Virtual Office Trends
ORLANDO—I’m not working in my virtual office today, but I am still tapping into virtual office technologies to keep abreast of breaking news. After all, it’s what I do.
Virtual office workers tend to stay more plugged in—and therefore more productive—than traditional office workers. Well, that’s partially my opinion based on my personal experience and partially my view after reading so many studies about how modern workers keep checking email even during vacation.
I am a cross between a mobile worker and a virtual office worker, I suppose. In any case, virtual office technologies are what keep me up and running whether I am sitting in front of my large-screen Mac or working remotely on my iPad.
I wonder how many virtual office workers are like me, constantly checking social media, Facebook and even using web conferencing to stay in touch with far-away family over the Thanksgiving holiday? Give me a shout if you are tapping into virtual office technologies this Thanksgiving—even if you aren’t actually working. Read more... top ▲
MIAMI-I just read an article in Forbes magazine that offers what the author calls “surprising results” about virtual office workers.
Kate Harrison, an eco-entrepreneur, penned the article entitled, “Lazy and Pregnant? New Study Profiles People Who Work From Home With Surprising Results.”
“Visions of your work commute becoming just a short stroll to your home office may seem like a dream, but it’s a reality for a growing number of people who have jobs that encourage telecommuting,” Harrison writes. “If the idea of working from home excites you, you may be surprised just how many jobs offer this flexible career option.”
Then Harrison examines the results of a FlexJobs survey and offers three points that shed new light on virtual office workers. Read more... top ▲
ATLANTA—Flexibility and adaptability are the two top skills women need to succeed in the marketplace. Just more than half of women Randstad US surveyed reported these skillsets as one of the top two most important, followed by technology (37 percent) and teamwork (35 percent). Virtual offices can help on all fronts.
While 57 percent of women said they expect to grow their careers with their current employers, 48 percent of women still plan to explore other options when the job market picks up. Another 41 percent of women noted they would give a lot of consideration to a job offer given to them by a different company or organization. But just as women are supposed to be flexible and adaptable, they appreciate flexibility from employers. Virtual office space offers that flexibility. Read more... top ▲
TORONTO—If you want to boast about one of the best business addresses in Toronto, check out virtual office space on King Street West.
King Street is a major east-west commercial thoroughfare in Toronto. It was named after King George III, who was the reigning British monarch when the street was built. King Street is home to a number of cool restaurants, clubs and galleries in the area and is known as the high-end furniture district of Downtown Toronto.
When you set up your virtual office on King Street in Toronto, you are also near major attractions, like Air Canada Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Roy Thompson Hall, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and King Edward Hotel.
You can rent Toronto virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at Exchange Tower Business Center. Located at 130 King Street in Toronto, Davinci offers virtual offices through Exchange Tower Business Center for prices starting at $130 a month. Read more... top ▲
NEW YORK—From New York to Los Angeles to Chicago, airports are about to get a lot busier—and busier airports means more stressful travel. But if you tap into virtual office technologies, you can avoid some of that stress.
According to a Concur survey, the most stressful airport in the world is Chicago O’Hare, followed closely by Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. But again, virtual office technologies can help you avoid these hectic travel hubs. When you work from a New York virtual office, you can communicate with your colleagues in Chicago and Los Angeles with a few mouse clicks–and in living color.
Think about it for a minute. With all the hassles associated with business travel, making it through the airport can cause your blood pressure to rise. There’s the long check-in lines, longer security checkpoints, and other annoyances, like confusing airport signage, poor service from airport staff and crowded bathrooms. Read more... top ▲
LOS ANGELES—Where does the day go? Some managers are finally starting to get a clear answer to that common question and discovering the power of virtual office technologies to make better hiring decisions.
According to a Robert Half International survey, supervisors spend 17 percent of their time—that’s almost an entire day every week—overseeing poorly performing employees. Virtual office technologies can help managers save time coaching employees more, but there’s another side to the coin: bad hires.
Ninety-five percent of respondents said a poor hiring decision at least somewhat impacts the morale of the team, with more than one-third (35 percent) saying morale is greatly affected. The good news is virtual office technologies can help curb bad hires by helping you weed out the poor candidates—and help you find your new star—more quickly. Read more... top ▲
TORONTO—Looking for virtual office space in Toronto? Bay Street is one of the best addresses you could hope for, especially if you are serving the financial services industry.
Bay Street is a major thoroughfare in Downtown Toronto—and it’s smack dab in the middle of Toronto’s Financial District. In fact, Bay Street is often used to refer to Canada’s financial industry.
Bay Street stretches from Toronto Harbour on the south and Davenport Road to the north. The intersection of Bay and King Street is the ultimate center of Canadian banking and finance, with four of Canada’s five major banks in office towers at this intersection. There are also condos on Bay Street, making it a live-work environment.
You can rent Toronto virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Waterpark Business Center Downtown. Located at 20 Bay Street in Toronto, Davinci offers virtual offices through Waterpark Business Center Downtown for prices starting at $60 a month. This is quite a bargain for a high-dollar intersection. Read more... top ▲
LONDON—Are you so stressed out it’s making you sick? That’s the story for seven out of 10 workers under 24 who call in sick. It’s not the flu—it is just stress—according to a survey by financial services provider Friends Life.
Telecommuting from a virtual office at least part time and help you alleviate stress. Virtual office technologies may keep you more connected than ever before, which can stress you out if you haven’t found work-life balance. But working at home from a virtual office can reduce stress by helping you stay focused and more productive without all the typical office distractions.
Friends Life surveyed 2,000 full-time workers, who largely blamed the state of the economy for their anxiety. In fact, they date stressful feelings about money and work back to 2008. But that was before virtual office became a more popular alternative workplace strategy for companies large and small. Read more... top ▲
TORONTO—If you want to be in a major commercial thoroughfare in Toronto, you want to locate your virtual office on Bloor Street. Located on Toronto’s west end, Fortune magazine named Bloor Street one of the world’s most expensive streets in 2008. But a virtual office on Bloor Street is a bargain.
You can rent Toronto virtual office space from Davinci Virtual at the Toronto Office Center. Located at 3300 Bloor Street in Toronto, Davinci offers virtual offices through Toronto Office Center for prices starting at $55 a month. That’s a low-risk investment to get a prestigious business address.
This Toronto 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. Read more... top ▲
NEW YORK—You’ve read the headlines about tough job markets, but when you work from a virtual office you can avoid the relocating that often comes with new jobs. And a study by Right Management, the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, is proving the point.
Right Management reviewed data on nearly 7,000 job seekers throughout North America who received outplacement services from the firm during the first eight months of 2012. What they discovered was working from a virtual office in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago or anywhere else is stemming the tide of relocations.
“Growing popularity in working virtually and the fact that many companies are embracing flexible work models could attribute to why so few employees are relocating in today’s tight employment market,” says Monika Morrow, senior vice president of Career Management for Right Management. Read more... top ▲