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How Many People Really Use Virtual Offices, Anyway?
“The Census Bureau collects data on how people travel to work, with one option being not traveling at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) captures information on where and when they work,” Global Workplace Analytics reports.
“BLS also polls companies about whether they offer flexible workplace options. The IRS and the SBA gather information about home-based businesses. And the Office of Personnel Management(OPM) tracks telework practices in the federal workforce.”
Global Workplace Analytics has a 27-page whitepaper called The State of Telework in the U.S. that offers in-depth analysis of telecommuting data. Its charts were last updated Oct. 2012, which is just about as good as it gets for virtual office data. And so … drum roll, please … the number total number of employee teleworkers in 2011 was 3.148 million.
There’s lots of talk about virtual office use in the public sector, but virtual office use is also growing in the private sector and among non-profits. Both for-profit and non-profit companies posted 4.5 percent year-over-year teleworking growth.
Who uses virtual offices? Global Workplace Analytics reports:
A typical telecommuter is 49 years old, college educated, a salaried non-union employee in a management or professional role, earns $58,000 a year, and works for a company with more than 100 employees.
Relative to the total population, a disproportionate share of management, professional, sales and office workers telecommute.
Using home as a ‘reasonable accommodation’ per the Americans with Disabilities Act, 316,000 disabled employees regularly work from home.
Non-exempt employees are far less likely to work at home on a regular or ad hoc basis than salaried employees.
Over 75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 per year putting them in the upper 80 percentile relative to all employees.
Larger companies are more likely to allow telecommuting than smaller ones.
Non-union organizations are more likely to offer telecommuting those with unions.
Do Virtual Offices Blur Boundaries Between Work and Home?
Beyond work-life balance, rising gas prices have also helped virtual office use become an attractive option for busy professionals. But virtual office users beware: If you aren’t careful you may end up working more hours than if you stayed in the traditional office space.
According to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin, for most employees who work remotely, telecommuting equates to working more hours.
Specifically, the study shows that most of the 30 percent of respondents who work from home add five to seven hours to their workweek compared with those who work exclusively at a traditional office. They are also significantly less likely to work a standard 40-hour schedule and more likely to work overtime. In fact, most telecommuting hours occur after an employee has already put in 40 hours of work at the office.
The study concludes that telecommuting from a virtual office causes work to seep into home life. The study confirms an issue previously identified in the 2008 Pew Networked Workers survey. According to that survey, a majority of tech-savvy workers claim that telecommuting technology has increased their overall work hours and that employees use technology, especially e-mail, to perform work tasks even when sick or on vacation.
“Careful monitoring of this blurred boundary between work and home time and the erosion of ‘normal working hours’ in many professions can help us understand the expansion of work hours overall among salaried workers,” says Jennifer Glass, professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center.
For employers, this may sound like good news. For virtual office workers, you may already know this. If you work from a virtual office, do you find the results of this study to be true? Do the lines between work and life blur together? This is always a danger, and no more so with virtual office work. No matter where you work, it’s up to you to set the appropriate boundaries to safeguard your family time.
FlexJobs Offers Free Virtual Office Jobs Search Webinar
Job seekers looking for flexibility, like telecommuting from a virtual office, freelance work and other remote opportunities, can log on to a free webinar from FlexJobs. FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell is holding the webinar to offer virtual office job seekers free advice on employment hunting.
“As we head into the holidays, job hunting can get increasingly more difficult,” Fell says. “We hope to boost the morale of those looking for work and help give them the edge they will need to land a job.”
The webinar is on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. When you sign on, you’ll learn:
1. What's available in the flexible job market?
2. How to find flexible jobs (virtual office work, telecommuting, flex schedule, part-time, freelance)
3. How to avoid job search scams
4. Resume and cover letter tips for flexible and virtual office jobs
5. How to continue your job search over the holidays
6. Low-commitment flexible jobs to make extra income
“After the overwhelming success of a webinar we hosted in October, we realized the demand for advice in finding flexible employment was high and are happy to offer more tips, “ says Fell. In case you aren’t familiar with FlexJobs, it’s an online service for hand-screened and professional flexible, part-time, telecommuting, and freelance job listings.
The virtual office jobs webinar is free of charge, but space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Click here to sign up.
Breaking More Virtual Assistant Myths
In my first post, one of the biggest myths I worked to bust was that virtual assistants are too expensive. People often have the misconception that they can’t afford a virtual assistant. More often, that truth is that you can’t afford not to have a virtual assistant.
But let’s move on from there. The second most common wrong thinking I’ve seen associated with using virtual assistants says “My company isn’t large enough to justify hiring a virtual assistant.” That’s sort of related to the first myth, but it’s different in that no company is too small to benefit from a virtual assistant.
Listen, my company is a one-man show and I have several virtual assistants working on various different tasks that are too mundane for me to address. If I didn’t use virtual assistants, I could not address the revenue-generating tasks that would no doubt pile up.
It doesn’t matter if you are a one-man show or a multinational company, you can benefit from a virtual assistant. Consider how much time you waste on mundane administrative tasks. Now consider how much time you could save if you outsourced those tasks to a virtual assistant.
Your skills are what drives revenue. You can outsource appointment setting, invoicing and other back end functions to a virtual assistant and get on with business. Virtual assistants are equipped to handle that and much more. You can even get virtual assistants to handle your social media these days.
Hong Kong Virtual Offices on Gloucester Road Offer Strategic Location
(For history buffs, Gloucester Road was named after Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, way back in 1929. The Hong Kong government named the street after him in honor of his first visit.)
This is a strategic virtual office location indeed. Gloucester Road is in the north of Wan Chai and East Point on Hong Kong Island. Gloucester Road connects to Harcourt Road at the west end and ends at Victoria Park. Essentially, Gloucester Road forms part of Hong Kong’s Route 4 and connects to the Island Eastern Corridor via Victoria Park Road. Gloucester Road is connected to the Cross-Harbour Tunnell near the Canal Road Flyover.
You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Gloucester Road Business Center. Located at 88 Gloucester Road in Hong Kong, Davinci offers virtual offices there for prices starting at just $75 a month.
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.
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