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Australia Square Offers Sydney Virtual Offices

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—If you’ve done business in Sydney, you’ve probably run into Australia Square, an office and retail complex in the Central Business District of Sydney. Australia Square is an example of iconic Sydney architecture. Some have even called it the most beautiful building in Australia.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has
virtual office space in Sydney in several locations. We’ll highlight one of them in todays’ post: Australia Square.

You can rent Sydney virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Australia Square. Located at 264 George Street in Sydney, Davinci offers virtual offices through Australia Square for prices starting at $170 a month.

This Sydney 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 Sydney 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 Sydney 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.

The Australia Square complex includes a 50-story class A office tower, the adjoining
13-story office Tower, a food court, and underground 400-space parking garage. The Australia Square complex spans George Street, Bond Street, Pitt Street and Curtin Place in the Sydney CBD.

Australia Square is located near a number of major office towers and prestigious retail complexes and hotels, including Saville Hotel and Met. Circular Quay and Sydney's historic Rocks area is just a five-minute walk.
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Employers Hiring Virtual Office Workers With Criminal Records?

NEW YORK—It can be tough to find a job with a criminal record, but hiring an ex-con may be less threatening for companies that let employees work in a virtual office in New York, Chicago, or some other city.

Indeed, a new CareerBuilder study shows organizations are open to giving people who have had run ins with the law a second chance. Specifically, 51 percent of human resource managers reported that their organizations have hired someone with a criminal record.

“The number one recommendation hiring managers have is to own your past and focus on what you learned from it to grow professionally and personally,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “You also want to stay active. Taking classes, volunteering and tapping into social networks can be good ways to help overcome obstacles associated with job hunting with a criminal past.”

Although the study didn’t point out how many of those employers let workers set up in virtual offices, it makes sense that employers would be more likely to give someone with a criminal record a chance to telecommute from a virtual office. Likewise, job hunters with criminal records should look for virtual office opportunities.

Virtual office jobs often include freelance or temporary assignments, which is one of the recommendations CareerBuilder makes for job hunters with criminal records. All in all, the good news is people with criminal records have less of a stigma today than they did in the past, whether they work in a traditional or virtual office.
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Do Virtual Office Workers Drink More Coffee Than In-House Workers?

NEW YORK—I’m a virtual office worker and I’ll admit it ... I probably drink more coffee than most cubicle dwellers. But maybe I’m just the over-caffeinated exception.

So when I saw a survey in honor of National Coffee Day on Saturday, it caught my attention. Writing blog posts from my virtual office and drinking coffee go hand in hand.

Commissioned jointly by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder, the survey reveals which workers are in professions that need coffee the most.

According to the survey, food preparation and service workers won out as the ones who need coffee the most, followed by scientists and sales representatives. Marketing and public relations professionals ranked fourth while nurses ranked fifth.

Editors, writers and media workers collectively ranked sixth. (That surprised me—I thought it would be higher.) Business execs ranked seventh, teachers ranked eighth. Rounding out the top 10, engineering technicians ranked ninth and IT managers/network administrators ranked last. Many of those professions can work from a virtual office.

Indeed, the survey reveals that coffee plays a major role in helping professionals perk up for work. Forty-three percent of workers who drink coffee claim they are less productive without it. Sixty-two percent of workers aged 18 to 24 say they are less productive without coffee, with 58 percent of workers aged 25 to 34 making the same claim. (I’m a little older than that, but I rank with the young ones.) Meanwhile, 47 percent of female workers claim they are less productive without coffee, compared to 40 percent of male workers.

Virtual offices can make you more productive, other studies show, but when you add coffee to the mix it’s an ideal combination. Users of virtual offices in New York can probably relate, especially being in a 24/7 city where workshifting is the name of the came for many. And speaking of New York, 64 percent of workers in the Northeast drink at least one cup per day, compared to the South at 54 percent and the Midwest and West at 51 percent.
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Can Virtual Assistants Really Drive Up Your Productivity?

NEW YORK-Whether you are a mobile worker, a busy entrepreneur or a corporate executive—if your schedule is packed from early morning until after the sun goes down—you could benefit from a virtual assistant. Indeed, you can drive up your productivity—and maybe your profits—if you aren’t burdened with mundane tasks.

Much like a smartphone, e-mail account, fax machine or old fashioned Rolodex, a virtual assistant, also known as a VA, virtual secretary, or virtual administrative assistant, is a weapon in your productivity arsenal that can help you do much more with much less.

Consider your day. When you leave your office, do you forward your calls to your mobile phone? You could and probably do, if you are productivity-minded, but do you really want to take calls in the middle of an important lunch meeting or when you are having dinner with your family? And do you really want to be unavailable when the next hot prospect calls? A virtual assistant can answer your calls for you while you are out of pocket, and also screen calls when you have your head down into a project.

It doesn’t matter what kind of office you work in—executive office suites, virtual office, home office, coworking office space—you can take advantage of the benefits of virtual assistants. No matter where you are, your virtual assistant can be the glue that holds it all together, handling business administration tasks, scheduling appointments, and even handling personal issues like booking your next, well-deserved vacation.

When you hire a virtual assistant, it also frees also up your job budget. Rather than hiring a full-time or part-time employee, you can use a virtual assistant on an on-demand basis. You can ramp up by adding hours as needed or scale back when business slows or when a special project is completed. The power is in your hands—and those two hands become four even more powerful hands when you hire a virtual assistant.
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Could the Virtual Office Be Standard by 2020?

NEW YORK-We’ve been talking about the workplace of the future and how virtual offices fit into that mix. Citrix just rolled out a Workplace of the Future report that reveals 29 percent of people will no longer work from a traditional office by 2020. That means more flexible work options will abound, including virtual offices.

Indeed, employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64 percent), field and project sites (60 percent), and customer or partner premises (50 percent). People are also expected to access corporate applications, data and services from locations such as hotels, airports, coffee shops and while in transit. This is all in line with the rise of the mobile worker and the virtual office space.

Globally, 24 percent of organizations have already fully adopted mobile workstyles. By the middle of 2014, 83 percent of organizations will have embraced mobile workstyles. Mobile workstyles have been adopted widely and rapidly because it offers a number of benefits:

1. Organizations benefit from workshifting—where people move work to more optimal times and locations—creates a more flexible, agile workplace (73 percent), lower employee-related costs (53 percent), reduce real estate costs (48 percent) and helps attract (47 percent) and retain (44 percent) top talent.

2. Employees benefit from workshifting with more flexibility (65 percent), increased personal productivity (62 percent), less commuting time (61 percent), and a better work/life balance (55 percent). It also helps them spend more time with customers (48 percent).

Ninety-six percent of organizations implementing mobile workstyles will invest in redesigning the workplace to create a more inspiring, collaborative and flexible environment equipped with the latest technology. Meanwhile, many employees will work from virtual offices in New York, LA, Miami or other cities where they live or travel.

“The result is a stronger organization, with high caliber people performing at their best,” says Mick Hollison, vice president, integrated marketing and strategy Citrix. “The technology to enable the workplace of the future is already available and proven, and plans for workplace redesign can easily be put in place. The real winners will be those that get the people management and culture right, to empower the workforce of the future."
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