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Is A Virtual Office Even Possible at Your Workplace?

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Survey: Nearly Half of Working Adults Would Appreciate a Virtual Office

ATLANTA—Flexible work options are a growing priority for working adults when choosing career. So much so that they are willing to sacrifice nearly double the salary percentage from a year-ago Mom Corps survey. A virtual office can drive new heights of flexibility for working moms and others seeking work-life balance.

According to the survey, nearly one in two working adults (45%) are willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work. Specifically, working adults are willing to give up about 10 percent, on average. That’s nearly double the amount of last year’s survey. The 18-34 age group, on average, would be willing to give up almost 14 percent of their salary for more flexible work options. But you don’t have to give up any of your salary to telecommute from a virtual office.

“We are beginning to see significant patterns in the value professionals of all ages place on workplace flexibility,” says Allison O’Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps. “More and more, we feel challenged by the collective pressures of a demanding work life, a hectic personal life, and a desire to find fulfillment in both."

The results are especially significant considering the continued unemployment and uncertainty around the national election. But flexibility, such as telecommuting from a virtual office, continues to win out. Indeed, 61 percent strongly or somewhat agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for, and 20 percent strongly agree.

Virtual offices can give you plenty of flexibility. Telecommuting from a virtual office allows you, in many cases, to workshift. Workshifting lets you to get your required work done during hours where it’s most convenient for you. If you have a doctor appointment in the middle of the afternoon, for example, workshifting gives you the flexibility to make up for lost time before or after.

Tomorrow we'll take a closer look at the flexible work study and how virtual offices are empowering work-life balance.
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Virtual Offices Save Money, Give Employees More Freedom

ATLANTA—Sixty-seven percent of working adults agree that it is possible to “have it all” when it comes to work-life balance. Interestingly there is no significant difference in the study between women (68%) and men (66%). Could it be possible that these workers are using a virtual office?

A Moms Corp. survey has been digging into the issue of work-life balance. In another finding, 52 percent of working adults would be interested in starting their own business in order to achieve a better work-life balance, led by men age 35-44 (75 percent). And get this: 53 percent of working adults think they would get more work done if they had the ability to work from home occasionally. Nearly two in three (62 percent) 18- to 34-year-olds agree. That’s a vote of confidence for the virtual office.

According to the survey, the economic state is not a factor. Sixty percent of working adults agree that the state of the economy has no impact on their desire for increased flexibility at work. Of course, when you work from a virtual office you are actually saving money. You save on food. You save on gas. You save on wear and tear of your clothes.

“This year’s increased dialogue surrounding work-life alignment and flexibility issues has helped professionals realize that having even a little control over the way they work should not be an extraordinary request,” says Allison O’Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps. “Companies are becoming more amenable to alternative work programs, and as professionals come to terms with the idea of flexibility, they are gaining confidence in seeking their preferred work environment and shaping their careers accordingly.”

Virtual office space is part and parcel of many alternative workplace strategies. Virtual offices give employees more control over the way they work and more freedom to get the job done in the midst of other life obligations, like childcare, medical appointments, or moving.

More companies are embracing virtual offices because they see the cost savings associated with allowing employee to telecommute from home. Less office space is required with the is alternative workplace strategy. Virtual offices go hand in hand with trends like Bring Your Own Device and mobile workers, giving employees more work-life balance and flexibility than perhaps ever thought possible.
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Why Davinci Virtual Offices is One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY-Davinci Virtual Office Solutions isn’t just a big name in Utah. With virtual offices and meeting rooms literally all over the world (we have more than 900 locations) our brand name is well known among mobile workers, business travelers, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500s alike.

But our virtual office brand is also a Utah favorite. We’ve been named for the fifth year in a row to the Utah Business Fast 50 Awards. This year, we ranked as the 26th fastest growing company on the Utah list—based on our global virtual office growth.

"We are very proud to be selected for the FAST 50 Awards for 5 consecutive years. It represents great validation of our business model and for our aggressive growth and dedication,” said Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. “It is an honor to be recognized along with great Utah based companies like Overstock.com, Nu Skin, USANA Health Sciences, Simply Mac, ZAGG and Myriad Genetics.”

Utah Business magazine highlights 50 of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. The winners are featured in the September issue of Utah Business magazine and were recognized at an event on August 29th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Utah Fast 50 program recognizes companies for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and dramatic revenue growth.

"This award is a great tribute to our outstanding staff and corporate culture. We are in an exciting space, at the right time!” says Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “We continue to raise the bar by offering superior virtual office solutions and professional meeting space for a global market place.”

This probably won’t be the last list we land on. Davinci Virtual is the leading provider of turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions. Our virtual offices include local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, voicemail to email, fax to e-mail, voice to text, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, live call answering, find me/follow me, live web chat, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more.

Yes, that's a long list. Are you out of breath yet? Our breadth of service--and our commitment to customer service--are among the reasons why our virtual office brand ranks as one of the fastest growing companies in Utah.
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Tips For Making the Most of a Virtual Office Video Interview

MENLO PARK, CA—OK, so you want a virtual office job. You’ve been applying all over the country and you have three video interviews scheduled. Congratulations! Now, how do you make a good impression on your virtual office video interview?

In yesterday’s post, we established that 63 percent of human resources managers in an OfficeTeam survey said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. So it’s quite possible, especially if you are applying for a virtual office job, that you may be asked to do a video interview.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, says there are special considerations when meeting via video: "You need to not only be prepared to say the right things but also make sure you and your surroundings appear professional on camera.”

This is especially true for virtual office workers, who may have just this one chance to show that they work in a professional, productive environment. So what’s a virtual office worker to do to prepare for a video interview? OfficeTeam has some tips:

Test the technology. Familiarize yourself with the video tools and functionality in advance to troubleshoot issues. Also, if your computer is prone to problems, consider having a backup on hand. (At Davinci Virtual, we believe you should test it with a friend and let them give you feedback on the appearance of you and your virtual office.)

Choose the right location. Conduct the meeting in an area with good lighting that's free of distractions or anything within view that could be perceived as unprofessional. Beware of things like windows in the background, which can cast dark shadows, or barking dogs that may make it difficult to hear. (At Davinci Virtual, we stress the importance of no crying babies or barking dogs that may make your virtual office seem like a less productive environment.)

Suit up. Dress and groom the way you would for a face-to-face interview, and don't assume you'll only be visible from the waist up. Avoid bold patterns and colors that don't show up well on video.

Exude confidence. Look at the camera when answering questions so it appears you're talking directly to the employer. Also, don't forget to smile and sit up straight.

Be heard. Make sure your responses are audible to the interviewer. Speak loudly and clearly into the microphone.

Treat it like a real interview. Approach the meeting with all the seriousness and preparation you would give to an in-person interview. This includes having questions ready and following up with a thank-you note.

If you put this advice into action, you—and your virtual office—will make a good impression on your prospective employer. Good luck!
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