Davinci Virtual Blog

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S NEW WITH DAVINCI

LATEST POSTS

Former CEO Tells Virtual Assistant Success Story

LOS ANGELES-Have you ever used a virtual assistant? Have you ever spoken with anyone who has? Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson, shared his experience using a virtual assistant and offers some interesting insights into the issue.

“I left my role as CEO of Thomas Nelson in April 2011. I thought I could get by without an assistant,” Hyatt says. “Boy, was I wrong. As a result of greater focus on writing, my blog traffic spiked and my comment load doubled. I started getting more email. I had to book my own travel. I soon felt overwhelmed.”

As his story goes, Hyatt looked to hire a part-time assistant. But then he ran into common challenges that go with working from a virtual office: Where would you put the part-timer? Would you have to supply her with a computer and other office equipment? Would you have to keep up with payroll taxes and various other government-required paperwork?

That’s when Hyatt got a bright idea: hire a virtual assistant. His virtual assistant screens his e-mail, books his travel, makes calls on his behalf, managers his calendar, and handles other projects that come up. She can essentially do anything that doesn’t require her physical presence in his virtual office to accomplish.

“I started using her for five hours a week and quickly went to fifteen. I found that I was so much more productive that it was well-worth the additional investment,” Hyatt says. “Tricia has now become such a partner in my business that I no longer even think of her as virtual. She’s just one of my teammates—and a very valuable one at that.”

What about you? Have you ever used a virtual assistant? Have you even explored the idea? Virtual assistants can save you time and money. You don’t have to set aside office space for virtual assistants. You don’t have to buy office equipment for virtual assistants. And you don’t have to fill out payroll taxes for virtual assistants.

So what are you waiting for? Looking into a Davinci Virtual Office Solutions virtual assistant today. You’ll have more time to work on the revenue-generating aspects of your business without the overwhelm.
Read more...

Would Your Company Win a Virtual Office Award?

SAN FRANCISCO—Would your workplace stack up to the criteria to win the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility? If you offer telecommuting, virtual offices and flexible work schedules, the answer could be yes.

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."
Read more...

Washington D.C. Users Escape Industry-Leading Commute Times

WASHINGTON, D.C.--It’s official. According to a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Washington, D.C. has the worst commute time in the nation. Specifically, auto commuters were delayed 67 hours on the road in 2011. Yes, 67 hours.

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.
Read more...

Baltimore Ravens Fans: Don’t You Wish You Worked From a Virtual Office?

BALTIMORE—Davinci Virtual Office Solutions congratulates the Baltimore Ravens on its emotional Super Bowl victory. With all the celebration going on in Baltimore, some employees may be wishing they had the flexibility of working from a virtual office today—and especially tomorrow.

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.
Read more...

Hong Kong Virtual Offices on Pedder Street Impress

HONG KONG—If you want an address on a major thoroughfare in the core of Hong Kong’s Central District, consider virtual office space on Pedder Street. Pedder Street runs from Queen’s Road Central through Des Voeux Central. Pedder Street ends at its intersection with Connaught Road Central.

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.
Read more...