properCOVID-19 has certainly put a spanner in the works when it comes to office and coworking spaces. However, just like businesses have had to undergo a digital transformation, the world of office rental has also had to adapt to these strange and challenging times. Before COVID-19 remote working was starting to become the ‘new normal’, but of course this has been accelerated by the majority of businesses having to work remotely.
We are lucky to have the technology and excellent internet connections globally to allow us to work from practically anywhere in the world. According to recent surveys, 98% of remote workers want to continue with working flexibly for the rest of their careers. How can we combat the mental health issues and isolation that come with working from home though? This is where virtual offices come in.
The Virtual Reality Office
Virtual Reality (VR) is a concept that came into fashion a couple of years ago. It is an experience where you immerse yourself into an entirely virtual world, through a screen within a VR headset. The concept behind a VR office is that you will not need into an office. Instead, you will sit at home and pop on a VR headset. From there, you will be visually transported to a coworking office space. The possibilities are endless with this idea, and it could really help to bring global teams together. In addition, it could help with mental health and reduce the isolation associated with working from home.
Why Businesses Use Virtual Offices
It is going to be some time before virtual reality offices really take off. The closest option at the moment is a virtual office. It is a great middle-ground between a physical office and a VR office. A virtual office is a combination of different services including a business address, mail handling, telephone answering, and receptionist services (depending on which virtual office package you opt for). There are often facilities such as conference rooms and meeting rooms which you can book out too.
The main advantage of a virtual office is that it provides most of the facilities that a business requires. Usually with much lower costs associated with it. As you don’t use the services provided on a full-time basis, and the facilities are shared by all the businesses in the same building, the costs are cheaper.
Benefits of a Virtual Office
Other than cost, there are quite a few benefits of having a virtual office:
- Credibility. Your company will have a proper business address.
- Support. You will have access to receptionists, mail forwarding, call handling and meeting rooms.
- Customer service. If you are struggling to find time to answer your calls, there are often call handling services who can deal with your business calls in a professional manner.
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