As I sit down to write this blog post, a couple things stand out to me.
First, the overwhelming, almost annoying, abundance of NC State-themed decorations surrounding me. Second, the fact that I’m not in some cubicle looking at a blank computer screen wondering what to do with myself.
Those small observations, in essence, will begin my overall promotion and advocacy for the growing “virtual office” trend.
When I began my internship with Bluespark this past summer, I quickly learned that the “office” had somewhat changed from having a physical street address, instead, to having multiple IP and MAC addresses. Some located in North Carolina, others in Colorado, Texas, and California, and even some in places as far as Spain.
This intrigued me, and I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it (mainly because I had never really been exposed to such an idea). Luckily, I was given the opportunity to learn more about how this company’s organizational structure operates.
I eventually figured out how everyone stays connected through various communication platforms and channels, including HipChat and Google Hangouts. It was still astonishing to me, even though I had lived my entire life with the internet being present, that everyone, who lived so far away from each other, was able to function as if they were sitting right across the hall.
I believe that not only speaks to the commitment and talent of the Bluespark team, but also the camaraderie and true sense of partnership within the culture of the organization.
For an organization and employees, there are tangible benefits of having a “virtual office”, too. For example:
- No rent payment
- No morning/evening traffic
- Save money on gas
- Time flexibility
- Ability to work anywhere in the world
- Access to more global employees
And the list goes on and on...
I’ve not only learned about a new trend in office management, but my business experience has expanded vastly on a more global front, and I will forever be appreciative of that. And if my entrepreneurial spirit truly ever takes flight, I would highly consider the use of this structure.
After my experience, I feel as if I would have virtually no choice.