Most businesses today operate in very similar ways. The offices are in a building and employees show up to work at a set hour every day. This physical location is often also where clients come to visit, where partners meet, and where most of the business is done.
There is nothing wrong with this setup, and in fact it has been a successful method for many years. There is, however, an alternative that can be equally as successful, and even more so in some cases.
This method is by using virtual offices, which are offices without actual workspace. Employees work from home, and the only thing the virtual office is used for is communications and perhaps housing some equipment. With this method, the business is still extremely professional and accessible, yet it saves time and money in many ways.
The first benefit of virtual offices is that they cost much less, due to the fact that very little actual property is being rented. There may be a meeting room available, but there’s no desk spaces or work area for employees. The company saves money by letting their workers work from home.
Second, the employees also save money. They don’t have to commute to work every day, but rather they can work from home. This increased flexibility will give them more time to do what they want as well as accomplish things for their work-related projects. It’s win-win in nearly every way.
Other pros include the fact that the company can find personnel from all over the country, and even all over the world, and therefore be able to hire based on employee quality rather than where they live. The company can also expand to other areas and even countries by setting up virtual offices there too.
So why hasn’t everyone adopted the virtual office model of business? Well, it’s definitely not for every situation, as it does have some downsides.
For one thing, employees are harder to monitor. If you want to get your money’s worth out of a worker, then letting them work from home isn’t always the best solution.
Another problem is that not everyone enjoys working from home. There’s a certain isolation that comes with it, and sometimes people who work from home feel much more cooped up or remote from others. Some people need these interactions not to mention collaborations with others to do their best work.
Overall, some businesses may benefit from using virtual offices while others may not. Each business has to take stock of their own set up and see if it would benefit them to implement something like a virtual office set up.