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Three Signs Your Virtual Offices are Strategic

CHICAGO—I recently read an article in Fast Company magazine called “3 Signs Flexible Work is Strategic—and Not Just Window Dressing.” Cali Williams Yost, CEO and founder of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., did a great job offering those three signs.

As I read the article, I thought to myself, “This could just as easily apply to virtual offices.” Yost pointed to research that shows the majority of employers offer some type of informal, day-to-day and formal work flexibility. The question, she says, is how to use flexible work strategically. We could ask the same question about virtual offices.

One sign Yost points to as a way to tell if your flexible work strategy is strategic or just random is this: When a business challenge or opportunity appears, managers naturally ask themselves, "How can we address this by being more flexible in how, when and where work is done?"

Great question, she offers some interesting examples you should check out, but for our virtual office purposes my advice is this: put your virtual office infrastructure in place now; accommodate the mobile workforce now. When an opportunity or challenge arises, you can just flip the usage switch according to your needs.

Yost’s second sign is: The organization consistently connects the dots between all of the tactical, siloed applications of work flexibility. I’d ask you to think about this: as you explore how to embrace alternative workplace strategies—fully explore it before you make investments in new leases or technologies. You want your virtual office strategy to complement your bricks-and-mortar strategy.

Finally, Yost’s third sign is: Employees understand how to capture the day-to-day flexibility they may have to manage their everyday work+life fit. Yost’s point is that workers know how to transition through various stages in life and career, whether it’s sick parents or sick kids or education or relocation. Virtual offices can certainly help that cause.

So, think about it, are you using virtual offices strategically or are is your virtual office strategy just window dressing?
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Why Telecommuting From Virtual Office Is Best ‘Summer Hours’ Strategy

BOSTON—Summer hours are bad for businesses and employees alike. So says a survey from Captivate Network. The findings are based on more than 600 white collar workers in North America. It’s clear that virtual offices could help solve the dilemma.

Generally speaking, summertime has a negative impact on the workplace. Twenty-percent report productivity goes down. Another 19 percent report project turnaround times increase. And a significant 45 percent admit they are more distracted.

The Office Pulse looked at the impact of several popular approaches to flexibility during the summer months: telecommuting from a virtual office, working longer days from Monday to Thursday so Fridays could be shortened or taken off, closing early on Fridays and permitting people to arrive and leave early.

According to the survey only telecommuting from a virtual office has a positive impact with 26 percent of respondents reporting an increase in their productivity. Unfortunately, only 4 percent of companies in the survey make this option available to their employees. Telecommuting from a virtual office is also the only approach that results in lower employee stress than prohibiting summer hours all together.

So, here’s even more proof that virtual office should be the alternative workplace strategy of choice for many, whether it’s entrepreneurs or multinational corporations—or somewhere in between. Virtual offices drive up productivity year-round and give employees more opportunities to keep up with work even in the vacationing months of summer.
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VIDEO: Get a Killer Virtual Office Address

LOS ANGELES—Have you checked out Davinci Virtual Office Solution’s YouTube channel? We’ve got lots of creative virtual office education videos that can help you get up to speed with our services in less than a 90 seconds.

One of our videos touts the importance of three things: location, location, and location and encourages you to give your business the killer address it deserves.

Think about it for a minute. In today’s global economy and online marketplace, it is vital that you establish your business in the right locations.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is the number one provider of virtual office solutions with more than 850 virtual office locations around the world. Your new virtual office location has everything you need to be successful, including:

Mail receipt and mail forwarding
An on-site receptionist to greet your clients
Lobby directory listings
Fully loaded meeting spaces
Private day offices
Cutting-edge business services
Catering
And much more!

You can use your new business address for licensing and registration, list your address on your web site, search engines or directories, and put it on your advertising or business cards. Your killer address lends instant credibility.

Check out the virtual office video for yourself.

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Asia Catches On to Alternative Workplace Strategies

Encino Virtual Office Space Offers Los Angeles Perks

ENCINO, CA—Encino bills itself as the Valley’s premier business community. Encino is a district of the City of Los Angeles. The map puts Encino in the center of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the northern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. Part of the Los Angeles River also runs through Encino.

If you are in the healthcare industry or serve the healthcare industry, listen up. Encino is a hot spot for healthcare jobs. There are two hospitals there. Other sectors that do well in Encino include professional services, which includes everything from accounting to real estate to law to financial firms, and social services.

You can rent virtual office space from Davinci Virtual in two different places in Encino. There’s the Wells Fargo (Encino) Business Center and the City National Bank Business Center.

Located at 15760 Ventura Boulevard, the Wells Fargo (Encino) Business Center offers virtual offices in Encino for $100 a month. Meanwhile, the City National Bank Business Center at 16133 Ventura Boulevard also offers virtual offices in Encino for $100 a month. Both virtual office locations give you everything you need to launch a professional presence in a hurry.

In fact, with these Encino virtual offices, you get 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 Encino also makes available conference room rental for $25 to $40 an hour and day time office space for $10 to $35 an hour. Or you can add on 16 hours of conference room space usage every four weeks for $100 a month. If you need a place to hang your professional license, this El Segundo virtual office space can also provide this service.
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