Go Green With Virtual Office
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Plants in an office or on a desk can brighten up a room, make the air fresher and provide a needed dose of nature in an otherwise
sterile environment. But so often, those big plans for a healthy and verdant fern shrivel and die along with the fronds leaving you with an eyesore that makes you feel guilty for your lack of a green thumb.
Part of what leads to plant neglect comes from the plants you choose to bring into the office in the first place. Plants that will thrive indoors, in the middle of cubicle mazes, have specific qualities.
Before choosing a plant, first evaluate the conditions of your office.
- Lighting: If your office has a window or is near one, your plant options increase and you can choose a plant that does well in full or partial sun. If not, choose a shade tolerant plant. It will get enough light from the overhead lights.
- Temperature:Some plants don’t do well indoors because it’s too warm or they can’t withstand the temperature fluctuations between day and nights or weekends. Look for hardy plants if the temperature varies a lot in your office.
- Humidity: This can affect the soil, either keeping it too moist and promoting mold or drying out the soil too quickly, leading to overwatering.
When it comes time to make the choice for your office, a few plants will do better than others.
- Jade (crassulaovata): The bright, waxy leaves and interesting shapes add a eometric quality to your office. Technically asucculent, jades are vibrant green, thrive in shade and have a hardy constitution. Keep them well watered.
- Philodendron: These traditional indoor plants do quite well in a variety of office environments. As an added bonus, they will climb up walls — or drape down if in a basket. Plus, they can take a little neglect and still remain healthy.
- Peace lily (spathiphyllum): If you’re looking for a showstopper (and a plant known for cleaning the air), hoose a peace lily. These plants have large, broad, deep green leaves and will grow stunning flowers as well. They also tolerate low light. However, if you have a coworker with pollen allergies, you should clip the flower before it blooms.
You can pick up these common houseplants at most home improvement stores and garden centers to transform your office today.
In an age that now seems like history (because it soon will be), employees had to commute for 20 minutes to an hour or more in order to reach their office building. All calls and materials entered this building, and all work was done within its walls. While employees often took assignments home to mull over, it was clock in and clock out, just like at a factory. These offices were paper factories.
Thanks to modern technology, there is now the virtual office solution. The Internet, along with mobile devices, eradicates the need for members of a team to have proximity. While physical meetings are still apart of the process, they seem to be getting fewer and fewer. People can talk to each other, send text messages and send documents and multimedia files from anywhere in the world.
Some smart programmers and organizers got the idea of creating a product based on the growing informal trend of using mobile media. Virtual office services are a software and the supporting company that maintain a complete environment that allows people to work in. It is a programmable structure that allows employers or the board to decide how this form of social media will operate.
A team can collaborate, like in a chat room, except the administrator sees what all is going on. There is oversight, just like in a regular office. Documents are uploaded and available for everyone to see, if that is what the office administrator desires.
Virtual offices go more than that, though. They also provide you with a prestigious business address, automatically bringing prestige to your company name. You can also use the services of a Virtual Assistant to answer all phone calls and forward them to you (great so you can go on vacation and not worry about a thing, too). There are also meeting and conference rooms available, just in case you need to meet clients at your office. And there are many other possibilities to choose from, like copy and fax machines for example.
The best part is the ability to go green with a virtual office. Gas is expensive, and saving people the hassle of community increases the efficiency of a business. It saves everyone time and money, and often helps a business to work more efficiently. It also helps you and your business leave a smaller carbon footprint, so you are also doing your part to be eco-friendly.