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How to optimise the use of virtual offices

In the past few years there has been a growing popularity for using virtual offices.  Using such a scheme allows businesses to operate via the internet, providing a cost-effective and technological alternative to the traditional office setting.  For businesses who want to optimise the use of their office, there are some important points to consider.

Firstly, it is wise to choose the right technology to suit a business, avoiding complex software that will hinder business processes.  It is also vital to sit down and work out which tasks and business operations simply do not have a technological substitute.  This ensures that the right technology is utilised for the job in hand.

One major concern for many people running virtual offices is that they will no longer be able to monitor how their employees are working and, indeed, if they are working at all.  However, many online solutions exist that require workers to check in and update their progress.  Meanwhile, it is important to bear in mind that a virtual office lends itself towards more flexibility, so, as long as the job gets done, close monitoring of employees is not especially important.

Finally, despite the lack of water cooler, it is important to create a corporate culture even within a virtual office.  There are many internal social networking websites that allow for social interaction, uploading photos and instant messaging.  This can help keep employees online and motivated to work.

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