Advantages & Disadvantages of Virtual Offices

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Traditional offices require employees to commute to a certain location where they can interact with themselves, customers and equipment to produce goods and services. Virtual offices eliminate the need for a central location in accomplishing the same tasks. Yet, while aware of this new method of working, many companies are still wary of implementing it.

Savings

  • Because virtual offices eliminate the need for a central location, a company avoids leases, construction, maintenance, and repairs on a physical building.

Convenience

  • By working from the comfort of their own homes, workers do not have to commute. They become more productive when they're able to multi-task with both work and home activities.

Environment

  • By eliminating the commuting of cars occupied by one passenger, virtual offices help the environment by preventing automobile pollution and reducing traffic.

Accountability

  • Because managers cannot see their subordinates in the same location, they have no idea if the employees are actually working and have no way of physically imposing tasks.

Interaction

  • Working from different, virtual locations reduces social interaction and eliminates the advantages of face-to-face communication, such as being able to read non-verbal cues.

Distraction

  • Rather than concentrating on work, telecommuters can be easily distracted by child care, personal phone calls and other household tasks.

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