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Why the Benefits of a Virtual Office are Improbable

Michael Hemsworth
February 7th, 2013

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The digital age has brought with it a surge in the number of dot coms, but while the benefits of a virtual office might entice entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals alike, the actuality is that the cons might actually outweigh the pros. Virtual offices can be a cost-effective way to run a business from home or hold employees from around the world, however, a workspace that is virtually nonexistent can cause a number of inconsistencies in the grand scheme of the company.

Keeping up with employee performance is a main cause for concern, as with no physical workspace employees can become more complacent to providing subpar work. This can be combated with a sterling roster of professionals, but some employees might find it difficult to operate solely on their own accord. The workspace trends detailed in Trend Hunter’s PRO Trend WorkPLAYce Innovation offer insight into how an office can be made to entice innovation, productivity and employee retainment.

Employee retainment is a huge issue with virtual employees. Without in-person meetings and frequent communication with managers and the team as a whole, it can be hard for employees to feel both valued, motivated and connected to the company. If hiring a virtual employee is something you're looking into, put in regular check-in meetings via Skype on your calendars and make sure to respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner.

Trend Hunter’s Business Trend Report details some seriously innovative tips when it comes to navigating the market, while the Design Trend Report highlights some of the hippest trends when it comes to the workplace; two key sources for tangible information on how to supercharge innovation.