Alternative Workplace Strategies

December, 22

Alternative Workplace Strategies Gaining Ground

ATLANTA-Commercial real estate strategies are shifting. Alternative workplace strategies are the buzzwords moving forward. Telecommuting, virtual offices, workshifting, the mobile workforce. All of these elements are colliding in a perfect storm—and it’s changing the ways corporations use commercial real estate.

“Companies are focusing on two things: employee satisfaction, and productivity and teaming. They are increasingly looking at their office space to help them attract and retain the best talent,” Co-Star reports James B. King, principal of AREA Advisor, as saying.

King also pointed to salesforce.com as a futuristic company, calling it one of the most successful cloud-based computing firms today. He also used Microsoft, one of the largest companies in the world, and Google, one of the most innovative companies in the world, as examples.

“It’s all about empowering sales people to connect with customers digitally, but it wants its employees in the office at least two days a week, because it’s a new company and it’s still building its culture,” King says.

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September, 21

Top 10 Considerations for Alternative Workplace Strategies

CHICAGO-Alternative workplace strategies and virtual offices are gaining momentum in the down economy. But it’s not just the down economy driving AWS forward—it’s the changing face of the workforce. The world is global, mobile, virtual, and moves at lightning speed.

“The basic premise of AWS is using less real estate to support more performance,” writes Tom Mulhern, a strategic planner in Gensler’s Chicago office. “The people are happier because they spend more time being productive in places outside the office—client sites, home, coffee shops nearer to their homes—and less time commuting and polluting. When people do come into the office, they use their time to collaborate and build connections to each other and to the organization’s culture and brand.”

In Mulhern’s article, he outlines 10 important lessons his firm has learned from its experiences with alternative workplace strategies I’ve outlined them here. You can read a fuller account by visiting the original article. But here are his thoughts in summary:

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September, 5

Celebrating Alternative Workplace Strategies on Labor Day

At Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, we like to honor companies that are offering alternative workplace strategies for employees. So what better to write about on Labor Day than a company that is offering flexible workplaces?

The Novo Group won the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. The award recognizes companies in the Chicago area.

“We value our employees and work hard to maintain a company culture of open communication, truth, respect and fairness,” Cindy Lu, president and CEO of recruitment firm The Novo Group. Novo offers alternative workplace strategies like work-from-home schedules, a condensed workweek, or creative approaches for childcare.

According to the Families and Work Institute (FWI), workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while benefiting employees as well. Virtual office space plays right into those strategies.

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September, 2

Flex Hour Telecommuting Jobs Meet the Virtual Office

I just read about a new initiative from FlexHourJobs.com—and I discovered some truly great news for telecommuters and part-time job seekers who want to work from a virtual office rather than battle the traffic everyday.

Check this out: This fall FlexHourJobs.com is focusing on helping seniors and parents find flexible job opportunities. FlexHourJobs.com launched about a year ago and is making a name for itself in the telecommuting, work-from-home market. The service is free for job seekers—and it’s idea for virtual office users who workshift.

Why is FlexHourJobs.com focusing on seniors and parents. Consider the statistics:  41 percent of Americans are living in poverty and 5.3 million kids are affected by foreclosure. What’s more, almost 25 percent of the total U.S. unemployed are over 50 years old, which is the highest number since the depression. And about 17 million middle class families are on Medicaid.

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September, 1

Strategies Webinar Looks at Office Space Demand Shift

The big shift in office space demand has begun. That’s the premise behind a webinar from Deloitte & Touche that explores alternative workplace strategies.

Bob O’Brien, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, hosted the webinar, which offers new insights into what could be a permanent change in the real estate market for office space.

Deloitte points out that employers have been exploring alternative workplace strategies, which can have a dramatic impact on the demand for office space, for more than 20 years. The virtual office is part and parcel of this shift. Virtual offices allow mobile workers to stay tapped into the parent office no matter where they go without missing a beat.

Virtual offices have been a popular alternative to traditional office space for many years, but virtual office space gained major momentum during the Great Recession. Deloitte asked an important question: As the economy improves, will alternative workplace strategies continue to reshape real estate markets?

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