In general, the UK’s workforce commutes or drives to work wearing corporate attire. However, through technological advancements and the Internet, working has become easier. Technology has enabled us to connect with colleagues and clients, regardless of the distance.
Did you know that 65% of corporate UK is already engaged in remote office work? Working in a virtual office is currently on-trend.
Existing purely in cyberspace, here are some other relevant facts about virtual offices:
1. They can operate anywhere.
Virtual offices allow you to work from cafés, restaurants or even from home. The working environment now depends on the employee’s preference and meetings can be conducted via teleconferencing or video conferencing.
2. They help employees avoid traffic.
Commuting is a drag… heavy traffic, especially during rush hour and waiting for trains or buses that are invariably late! A virtual office allows you to spend a greater part of the day devoted to your work-related responsibilities.
3. They give a business a professional image.
A prestigious business address affords you credibility. Some virtual office service providers offer business addresses with packages that include virtual office receptionists who answer calls on your behalf.
4. They help companies to save costs.
Virtual offices can save you copious amounts of money. The construction costs or rental fees of commercial buildings or offices can go through the roof. Add to the mix the office supplies, furniture and other necessary equipment and you are talking a small fortune.
5. They help you to recruit the best workers.
The virtual office experience allows companies to hire highly qualified professionals, even if they are located in distant areas.
6. They allow employees to be more productive.
A virtual office can help to reduce sick leave and negative office politics. Allowing employees to work in an environment they prefer, it also prevents unnecessary and unwelcome interruptions by co-workers and managers that can impede productivity and attentiveness.
7. They allow employees to be independent and take responsibility.
Some employees enjoy being almost totally responsible for themselves with no boss or supervisor hanging around. To become an efficient virtual worker, you must practice self-discipline.
A virtual office can be beneficial to everyone – from CEOs to supervisors and employees. If any or all of the above points apply to your business, maybe you should consider a virtual office.