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Virtual Office Use Sparking Billion-Dollar GDP Growth in Australia

SYDNEY—Who would have thought that virtual office use could contribute so much to a nation's economy? But that’s the case in Australia.

Indeed, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considers telecommuting from virtual offices to be the key to Australia's gross domestic product growth. Specifically, she predicts over $3.2 billion in growth and anticipates more than 25,000 new jobs in coming years.

Gillard says the Australian public service sector is “harnessing the benefits of new technology and work patterns will be important for Australia if we are to embrace the opportunities of the Asian century."

American small businesses can also prosper through allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office. In the recent blog post entitled, "ABCs of Telecommuting," The Business Finance Store discusses the benefits of opening a business up to telecommuting and virtual office space.

“One of the interesting things about telecommuting is the fact that people who enjoy learning about technology are very attracted to telecommuting. Since some of them assume they’ll be using their current or past technology at work, they are more likely to join your company and may not need extensive training or new equipment,” the post says.

“Smart employees who have experience telecommuting or who go out of their way to stay current with new computers or software are very productive. Many companies are hiring them over other potential job candidates and letting them work remotely. This means no relocation costs and fewer office equipment expenses. The savings per person are limitless with the right staff. Just re-evaluate which positions can be done remotely and you’ll start saving instantly.”

Indeed, American companies are already starting to adopt telecommuting from a virtual office. Virtual office use is on the rise in the United States, in Sydney and in many other areas of the world because it drives employee productivity to new heights—and, as it turns out, can impact a nation’s economy.
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Yee Wo Street Virtual Offices in Hong Kong Put You in Middle of Action

HONG KONG—When you office on Yee Wo Street, you have immediate prestige. Yee Wo Street in Hong Kong is a street in East Point and Causeway Bay at Hennessey Road—and it’s one of the busiest areas of Hong Kong.

There’s some history behind Yee Wo  Street. Yeewo was the Cantonese name of a Qing Dynasty hong established way back in 1783. The road was named "Kasuga-dori" when Japan occupied Hong Kong but was reverted to its original name after the Japanese army surrendered and left. This area might remind you of the hustle and bustle of New York City.

You can rent Hong Kong virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Yee Wo Street Office. Located at 68 Yee Wo Street 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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Happy Thanksgiving From My Virtual (Mobile) Office

ORLANDO—I’m not working in my virtual office today, but I am still tapping into virtual office technologies to keep abreast of breaking news. After all, it’s what I do.

Virtual office workers tend to stay more plugged in—and therefore more productive—than traditional office workers. Well, that’s partially my opinion based on my personal experience and partially my view after reading so many studies about how modern workers keep checking email even during vacation.

I am a cross between a mobile worker and a virtual office worker, I suppose. In any case, virtual office technologies are what keep me up and running whether I am sitting in front of my large-screen Mac or working remotely on my iPad.

I wonder how many virtual office workers are like me, constantly checking social media, Facebook and even using web conferencing to stay in touch with far-away family over the Thanksgiving holiday? Give me a shout if you are tapping into virtual office technologies this Thanksgiving—even if you aren’t actually working.

My guess is virtual office technologies are blurring the lines between working and playing. In any case, I’ll be back to my virtual office tomorrow to offer more virtual office perspectives you can trust.
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Virtual Office Workers are Productivity Champions

MIAMI-I just read an article in Forbes magazine that offers what the author calls “surprising results” about virtual office workers.

Kate Harrison, an eco-entrepreneur, penned the article entitled, “Lazy and Pregnant? New Study Profiles People Who Work From Home With Surprising Results.”

“Visions of your work commute becoming just a short stroll to your home office may seem like a dream, but it’s a reality for a growing number of people who have jobs that encourage telecommuting,” Harrison writes. “If the idea of working from home excites you, you may be surprised just how many jobs offer this flexible career option.”

Then Harrison examines the results of a FlexJobs survey and offers three points that shed new light on virtual office workers.

1. Virtual office workers are older and smarter than. She points to the Telework Research report, which shows that Gen Y is attracted to virtual office work. FlexJobs data, meanwhile, supports this with a finding that the average flexible job seeker is between 30 and 59. FlexJobs reports 82 percent have a college degree and 35 percent have graduate degrees.

2. Family, better health and lower stress levels are important. Harrison also pointed out FlexJobs study findings that show more than half of virtual office workers are married and 70 percent are in a relationship where both spouses work. Only 60 percent have rug rats and family is not the primary motivator for searching for virtual office jobs.

3. Virtual office workers want to be more productive. Virtual office workers want to be more productive, Harrison notes, not lazy. I could have told you that without the FlexJobs study.

Harrison asks, “It’s possible that the ideal balance between in-office work and telecommuting has yet to be discovered, but just imagine spending every Monday or Friday at home, while still keeping up with everything at work. Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?”

It may sound too good to be true, but working from a virtual office can give you all that and more.
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Flexible, Adaptable Working Women Turn to Virtual Offices

ATLANTA—Flexibility and adaptability are the two top skills women need to succeed in the marketplace. Just more than half of women Randstad US surveyed reported these skillsets as one of the top two most important, followed by technology (37 percent) and teamwork (35 percent). Virtual offices can  help on all fronts.

While 57 percent of women said they expect to grow their careers with their current employers, 48 percent of women still plan to explore other options when the job market picks up. Another 41 percent of women noted they would give a lot of consideration to a job offer given to them by a different company or organization. But just as women are supposed to be flexible and adaptable, they appreciate flexibility from employers. Virtual office space offers that flexibility.

"Women are taking on leadership roles and advancing to the top levels of organizations faster than ever before,” says Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of North America. “It is, therefore, critical that companies not lose sight of what it takes to successfully identify, retain and engage high potential women."

Flexible work from a virtual office can help attract successful females to your company. In the Randstad study, 53 percent of women said that one of the key elements driving their commitment to their jobs is enjoying going to work each day. Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office at least part time can add to that enjoyment.

Virtual offices provide flexibility for flexible women in the workplace. Virtual office technologies allow women to adapt more quickly to the demands of work-life balance by helping them continue driving productivity whether they are in the office, at home or on the road. As companies expect women to be more flexible and adaptable, they should be sure to offer virtual office and mobile technologies that help them accomplish that goal.
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