ATLANTA—Sixty-seven percent of working adults agree that it is possible to “have it all” when it comes to work-life balance. Interestingly there is no significant difference in the study between women (68%) and men (66%). Could it be possible that these workers are using a virtual office?
A Moms Corp. survey has been digging into the issue of work-life balance. In another finding, 52 percent of working adults would be interested in starting their own business in order to achieve a better work-life balance, led by men age 35-44 (75 percent). And get this: 53 percent of working adults think they would get more work done if they had the ability to work from home occasionally. Nearly two in three (62 percent) 18- to 34-year-olds agree. That’s a vote of confidence for the virtual office.
According to the survey, the economic state is not a factor. Sixty percent of working adults agree that the state of the economy has no impact on their desire for increased flexibility at work. Of course, when you work from a virtual office you are actually saving money. You save on food. You save on gas. You save on wear and tear of your clothes.
“This year’s increased dialogue surrounding work-life alignment and flexibility issues has helped professionals realize that having even a little control over the way they work should not be an extraordinary request,” says Allison O’Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps. “Companies are becoming more amenable to alternative work programs, and as professionals come to terms with the idea of flexibility, they are gaining confidence in seeking their preferred work environment and shaping their careers accordingly.”
Virtual office space is part and parcel of many alternative workplace strategies. Virtual offices give employees more control over the way they work and more freedom to get the job done in the midst of other life obligations, like childcare, medical appointments, or moving.
More companies are embracing virtual offices because they see the cost savings associated with allowing employee to telecommute from home. Less office space is required with the is alternative workplace strategy. Virtual offices go hand in hand with trends like Bring Your Own Device and mobile workers, giving employees more work-life balance and flexibility than perhaps ever thought possible.