delays

A dense smog shrouded Moscow on Friday, grounding flights at the city's international airports, seeping into homes and offices and stinging the eyes of residents as wildfires raged to the east and south.

That’s the lead to an Associated Press story on Friday morning that describes smog that is so bad it has grounded incoming flights to Moscow. Moscow’s three main airports are rerouting flights in the wake of smoke from forest fires. Moscow and several surrounding regions are in a state of emergency.

Raging wildfires and other natural disasters cause business interruptions that could cost companies thousands of dollars in additional travel costs and productivity. Business travelers planning to land in Moscow now have to fly in to other cities and make alternative arrangements to get to the capital city. And this isn’t a one-day event. Moscow officials expect the situation to continue for another week.

The Moscow smog is another example of the value of virtual office technologies. If it’s not absolutely necessary to meet in person, why fight the smog, the travel reroutes and the additional road time to make a business meeting in Moscow? Virtual office technologies offer a cost-effective alternative to business travel under the best of circumstances. How much more in the midst of an emergency situation?

Virtual office technologies like Cisco WebEx let you hold online meetings and virtual conferences from your computer—or even from your smartphone. Davinci Virtual offers its virtual office customers special monthly rates on the service that lets you launch and even record virtual meetings.

And for companies or individuals who are in Moscow and don’t want to try to fly out of the region during the smog, Davinci Virtual also offers virtual office space in Moscow. You can rent virtual office space on the 19th floor of Northern Tower Business Suites in Moscow from $200 a month. You can also rent virtual office space at Moscow Executive Suites on 11 Timur Frunze Street in Moscow from $160 a month.

So whether you are in another nation trying to do business in Moscow, or you are in Moscow and need to tap into virtual office technologies that you don’t have access to in your home office, Davinci Virtual offers the tools you need to minimize business interruptions.

Check out this video on the crisis in Moscow:

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