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Can Virtual Office Work Encourage Community Involvement?

LOS ANGELES-Corporate Social Responsible is a major workplace trend in 2013, according to Sodexo. Could virtual offices help encourage the practice? Do virtual office workers have more freedom to get involved in their communities? A recent study from FlexJobs suggests the answer is yes.

According to the “Parents & Work” survey, workplace flexibility could lead to an increase in community involvement. Eighty-nine percent of parents say that a flexible job would allow them to spend more time volunteering in their children's school and organized activities. Fifty percent of those would be first-time volunteers. This is yet another benefit of allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office at least part time.

"It’s clear from the results that allowing parents the option to work from home would give them more time to give back to their community and also get them back into the workforce,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs.

The FlexJobs survey also aimed to understand what stress working parents feel during the holiday season and how workplace flexibility might alleviate that burden. According to respondents, even if they take vacation or paid time off during the holidays, 53 percent will still be expected to check in or work from home on their days off. Add to that additional childcare challenges during the holidays, which 29 percent of parents surveyed face, and it becomes clear why 78 percent of parents said the holiday season stresses them out.

"Workplace flexibility allows parents to balance and rebalance their work and family lives based on the needs of any given season or situation," says Fell, "so it's clear that flexible jobs would help to lessen the feelings of stress that so many working parents feel during the holidays."

Allowing employees the flexibility of telecommuting from a virtual office can be a boon to business. When employees are stressed out they are less productive. When employees have childcare issues they are somewhat distracted. They may even have to call in sick to take care of their kids. Virtual offices can help keep the workforce working without stressing.

How Does Virtual Office Work Impact Employers?

LOS ANGELES—There’s been a lot of talk lately about the benefits of virtual offices and flexible work for working parents. But how does virtual office work impact employers? The FlexJobs “Parents & Work” survey looked at the employer side of the flexible work coin, too.

According to the FlexJobs survey, parents who want workplace flexibility are overwhelmingly well-educated (82% have a college degree), they're married (81%) women (93%) between 30 and 49 years of age (79%), and they are "experienced" professionals (say 57%, followed by "manager" at 26% and "executive" at 9%).

The survey also suggests that employers looking to hire this group of motivated professionals should consider workplace flexibility initiatives like full-time telecommuting from a virtual office, flexible schedules, occasional telecommuting from a virtual office, and part-time schedules. The survey responses indicate parents would give up a part-time schedule and work full-time if they could telecommute from a virtual office or have a flexible schedule.

41% of employees would like to telecommute from a virtual office
27% would like to have flexible schedules
18% would like to occasionally telecommute from a virtual office
11% would like part-time schedules

The FlexJobs survey also suggests that employers might see a more productive workforce with the right flexible work options. Ninety-five percent of parents said that they would maintain or improve their productivity if they worked from home, and 84 percent said they would miss fewer work days from sickness or unplanned absences.

Convinced yet? Savvy employers are making an effort to meet the work-life demands of their best and brightest employees. That could mean any number of flexible work options, including telecommuting from a virtual office—even part time. With the research about the benefits of a virtual office continuing to pile up, it may be time to survey your own employee base about what they really need.

Could a Virtual Office Make You a Better Parent?

BOULDER, CO—Could a virtual office make you a better parent? Many parents are convinced the answer is yes.

According to a recent FlexJobs “Parents & Work,” although 91 percent of today’s parents “need” to work, 76 percent of these parents also "want" to work. Unfortunately, 96 percent agree that traditional full-time jobs conflict with important parts of taking care of families.

Sick children is one common example of that work-life conflict. Eighty-one percent of parents have missed work to take care of a sick child and 58 percent have worried about losing pay or their job because of it. Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office when kids are sick can solve that problem.

As a result of the fear of losing a job, 42 percent of parents have chosen to miss important events in their childrens' lives and 57 percent have used sick time or paid time off to attend those events. However, this group of job seeking parents is also optimistic, with 81 percent saying they can be both great parents and employees if given flexible work options. Virtual offices are part and parcel of many flexible work arrangements.

When asked what the most important factor in their next job is, respondents overwhelmingly chose flexible work options as most important (89%), followed by pay (50%), then feeling good about the company, the people and the corporate culture (44%), having a relatively short commute (36%), finding a job in line with their career path (34%), and finding a challenging job (33%).

“I think that employers should really be paying attention when parents in this day and age choose workplace flexibility over money,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. "Many employers—and even job-seekers—think these jobs are on the fringe of the employment market, but with technology making it so much easier to work from anywhere and anytime, it just isn’t true anymore. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed know another parent who has a telecommuting or flexible job. This generation of parents is focused on balancing their professional and family obligations, and they don’t want to let one overrun the other."

The demographics of this study showed parents who want workplace flexibility are overwhelmingly well-educated (82% have a college degree), they're married (81%) women (93%) between 30 and 49 years of age (79%), and they are "experienced" professionals (say 57%, followed by "manager" at 26% and "executive" at 9%).

Hong Kong Virtual Office Space at Connaught Place Sets You Apart

HONG KONG—Looking for a prestigious Hong Kong address? Try a virtual office set up on Connaught Place.

When you set up your Hong Kong virtual office with a Connaught Place address, you share a street with both the General Post Office and Exchange Square. Exchange Square is an office complex in Central Hong Kong that’s home to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Connaught Place is also home to a famous statue of Henry Moore entitled, “Double Ova.” The state was unveiled in December 1977, donated by Hongkong Land. This recognizable landmark adds to the prestige of the neighborhood.

You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Two Exchange Square. Located 8 Connaught Place 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.

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.

How About a Virtual Assistant Researcher With Your Coworking Space?

LOS ANGELES—I read an interesting article in Business2Community this morning. It’s called “Employing Virtual Research Assistants in Co-Working Spaces.” That gave me an idea: why not employ virtual assistants in your coworking—or your virtual office space or executive office suites—to handle your market research tasks?

“If you are running an online business or relying on your website to get more clients, working with a market researcher is a good way to go. The online market is a vast area where businesses grow, thus competition is tough,” Jobette Escobanas wrote in the article.

“As a busy entrepreneur, who has time to research about the newest marketing trends? The answer is hiring a virtual assistant researcher who can lay down all accurate facts about your target market or the latest update on marketing itself.”

Escobanas reports that virtual assistant researcher is someone who can take care of all the business information you need to know—from strategies to specific suggestions on how to increase your market productivity. She’s right when she says that efficient VA can be of great help for your growing company.

Of course, that help goes beyond research. Virtual assistants can help you with all sorts of tasks that you don’t have the bandwidth to handle. Rather than working 12 hours a day, for example, you can outsource administrative tasks, such as billing, customer service, or research—to a virtual assistant.

Indeed, virtual assistants even specialize in areas like web site development and social media. You can get a virtual assistant to handle just about any web-based task these days. So whether you work in a coworking facility, a virtual office, an executive office suite or some other alternative workspace (or even a traditional office!) why not check out how a virtual assistant can help you do more with less in 2013.