Virtual Office Trends
LOS ANGELES—In yesterday’s report, we looked at how virtual offices may or may not be tied to working overtime. The report was based on a survey from Good Technology.
Today we are going to dive a little deeper into the mobile worker and virtual office angle. According to the Good Technology survey, overtime has become so commonplace that only a quarter of the 1,000 workers polled said it caused an occasional disagreement with their partner.
In what points to changing attitudes to mobile work, well over half surveyed reported no arguments whatsoever from their spouse or significant other over answering e-mail or making work calls at home.
Could that be because some of these overtime hours are being accomplished via virtual office technologies that keep loved ones on the home front for short meetings or e-mail sessions? I believe virtual offices may have something to do with it. Read more... top ▲
LOS ANGELES—The average American puts in more than a month and a half of overtime a year—just by answering calls and e-mails at home. So says a new survey from Good Technology. What role does the virtual office play in this issue?
The survey of U.S. working adults sponsored by Good Technology reveals that more than 80 percent of people continue working when they have left the office—for an average of seven extra hours each week—almost another full day of work. That’s a total of close to 30 hours a month or 365 extra hours every year. They’re also using their cell phones to mix work and their personal life in ways never seen before.
So, are virtual offices an enabler of this behavior or do virtual offices help curb this behavior? In other words, how do virtual offices fit into this issue of working overtime? It’s hard to be precise, but the survey does offer some clues. Read more... top ▲
LONDON—On Wednesday we looked at a Polycom survey that reveals 66 percent of participants pointing to flexible working having a larger financial impact on business than cutting operational costs. We also explored the role of virtual offices in enabling flexible work.
Today we’ll look at another key finding in the survey: virtual office technologies like video conferencing play an important role in supporting flexible working strategies.
According to the Polycom survey, nearly 60 percent of responding companies are keeping on-site, remote, and mobile workers connected and collaborating face-to-face via high-definition interactive video.
What’s more, 72 percent of respondents say that video collaboration is helping their companies become more productive and efficient. Video collaboration solutions for employees working at home or on the go, such as video software for mobile devices and laptops, is helping to further drive the usage of video with remote and flexible working employees. All of this falls under the domain of virtual office technologies. Read more... top ▲
LONDON—Flexible working has a larger financial impact on businesses than cutting operational costs. So say 66 percent of respondents in a Polycom survey. The study offers more proof of the financial viability of virtual office technologies.
A flexible working strategy empowers workers with the ability to work at home or out of the office regularly or occasionally. According to the survey, companies with flexible working programs report that employees who participate are 39 percent more productive than others.
Considering that, on average, respondents say that more than half of a company’s ability to generate revenue depends on the positive productivity of its employees, the extra productivity of flexibly working employees has a significant impact on the bottom line. Companies looking for new ways to succeed and thrive should tap into virtual offices and virtual office technologies. Read more... top ▲
NEW YORK—Every deal has a starting point. Project the image your business deserves. 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. (And, of course, we offer plenty of virtual offices, too.)
Through Davinci Virtual Office Solutions meeting rooms platform, you now have access to more than 3,000 fully loaded meeting rooms around the world to meet and greet client prospects in an environment that is designed to project professionalism. Davinci meeting rooms are located at business centers in well known locations, just like our virtual offices.
Booking your next meeting could not be easier. Reserve your meeting space by the hour or by the day whenever you need it instantly online. Best of all, Davinci meeting spaces offer you the latest in business support and technology, including audio and video conferencing, presentation tools, LCD projects and plasma screens, wireless high-speed Internet, and an on-site receptionist, business services, catering and more. Read more... top ▲
NEW YORK-Have you checked out Davinci Virtual’s YouTube channel yet? We’ve got some great new videos on there, including the one below called “Virtual Office Locations: Be Part of the Virtual Revolution.”
The video contends that the traditional office is dead and invites you to be part of the virtual office revolution. The video argues that the way we do business has changed. Working 9 to 5 is a thing of the past and being tied to a desk is an outdated concept.
If you an entrepreneur, it’s likely that you crave both mobility and flexibility—and Davinci Virtual Office solutions offers both.
Davinci virtual office locations provide you with a killer business address, mail forwarding services, optional lobby directory listings, access to fully loaded meeting spaces and a wide variety of cutting-edge business services. Use your address for business licensing or registration and market your new company address on search engines and Internet directories. Read more... top ▲
BOULDER, CO—Looking for a virtual office job this summer? You may be in luck. Despite disappointing reports of the U.S. adding only 69,000 jobs in May, FlexJobs reports a boost in flexible jobs, which include telecommuting, virtual office, part-time and other flexible positions. In fact, FlexJobs now lists more than 10,000 flexible jobs.
“For companies that may be on the fence about hiring, telecommuting jobs can provide big benefits such as a way to hire new employees and save on costs like overhead and real estate,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “This may explain why in a down market, FlexJobs continues to see an increase in open positions.”
Which fields have the largest number of flexible job openings? In May, the industries most likely to offer virtual office jobs were, in this order, Medical & Health, Administrative, Customer Service, Education & Training, and Sales. Read more... top ▲
MILWAUKEE, WISC.—Yesterday, we looked at one of the biggest myths around virtual offices: people who telecommute regularly feel less attached to the organization they work.
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study actually showed that the more teleworkers communicated with others, the more stressed they felt due to interruptions. And this was negatively associated with their identification with the organization.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study also evaluated differences between teleworkers, which include virtual office workers, and traditional office workers. It turns out that teleworkers regularly worked at least three days a week from a location other than the office, and office workers worked at least three days a week in an office or shared workspace alongside their colleagues. Each set of employees used various modes of communication, including face-to-face, phone or e-mail contact, instant messaging and videoconferencing.
Consider some additional outcomes of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study as it relates to virtual office workers: Read more... top ▲
MILWAUKEE, WISC.—There’s a lot of assumptions, call them myths, around virtual office users. One of them sounds like this: People who telecommute regularly feel less attached to the organization they work for; they feel isolated and disconnected. But that’s a myth, according to a new study out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Indeed, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study explored how teleworkers’ (which include employees who work from virtual offices) usage of various forms of communication is related to their feelings of closeness to coworkers, as well as to feelings of stress from interruptions. The study also tested how these communication outcomes were associated with teleworkers’ sense of identity as part of their organization.
The overarching result: More communication does not equal more organizational identification for teleworkers. In fact, the opposite was true, says Kathryn Fonner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assistant professor of communication. Read more... top ▲
NEW YORK—Every wondered which flexible jobs arrangements are most in demand? FlexHourJobs.com, a job search site that targets Baby Boomers and stay-at-home moms that want to re-enter the workforce, is offering some insight with a list of the most searched categories for flexible work options.
The list includes flexible start and end times; the ability to work from home, some or all of the time; the ability to take time off during the workday occasionally for family duties; return to work gradually after childbirth or adoption; career breaks or caregiving leave of absences and the ability to move from full-time to part-time and then back again later without a loss of status or pay. Virtual offices fit into the work from home some of the time or all of the time category. Read more... top ▲