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April 13, 2009

Virtual Offices Helping Enterprises Escape Recession

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributing Editor

The current recession is prompting many enterprises to look for new tools to survive including ways to save money on real estate costs.
To do so, many enterprises are now providing their employees with BlackBerry’s (News - Alert) and laptop and moving them out of the main office. The not only helps the company to save on operating costs, but also capital expenditures.

Regus Group, provider of workplace solutions, is reporting an increase in virtual office contracts as a growing corporate trend among enterprises. Based on Regus calculations, companies can save up to 60 to 80 percent on their real estate costs by implementing flexible workplace strategies.
“During these challenging economic times, employers are embracing flexible workplace practices as a key business strategy,” said Regus Group CEO Mark Dixon. “Companies have created a new band of mobile workers who don't need a full-time office but require a professional environment and support services on-demand. Our Virtual Office program is an ideal solution for this type of worker and is proving popular with businesses eager to reduce facilities cost.”
Enterprises are assisting their workers with setting up home offices and securing virtual office locations instead having them head to a main office in a bid to reduce dependence on costly office space. This has resulted in substantial savings on commuting costs and has also increased productivity.
GBB Group, a Dutch consulting company, whose employees work remotely but need a centrally located facility for meeting their clients, utilized Regus' Virtual Office services to establish a professional business address and to utilize a support staff without the expense of hiring and managing a full-time assistant.
Besides basic office equipment like fax machines and copiers, Virtual Office users have access to day offices, meeting rooms, business lounges and videoconferencing studios. They also have the opportunity to network with other professionals in a business environment – removing any fear of isolation as they adjust to a new work style.
“Our employees often do their work for our customers either from home or via teleworking. For our customers, a traditional office entails higher overheads, that is why we have chosen Regus Virtual Office,” said Richard Gillebaard, director of the GBB Group. “Regus collects our post and sends it to our advisors. They also manage phone calls, transferring them directly to the relevant employees. Using Regus' services is a great advantage for us as it enables us to lower our real estate investments.”

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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