Addressing common misconceptions about a virtual office
Modern technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of how today's businesses operate. However, change is not always easy for some business owners to embrace. Although millions of Americans currently work remotely, many leaders still cling to antiquated fears about the practice. This is unfortunate, because a virtual office can hold significant financial advantages as well as boost employee satisfaction.
Below, several of the most common misconceptions about a virtual office and remote workers:
- Remote workers are less productive: Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom's study proved that not only are remote workers more effective, but employers can get up to an extra day of productivity by switching to a remote office. Productivity of workers at travel site Ctrip skyrocketed 22 percent once they made the switch to a virtual office.
- Remote workers make their own hours: Just like any other business, remote workers need to respect the needs and deadlines of their client base. This means the vast majority work regular business hours, just without the stressful morning commute!
- Virtual workers are more difficult to manage: Just like in a physical office, different employees will respond best to different management styles. However, organizational leaders can use a variety of tools, such as video chat, shared documents and instant messaging to ensure strong communication and that expectations are met.
With over 30 years combined experience in the virtual office and executive suites industry, On Point Executive Center is happy to address any concerns your organization may hold about making the switch to a virtual office. With our extensive range of "a la carte" services, including Tampa meeting rooms and virtual personal assistant services, organizations of all sizes can start realizing the myriad benefits to a virtual office solution.