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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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Virtual Office Job Candidates Can Conduct Video Interviews

MENLO PARK, CA—If you are interviewing for a virtual office job, wouldn’t it make sense to do a video interview? Virtual office and traditional office job candidates alike are discovering that video interviews are in vogue.

In fact, 63 percent of human resource managers interviews in an OfficeTeam survey said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. That number is up from just 14 percent one year ago. That's an amazing increase and shows that video interviews have officially hit the mainstream.

What’s more, 13 percent of respondents think their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years. Eighty-five percent anticipate the number of video interviews to remain the same.

"Many companies are embracing video interviews, which are often conducted online via webcam, as a way to quickly and cost-effectively evaluate applicants,” Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Job seekers can use these virtual meetings to put their best foot forward, just as they would in person.”

The rise of video interviews is good news for virtual office users. Think about it. Video interviews are essentially virtual interviews that use virtual office technologies.

In the same way that company managers can conduct an interview via the webcam using Skype or some other virtual office technology, company managers can conduct weekly meetings with virtual office employees via the same technology.

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll take a look at some tips for virtual office workers who choose to do video interviews.
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Do Virtual Office Workers Deal With Fewer Office Bullies?

CHICAGO—Bullies are every where, but you are less likely to encounter them in a virtual office. A CareerBuilder survey offers new insights into office bullies and how to deal with them.

According to the survey, the most common way workers are being bullied is getting blamed for mistakes they didn't make, followed by not being acknowledged and the use of double standards. You can’t avoid all of this in a virtual office but at least you have a digital paper trail. Here’s the full list:

42% are falsely accused of mistakes
39% are ignored
36% said bosses used different standards/policies toward them than other workers
33% are constantly criticized
31% said someone didn’t perform certain duties, which negatively impacted their work
28% are yelled at by boss in front of coworkers
24% said belittling comments were made about their work during meetings
26% said they are gossiped about
19% said someone stole their credit for work
18% said they were purposely excluded from projects or meetings
15% were picked on for personal attributes

I can see how you’d avoid a lot of this with a virtual office. Again, you have a paper trail that proves who made the mistake. You can’t be yelled at in front of coworkers if you are telecommuting from a virtual office. Coworkers can't steal your business credit card if you work in a virtual office. You get the idea. Still, office bullying is a very real problem.

Twenty-seven percent of workers who felt bullied reported it to their Human Resources department. Of these workers, 43 percent reported that action was taken while 57 percent said nothing was done.

If you're feeling bullied in the workplace—whether you work in a virtual office or not—CareerBuilder offers the following tips:

Keep record of all incidents of bullying, documenting places, times, what happened and who was present.
Consider talking to the bully, providing examples of how you felt treated unfairly. Chances are the bully may not be aware that he/she is making you feel this way.
Always focus on resolution. When sharing examples with the bully or a company authority, center the discussions around how to make the working situation better or how things could be handled differently.
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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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