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Tired of Bullies? Try a Virtual Office Instead.

CHICAGO—Have you ever encountered an office bully? Apparently, the number of workers dealing with office bullies is on the rise. When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid face-to-face encounters with bullies.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 35 percent of workers said they have felt bullied at work. That’s up from 27 percent last year. And that’s a pretty high number. I believe virtual office workers would probably report a much lower instance of bullying. After all, it’s tougher to control someone when they aren’t scared of running into you at the water cooler.

The survey also reports 16 percent of these workers say they suffered health-related problems as a result of bullying and 17 percent decided to quit their jobs to escape the situation. Virtual offices are known to reduce stress, usually through not facing the morning drive and raising productivity. But not having to face a bully is also a stress buster a virtual office can provide.

Nearly half of workers in the survey said they don’t confront their bullies and the majority of incidents go unreported.  Meanwhile, 54 percent of those bullied said they were bullied by someone older than they were, while 29 percent said the bully was younger.

"How workers define bullying can vary considerably, but it is often tied to patterns of unfair treatment," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.  "Bullying can have a significant impact on both individual and company performance.  It's important to cite specific incidents when addressing the situation with the bully or a company authority and keep focused on finding a resolution."

Sure, people can still bully you from a virtual office. But I believe it’s far less likely to run into office bullies when you telecommute from a virtual office. It just changes the dynamic. If they are sending you bullying e-mails, you’ve got them documented, which is what we’ll talk about in tomorrow’s post.
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Virtual Office Users Skip Nasty Workplace Restrooms

MILWAUKEE, WISC.—Can I be blunt? Do you wash your hands after you use the restroom? Do you keep it clean? We all know that employee in public office buildings don’t always wash their hands—and we’ve all been disgusted by nasty restrooms at work. But if you work from a virtual office your restroom fate is in your own hands.

A national hand washing survey from Bradley Corporation, one-third of participants reported they've experienced a range of annoying restroom-related issues. Toilets that were clogged or not flushed; really bad smells; and toilet paper or towel dispensers that are empty or jammed were the three most common complaints. Again, you can avoid these unpleasant realities with a virtual office.

When it comes to actual hand washing, just 11 percent of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands. That compares to the national results that show 30 percent of Americans frequently see people who skip hand washing in a public restroom.

But apparently people aren’t washing their hands long enough. Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents estimate they wash for just five to 15 seconds. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing "Happy Birthday" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse away germs.

When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid the clogged and unflushed toilets. When you set up shop in a virtual office, you can steer clear of the rally bad smells. And when you work from a virtual office, you can make sure you have plenty of toilet paper on hand. One more of the many benefits of working from a virtual office.
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Davinci Virtual Office Offers Meeting Rooms Galore

NEW YORK—Here at Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, we know that every deal has a starting point. If you project the image your business deserves, you’ve got a better chance of closing the deal.

Sometimes, that means a professional meeting room. Whether you need a state of the art conference room, a spacious training room, or a private day office, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers you the meeting space you need to succeed. When you rent virtual office space from Davinci, you can access these services at your local branch. But you don't have to be a virtual office customer to leverage our professional meeting rooms.

With Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, you now have access to more than 3,000 fully loaded  meeting rooms around the globe to meet and greet prospects in an environment that is designed to project professionalism.

Every virtual office user could use a professional meeting space from time to time. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions meeting rooms are located in business centers in well-known locations. Booking your next meeting could not be easier. You can reserve your meeting space by the hour or by the day, whenever you need it, instantly online.

Best of all, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers you the latest in business support and technology, including presentation tools, LCD projectors and plasma screens, wireless high-speed Internet, an on-site receptionist, business services catering and more.

Let Davinci Virtual Office Solutions take care of your meeting space so you can run your meeting. Meeting space packages start only $10 an hour. Again, it’s a great complement to your virtual office space.
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Virtual Offices Cut Down on Productivity Zappers

DENVER—Even in a recovering economy, talk of employee productivity is at the fore. And a new study reveals major productivity suckers. A virtual office works against these negative workplace trends.

For example, while social media has been blamed for zapping productivity, TrackVia reports that employers looking to boost productivity should consider breaking up water-cooler talk or upgrading software rather than banning Facebook.

In a nationwide survey, 14 percent of knowledge workers cited chatting with co-workers as their biggest waste of time, followed by dealing with computer or software problems (11%). Five percent (5%) of respondents cited Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts as their biggest time waster.

A virtual office can help boost productivity in many ways, but specific to this study a virtual office can help by eliminating the water-cooler chat. Employees aren’t as tempted to sit and chat when there’s no physical office space in which to gather. In other words, out of sight is out of mind.

Think about it for a minute. Fifteen percent of employees said they spent one to two hours a week addressing misunderstandings or miscommunications with co-workers. Another 7 percent said they spent three or more hours on this in a typical week. Virtual offices don’t eliminate misunderstandings, but less chatter means fewer misunderstandings.

One-in-six (17%) said they spent one or two hours in a typical week navigating or dealing with office politics. Seven percent said they spent three to five hours, and another 7 percent estimated they spent 6 or more hours in a typical week dealing with office politics. Virtual offices definitely cut down on office politics.

Among those who spend time in meetings during a typical week, more than one-third (37%) felt at least half of the time in meetings was wasteful of their time. This is noteworthy as approximately one-in-five (21%) workers said they spent at least three hours in a typical week attending work meetings. Virtual offices tend to cut down on meetings, both planned and impromptu.

No matter what field you are in or how many coworkers you have, I believe if you have the opportunity to work from a virtual office you’ll find yourself more productive, less distracted, and without the stress of interpersonal relations that often come with the daily office grind.
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Can Virtual Offices Help You Meet ADA Requirements?

BOSTON—Lawyers are not connecting telecommuting with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

An article in Lawyers.com points to a ruling by a federal court in Ohio that says employers are not required to allow their employees to telecommute, but at minimum they have to consider the possibility of telecommuting for employees with disabilities.

“The focus has shifted from what qualifies as a disability. It’s fair to assume that most if not all medical conditions are going to be covered as protected disabilities,” Jonathan Hyman, a labor and employment attorney in Cleveland, told Lawyer.com.

“Conventional wisdom has always been under the ADA, telecommuting is not a per-se reasonable accommodation. It was a very high hurdle for an employee to overcome, that allowing telecommuting work wasn’t an undue burden on the employer.”

This could drive further demand for virtual office space. Virtual offices make it easier for people with disabilities to work because they avoid commuting to a physical office space. By allowing people with disabilities to work from a virtual office, employers can tap into a talented workforce that may otherwise not be available.

Virtual offices are shown in study after study to spur greater productivity. In this sense, as qualified workers in many industries are nearing retirement, virtual offices could open up a new field of workers; workers with disabilities who have plenty to offer employers.
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