Virtual offices in Houston give workers the freedom to work whenever they want from wherever they are when a job requires flexible hours. Having remote workers reduces travel times, boosts productivity, and results in a lower turnover rate, in addition to allowing for no commute time, little to no technology costs, and cheaper overhead costs (with no lease to pay).
In order to stop paying rent in a downtown office building, I went virtual with my Chicago-based communications company in 2011. This allowed me to save money. What was intended to be a one-year experiment to save some money became a permanent scenario when we learned that productivity rose, turnover dropped, and our staff was generally happier.
Benefits for Everyone
The following are seven ways a virtual office can benefit your employees and your business:
1. Time Saved On Commutes
The house spent every day getting ready and traveling to work can now be spent to work instead. This leads to a higher level of productivity, as well as a higher level of focus on the part of the employees.
2. It Is Easy For Employees To Be More Active
In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health several years ago, sitting at a desk for over 11 hours a day can increase the mortality risk by over 40 percent, irrespective of other activities. Without a formal office environment, employees can naturally move around more and find more time for physical activities.
3. The Flexibility Helps You Use Fewer Vacation Days
Whether you need to attend your child’s school event or wish to fit in a workout during the day, or simply run errands- you can easily do so and make up the time later.
4. Global talent pool
If you gain clients in different countries, you can easily handle them through a virtual office by taking on employees from the global talent market.
5. Overhead is reduced
You don’t have to worry about office leases, hardware, utility payments, or any other expenses associated with physical offices. As a result of all those savings, you can pass them along to your clients, as well as improve profits, which will enable your company to invest more in its employees.
6. Spend less on technology
The flexibility of working remotely allows employees to choose the technology that suits their needs, as well as upgrade it at a time that works for them.
7. Increased productivity
As soon as you switch from monitoring people’s arrivals and departures to setting specific objectives, productivity increases immediately. Additionally, letting employees work remotely should reduce turnover since people are generally happier when they have the freedom to do their jobs without dealing with the drama that can accompany putting people in the same office.
While the virtual office does not work for every company, as some organizations need their employees to work together in one location, it is a strong alternative to a traditional office environment in companies that utilize technology to allow remote working.