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Would Your Company Win a Virtual Office Award?
The latest to win the coveted award is Riverbed Technology. Riverbed won the award for its use of workplace flexibility as an effective strategy to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. Riverbed offers several programs, including virtual office policies, flexible work schedules and leave time options. It seems to be paying off for Riverbed in more ways than one.
"This recognition demonstrates our commitment to keeping employees happy and engaged in the workplace, which also helps to improve productivity,” says Mike Guerchon, senior vice president of employee services and human resources at Riverbed. “We continue to retain and attract top talent because of our career advancement opportunities, benefits such as flexible workplace options, and of course our team of employees that continue to develop innovative technology that meets the needs of global organizations."
So what does Riverbed do, exactly? Here are a couple of key things that fall in line with our belief that virtual offices drive productivity and enhance work-life balance.
First, Riverbed recognizes that balancing work and personal time can be challenging and offers flexible work schedules to help accommodate hard working employees. Riverbed also allows virtual office work from home.
Indeed, Riverbed has invested millions of dollars in computer systems, hardware and software to accommodate remote access, employee self-service. Virtual office employees and mobile workers can access online portals for benefits, IT support and human resource support enhancing their ability to access key company resources.
"Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health," says Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.
"As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, Riverbed ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace. What makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace."
Washington D.C. Users Escape Industry-Leading Commute Times
Indeed, if there any question in your mind about how your commute time in Washington, D.C. impacts your productivity this study answers them beyond the shadow of any doubt. You can avoid those types of commute times when you opt for a virtual office.
The good news is, virtual offices in Washington, D.C. abound. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers 20 virtual office locations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Specifically, we have 14 virtual offices in Washington, D.C., three virtual offices in Arlington, two virtual offices in Chevy Chase and one virtual office in Alexandria. In other words, we’ve got you covered.
Our virtual offices in Washington, D.C. are strategically located. Consider the addresses:
- 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
- 1325 G Street NW
- 888 16th St. N.W.
- 700 12th Street, NW
- 1000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 900
- 1425 K St. NW
- 1001 G Street NW
- 1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW
- 1250 24th St. NW, Suite 300
- 1050 30th Street NW
- 300 New Jersey Avenue NW
- 10 G Street NE, Suite 710
- 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW
So decide to save yourself 67 hours—and plenty of gas money—this year and check into virtual office space. You can still commute to Washington, D.C. for client meetings. In fact, virtual office providers have meeting rooms available to rent on demand.
Baltimore Ravens Fans: Don’t You Wish You Worked From a Virtual Office?
A virtual office would be ideal today for those who stayed up late last night celebrating the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory—or for those San Francisco fans who bemoaned the narrow loss. But a virtual office may also come in handy for those who don’t want to get stuck in parade traffic on Tuesday.
The City of Baltimore will host a victory parade and celebration for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday starting at 10:45 a.m., at City Hall. An introduction by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will launch the parade. The Baltimore parade will run from City Hall south on Commerce Street, continue to Pratt and Howard Streets, and end at M&T Bank Stadium.
Check out all the Baltimore street closures:
- Commerce Street from Fayette to Pratt streets
- Northbound Interstate 395 north of Conway Street (Use Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Mulberry Street)
- Lombard Street from Gay to South streets
- Pratt Street from Paca to Commerce streets
- Howard Street from Lombard to Conway streets
- Fayette Street from Gay Street to Guilford Avenue
- Baltimore Street from Calvert to Gay streets
- Calvert Street from Pratt to Lombard streets
- Water Street from South to Commerce streets
- Light Street northbound from Conway to Pratt streets
- Light Street southbound from Lombard to Conway streets
- Hopkins Place/Sharp Street from Lombard to Conway streets
- Charles Street from Conway to Lombard streets
- Hanover Street from Pratt to Lombard streets
If you are trying to get to work before, during or after the parade, you are likely to get stuck in mega traffic and spend much longer to commute than normal. So, again, today—and especially tomorrow—would be a great day to work from a virtual office in Baltimore.
Hong Kong Virtual Offices on Pedder Street Impress
You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Wheelock House. Located 20 Pedder Street in Hong Kong, Davinci offers virtual offices there for prices starting at just $90 a month. That’s a low price compared to renting traditional office space.
Pedder Street was named after Lieutenant William Pedder, the first lieutenant of the Nemesis. Pedder Street was established as the center of Victory City’s commerce in the early colonial days, according to Wikipedia.
For its part, Wheelock House is an office tower that offers class A office space. Wheelock House was completed in 1984. It stands where the Jardine House used to be. Nearby, you’ll find The Landmark, Lan Kwai Fong, World-Wide House and two MRT lines.
This Hong Kong virtual office package includes a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, and a lobby greeter to welcome any guests who come to pick up or drop off packages and more.
This virtual office space in Hong Kong also makes available conference room rental for $25 to $45 an hour and day time office space for $10 to $35 an hour. You can use your Hong Kong virtual office address for business cards, licensing, websites and other public materials. With Davinci Virtual, you also get access to a network of more than 3,000 meeting rooms worldwide.
Realtors: Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?
Keller Williams asked Mike Incorvaia, Jr. about his experience with a virtual assistant. His team discovered virtual assistants two years ago and Incorvaia said it was an “aha moment” for his team.
As his story goes, his office started out working with a virtual assistant for 10 to 15 hours, then transitioned to 25 hours with their virtual assistant. Now, the team is moving up to 30 to 40 hours a week with the virtual assistant.
“Our virtual assistant services run the gamut. She writes SEO-optimized blog posts on real estate which includes local events that have given us first-page positioning on Google. She created an amazing listing presentation for our iPads, posts on Craigslist through eEdge with Market Leader Professional Edition, has made fantastic updates on our WordPress site and generates most of our fliers, as well as promotional and marketing materials,” Incorvaia says. “We were excited when we found out that she could create custom designed backdrops for our Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. She also handles database entry and management.”
Incorvaia says his team communicates with the virtual assistant via Skype and uses a Dropbox account to share files. In terms of accountability, the team has a weekly meeting with the virtual assistant—who has never missed a deadline or failed to complete a project to their satisfaction.
Incorvaia’s advice to realtors: Get a virtual assistant you have the means to!
“Have a plan laid out that incorporates your vision, your long-term strategy, and the results you seek to gain with her help,” he says. “If you merely tell them what to do day-by-day, they will run out of tasks.”
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