Virtual offices bring many benefits to businesses and their employees. In general, they give both groups access to a wide range of services via the internet without needing to be in that physical location. This means a business can have a presence in a desirable area without the expense of setting up in a new locale. For the world’s remote workers, virtual offices bring a broad variety of benefits.
#1 Work/Life Balance
A virtual office can help remote workers achieve the Holy Grail of modern-day work: a better work/life balance. Because workers do not need to commute to a physical space, they are free to spend this time at home, with their families.
However, the home office is not always the most productive environment. So, many virtual offices also provide remote workers with an alternative location to work from. This gives remote workers the flexibility to find the best environment to work from, which boosts productivity.
#2 Improved Productivity
Virtual offices empower workers, helping to keep motivation levels high. A recent Gallup survey revealed that occasional remote workers reported the highest rates of engagement with their jobs. (Where “occasional remote worker” refers to an individual who is in the office one or two days a week, as opposed to in the office all week or working completely remotely.)
#3 Communication Matters
Thanks to digitization, the world’s virtual offices now provide workers with a range of ways to stay in touch. Whether you use a communication app like Slack or a video conferencing tool like Zoom, it’s now easier than ever to connect with your colleagues and clients – without physically going to a specific location.
With 43% of Gen Z workers admitting to feeling lonely when working from home, this is an important benefit.
#4 Flexibility and Diversity
Virtual offices provide remote workers with the flexibility to work from a new location, without ever moving from their physical location. This can help promote diversity within the workforce, where employees are not constrained by their physical location.
#5 Equal Opportunities
Employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to individuals with disabilities, according to both federal and state laws. A virtual office is a viable solution to help individuals stay in work, without the stresses and possible impracticality of traveling to a physical office.
#6 Virtual Assistance
Some virtual offices provide remote workers with administrative help. For example, they may get access to a virtual assistant, who can manage calls and day-to-day tasks for workers. This takes the pressure off remote workers to complete those dull, often repetitive administrative tasks, while allowing them to concentrate on the job they are hired for.
#7 Minimal Hassle, Maximum Control
Relocating offices can be a stressful experience. With a virtual office, workers are not faced with the disruption of physically needing to move offices. What’s more, they have complete control over their work environment.
If a remote worker’s organization does decide to expand into new regions, the worker can rest assured that they will not need to relocate. As such, the employer can seamlessly scale up their operations with minimal disruption to the workforce.
#8 Professional Front
If you work from home, you probably don’t want clients and customers coming to your home for meetings. Many virtual offices also rent conference rooms where you can hold these meetings.
What’s more, virtual offices provide remote workers with a professional address. So, you don’t have to divulge your home address in your work correspondence.