The Benefits of a Virtual Office
Making your office virtual sounds more complicated than it needs to be. With the rise of innovations such as cloud computing and virtual meetings, the degree of flexibility businesses have to play with nowadays is great for both productivity and staff morale. This post takes a look at the benefits.
Your Commute Will Be Non-Existent
Meetings become easier as no one will miss their public transport or be held up in traffic. Expenses for travel will be eradicated. London is named as the place with the longest commute in the country, with round trips to and from work totalling on average 74 minutes each way. Long commuting time builds up through the week equating to an awful lot of wasted time. Not everyone has the ability to carry out work on their commute, unfortunately.
Keeping meetings to video or voice conferencing can mean earlier meetings, less stressed colleagues and more time to carry out other activities. Companies like Landmark Plc offer meeting spaces to act as your virtual office if you usually work from home but need meeting space. An excellent way of saving your business money.
Flexible Working Keeps Employees Happy
Achieving a work-life balance in this day and age is a subject of much contention. With Sweden announcing its 6-hour work day, and the constant questioning of the UK’s long working week, more employers are looking to make contracts flexible for the benefit of employees.
Additionally, the result of not having a set office means businesses can seriously cut down on overheads; heating, lighting, space rental, and appliance costs can be seriously reduced, if not wiped out completely, depending on the degree of flexibility that is offered.
Good Morale = More Productivity
The Swedish example has proven that more flexibility in the workplace actually increases the output of businesses. Flexibility can really promote morale as people have reduced levels of stress. Having dependents in the family takes up a lot of energy and people are increasingly not finding the time to have a life outside of the office. The rise in stress causes the need for more sick days, creating a negative impact on business figures. Put simply, happier staff mean better companies.
With a greater degree of flexibility in the structure of your day to day work, your business can go worldwide, allowing you to access more remote talent and save significant amounts of money to invest in the business’s growth.