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Workplace of the Future Includes New York Virtual Offices

NEW YORK—Organizations will reduce office space by 17 percent by 2020 as alternative workplace strategies like virtual office space continue to gain momentum. So says a new study from Citrix.

Whether you work in New York, LA, Sydney or somewhere else, the workplace of the future will provide just seven desks for every 10 office workers. Each person will access the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices. Many times they’ll do it from their virtual office.

"Organizations are encouraging people to operate outside of the traditional workplace on their own personal devices to improve the bottom line—by making the organization more responsive, improving productivity and reducing the cost of real estate and device management,” says Mick Hollison, vice president, integrated marketing and strategy at Citrix.

“At the same time, organizations are investing in the space they have to create enticing workplaces that foster collaboration, innovation and creativity. The result is a stronger organization, with high caliber people performing at their best.”

Citrix predicts almost every organization says they will redesign office space to be more appealing. The workplace of the future will foster creativity, be inspiring and encourage collaboration by enabling people to work from wherever, whenever and on whatever device so that work becomes something people do, not a place people go.

If you are in New York virtual offices are coming to an alternative workplace strategy at a company near you. New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are early adopters of this trend. Whether you work in a virtual office, coworking facility or some other alternative workplace arrangement, you can bet that the future of work looks different than what you are experiencing today.
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Can Virtual Offices Curb New York Job Hoppers?

NYC—More than half of participants in a Kelly Global Workforce Index survey believe that it’s more important to change employers than remain with their existing employer in order to develop their skills and advance their careers. Could virtual offices help retain the best and brightest workers?

In spite of the lingering uncertainty in the economy, 69 percent of respondents say that if they did change jobs, they would be in a good position to negotiate a similar or better position. The results mark a trend toward workers seeking to gain new experiences with multiple employers.

But allowing telecommuting from a virtual office can help, especially considering signs of the new self-reliance and autonomy the survey reveals in today’s workforce. Nearly half of all workers say that even when they are happy in a job, they actively look for better job opportunities or evaluate the job market. But a virtual office in New York could keep Manhattan workers right where they are.

Virtual offices don’t guarantee that an employee will stay with your company, but it does help to sweeten the pot for employees looking for more flexible work. Virtual offices in New York can help employees cut down on transportation costs and commute times while allowing them to workshift.

Virtual offices are perfect for the New York City lifestyle, offering the ultimate convenience for mobile workers and entrepreneurs who work from their apartments while opening the door to day office space and meeting rooms and necessary. Virtual offices aren’t a panacea for turnover, but allowing flexible work from a virtual office can certainly make a difference in employee career choices.
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Sydney Virtual Offices Gain Momentum in CBD

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Sydney is a vibrant, dynamic, and accessible city waiting to be explored. So says the City of Sydney’s web site. But it’s not just marketing hype—and it’s not just for tourists. There’s big business going on in Sydney.

There are more than 17.5 million square meters of built form within the Central Business District of Sydney and Ultimo-Pyrmont. More than 5.4 million square meters of internal floor area is devoted to office uses. This is the largest CBD office market in Australia and within the top 20 worldwide.

But you don’t have to take up traditional office space to do business in Sydney. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual office space in Sydney in several locations. We’ll highlight one of them in todays’ post: RBS Tower @ Aurora Place.

You can rent Sydney virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the RBS Tower @ Aurora Place. Located at 88 Phillip Street in Sydney, Davinci offers virtual offices through RBS Tower for prices starting at $140 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.

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Modern Workers Demand Flexibility of Virtual Offices

NEW YORK—From New York to LA to Chicago and beyond, it’s time to build out flexible work models. So says ManpowerGroup. Virtual offices could play a key role in those flexible work models.

Manpower points to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that the overall August jobless rate dipped to 8.1 percent. The U.S. private sector added 96,000 new jobs last month, while summer jobs figures were revised down, and from 64,000 to 45,000 in June to 163,000 to 141,000 in July.

"Flexible work models—which include temporary, part-time, full-time and virtual workers—remain the best option for an economy beset by wildly fluctuating demand," says Jeffrey Joerres, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup. "U.S. employers face extreme uncertainty from what's happening in the Euro Area and with the U.S. general election two months away, yet demand exists and employers continue to need the right workers at the right time to meet that demand.

According to ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey results, 49% of U.S. employers struggle to fill mission-critical positions. Skilled trades, engineering and IT positions continue to place on this list year after year. New York virtual offices could help New York employers win more talent. Virtual offices tend to be an attractive feature for employees looking for flexible work.

"A flexible work model that enables companies to react quickly to demand and that aligns with companies' business strategies is essential for winning in today's volatile economy," says Joerres. "In turn, individuals benefit from flexible work options, as they gain on-the-job training and experience—while earning income."

Virtual offices are part and parcel of a flexible work strategy, whether it’s virtual offices in New York, virtual offices in LA, or virtual offices in some other city. With the rising demand for flexible work, virtual office space should become even more popular among the modern workforce.
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Are Younger Managers More Open to Virtual Offices?

NEW YORK—The correlation between seniority and leadership could be disappearing as a new generation of professionals enters management. So says a workplace survey from CareerBuilder. What implications does this have for telecommuting from a virtual office in New York or any other city?

Thirty-four percent of U.S. workers say their boss is younger than they are and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger. While most workers said it isn’t difficult to work for a younger boss, differences in work styles, communication and expectations illustrate the changing nature of office life. And that's where the virtual office question comes in.

“Age disparities in the office are perhaps more diverse now than they’ve ever been. It’s not uncommon to see 30-year-olds managing 50-year-olds or 65-year-olds mentoring 22-year-olds,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.

“While the tenants of successful management are consistent across generations, there are subtle differences in work habits and views that all workers must empathize with when working with or managing someone who’s much different in age.”

The three big areas where generational differences manifest are communication, work style and career advancement. Older hiring managers are more likely to arrive to work earlier than younger managers but less likely to take work home with them to a virtual office. Younger workers are more open to flexible work schedules than their older counterparts.

What does this mean for virtual offices? It would seem to point to more tolerance among younger managers to allow telecommuting from a virtual office in New York or beyond. Younger managers, too, may do more work from virtual offices as they model the workshifting way.
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