You met your neighbor at the tire and oil change station last Friday. He had his laptop out on the table in the waiting room and was watching lines of code scroll up the screen. He was leaving for a family vacation later that day, so he was getting new tires before the big trip. He smiled when he told you that he was working, but you had to admit it looked like coding to you.
Your husband agreed to go on a five day vacation with you and your youngest daughter to visit your older daughter on campus. On two of the days, however, he had to spend a couple of hours on calls. Actually, more like on the computer. He was able to help solve problems that occurred and initiate solutions to problems that were not even detected yet.
You travel with your laptop every where that you go. To your older daughter’s college gymnastics meet; to your younger daughter’s show choir competitions. To family reunions and quilting events. You are known for arriving early, never late, so you always like to have your work with you when arrive early. While you are waiting for the next event, you can be productive.
Today’s work day can look very different from work days of the past. From virtual offices to coworking spaces, there are a number of ways that today’s work place is far more flexible than in any time in the past.
Virtual Offices Provide Flexible Working Environments for All Sizes of Businesses
Choosing an office can be a challenge in many parts of the country. From the fully furnished offices in big cities to meeting rooms that are only used occasionally, there are a number of options. Many of them, however, come with long leases and expensive build out fees. the best virtual office spaces, however, are often easier to manage. Consider some of these facts and figures about the many ways that companies create interesting office spaces, both real and virtual:
- Although the concept may seem new to some, the first commercial application of a virtual office actually occurred in the year 1994.
- 46% of companies that allow telework say this approach has reduced attrition.
- 14% of Americans indicate that they have changed jobs to shorten the commute.
- 80% of employees view the option to work remotely as a perk of their job.
- Organizations that implemented a telework program realized a 63% reduction in unscheduled absences, according to the American Management Association.
- 67% of professionals agree that working remotely is productive.
When you get ready to go to work, do you have to leave your house? Or are you able to work from home? Although today’s offices may not look like offices of the past, they are very often even more productive than offices were decades ago.