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.
“Women are taking on leadership roles and advancing to the top levels of organizations faster than ever before,” says Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of North America. “It is, therefore, critical that companies not lose sight of what it takes to successfully identify, retain and engage high potential women.”
Flexible work from a virtual office can help attract successful females to your company. In the Randstad study, 53 percent of women said that one of the key elements driving their commitment to their jobs is enjoying going to work each day. Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office at least part time can add to that enjoyment.
Virtual offices provide flexibility for flexible women in the workplace. Virtual office technologies allow women to adapt more quickly to the demands of work-life balance by helping them continue driving productivity whether they are in the office, at home or on the road. As companies expect women to be more flexible and adaptable, they should be sure to offer virtual office and mobile technologies that help them accomplish that goal.