Virtual offices have arrived and companies are increasingly making the change to dump traditional office setups in favor of a leaner, lighter, remotely connected organizations. Here are 5 big advantages to virtual office setups supported by professional virtual office spaces.
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1. No Commute!
Commuting is a huge drain on energy, fuel, and time. In fact, even a relatively short 20 minute commute consumes over 170 hours in the space of a year—time that could be better spent with family, hobbies, catching up on sleep, or finishing up important work projects. By virtualizing your office employees are free to work from home or from nearby spaces like coffee shops or co-working centers.
2. No (Or Minimal) Rent
Whether you lease or buy, brick and mortar isn’t cheap. Virtual offices, on the other hand, eliminate expensive commercial property rental costs, building upkeep expenses, utilities, parking, and more. Employees are free to work from their couch while the core team rents an address from a virtual office space with flexible, communal resources for meetings, workspaces, IT support, and more.
One of the biggest reasons good employees leave jobs that they love is simply because they need to move. Whether the move is driven by a spouse, children, family, or other reasons, a virtual office gives those employees the freedom to pack up, head to a new city or state, and keep working with minimal disruption to either party. As long as an employee has the qualifications and motivation, they can keep contributing—no costly advertisements, lengthy interviews, hiring negotiations, or bad hires involved.
4. Minimize Growing Pains
Companies are always changing, and that change can result in logistical headaches as organizations outgrow parking lots and offices. When a business is virtual, on the other hand, staff can disperse across an electronic infrastructure—no cubicles involved. You can also look into digital services like cloud computing, IM, web chatting, and virtual receptionist service to streamline your business’ operations and connectivity while minimizing overhead.
5. Increased Productivity
The biggest fear company bosses have when it comes to switching to a virtual office is accountability. After all, if employees can work from their couches what’s to stop them from simply hitting up the TV and losing an entire day of productivity?
But the truth is, virtual offices often present a rare opportunity to refocus on personal accountability and production goals. Instead of marking an individual’s productivity by the number of hours they spend chained to their desk, managers should set project goals where progress towards those goals is recorded electronically as employees log in to work on them. Many companies, after making the switch, have reported that great workers stand out, slackers get called out, and productivity across the board increases.
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