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Is Virtual Office Work Better Than Business Travel?
“I do know quite a few people who telecommute, at least part of the time. And, recently, businesses have begun to pass on business travel in favor of e-mail and teleconferencing,” Balke writes. “It cuts down on costs—if your travel is of the international variety, the costs savings can be dramatic—and anyone who doesn't require a face-to-face meeting with a colleague or client doesn't have to waste time traveling.”
Balke then lists six ways that virtual office work is better than travel. I’ll list his reason and then comment from Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ perspective:
6. No luggage
I just traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta last weekend because I had to do an in-person visit. Even though I only had carry on baggage, it was still a pain. A virtual office meeting would have been less painful on the shoulders.
5. Planes, trains and automobiles can kill you.
Case in point, I hit my head so hard on the way into the rental car on that same trip, after losing my car keys in the midst of total travel exhaustion. I don’t have those issues in a virtual office.
4. No traffic.
Have you ever driven on Interstate 85 in Atlanta? Can you say rush hour traffic? I don’t have to deal with that from my virtual office.
3. Technology is cool.
Yes, virtual office technologies are cool. Virtual receptionists are cool. Virtual assistants are cool. Mobile technology is cool. And people who use these technologies are cool.
2. Limited real people interaction.
Kids screaming on the plane was bad enough, but the grown ups with overbearing voices and snoring topped it off. You can’t get away from the people you sit next to on the plane. A virtual office is nice and secluded.
1. You can work in your underwear.
I was saying this in yesterday’s post. Of course, I suggested pajamas. But the truth is if you work from a virtual office you could choose to work in your undies and no one would ever know.
Virtual Offices Let You Dress How You Want
According to Adecco, 72 percent of Americans see backless and strapless blouses as “inappropriate for the workplace.” Meanwhile, 59 percent say shorts are inappropriate at the office and 76 percent believe flip flops don’t belong in the workplace. Even 35 percent are against wearing open-toed shoes to the office.
I work in a virtual office wearing shorts in the summer. And if I want to wear flip flops and a tank top, I can get away with that, too. However, I can see why people wouldn’t find that acceptable in a professional office building. Nobody actually sees me. And if they do they see me from the shoulders up on Skype. Hence, the benefit of working from a virtual office.
In additional findings from the Adecco survey, 69 percent disapprove of mini-skirts in the workplace while 49 percent get the creeps when people bite or use fingernail clippers at work. This is one more way that virtual offices offer the ultimate freedom. If I want to stop in the middle of the workday and cut my fingernails—or even my toenails—I don’t have to worry about grossing anyone out.
Of course, the dress code benefits of telecommuting from a virtual office are just like icing on the cake. There are many other practical benefits of working in a virtual office, like increased productivity, decreased commute time and lower gas (and clothing, for that matter) expenses.
Thanks to Adecco for the fun survey, though, and for giving us one more reason to be proud to work from a virtual office (even in our pajamas.)
Fullerton Virtual Offices Cater to Healthcare Aviation Industries
Located in Orange County, Fullerton is currently home to about 135,000 people. Fullerton’s history is agriculture, but the economy has evolved and offers strong universities. The most significant is California State University, Fullerton.
Fullerton is about 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles and 11 miles from Santa Ana, the seat of Orange County. Other nearby cities include Buena Park, Anaheim, Placentia, La Habra, Brea and La Miranda.
You can rent Fullerton virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Fullerton Towers Executive Suites. Located at 1440 N. Harbor Blvd, Davinci offers virtual offices through Fullerton Tower Executive Suites for prices starting at $95 a month.
The Fullerton 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 Fullerton also makes available conference room rental for $25 to $40 an hour and day time office space for $10 to $35 an hour. You can use your Fullerton 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.
VIDEO: Does Your Virtual Office Have a Virtual Receptionist?
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ friendly, live dedicated virtual receptionists who work in groups of small teams are all well-educated, based in the U.S., and specifically trained on your business, your services and all of your custom needs. It's the perfect complement to virtual office space.
The affordable live receptionist service provides you with:
A toll-free and local telephone number that you can start using immediately
Of course, we can also work with your existing number
Fax-to-e-mail to simplify your communications
Live answering and call forwarding to an unlimited number of people at no extra charge so you never miss another opportunity
Real-time messaging—get real-time notifications via e-mail, text or call so you are never out of touch
Your live receptionist answers, screen and transfers all your calls directly to you based on a schedule that you control. Your virtual receptionist can also arrange your appointments, make outbound calls, answer customer service questions, process orders at no extra charge, and handle a wide variety of administrative tasks.
Davinci Virtual Office’s live receptionist services come with flexible plans and are offered month to month. When you sign up for Davinci’s live receptionist services you give your small business a big voice.
Click here to see a video about Davinci Virtual Office Solutions' live virtual receptionist services:
How Virtual Offices Help Boost Employee Engagement, Part 4
The Towers Watson study points to specific actions employers can take to address the elements missing for these individuals in the work environment, putting solutions directly within companies' control. Although the study doesn’t specifically mention alternative workplace strategies like virtual offices, some of the suggestions may be byproducts of virtual office use.
"There is a real imperative for change right now. The risks of continuing to manage with traditional practices are just too great from a performance perspective,” says Julie Gebauer, managing director of Talent and Rewards at Towers Watson.
“By taking actions to address identified gaps, organizations will be able to move some of the unsupported and detached to engaged—and likely experience a measurable and positive impact on financial performance."
Here are some key findings from the study and how virtual offices may help:
Only 47% agree there are no substantial obstacles to getting their job done well. Virtual office technologies can help remove some of the obstacles to getting the job done efficiently, especially on the communications front.
Slightly more than half (53%) don't feel their organization makes it possible for them to have a healthy balance between work and personal life. Virtual offices are known to help employees realize better work-life balance.
Just under a third (30%) say they're bothered by excess pressure on the job. Virtual offices can help by giving employees an opportunity to telecommute one or more days a week, especially during major creative projects that require high levels of concentration.
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